I’m very lucky that every now and then, I get offered a special treat to review on my blog. Last Friday was one of those days. Polished, the beauty salon that has been in Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, for seven years now, has just opened a swanky new branch in East Dulwich, on North Cross Road. I was thrilled to be invited to test it out.
Anyone who’s read my books will know that my amateur sleuth single mum heroine, Beth, is pretty much a stranger to pampering. I’m not nearly as bad as her, but it had been a long while – too long – since my last facial. I’ve always been intrigued by the microdermabrasion facials and Polished offers a diamond version of this. It’s a sort of sanding process for your face. Think about all those pollution-covered brick buildings you see (loads of them in Dulwich) that are sand-blasted back to their former glory. That’s what I was thinking of, but it didn’t take many questions on my clip board before I realised it wasn’t for me. Sensitive skin, tick.
Luckily the patient and extremely capable manager, Roxana, found a wonderful alternative for me and I was soon enjoying a very relaxing Polished facial with Medik8 products which felt absolutely gorgeous and left my skin glowing. Roxana had great solutions to many of my long-term skin conundrums and was very knowledgable about the techniques and ranges on offer. She also has fantastic skin herself, which strongly suggests she knows what she’s doing.
I really liked the ambiance of the salon. It’s not huge, but it’s both sparklingly clean and very pretty, with its fresh white and pink decor. A tree near the till boasts an unusual harvest of pants – apparently they’re from California and are amazingly comfortable with no sign of a VPL. An investment for another time, I think.
I’ll definitely be back to Polished, I think it’s a great addition to the bustling shops of North Cross Road (including the fabulous Rye Books). There’s a great market here every Saturday, and a branch of Rigby & Mac, which is a brilliant place to get all your stocking fillers. After a busy afternoon of Christmas shopping, who doesn’t feel like a facial?