Mission Beautician: Microdermabrasion (inc. some VERY special offers!!)

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In case you hadn’t heard, I’m on an incredibly exciting and highly dangerous mission to find the best beauty treatments and salons across the fair city of Glasgow. It’s a nail biter. If you’ve missed the first couple of installments click HERE (for the scene setting) and HERE (for the report on the pick of the massages).

My next challenge was the most dangerous of all – namely because it involved taking a few minor risks with my face. I mean, I’m definitely no oil painting but still, entrusting a complete stranger with your face for an hour or so does take some courage.  I’ll level with you here- I am not someone who goes for a lot of facials or more advanced treatments. Every now and again I have been granted one as a real treat, and have duly absolutely loved it, but it’s fair to say that I don’t have a routine skincare regime that involves a bi-monthly professional treatment. In fact, though I’m shamed to admit it, when my mission unearthed microdermabrasion, I had to google it to find out what on earth it was. I know. I am THAT uncool. Now, however, I’m delighted to share my newfound wisdom with you and give you a few recommended spots around the city that you can find it expertly delivered. You are welcome.

The Lowdown

Microdermabrasion is no standard facial treatment; it is a non-surgical method of rejuvenating the skin by exfoliation without using chemicals or laser. It is a new, virtually painless alternative to traditional chemical and laser peels. In most beauty salons or treatment rooms, it would be considered a more advanced procedure so it may not be available as a treatment at your usual salon.

It is performed by using a hand-held device (a bit like a scratchy pen), to pass a controlled flow of fine crystals over the skin (oooooooo crystals). As the crystals pass over the skin they are immediately sucked away with a vacuum, taking the top-most layer of dead skin cells away too. This skin exfoliating process is said to improve the tone and texture of the skin, revealing new skin cells that are soft and smooth. This process is also thought to promote the production of new collagen, which should improve your skin’s resistance to the effects of ageing. Useful.

Microdermabrasion is recommended by salons in the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne prone skin, blackheads, whiteheads, superficial age spots and oily, dry or patchy skin. It can be used on all skin types, young and old, male and female and the results are instant and visible from the first treatment though most clinics or salons usually recommend a course of treatments for the maximum benefit. Sounds pretty good, right?

So where in Glasgow can I get my hands on this magical treatment?

Transform, Ingram Street

Transform is not your average beauty salon, nor is it your go-to for a cheeky facial, it is in fact the UK’s leading cosmetic surgery company. Wowza. Try not to be alarmed – many of the treatments they offer are non-surgical so if the thought of a knife going anywhere near your face gives you the heebie geebies then rest assured. The Glasgow clinic prides itself on it’s friendly and personal service and though the environment may be clinical, they aim to offer a warm approach that can put you at ease.

So how was it?

Transform definitely has the feels more like a clinic than anything else which comes as no surprise considering the range of cosmetic procedures on offer. However, whilst it may not have that, ‘spa day’ feeling, you can feel confident that you are in safe, professional and capable hands. When the lovely Emily went along for her treatment (the first time she had tried microdermabrasion), she was impressed by the professionalism she was met with and their straight-forward approach, describing it as, ‘no frills – it does what it says on the tin’. As microdermabrasion goes, it is also reasonably inexpensive at £55 for a session lasting around 45 minutes.

To find out more about Transform and the variety of treatments they have on offer, visit www.transforminglives.co.uk.

BEST for clinical skill from a friendly face: About Face, St Enoch Square

When Lizzie went along and met Nicole from About Face, she realised that this was a salon that offered both clinical expertise (they offer a large range of advanced cosmetic procedures including electrolysis and IPL hair removal as well as using electrolysis for the removal of skin blemishes such as red veins or skin tags and laser treatment for skin complaints) as well as a friendly, local salon atmosphere. This is a formula that has proved highly successful for them over the 26 years they have been around and they provide a qulaity of care that has made it the ‘g0-to’ for many people in Glasgow looking for this kind of treatment. They also offer the full range of expected beauty treatments from waxing to a french manicure and use amazing French beauty products from Sothys.

So how was it?

Nicole was fantastic – Lizzie felt she learned more about skincare in the first half hour than she had otherwise in life so far. The atmosphere was both smart and clinical at the same time as being warm and welcoming, and she felt in safe hands. Of the microdermabrasion treatment she said, “My skin feels fantastic – Nicole showed me the dead skin that had been removed and I definitely feel that it’s been worthwhile! Everyone was very friendly and this is a place I would definitely come back to if I was considering any advanced cosmetic procedures.”


This July, About Face is offering HALF PRICE on your first electrolysis session including a FREE consultation!! A great opportunity to find out more and see if it could be something that would be up your street. Don’t forget to mention Mabel’s Log when you book! For more information on all the fabulous treatments they offer, visit www.about-face.co.uk

BEST in town: Julie Ross Salon, West Regent Street

The Julie Ross Salon is a great place to start if you fancy trying microdermabrasion but would prefer to give it a go in the beauty salon environment. Julie offers the complete beauty experience all under one roof with anything from manicures to aging prevention facials to brazilian waxing to hair dressing. The full package! She’s an experienced lady too with prestigious training and a CV that has taken her all over Europe. It is no surprise that since opening her own salon, she has developed a strong client base as she’s a wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable woman!

So how was it?

When Felicity went along to see Julie for the first time she was warmly welcomed and had a wonderful time. She went for a treatment her clients like to call the ‘Julie Special Facial’ which, using AgeSmart Dermalogica products, combines diamond touch microdermabrasion with a collagen facial treatment and relaxing massage!  All the good things that the skin needs! After being pampered and preened, Felicity said, “Julie is fabulous, it was all very relaxing and I feel like the treatment has knocked years off me!”


Book the ‘Julie Special’ facial in July and as a Mabel’s Log reader you get an exclusive discount!! The 1 ½ hour treatment is usually £70 but you can get it for just £55 – just mention Mabel’s Log when you make your booking!

Her other July promotions include HALF PRICE semi-permanent lashes and THREE FOR £33 where you can choose any 3 treatments from a wash and blow dry, refresher manicure, tidy toes, Eye-lash tint, party-lash extensions and brow shape and pay only £33.00! What a brilliant day at the salon that would be! Julie is also offering discounted summer pamper packages so visit her website www.julieross-salon.co.uk or give her a bell to find out more.

Well strike whilst the iron is HOT, folks! Treat yourself to a fresh face this July!