Spa Diaries: House of Elemis, Lancashire Court

I should start this post with the disclaimer that it is neither sponsored, nor written in collaboration with Elemis (or any third party for that matter). I’m simply sharing it from the perspective of someone who has spent quite some time searching for that right facial. A tougher challenge than it sounds, believe me.

If you’re in a similar predicament and are looking for a rejuvenating treatment tailored to your individual skin-type, not to mention one which lends both an instant boost and a more long-lasting glow – I think I know just the place for you. House of Elemis.


As a frequent traveller with B.A., I’ve been familiar with the brand for a while now – always making sure to have a window for their pre-flight hydrating ritual at the Elemis Travel Spa in the T5 Lounge. Going by these results, I recently decided to try the longer facial treatments offered at their townhouse spa, discreetly  tucked away within the cobbled side-streets of Lancashire Court (a hidden gem behind Bond Street).

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Given my various concerns, the knowledgable reception team recommended the Biotec facial, which involves “facial mapping” to produce a full report on your complexion – right down to the smallest spot and open pore. The analysis can be a bit disconcerting but thankfully the therapists are rather reassuring in their combative response, relying on the report to choose which of the seven Biotec facials would be most suited for you.

On my first visit, we proceeded with a skin-brightening therapy designed to have super-hydrating results, yielding an even and refined skin tone. While these buzz-word phrases are often bandied about in beauty reviews, I have to admit that they lend an accurate description here, with my face sporting a natural radiance afterwards…

The effectiveness of the treatments is mainly realised through an innovative machine which uses micro-electric currents, light therapy and oxygen infusion to really penetrate through barriers for a deeper, cellular-boosting impact.

The facial starts like any other – with traditional cleansing, steam and extraction (if needed to get rid of those pesky blackheads). The different prongs of the machine are then used for a deeper-cleanse and resurfacing, with the vibrations helping to dislodge dead cells and debris (thus reducing dullness). “Brightening actives” are compounded by an ultrasonic peel and light therapy (for an anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory effect), followed by a peel-off mask (combining Vitamin C and daisy), so as to reduce any appearance of  irregular pigmentation. There’s a soothing massage involved (which does wonders in relaxing you), with an intense emphasis on moisturising your skin towards the end (with the mineral-loaded Sea Algae).

In general – depending on which therapy you’ve chosen Biotec results span from reducing the appearance of fine lines, oily shine and visible pores, to treating blemishes, increasing smoothness and softening the complexion. I found that my results lasted for nearly three to four weeks, during which time my skin had a naturally-healthy glow.

If you’re looking for a feel-good boost, rooted in advanced technologies and skincare – then I’d certainly recommend this line of facials at House of Elemis.


House of Elemis 2 Lancashire Ct, Mayfair, London W1S 1EX

You might also like to read about the Hyde Park Awakening Ritual at The Spa at Four Seasons, Park Lane. 

Author: The Foodie Diaries

A food travel & lifestyle journal, chronicling my culinary and other adventures around town.

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