Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015

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Facial Review

West London Living sent journalist Lisa Kjellsson to Cosmedics’ Putney Beauty Salon as one of their “Tried and Tested” features, where she chose to review the Murad AHA Rapid Exfoliator facial.

Consultation and Skin Review

After a consultation with beauty therapist Anna Zajac, during which she asks about my usual skincare routine (a bit haphazard at times, I’m afraid) and establishes my objectives with the treatment (giving my dry winter skin a bit of a boost), we talk about my skin concerns.

Like most women, I am more prone to breakouts when I’m stressed or hormonal, and I tell Anna that although I was fortunate to have problem-free skin throughout my teens and twenties, I now feel that I need to step up my game.

I confess the skin sins of my youth, when I was oblivious to the importance of wearing sunscreen regardless of the season and even went sans SPF when living in Spain and the Caribbean. Anna doesn’t make any false promises about rolling back the years, but stresses the importance of exfoliating the face weekly and wearing eye cream daily.

Murad AHA Exfoliating Facial Process

She starts by thoroughly steam cleaning and toning my face, choosing to use her fingers rather than a needle to tackle my clogged pores as she thinks I would be too sensitive for the latter.

Then she warns me that I might feel a slight tingle as she applies the acid solution to my face, but I don’t find it unpleasant at all.

The final step is hydration: Anna mixes two different masks to suit my dry, sensitive skin before giving me a relaxing hand massage while the products work their magic. After gently washing it off, she finishes by applying moisturiser (Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture). Because of the high concentration of active ingredients in the Murad products, you don’t need much, she explains, usually a pea-sized amount will suffice.


When I look in the mirror, I definitely have a more glowing complexion and despite being somewhat sleep-deprived I look and feel very well rested. I know the fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes are still there, but I feel temporarily rejuvenated and I don’t doubt that if I were to see Anna regularly, it would probably result in a more long-lasting effect.

The full review is published at

Murad AHA Rapid Exfoliator Facial

The Murad AHA Rapid Exfoliator facial is suitable and indeed beneficial for most skin types. It works to remove the surface layer of dead skin cells, revealing fresher and younger-looking skin beneath. The process and combination of AHA’s and anti-oxidants works to regenerate skin cell renewal for benefit which lasts well beyond the treatment itself, promoting softer skin and a more radiant complexion.

The Murad AHA Rapid Exfoliator Facial costs £70 with Cosmedics Beauty’s fully trained therapists (or £350 for a course of six treatments).

Murad Facials London

at Cosmedics’ Putney Beauty Salon

An extensive range of Murad facials is available at our Putney beauty salon, based in SW15 London.

4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DS

For any enquiries or to book an appointment, please contact us on 0208 246 4861, email or use the handy enquiry form on this website