Inside the luxurious and VERY hi-tech spa that gave Pippa Middleton her pre-wedding glow: Exclusive salon is home to the UK's ONLY 'skin lab' and a £600 facial the A-list loves
- EXCLUSIVE: Spa understood to have been visited by Pippa as a bride-to-be
- FEMAIL goes inside the exclusive Santi Spa - known for its celebrity clientele
- The clinic offers tailor-made packages for brides using one-of-a-kind equipment
- The Duchess of Cambridge's sister tied the knot to James Matthews on May 20
Her pert derriere was responsible for stealing the lime-light at the Royal Wedding, but when it came to Pippa Middleton's own Big Day, it was her flawless complexion that drew gasps.
And FEMAIL can now exclusively reveal the details of just how the Duchess of Cambridge's sister achieved her radiant glow to tie the knot with banker James Matthews in May, at South Kensington's luxurious Santi Spa.
The 34-year-old was spotted leaving Santi, home to the UK's only Skin Lab, five weeks before her lavish Berkshire nuptials, and was plied with bespoke products from the salon to keep up her routine at home ahead of the ceremony.
The Skin Lab machine allows Santi's fleet of internationally trained therapists to assess the exact levels of collagen, moisture, and sebum in its celebrity clients' skin in a single session.
Flawless beauty: Pippa's youthful and healthy glow was the work of experts at the exclusive Santi Spa in London
The spa's roster of rich and connected customers will then have bespoke plans put in place based on their measurements of collagen, moisture, trans-epidermal water loss, elasticity, pigmentation, hydration and sebum production.
And according to Tariq Karim, the clinic's director, affluent brides fly in from all over the world for Santi's detailed assessments.
As well as a detailed analysis of their skin, clients will also have a consultation with the clinic's nutritionist.
Tariq said: 'For brides, it's best for them to come and see us at least three months prior. This gives a good amount of time to prep the skin, and it is possible to have an absolutely wonderful complexion as long as it's managed properly with treatments, products and what you are doing at home.'
Pippa was seen leaving the London clinic laden with products just five weeks before her wedding
Stay stylish in a scallop edge jacket like Pippa
We've always got one beady eye on Pippa Middleton's style and who can blame us?! Whenever we see her, Pippa looks suitably chic and this outfit was no exception.
The new Mrs Matthews was spotted out and about in London in an elegant cream tweed jacket by Kate Spade. Teaming her classic jacket with a pair of black trousers and some pumps, Pippa's look was simple but more than effective.
We're loving this classic monochrome jacket on Pippa, which features a pretty scallop edge, cropped design and three-quarter sleeves. Sadly it has now sold out but click right to shop the current collection.
The good new is there's a whole load of similar styles out there on the high-street to get the look. Shop our round-up of the best below from Sandro, Phase Eight, Oscar De La Renta and Diane Von Furstenberg. Style over skinny jeans and a blouse for an elegant off-duty look, or wear with tapered trousers and heels to give your tailoring a feminine edge.
Santi London, South Kensington (above left), offers luxurious treatments to celebrity and high profile clients, using the only Skin Lab system in the UK (right)
Inside the exclusive London spa that offers treatments from lazer hair removal to botox
He added: 'With this piece of technology, the numbers don't lie. It helps us to decide what kind of treatment to do.'
In general, most brides will undergo an extensive 45 minute skin-analysis before being treated to a 60 minute 'Santi Glow' facial, which includes skin polishing and oxygen infusion.
This is often followed by light therapy - which is dependent on the bride's skin package.
Unsurprisingly, given the calibre of its clients and the bespoke nature of Santi's services, each treatment comes with a hefty price-tag attached - from the £100 sugar cane facials to £600 Dermalan treatments.
FEMAIL GOES IN SEARCH OF THE 'PIPPA GLOW'
My skin is something that I have always felt self-conscious about. With angry spots, scarring (from years of picking my face) and a very basic skincare routine, I start every day by smearing my face in make up with the precision and skill of a plasterer.
(Left) Hana's skin a few weeks before the treatment. (Right) Hana, 24, straight traight after the Santi Glow Facial
By pressing different probes against my cleansed face, Tariq was able to tell me an unbelievable amount about my skin.
It turns out that I am severely lacking in vitamin C - which I am not surprised about - I'm not exactly a green juice drinking kind of girl.
My skin is also incredibly dry due to, and I quote, "a poor skincare routine" combined with not drinking enough water.
I was also able to see what my collagen looked like beneath my skin, and to my relief found out that I had good levels.
Before applying make-up: The morning after my facial my skin was brighter and my scars had lightened
After magnifying my skin so that the results appeared on the screen, he was also able to point to a small mark.
This was apparently was pigmentation and won't surface for another 5 years. That gives a general indication to how precise the piece of equipment was.
Also, despite having a skin tone that would give Snow White a run for her money, I discovered that my skin is sun-damaged - unbelievably that's all down to our English sunshine too, which I couldn't quite believe.
He advised types of products that I should be using and the treatments that would work for my skin and improve my scarring and blemishes.
After having my skin analysis I went and met beautician Barbra to experience the 'Santi Glow'. My skin was polished, exfoliated and left visibly glowing. I also had blue light therapy - which is specifically for acne and scarring and the next day the scars had lightened.
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