How’s your wash bag looking? Having all but given up on any sort of beauty routine during lockdown, ours is in need of a refresh. Enter Lion/ne, a brilliant new company that sits somewhere between the beauty counter and the dermatologist. They offer 1:1 consultations via zoom with trained Skin Mentors who really know their stuff and will tailor a complete skincare regime to your individual needs. Crucially, they aren’t affiliated to any particular company so they recommend the products that really work from a broad spectrum of brands at different price points.
We tried out one of their ‘Holistic Skin Sessions’ and were very impressed. We showed up not wearing any make up, having submitted a pretty thorough form in advance answering questions about lifestyle/diet/hero products etc. You then talk through your concerns – it’s the chance to ask anything from how to include an SPF without causing break-outs to how to avoid waking up with puffy eyes. The skin mentors are not doctors, so it’s not the place for more serious skin concerns or conditions, but if you’re wondering how to brighten your complexion, which cleanser to use, how to deal with mask-acne and a whole range of issues, then it’s a unique chance to do that with a knowledgable expert.
After the session you receive a bespoke skin profile, a new regime with products (out with the La Roche-Posay Gel Moussant cleanser I’ve been using for years and in with the cleverer PHA cleanser, NeoStrata Restore) as well as a a calendar telling you when to put on what, and in what order. There’s also a shopping cart of products, but you’re under no obligation to buy any of these unless you want to. Afterwards you have access to a chat service with your skin mentor for up to 30 days or until your next consultation. Despite being conducted via zoom, the service feels very personal and almost like talking to a knowledgeable friend. For more beauty chat with industry experts and Lion/ne’s founders Ksenia Selivanova and Megan Felton do check out their podcast, The Skinterview.
Lion/ne’s 45-minute Holistic Skin Sessions cost £65. A Little Bird readers can use the discount code ALITTLEBIRD20 to receive 20% off their first consultation this summer.