Temple Beauty, St Albans
Temple Beauty offers specialist and advanced skin treatments in an environment that feels completely relaxed and extremely friendly.
Temple Beauty is on London Road in St Albans. It’s a short walk from the train station and there’s easy parking close by in The Maltings. Charlie’s Coffee & Co is next door, and if you fancy a bit of a browse for clothes and gifts, I recommend Chloe James, The Dressing Room and Raindrops and Roses. And you can always check out my city insider guide to St Albans.
Professional, warm and friendly. It feels more beauty clinic than salon. It shares the building and reception area with St Albans Medical Centre which is owned by a well-known eye surgeon and this slightly dictates the atmosphere. When you go upstairs, you are then immersed in the Temple Beauty environment. It’s bright and still feels serious and professional, but here there is a dose of fun and glamour. There are eight treatment rooms and it feels spacious. The therapists wear white coats for medical procedures and black tunics for facials. Carron, the owner, says that they tread carefully. They regularly advise people against certain treatments, particularly younger women who have been seduced by the Kardashian effect and look in danger of overdoing things with lip enhancements. The aim here, Carron tells me, is to to enhance natural beauty rather than manufacture it. The clients are predominately female although Carron says that more and more men are booking for treatments such as laser hair removal.
This is a place for specialist procedures as well as more traditional skincare treatments. My therapist is Emma, and the consultation is in-depth, with lots of time for questions. My skin, now that we’re looking at it closely, has never looked worse. Words like ‘congestion’, ‘hormonal’ and ‘acne’ are flying around. When I’m asked what I eat, I want to say blueberries and oily fish and 9 a day, but instead Kettle Chips and wine come to the fore. Emma asks about my skin care routine. Routine? Oh dear. We agree that my skin is dehydrated. Could I drink more water? Yes, of course. We all know we should and could, but do we? She notices that on each cheek I have a bit of a rash. I’m a mess! Emma suggests the HL renew peel for me. It’s a treatment that carries on working after the event, and I’m promised that enzymes will nibble away at my dead skin cells leaving my skin looking and feeling brighter, and with fewer fine lines. I’m more than ready for this.
As with any treatment, the fact that I’m away from a screen, have turned off my phone, and am lying down in the afternoon is possibly enough to make the years float away. Emma is extremely knowledgeable and good at explaining what she’s doing but she doesn’t blind me with science. My treatment starts when I get a whiff of eucalyptus, which I hadn’t expected. It immediately puts me at ease. The treatment feels more like a regular facial, with wonderful massaging, masks and products that all smell delicious. I enjoy the experience from beginning to end.
There is a serious number of treatments available at Temple Beauty, and for all kinds of skin conditions. Advanced electrolysis, dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, micro blading and micro needling and body contouring. The facials here are with HL and Alumier products. You can have red veins removed from both face and legs, and there’s also laser hair removal.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Go on, admit it, I look years younger. I expected to feel some kind of tingling and have a pink face but I had neither. I felt that I’d had a proper rest and my skin looked and felt rested too. I can’t vouch for the other treatments, but I can recommend Temple Beauty. I was very impressed by Carron, who has founded Temple Beauty after a lifetime in customer relations. She understands how to welcome people and make them feel at ease – and I witnessed her with other people, it wasn’t that I was getting the VIP treatment – and she is caring and real. And I suppose that’s what struck me the most. This a warm and genuine place, even though some of the treatments on offer are promising a result that might be less than real. This is in no way a criticism of enhancing treatments: I have been colouring my hair for years and probably would have a go at whitening my teeth so it’s not as if I’m a completely natural person. If you’re looking for clinical or aesthetic skin treatments, you will be in safe and nurturing hands at Temple Beauty.
All kinds of specialist skin care. Removals of red veins, skin tags and warts. Laser hair removal.
Not for: Anyone looking for a pedicure or manicure.
£££: Prices start from £70 for 15 mins advanced electrolysis, to remove skin tags and warts. HL facials start at £70 and Alumier MD skin treatments start at £1o for eye rescue and go up to £110 for a Glow peel.
Temple Beauty 11 London Road, Saint Albans, AL1 1L; 01727 840111