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It’s not every day that you come across a hidden gem and seldom are you lucky enough to find it on your very own doorstep. Despite the easy parking directly outside - no West End headaches here - I can walk to the Aesthetic Skin Centre from home. Bonus!

Trudy Friedman is the talented lady behind this award-winning clinic, located in the quiet part of Finchley Central. Well-situated, minutes from the station but discreet too. This is the place that in-the-know North West Londoners frequent for all things beauty and skincare. From teenagers with problem skin to laser hair removal or micro-needling, down to those little extras that Trudy calls finishing touches - lashes, brows and nails. This is a one-stop shop, where attention to detail, effectiveness and renewal are top of the agenda.

A qualified nurse with years of experience, I was privileged to meet Trudy more than fifteen years ago, back when I was a spring chicken and she was practicing in Hendon. Her warmth and knowledge has made the clinic a huge success and it continues to go from strength to strength.

Walking in from the street, the door closes on the hustle and bustle of the outside world and you immediately relax. The clinic is calm and serene. Nothing is rushed here. 

Although a nurse-led clinic, Trudy’s passion has led her down a path of offering an holistic experience. She’s offering a place to grab some me-time, whatever you’re visiting for. Whether for a ‘tweakment’, a small but well-placed amount of filler to instantly revive a tired face, or baby botox – none of those waxy, frozen foreheads here, you also have access to so much more.

Experience alone though isn’t what sets the Aesthetic Skin Centre apart from the rest. Its the combination of keeping at the cutting edge, using the latest and most effective technology and hand picking treatments and products that offer real results. For facial, body contouring and sculpting – the clinic already offers the 3D Ultimate, a machine that provides a 3 step approach using cryotherapy and HIFU - high intensity focussed ultrasound.

Profhilo is another very popular treatment that is getting lots of positive press and feedback both from professionals and their clients. An anti-ageing treatment that boosts hydration and treats sagging skin, this injectable hyaluronic acid is the answer for people who don’t want to use filler, as it lasts in the skin only a month, during which time it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.

From a non-invasive point of view, there’s plenty that sets the clinic apart from the rest. The Geneo+ facial for instance. Emphasis again is on real results. Exfoliation, oxygenation and radio-frequency are all combined in this smart touch system, that leaves glowing, smoother skin, without any downtime.

I’d visited for a little ‘pick-me-up’. My three year-old about to turn four, I wanted to look refreshed for his party. Hurtling towards my late forties with unbelievable speed, I was desperate. I had no end of ideas about what I ‘needed’. A face full of filler probably wasn’t going to cut it. Trudy took one look at me and instantly put me at ease. I simply needed a small amount of filler in my lower jaw to replace lost fat.

Many aestheticians would have pumped me full of filler; bloated my cheeks, my temples, taken my money. Not Trudy. As she worked, taking her time to work her magic, her positivity and satisfaction with her work became infectious. I left feeling my younger self!

Treatment doesn’t stop when you leave. The clinic stocks a well-curated collection of effective, professional skincare products for sale. Trudy and her team know exactly what works and for whom. A bespoke service for your skin.

I’m yet to return for my two-week follow up. Every client gets one, as it’s important to see how things settle. I will, however, definitely be retuning. The Aesthetic Skin Centre is at the top of its game. Once you go, you’ll be a client for life. Prices are reasonable, treatments are top-notch and your skin will thank you for it!

Aesthetic Skin Centre, 34 Hendon Lane, N3 1TT. Tel 020 8346 6567

On another skincare note, I’ve been testing serums for a while now. If pores are a worry, I recommend that you try perfect pores by Angela Langford. An all natural serum with rose, cypress and the all important hyaluronic acid. It smells wonderful, sinks it without leaving any greasy feel and does the job well. 


By Caron Bluestone, Contributing Editor
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