Meghan Markle is famous for many things – being the Duchess of Sussex, her flair for fashion, her passion for worthy causes, and of course; her enviably dewy skin. And now Britain’s most sought-after facialist Sarah Chapman, has been enlisted as the Duchess’s one and only skincare professional, having received special ‘official facialist’ status from the royals. And Chapman recently opened up to Town & Country magazine on her methods, techniques, and what it was like treating the bride the day before this century’s most anticipated wedding.
Whilst most clients enjoy anonymity, Chapman admitted it was nice to not hide her new special status. “Honestly, I would have treated her for 40 years and if no one ever knew, I would still be happy—but we have a great relationship, and it’s nice that we can talk about it.” Indeed, it seems she’s been Markle’s go-to skincare woman since Meg moved to the UK last year, and given the Duchess’s remarkably fresh-faced appearance throughout a very demanding formal schedule, it’s clear her techniques deliver results.
So what sets a Chapman facial apart? It firstly involves by turns relaxing, and vigorous, massage for that “juicy” look. “If you do a facial just with massage, you can make a massive difference in the skin,” she said, adding, “.. the massage that I’ve developed is really intense and deep. We get right down into the muscle to release tension.” And for Meghan’s nuptials, she was sure to pay an extra special visit the day before. “Some people find it unusual that I would do facial the day or night before a wedding,” she said, explaining that for her, working right up until the day before is key, “because that’s how we get that incredible glow.” In fact, for a wedding, she’ll typically begin prepping six months ahead “working on getting the skin stronger and more balanced by doing things like gentle peels.” She’ll also put a solid skincare regimen in place, with plenty of focus on a few key ingredients.
So what should we be looking for in our skincare products? According to Chapman, vitamin A is a must, particularly for issues with acne, aging, or pigment. She also singled out lactic acid, for its brightening and hydrating benefits; hyaluronic acid, for plumping; taking omega oils for suppleness and moisture retention; and vitamin C for “that light-bulb luminosity.”
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As well as the technical side of skincare treatments, there are also of course, the calming effects of a treatment. “There’s… a holistic aspect,” said Chapman, “when someone is getting married, they’re pretty stressed, so I really try to centre people as well as looking at the skin. A lot of people say I’ve got quite healing hands.” Well, that’s one explanation for Meghan’s wedding day game face.
And it seems Chapman’s healing hands are keeping her happily in work (she’s even insured them for $1.7m). Though she said she never sought out celebrity clients (“it just happened”), no doubt her commitment to “product integrity and formulations – the kind of geeky side” has seen her become one of the best in the game. In fact, she even counts Naomi Watts and Victoria Beckham as fans, with the latter crediting her for clearing up her skin trouble. As for the rest of us – be prepared to be added to a three-month waiting list for an appointment in London. Oh, to be a Duchess.