Charlotte Edwardes, journalist

Her treatments are every bit as robust as the hi-tech alternatives, and get jaw-dropping results. She starts by grading my skin according to the Fitzpatrick scale (a numerical classification for skin colour, it gauges sensitivity to UV light) and gathers a history of my scarring (when and why the scars occurred in the first place). She also assesses lifestyle, personality and menstrual cycle. ‘As we age, our oestrogen levels drop 
and our skin becomes thinner and more vascular,’ she explains as 
she tucks me into layers of goose down and towelling.

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