Murad Firm and Tone at The Spa and Club, London Marriott Hotel County Hall

Can this treatment fulfil its promise of firmer thighs? Friday, 4 October 2013

By Nicky Trup

Can this treatment fulfil its promise of firmer thighs?

It was the promise of firmer thighs and reduced cellulite that lured me to the Marriott County Hall's Spa. Skincare brand Murad's Firm & Tone treatment is on offer here, and while I was sceptical, I was keen to give it a try.

Murad's website is filled with client testimonies, scientific-looking information and books with bold titles such as The Cellulite Solution and Wrinkle-Free Forever, but far from convincing me, this over-confidence merely increased my suspicion that the treatment couldn't possibly fulfil its promises.

The 60-minute session started with a full-body exfoliation, the therapist working her way up from my feet to my shoulders. This was followed by a deep moisturising lotion, which was massaged very firmly – no pain, no gain, right? – into my thighs, before my legs were wrapped in plastic. As we waited for the miracle concoction to take effect, the therapist rubbed the knots out of my back, and just as I felt I might drop off, it was time to unwrap and turn around to repeat the process.

Immediately afterwards my thighs did feel tighter, though when I looked in the mirror I couldn't see any real difference. The next morning, however, I was surprised to find the cellulite on my thighs had definitely improved, and the skin felt taut and smooth. It's not a miracle cure, but it did help, and if I could afford to have the treatment regularly, I would.

Murad Firm & Tone costs from £95 for 60 minutes. The Spa & Club, London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB. T: 020 7902 8023.

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