Skin & Sanctuary: Victoria Park’s Beauty Queens

Live beautifully. For those living and working in the vicinity of Victoria Park this has never been easier thanks to new cosmetic clinic Skin & Sanctuary, opened by Hackney resident cousins, Sonia Rishi and Dr Saira Vasdev. 

Live beautifully is the cousins’ ultimate goal for clients of Skin & Sanctuary and just stepping into their elegantly designed clinic on Victoria Park Road makes you feel like one of the beautiful people. Gracefully decorated in an Instagram worthy shade of blush, the welcoming reception space makes you relax instantly, helped in no small part by Sonia’s calm and welcoming demeanour. 

A tour around the two individually designed treatment rooms reveals just why this clinic has the potential to disrupt the world of aesthetics traditionally dominated by Harley Street. Saira’s treatment room is light and airy with a map of Hackney on the ceiling; a quirky visual feature accompanying the state-of-the-art equipment used by Skin & Sanctuary’s Lead Aesthetic Doctor to achieve her signature results. 

Facial QueenFatma Gunduz’s treatment room is the complete antithesis to the lightness and brightness of the rest of the clinic but somehow it just works. A mid-century inspired orange chaise is set against palm tree wallpaper to create a space that cocoons you the moment you enter it, and after a facial by Fatma you float back down to Sonia’s capable hands as you prepare to go back to the
real world. 

Skin & Sanctuary specialises in advanced cosmetic treatments including injectable treatments for graceful ageing such as dermal fillers and Profhilo, the first BDDE-free stabilised injectable hyaluronic acid that not only boosts and hydrates the skin but also remodels our ageing and sagging tissue. 

The Clinic’s super medical grade facials include not only WOW Facial and HydraFacial but also their very own signature facials, the Goddess and Superhero. Other treatments include Dermapen® microneedling, LED light therapy and the truly life-changing Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Treatment.

To do as much as they can to move you on your own journey to ‘live beautifully’, Skin & Sanctuary also partner with some truly amazing experts to give the people of Hackney their very own ‘glam squad’ on their doorstep.

Dr Vasdev’s Summer Skincare Saviours

Double cleanse your skin in the evening. Firstly to remove surface impurities and secondly to create a clean canvas to allow deeper penetration of other skincare ingredients to support the skin’s overnight repair processes. Alumier M.D. Purifying Gel Cleanser removes every last trace of the day. 

De-pollute your skin with a quality antioxidant serum.  Antioxidants neutralise harmful toxins which build up on the skin throughout the day, reduce inflammation and prevent premature ageing. Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Acid triple Antioxidant Serum is your best friend. 

Don’t skip on the sunscreen. Wear a minimum of SPF 30 on your skin daily to protect against damaging Ultraviolet and infrared rays. Even on a cloudy day your skin cells are vulnerable to DNA damage from the sun, the leading cause of premature ageing. Heliocare 360 Fluid Cream is my recommendation and go-to SPF. 

Keep your skin hydrated.  Dry skin is going to show signs of ageing faster than hydrated skin with a healthy barrier. Use Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 gel for optimum hydration. 

Don’t forget about your eyes.  The delicate eye tissues reveal the early signs of ageing and are more vulnerable to accelerated ageing processes than other facial zones.  Invest in a good eye cream or gel to diminish dark circles and improve the appearance of fine lines. I always recommend Alumier M.D. AluminEye to patients. It works. 

All products available from Skin & Sanctuary.

To experience Skin & Sanctuary for yourself, visit their clinic at 170a Victoria Park Road, E9 7HD, call 020 3905 5555 or visit