Marie Reynolds is an internationally renowned skin and wellness expert with a state-of-the-art clinic in Norfolk, which could possibly be one of the county’s best kept secrets! Here, she explains what’s brought her to Norfolk – and why she’s here to stay
People come from all over the UK to visit Marie Reynolds’ skin and wellness clinic in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. And yet locals may not know that it even exists, let alone that it offers an impressive range of cutting edge skin and body treatments. Marie has long since made a name for herself as a favourite therapist of many national beauty editors and, before coming to Norfolk, she was working in clinics all over London, including in Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea. ‘Working in London, I worked with celebrities and beauty journalists – I’ve been in the industry for coming up to 40 years.’
Meeting her now husband has brought this down-to-earth Londoner to Norfolk. Although he’s also a Londoner, he has lived in Norfolk for more than 20 years and visiting the county led Marie to take stock of her life, as she says: ‘To cut a very long story short, when I came up to Norfolk I thought, ‘what am I doing? I’d been a single mum for many, many years and had worked really hard.’ A big investor had been showing an interest in her business, but it occurred to Marie that the old adage, ‘quality not quantity’ was what was really important to her. So she made the move, and brought her daughter with her, who was 16 at the time. The move was a bit of a culture shock to the teenager. ‘After A levels she went back down to London and is still in London!’
Marie decided to remain a regular visiting clinician at Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly. ‘Fortnum & Mason is very close to my heart – I’ve been with them for many years,’ says Marie, so she commuted to London twice a week and also set up a treatment room in Reepham, to begin with.
They then came across a barn, which changed everything – and which is where her clinic is now based. Marie recalls: ‘We found the barn and said to my parents ‘why don’t you come up?’ We all piled into this barn!’
Marie has treated all the beauty editors in her time, and one particular beauty editor had suggested that she bring out a skin care and supplement range. Initially reticent (‘bringing a product to market can take years’) Marie brought out her own skincare and supplement line, Marie Reynolds London, in 2018.
Her product Restore, a skin food facial mask which supports imbalances within the epidermal flora through the skin’s microorganism, is award-winning and can be found at Fortnum & Mason, for example, and online.
The MRL range now boasts an impressive 17 supplements, skin care range – including a new eye care range – and accessories. ‘It’s grown and grown and grown.’ She adds: ‘‘My whole ethos in my work is treating skin from within and whole-body wellness. Your skin is a barometer of what happens inside.’
Marie doesn’t go in for different treatments and for different skin types, as such. Rather, she has created one overall skin therapy, Masterlift which has gained something of a cult following over the years, which incorporates the cutting edge and results driven MRL skincare range, micro needling, LED and aesthetic techniques. Or there’s a Deep Oscillation Facial, which works on oscillating manual lymph drainage techniques to aid the removal of lymphatic toxicity and strengthen cutaneous tissue.
Body treatments at the Norfolk Clinic include total body detox, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Ozone, Vital Air and Energy Therapies. She says: ‘I’m working on a new treatment with magnets and other bits and pieces.’
Over the years, Marie has studied beauty therapy, homeopathy, genetics, counselling, aromatherapy, oriental diagnosis, Bowen Technique, colonic hydrotherapy and energy medicine. Marie is a huge advocate of the latter, and regularly attends the annual World Congress in Germany on Energy Therapy along with doctors and professors to keep her practice up to date with the latest technologies available. She has also lectured worldwide in skin care treatments, nutrition and advanced consulting.
A regular in the national beauty press, Marie runs a busy clinic, but she makes the point: ‘A lot of my clients come here if they see something in a magazine, whereas the local community wouldn’t even know I’m here. It’s getting awareness out there.’
It doesn’t sound as though Marie will be returning to London anytime soon, if at all. ‘I absolutely love it here – I always say Norfolk is my soul medicine. Whenever I go to London, I’m dreaming about the journey back!’
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