REVIEW – Zest Health and Beauty, Edinburgh

Haddington Place branch

By Chiara Pannozzo

There’s no getting around it, women love to be pampered, and pampered I was today at Zest Health and Beauty on Haddington Place. This city centre salon was established by Louise Caithness eight years ago and has continued to thrive ever since. With talented staff and premium products, it’s easy to see why Zest has such a loyal customer base, and I can confidently say that after the treatment I received today, they have just earned themselves another client.

I had the luxury of being treated to a Dermalogica Facial Mapping Facial (£50 for 1hr and 20 mins) whilst at Zest today. This consisted of a an in-depth look at my skin from the moment I walked in the door.

After completing a questionnaire covering various aspects of my skincare routine and tendencies, my skin was scrutinised as part of the mapping process. This proved to be particularly insightful in terms of the condition of my skin, with reassurances that I was doing certain things right, whilst giving me pointers for ways to improve. This also allowed the therapist to match suitable products for my skin during the facial, resulting in a bespoke treatment that targeted the necessary areas.

Once the mapping process was complete, my skin went under a number of processes to ensure it was thoroughly cleansed, including a pre-cleanser, a scrub, a facial oil treatment and a mask. All of these processes were expertly executed by a highly talented therapist, Shonand,  who truly knew how to make me relax. Whilst the mask was on my skin, she massaged my shoulders. This relaxed me to the point where I almost fell asleep.

As the treatment came to an end, a moisturiser, SPF treatment and eye cream were all applied to help enrich my freshly cleansed skin. Whilst I sipped on a glass of water, and tried to rouse myself from my state of extreme relaxation, Shonand went through my facial mapping results in more detail, recommending products that could help me to achieve my skincare goals. The whole treatment was excellent, and one that I would be very keen to repeat again.

Lousie Caithness

As the name suggests, Zest Health and Beauty provides a range of other treatments including waxing, tanning, manicures, pedicures and eyelash tinting and shaping. More details about the range of treatments available can be found on their website.

Skin Solutions

And as if building up a thriving beauty salon isn’t enough, Louise has also recently expanded her long list of talents to include a new business venture, Skin Solutions. The focus for Skin Solutions is Advanced Cosmetic Electrolysis, which can be used to treat a range of skin conditions, including mole and facial tag removal, thread veins, and pigmentation, amongst various other treatments. This service has proved particularly worthwhile, with Louise now working in clinics across Scotland, delivering these entirely professional treatments.

With so many strings to their bow, the Zest beauty group really is a one stop shop for all your beauty needs. Whether it be Shellac nails, or Caci non-surgical facelift treatments, to the more advanced Skin Solutions services, you really can find everything you need at this wonderful Edinburgh salon.


There are two branches of Zest Health and Beauty. One at the top of Leith Walk (Haddington Place) and the other in the Braid Hills Golf Range on Liberton Drive. Full details and contact numbers can be found on the website. You can meet the rest of the team here.

Various opening hours including early appointments and evenings.

You can also find Zest Health & Beauty on twitter.

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