ARRIVING extra early at London Heathrow Airport or getting stuck during a layover can mean hours of boredom, especially if you’re trying to avoid spending money.
What most passengers don’t realise is that there are a number of free treatments and tastings that you enjoy while at Duty Free.
Most travellers are reluctant to head to the shops in case they are persuaded to buy stuff.
However, many of the beauty counters offer free express massages, facials or skincare and make-up classes.
There are even free whisky tastings for anyone wanting to kill a few hours by trying out the booze on offer.
Even better, you don’t need to buy anything to enjoy the freebies.
Here are the best things to try without spending a penny at London Heathrow Airport:
Elizabeth Arden – Hand massage or neck massage, as well as eye area treatments.
Jo Malone – Hand and arm massages.
Molton Brown – Hand and arm massages.
The treatments exclusive to certain terminals
Elemis (Terminal 3 only) – Hand and arm massages, a quick pre-flight cleanse and tone, or a five minute ‘eye reviver’ treatment.
Dr Sebagh (Terminal 2 and 5) – Skin care consultations as well as mini facials and tips on skin care routines.
Gucci (Terminal 5 only) – Make-up consultations as well as fragrance assistance.
Sisley – (Terminal 2 and 5) – Eye treatments, a make-up freshen up and skin diagnosis.
Urban Decay (Terminal 4 and 5) – Learn to do eye or lip make-up.
Bare Minerals – Eye make-up tutorials, complexion masterclasses on how to contour and highlight.
Benefit – Full skincare and make-up tutorials.
Bobbi Brown – 10-minute brows and lips treatments, 15-minute skincare and foundation sessions or a full glam look in 20 minutes.
Dior – Five minute lip and beauty tips and treatments, fragrance testing.
Estee Lauder – Express services including eye or lip or make-up, as well as mini facials.
Givenchy – Lip and eye make-up treatments.
Guerlain – Make-up consultations.
Kiehl’s – Five minute skin regime consultation with free samples.
MAC – 15-minute make-up classes, or short tutorial on how to do brows, eyes or lips.
Nars – Lip, cheek or eye make-up treatment.
Shiseido – Learn how to do make-up on eyebrows, lips or entire face.
Smashbox – Extensive treatments including lip defining, polished brows, make-up primers or evening looks with strobe or contour.
Yves Saint Laurent – Eyes, lips or complexion treatments.
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Clarins – Quick moisturiser and double serum facial, finished with foundation.
Clinique – How to find the right moisturiser session, free facial spray treatment, learn about glowy-skin techniques.
La Mer – Range of skincare treatments and facials.
La Prairie – Range of skincare treatments and facials.
Lancome – Range of skincare treatments and facials.
L’Occitane – Range of skincare treatments and facials.
Passengers can try out a range of whiskys on offer at Duty Free.
Obviously you will need to be 18, and will have to show ID if asked.
Personal shopping services
A free personal shopping service is available if you’re planning to spend big in the clothes stores, and it even includes complimentary champagne.
It just needs to be booked 48 hours before you travel.
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London Heathrow isn’t the only airport to have free treatments and experiences.
Changi Airport in Singapore also offers passengers some great things to try without spending any money.
Free drinks, massage chairs and tours can be found in some of the terminals.