Samia is marrying French professional ice skater Sylvain Longchambon who was her partner on ITV’s Dancing on Ice in 2013 and she has just returned to the long-running soap after having a baby boy with him.
Samia, who plays Maria Connor, was accompanied at the clinic opening by Corrie colleague and friend Alan Halsall whose character Tyrone Dobbs was once engaged to Maria in the show.
Maria said: “I love a facial. I think all girls are into their beauty stuff. I’ve also had laser hair removal.”
And she revealed that her fiancé Sylvain, who is also a personal trainer, was helping her to ‘get in shape’ for the wedding.
“He’s trying to get my bum and tummy in shape after the baby,” added Samia, who also has a six-year-old girl and has just started filming again following maternity leave but is not yet back on screen. Will Sylvain be turning up on Wetherfield’s cobbles?
“I hope not’, said co-star Alan. “He’s too tall and handsome!”
As for his beauty regime, Alan, who has played the loveable Tyrone since 1998, joked: “It’s get up in the morning, couple of paracetamol and a pint of water to get rid of the hangover and a lot of aftershave to disguise the smell and off you go!”
Samia confirmed she gives Alan a hug at work each morning and he ‘always smells gorgeous’.
Fellow celebrity guest and antiques expert Christina Trevanion, who presents BBC shows including Bargain Hunt and Flog It!, lives near Whitchurch and went to Bishop Heber High School at Malpas. An auctioneer by trade, she runs an auction house from the old JB Joyce building in Whitchurch, the company famed for its clocks including Chester’s 1897 Eastgate Clock. She admits to owning several gavels and ‘breaking a few’.
Asked if she used beauty treatments, Christina, who had her hen do in Chester but can’t remember which pubs she visited, joked: “I don’t need it!”
She added: “I think there’s always time for pampering for a girl. I’m a busy mum of two and it’s always nice to have some down time.”
Also at the launch was Abi Fisher of Willington-based fashion showroom Abi Fisher – an exclusive collection, which holds regular open days and sells by appointment. Sourced from Italy, a selection of the brands which she describes as ‘under the radar’, were on show at the clinic opening.
Skin clinic manager Jenny Croft loves the new Chester premises which is the company’s 40th UK centre where state-of-the-art treatments will be delivered from mole excisions, to anti-aging injectables, tattoo removals and facial resurfacing.
Asked if she thought society was too obsessed with looks, Jenny, who has had botox treatment in the past, replied: ”Everybody is different and it’s their own opinion and that’s what we say. It’s how it makes you feel. We would not sit you down and say this is what you need.”
Jenny said acne sufferers, for example, would sometimes turn up with ‘no self-confidence’ but following a course of treatment would return ‘happy and smiling’.