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Lesley Reynolds

Female Founder Spotlight: Lesley Reynolds

25 April 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder

Meet the Successful Founder: Lesley Reynolds
Meet the Successful Founder: Lesley Reynolds

Lesley Reynolds Khan has been a skincare pioneer for more than 25 years and there’s nothing she doesn’t know about beauty, anti-ageing or aesthetic treatments. Having worked with leading doctors and dermatologists in the UK and the US all her life, Lesley now runs a multi award-winning clinic on London’s Harley Street which she founded with her husband Dr Aamer Khan. Together with her talented medical team, her clinic offers the most advanced skincare, aesthetics and regenerative treatments and procedures to over 40,000 clients from around the world.

Lesley Reynolds has had a passion for beauty since she was a child when she would watch her mother mixing lotions and devising new creams and facemasks. That passion fuelled an early interest in the world of beauty and skincare and a business journey that traversed aesthetics, pioneering regenerative medicine, wellness and philanthropy.

Lesley’s career began after training in aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki and Indian head massage. Ambition and foresight marked her out and she soon opened a holistic clinic in Essex specialising in acne treatment and anti-ageing processes. With an eye on industry developments, Lesley decided that the advances lay overseas and crossed the Atlantic to train and work in the US.  Over the years that followed, she became an expert in cosmeceuticals –  innovative products with bioactive ingredients and medical benefits. In 2001, she accepted an appointment as European Distributor of Jan Marini, a skincare company based in San Jose, before working as a distributor of dermatological brands DCL and DDF.

Being at the cutting-edge of skincare and new technologies served Lesley well and having returned to the UK, in 2004 she opened Harley Street Skin Harley Street Skin with her husband Dr Aamer Khan quickly establishing it as one of the leading cosmetic and plastic surgery clinics in the UK. The clinic garnered numerous industry awards and plaudits and in 2013 Harley Street Skin was chosen to be the subject of a documentary series on cosmetic surgery on Sky 1 for 15 weeks in turn earning her the epithet, ‘The Queen of Harley Street.’

Over the years, Lesley’s expertise has established her as a trusted advisor to a client base which includes a raft of famous faces from the world of television and film, theatre and sport. She is also author of two successful books on how to look younger and a columnist on OK!, Best and the Daily Express.

In the world of aesthetics however it’s her hands-on but knives-off approach that has defined Lesley’s goal. “The only place to start is by loving the skin you’re in, so before any treatments, the first thing I want my clients to do is get their skin into tip-top condition.”

Going one step further has meant formulating special skincare ranges to cater for different skin types and help specific needs. One of Lesley’s latest skincare collections, ‘StemCellutions’  contains fruit stem cells alongside peptides, epidermal growth factors and antioxidants to regenerate cells which has helped to establish her ranges as at the forefront of the skincare industry.

Lesley now believes it’s time to share her knowledge, and although she opened a sister clinic in Reigate, Surrey in 2014, her franchise specialists are poised to roll out the Harley Street brand nationally and internationally. 

Some might suggest that having achieved considerable success, Lesley might think about slowing down, but nothing could be further from her mind. Aside from taking her Harley Street Skin brand to a global audience, Lesley is marked out for being ahead of the trends and has just launched the Harley Street Stem Cell Clinic with her husband Dr Aamer Khan who is at the forefront of the stem cell revolution by offering pioneering treatments for conditions like arthritis and MS. And as if that is not enough, she is turning a beautiful country mansion and grounds in Suffolk into a luxurious wellness retreat. 

Remarkably, this indomitable woman still has time to pay it forward. Five years ago Lesley co founded the charity Back on Track Back on Track which takes the medical theatre to the theatre of war by offering rehabilitative treatments to servicemen who have been severely scarred or disfigured while serving in the forces.

When asked what three things it takes to become a success she answers simply: ‘It takes passion, an eye for the next big thing and sheer hard work.’