Ok, so I think I’m what you’d call an aesthetic novice and I hadn’t experienced anything like the HydraFacial before. When I arrived at the multi-award winning Health + Aesthetics clinic, Farnham, I was feeling a bit nervous but the team quickly put me at ease. The bright and inviting clinic offers a range of aesthetic treatments – without the Harley Street price tag.
Before the treatment began, my therapist Bianca and I talked about my problem areas and she took photos of my skin, to show the UV and pollution damage and any areas of pigmentation. This was all rather alarming and I must have looked horrified because Bianca was quick to reassure me – she said the damage to my skin wasn’t bad and I would see a noticeable improvement after the treatment.
The HydraFacial has six stages, designed to deeply cleanse and rejuvenate your skin. Bianca fully explained the treatment and warned me that some parts might be uncomfortable and tingly. She then introduced me to the HydraFacial machine, I felt like I had become part of a science experiment; but once I knew what each element was designed to do I was ready.
The first stage of the treatment is called Detox, it uses lymphatic drainage to improve circulation and detoxify the skin. I was a bit worried, as it did sound very technical and quite intense, but when the wand touched my skin all I could feel was a slight sucking sensation, it didn’t feel uncomfortable just a bit bizarre!
Next – the cleansing and exfoliation stage, where dead skin cells are removed to reveal fresh skin. This was slightly scratchy, as the wand scrapes the surface of your skin but it wasn’t painful. The cleansing serum then penetrates deep into your pores and causes a tingling sensation, but it wasn’t unpleasant and only lasted for a minute. This was followed by the application of the brightening agent to help loosen the debris from my pores.
Then came time for the daunting sounding extraction stage of the treatment – designed to help remove blackheads and deeply cleanse your pores. This involved some squeezing of clogged areas of your skin, which did sting slightly, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Then the Hydration phase, which soothes and hydrates your skin.
After this, I was ready for stage 6 and some rejuvenation – 15 minutes under a red and infrared LED light which helps to reduce redness and stimulate collagen. The light was overwhelming at first, even though my eyes were protected with goggles but I soon started to adjust and felt relaxed and very warm and fuzzy.
At the end of the treatment, I did have a bit of redness but this didn’t last long and the ‘Pur Moist’ moisturiser, from the HydraFacial range, helped to calm the redness down. Bianca finally applied a liquid SPF 30 layer, which was key after such a deep treatment. I was warned that my skin might peel a bit in 3 or 4 days, but I didn’t really notice this. Afterwards, I felt rejuvenated and truly pampered. The proof was in the pudding – my often dull, tired looking skin was gleaming and looked noticeably clearer and smoother.
For those looking for immediate results and improved appearance and texture to the skin, the HydraFacial is a must try and it’s definitely worth the investment. The HydraFacial MD treatment takes approximately an hour from start to finish and prices for this treatment, at Health + Aesthetics, start from £125 per session, but a discount is available if you book a course of 6 treatments.