Review by Ceri Wheeldon
With so many great products and treatments to try at home, if I have a salon based treatment I really want to be able to see a difference.
So, off I went to the My Beauty Doctor clinic in Marlow to try the much talked about HydraFacial, of which Karren Brady is a huge fan and ambassador.
I am fairly meticulous with my skincare routine at home, but occasionally it is good to give it an extra boost.
The HydraFacial is very ‘hi-tech’ and consists of 6 steps. It is very ‘machine based’ rather than hands on. The facial can be tailored for specific skin issues including acne and congested skin – I went for the anti-ageing version.
My beauty therapist Pauline explained each of the steps as went along.
HydraFacial Step by Step
Step 1 – Lymphatic drainage. Designed to detox and help circulation, this consisted of a soft suction cup attached to a machine being pressed on various lymphatic drainage points.
Step 2- cleansing and exfoliating Another probe is used to cleanse and exfoliate while hydrating the skin at the same time.
Step 3 – a gentle peeling solution was applied to help loosen impurities and also gently brighten the skin
Step 4 Extraction- probably my least favourite part as another probe was used to draw out impurities, not painful, but pressure was applied – I was told by Pauline that all these impurities were being collected in the vacuum tube – I was shown at the end the debris floating in a cloudy solution-at least I could see that it had been effective!
Step 5-Dermabuilder, a cocktail of peptides , anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid was applied and pushed into my lines and wrinkles to help boost collagen production.
Step 6- Red and Blue light therapy was used all over the face to help rejuvenate by stimulating collagen and reduce any redness created through the treatment.
My skin felt smoother, and there was very little redness immediately afterwards. Results were more noticeable the following day when I applied my make-up . It went on far more evenly. Two days later I was out with friends in bright sunshine – best weather for showing every winkle and flaw! Over the course of the day three people commented on my skin and asked if I had anything done as looked ‘glowing’.
To get the best results a course of 6 HydraFacials recommended with monthly with monthly treatments to maintain results afterwards. I found that just one treatment made a difference.
Cost: At My Beauty Doctor at the Marlow Club the HydraFacial costs £120 per session, although I do know that prices vary and can be considerable higher (one London salon quoted £250 for a single treatment)