The first time I heard about a HydraFacial treatment was on Instagram. It wasn’t an ad but a recommendation. As a result, I rushed to know more about this new treatment and ended up watching about 100 YouTube videos by bloggers who had already tried HydraFacial. Having seen lots of positive reviews and impressive results, I decided to give it a go. Besides, my skin has been quite disappointing over the last couple of years.
I booked an appointment at Harley Street Skin Clinic. All Londoners know that Harley Street has always been home to many great medical establishments. It was my first ever experience and Harley Street Skin Clinic was entrusted with the task of giving me the best HydraFacial experience.
HydraFacial is actually the name of that little, but powerful, machine you can see in the picture above. This unique piece of equipment combines six stages of lymphatic drainage, exfoliation, softening, extraction, nourishment and finally light therapy. The philosophy of this revolutionary product is not to only improve skin’s appearance but to restore its youthfulness and ultimately rebuild the health of your skin.
On average a HydraFacial takes about 30 minutes and should be repeated every 4-5 weeks. While watching HydraFacial videos, I kept wondering what the feeling would be like when a small tube was sucking out blackheads and dead skin cells. As a matter of fact, I only felt massaging movements leaving me with a nice and cool sensation. The extracting tube was powerful but not too aggressive. My therapist explained, she couldn’t turn it up too high as it could have a damaging effect. She asked if I was happy for her to remove some of the tough blackheads manually. I didn’t mind. Yet, if you personally don’t like your face being touched or squeezed then say no. (It was my first ever facial and understandably my pores were super blocked up).
The extraction stage happens after your skin is fully prepared – pores wide open and dead cells are exfoliated. The exfoliation stage is executed with the help of salicylic acid. It’s not exactly a real chemical peel where your skin blisters afterwards and peels off as a result. A HydraFacial acid peel is milder and gentler leaving your skin nourished and moisturised. Since I’d never had a chemical peel before it was a completely new experience. There was a bit of tingling and stinging and I was instructed to alert my therapist If the pain was unbearable. Unlike chemical peels, there’s nothing to worry about while undergoing a HydraFacial peel. As I already mentioned, it’s very gentle on the skin and is simply a way to prepare for the extraction stage.
Finally, I had a ten minute light therapy session to intensify the result. My therapist suggested that we use a different machine casting light on my entire face. However, you can still opt for the LED-light therapy built into the HydraFacial machine. This is me after the treatment.
It isn’t the perfect Instagram image as I have quite a few impurities and never go out without makeup. Yet, I decided to be brave and show you my true complexion. Next morning my skin looked a lot healthier and the inflammation had subsided too. It’s been a week and my skin still feels so smooth and soft. I also stopped breaking out. Yay.
This is what I looked like this morning (one week after the treatment). My skin definitely looks, and feels, healthier and I have already booked another session for April as it’s recommended to have at least one treatment every month.