HydraFacial Skin Treatment with Glo. Skin Clinic
I’m not someone who spends a lot of time or money on skin care – but as I reach the middle of my forties it feels increasingly important. Maybe it’s time to update the facial scrub and tinted moisturising routine I’ve been following since my twenties? (err definitely!) It’s hard to know where to start when you’re a bit clueless about skincare. Luckily for me, I live a stone’s throw from the incredible Glo. Skin Clinic based here in Uckfield. Laura, who co-owns the clinic with her Doctor husband Leon, is a friend of mine who has kindly taken me under her wing guiding me in the right direction for improved skin care.
What is the Glo. Skin Clinic?
Glo. Skin Clinic is a medically led clinic offering the highest standards in aesthetic and skin treatments. The clinic offers a wide range of skin concerns including ageing, acne, rosacea and pigmentation. Treatments are carried out by Nurse Laura and Doctor Leon. Laura is a qualified nurse, having worked in Emergency and Urgent care for many years she now focuses on skin care specialising in treatments that stimulate the skin to naturally repair. Laura’s husband Leon trained as a doctor in his home country of South Africa before coming to the UK where he has worked in Emergency Medicine and as a GP. More recently he has worked in advanced aesthetic treatments for the past 13 years specialising in injectable, non surgical methods. Together Laura and Leon pride themselves on offering natural results with a strong focus on skin health.
What is a HydraFacial?
A HydraFacial is a facial treatment use by medical spas. The HydraFacial process delivers four treatments working through cleansing and exfoliation, a gentle chemical peel, vacuum suction extraction and a hydrating serum. This is often followed by LED light therapy to stimulate collagen and reduce redness. The treatments are administered using a funky little wand that runs over the skin. The treatment takes about 45 minutes from start to finish and is completely pain free. HydraFacials are beneficial for all skin types but can also be used as a particularly effective treatment for acne. HydraFacial treatments currently cost around £150.
I visited Glo. Skin on a weekday morning for a HydraFacial treatment. Completely clueless as to what this involved Laura was fantastic in explaining the process and its benefits as soon as I arrived. Laura is incredibly down to earth and easy to talk to making me feel comfortable and informed.
The treatment starts with exfoliation and cleansing removing dead skin and opening pores. Not at all uncomfortable – in fact it was quite relaxing. Next comes the chemical peel designed to loosen deep pore debris. This made my skin sting although only briefly. Laura reassured me that this is a normal part of a chemical peel and the discomfort passed quickly. Now for the extraction stage when a little vacuum device sucks up all the impurities loosened up by the cleansing steps. Quite strange having your face hoovered but not at all uncomfortable! Finally, a hydrating serum is applied moisturising and purifying the skin. While the process is not wholly relaxing (unlike some traditional spa facials) I enjoyed being looked after and hearing Laura talk me through the benefits the HydraFacial would have on my skin. In fact most of the treatment was quite relaxing bar the short stinging sensation of the chemical peel. Laura finished by using an LED light to calm redness. This was again quite relaxing – a bit like sitting on a sunbed just for your face.
My skin felt incredibly soft and smooth for the next few days. I’ve noticed a small reduction in fine lines around my eyes and forehead. My pores are clear and unclogged. Absolutely incredible results for such a quick treatment. You really do see an immediate outcome. To top things off Laura has given me some really good advice on how to look after my skin from now on. Small changes that I know I can manage and implement. I’ve walked away feeling fresher, brighter and more informed. Just watch me grow more youthful by the day! (maybe!?)
With thanks to Laura for inviting me to try a HydraFacial for the purpose of a review. All thoughts are my own.