There’s nothing more satisfying than a thoroughly-cleansed post-facial complexion – alongside the
totally relaxing 60-minute lie down, obviously. The beauty industry is full of wonderful treatments and
innovative skincare products with the aim of refreshing and revitalising our faces to leave us looking and
feeling brand new.
But just when you think you’ve come to terms with the new treatments the beauty world has to offer, another treatment pops up that everyone seems to be talking about – and this time it’s a HydraFacial. We sent Backstage Tales writer Laura to the Sk:n Clinic to try out the latest facial for her acne-prone, pigmentated complexion but first, what is a HydraFacial?
What is a HydraFacial?
The HydraFacial is a multi-step treatment – six to be exact – that uses patented technology to achieve healthier-looking skin. During the treatment the skin receives a detox using lymphatic drainage, a deep cleanse and exfoliation, an application of a glycolic and salicylic acid peel, an extraction to help remove debris from pores, a boost of hydration using antioxidants and peptides finishing the treatment with skin rejuvenation using infrared LED light to reduce redness, stimulate collagen and supporting the natural production of vitamin D.
Who is it for?
What’s great about the HydraFacial is that it can treat just about any skin condition and can be personalised for each person using targeted serums. Whether you’re looking to help maintain healthy skin or have concerns about acne, pigmentation or dull skin, the HydraFacial can help. Sk:n clinic practitioners will advise you through your consultation on which targeted serums to use whether it’s a dermabuilder boost to minimise the signs of ageing, a glysal boost to minimise congestion in pores and improves scarring, a britenol boost to help minimise the appearance of dark spots and sun spots – everything is discussed and chosen depending on your skin type and concern.
What to expect?
There is nothing painful or uncomfortable about the process and instead you’re faced with a relaxing experience which feels like bursts of coolness moving across your face.
What did we/Laura think?
After researching a little bit about the HydraFacial and the results some experienced, I was sold straightaway. The fact that not only could it help with my acne but also my pigmentation too and that it was pain free was more than I’d hoped. After speaking with one of the Sk:n clinic specialists, who was more than helpful to go through my current skincare routine and put me at ease with what I was using on my skin, it was made clear that due to my skin having a bit of a flare-up on my cheeks this would limit the treatment to certain areas. The HydraFacial is great for those with mild acne and I was reassured that once my flare-up calmed down, I was able to return for a full treatment. Although I was a little disheartened to learn that once again my skin got in the way of enjoying a treatment, not all was lost.
The actual treatment was great and I loved every minute. The tool – from what I could only class as a pore vacuum and water jet in one – was super gentle on my skin and most of the time, I didn’t feel it at all. After the treatment, I looked in the mirror to discover fresh, hydrated skin. It didn’t fix everything – my cheeks were left untouched and I still had acne and pigmentation – but my skin in general felt soft, appeared glowy and to my surprise, showed next to no redness (only a small patch on my nose).
Two weeks after my treatment: Although my cheeks didn’t get to experience the HydraFacial, my acne did however reside to its usual calm self. Overall my skin was still bursting with hydration with that post- facial glow and my forehead no longer seemed its dry, dull state. The one drawback is the price and while a monthly treatment is recommended, it’s more of an investment as opposed to a one-off luxury facial. However, I’d do it again before a special event or a couple times a year as the instant results are
worth every penny.
Book a consultation with Sk:n Clinic and a friendly, skin expert can advise which HydraFacial treatment is
best for you.
Text: Laura Ward
Images: Laura Ward, Ricardo Pelati