Yesterday I had my first experience of an ‘aesthetic beauty’ treatment. Despite reviewing countless spas and treatments over the years, I have to admit that I have avoided any interaction with the more hard-core approach to skincare. Readers, I’ve been converted! It’s good news for my complexion but probably bad, bad news for the wallet.
The Jill Zander Skin Rejuvention Clinic in Esher (dangerously, it’s on my doorstep) is renowned for being at the forefront of new cutting-edge treatments. The fabulous open-day yesterday was an eye-opener. From non-invasive laser face lifts to the 3D Lipomed (an alternative to liposuction), I was amazed at the amount of truly advanced innovations on offer and was sorely tempted to try many of them in the quest for perfecting the face and body.
My eyes were opened (literally) further with a taster of the HydraFacial (£125). This radiance-boosting, deep cleansing treatment, also known as the Red Carpet Facial due to its celebrity devotees, was one of the best ever facials I have had.
Using the most recent facial technology such as Antiox+ and TonePerfect Complex, the treatment helps reduce the production of melanin, boosts collagen to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and deeply hydrates the skin. It also firms and tightens. It REALLY works to do all these things with visible, instant results.
Famous in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas, this hydradermabrasion treatment is the latest advancement in non-laser skin resurfacing, giving instant, visible skin refinement, hydration and radiant skin tone. The HydraFacial machine uses a vacuum based abrasive tip and combines a multitude of jobs on a skin-perfecting wish-list: cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection.
During the facial your skin is blasted with a combination of antioxidants, including Horse Chestnut Seed, Green Tea, and Arnica Flower Extracts that help to detoxify the skin and fight environmental free radical damage. The result is that you emerge with fresh, renewed skin (and a spring in your step!).
First of all the skin is cleansed and exfoliated with the special Vortex-Cleansing system, a deeply penetrating skin cleansing process.
Then comes the Glycolic Rejuvenation. A light glycolic solution gently removes dead skin cells and helps loosen dirt and debris from pores leaving skin soft, fresh, clean and more youthful in appearance.
Then there is an extraction process using vortex suction to clean out pores.
Lastly, is the Tone & Firm Antiox+ – The even tone and firming ingredients are Vortex-Fused™ deep into the skin to nourish, repair and protect.
I could go on about all of the advancements that are behind the treatment (there are many), the technology (cuttig-edge) and how this facial does a multitude of jobs – but the most effective thing here is the result. My skin feels super-clean – looking closely at it you can’t see any open pores or blackheads and instead the surface of my skin looks smooth and even. It’s a real plus for cleaning fanatics such as myself as you can never replicate this at home or with a more ‘holistic’ treatment. Minor imperfections seem to have been ‘blurred’ and overall my face feels polished and radiant. It may be £125, but this is something to which I will definitely return – even if it is a twice yearly overhaul for super-clean skin.
Try it, you’ll never want another facial again.