I’m still buzzing a little bit from my Hydrafacial at The Waterhouse Young Clinic on Devonshire Street. It is the kind of functional facial that is right up my street and oh my goodness, it is a glow-maker! Calling the treatment a HydraFacial is a little misleading, however, because it is not a pamper – it is a combination of hydration with Hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidants plus dermabrasion, so it whips off old skin and at the same time, steeps new skin with Hyaluronic. The difference between HydraFacial and a normal dermabrasion treatment is that it is much gentler, using serum to soften cells and then suction to remove.

The additional phase is a suction thing for decongesting blocked pores. So, it is exfoliating, hydrating and extracting. The little device that does all this facial whizziness is a small-headed wand that feels fairly comfortable, but if you are hoping to drift off into a relaxed reverie while it happens, forget it!

The HydraFacial takes less than an hour – I’d guess at about 40 minutes, if that, so it is perfect for those in a hurry, and the dermabrasion and extraction stage is finished with a red light treatment for a few minutes. But, really the proof of the efficacy is in the result and I have to say that I GLOW! It’s very, very impressive. My skin looked even, toned, soft and hydrated with a little extra something on top of that. 

The less happy news is that this is not a cheap treatment.. Waterhouse Young charge £230 a time. I think if your skin is really dull and lacklustre, with congestion and dehydration it could be the best £230 you ever spent; younger, great skin (unless congested badly) probably won’t benefit as much. Full results come after a course of six or more, but I’d say that this treatment stands very well on its own as a strikingly good pick-me-up.

Although I had my HydraFacial at Waterhouse Young HERE 
it is available nationwide so check Skinbrands for details near you if you aren’t London based, HERE. If you decide to book at Waterhouse Young, please mention you read about it here.