Skincare has never been bigger business than in 2019; with increasingly good phone camera quality and a society obsessed with capturing every moment, flawless photo-ready skin has become the number one beauty focus.
As the big day draws nearer, many of us find ourselves researching and investing in great quality skincare. After all, our wedding days are likely the most photographed days of our lives and so feeling comfortable in the skin we’re in is essential to looking and feeling our best.
While beauty companies constantly invest time, money and resources in developing at-home products to keep your skin at its best, sometimes the best way to give your skin an extra boost is to visit a professional.
In-clinic treatments often use the most cutting-edge technology and equipment to work deep into the skin for impressive and lasting results. Skincare experts are also able to advise on the best course of action when it comes to maintaining your results at home.
Skincare treatments are not all about improving your look though, they’re also an opportunity to fit in some often much-needed relaxation time. Planning the biggest day of your life can take its toll on your stress-levels and so booking in time to clear your mind and indulge in a little pampering is well worth doing.
Facials are also a great hen do activity choice for brides looking for a chilled out do or as a mother daughter pre-wedding indulgence. Personally though, we don’t need an excuse to book in for an indulgent treatment, especially when they’re as good as this one.
I arrived at the central London Clinic and had my skin checked and was asked exactly what I expected from the treatment. My wish list included less wrinkles, glowy skin and an increase in firmness, please! I was advised to have a Hydra Facial, a medical-grade facial rejuvenation treatment which cleanses, detoxifies, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates, all in one treatment.
Post chat I lay down and relaxed while the friendly therapist got to work cleansing with the Rejuvenating Solution for my dry skin, if you are oily or spotty they use pore-shrinking miracle worker salicylic acid.
Then my face was slightly vacuumed (they call it a vortex-extraction with a nozzle) which hoovers off dead skin and decongests the pores, removing oil and dirt throughout the treatment. Sounds gross, feels great afterwards.
Next step was light therapy, a red light in my case to suit my skin. As skin uses light as a source of energy to help fuel the repair and rejuvenation of damaged cells, or, if you have acne, it helps to kill bacteria. The energy stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, boosts circulation and accelerates tissue repair, which sounded pretty good to me.
My lovely therapist then massaged in vitamin C oil, and finally finishing off with sun cream factor 50 to prevent sun damage – really important step!
The experts at the clinic do recommend the following HydraFacial aftercare:
1.Keep the treated area covered in SPF cream during the week following the treatment.
2.To keep healthy and luminous skin, wash your face daily and use make up removal products with exfoliant cleansing ingredients.
The verdict: This was a very calming treatment, perfect for a once a month deep cleanse to improve and refresh, it’s also good for brides-to-be who have slightly dull skin and want glowing skin on the big day. It would also make a great treat for mums who just want to feel a little fresher and it’s suitable for groom’s too – so they don’t need to feel left out!
Book: HydraFacial Express £120
The Epilium & Skin Centres were founded by a team of expert surgeons to offer an extensive of treatments and procedures from aesthetic through to surgical. All surgeons have specialised areas of plastic surgery and all their practitioners have over 15 years of experience to ensure the very best results. The Epilium & Skin Clinic in London also has a discreet, on-site theatre for all surgical day cases.