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Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Are hydrafacials worth the hype/money?

Hydrafacial review at South William Street Clinic, Are Hydrafacials worth the money/hype?



It's not very often that I go out for facials/treatments, but hydrafacials have been on my radar for a few years, so I was delighted when I received a gift voucher for one for my birthday (during the first lockdown!). Restrictions/lockdowns/illness delayed me actually having the treatment until earlier this month, so I wanted to give you the lowdown in case you've been considering having one done. They're expensive, so I was definitely curious as to whether I would see enough of a difference in my skin to justify the price.

Are hydrafacials worth the hype/money?, Hydrafacial at South William Clinic,

Are hydrafacials worth the hype/money?, Hydrafacial at South William Clinic,

Are hydrafacials worth the hype/money?, Hydrafacial at South William Clinic,

I had my hydrafacial done in South William Clinic & Spa, Dublin 2. It was my first time to visit and I have to say that I was very impressed, in terms of Covid safety, decor, and how friendly and knowledgable my therapist (Nicole) was. I was emailed a form a few days before the facial, about Covid/contacts, and then about my skin - my main issues/problems, and what I'd like to achieve.

A Hydrafacial has six steps: Cleanse and Peel, Extract and Hydrate, and Fuse & Protect. It sounds like a lot, yet it only takes 50 minutes and there is no down time afterwards, as skin isn't left looking red. My facial began with lymphatic drainage, which was so cooling and was much needed, as I felt that my face was very swollen after 17 days of steroids. It was particularly cooling on my under eye area, but a little sore along my jawline, as my lymph nodes in that area are still swollen. Next up, was the cleanse, and I really love having this done by a professional, and always try to memorise what they do, but am so relaxed and zoned out, that I can never remember. I find it so relaxing and my skin felt rejuvenated just after the cleanse. Next up was the peel, which certainly didn't make my skin tingle, or give me any adverse reactions at all.

The next step was extract, and thankfully, we've moved a long way from a therapist coming at your face with some tissue, ready to squeeze any blackheads! With this facial, a vortex is used to remove dead skin cells and debris, using a suction motion, which dislodges impurities, and then also delivers hydration. This really is a painless experience, but also feels quite satisfying, and Nicole paid particular attention to areas of congestion around my nose and a little on my chin. 

Next up was drenching my skin with moisturiser, which was massaged and then patted in. My skin felt thoroughly plumped from this. I then had a red and infrared light placed over my face, which helps to reduce redness, stimulate collagen production and supports the natural production of Vitamin D. When this was finished, Nicole applied SPF, and showed me the jar of dead skin cells and debris that had come out of my skin, which you can see in the photo above. She said it was a pretty average amount; some people have less, others more, but the amount in the jar was average. She recommended that I add a Vitamin C serum into my routine, and gave me a sample, but there was no hard sell. I told her that I had a full Vitamin C serum ready to use (I had been testing other skincare for the blog at the time, but have since re-introduced Vitamin C)..

When I left the clinic, I met my husband who said that I was glowing, and when I looked in the mirror, I was delighted with what I saw. My skin was very plump, glowy, fine lines were reduced and my skin felt more elasticized. There was absolutely no redness, and my skin looked very clear, with reduced pores. I looked at it under the harsh light of stores, in natural light and then very closely with my hand mirror, in the car, where I could really have a close look at my nose area, in particular. I was very happy with the results.

I think that ultimate results would be seen from a course of 4/5, and they would be ideal wedding preparation, if budget allows - most salons offer a discount on a course of treatments. I'm having a Jet Peel Vitamin Infusion facial soon, and I think after that, I'll decide which one I think my skin has benefited from most and buy a course (usually buy 4 and get 2 free). I'll also review that facial for you when I have it done.

If you live in or close to Dublin, I'd highly recommend paying the clinic a visit, and I'd recommend keeping an eye on their offers page, as you can get a good deal on both products and treatments. They do body treatments, fillers, cryotherapy and more. The clinic is very close to the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, so it's handy for parking (and shopping).

Have you ever had a Hydrafacial? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have.

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