(Review) HydraFacial™ Treatment at The Clifford Clinic
HydraFacial™ is a treatment I’ve heard a few beauty bloggers raved about. This is a non-invasive treatment commonly found in many aesthetic clinic which provides a hydrating “facial-like” results with no downtime (no redness from usual facial extraction) and no irritation. The Clifford Clinic provides this service for their customers too, targeting at the office ladies (or men) who wish to get their treatment done in between lunch breaks and after work.
While my acne problems were more pressing in the past, I did not notice my blackhead problem. But now that it is starting to settle, (like every girl) I started pin-pointing other issues. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
In order not to “spoil” whatever Dr Ee has helped resolve (my breakouts), I hoped to look for treatments in-clinic which is able to replace traditional facial which help to clean up pores and blackheads.
Luckily, the Clifford Clinic is a one-stop solution to all my problems. Dr Ee and the therapists know my condition best and I felt comfortable to try out new treatments that they recommend.
The HydraFacial™ Technology
Yes, Hydrafacial™ treatment was what I did, if not, this post will not be called HydraFacial review! According to the official website, the treatment removes dead skin cells and impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with solutions that contain cleansing, hydrating and moisturising properties. It is suitable for all skin types. While most ordinary salons are dependent on the skills of the therapists and the products used, this treatment is highly dependent on the machine above. It is able to achieve the four crucial steps of (1) Cleansing + Exfoliation, (2) Acid Peel, (3) Extraction and (4) Hydration, with the use of 2 important technology! 1) HydraPeel™ Tips: Instead of human hands, this machine make use of specially shaped spiral tips to help achieve the four steps mentioned above. So these tips, the machine is able to do two things at one go: exfoliates and removes impurities while applying serums that cleanse, hydrate and provide antioxidant infusion during the treatment process. As the tips are moved over the skin, the serums are released to soften the skin and sebum making it much easier to extract away impurities whilst the skin is being exfoliated simultaneously.
The teal coloured tip acts like a mini vacuum which makes use of vortex-suction to clean out pores painlessly with the help of serum.
2) Proprietary Serums: This is applied via the Hydropeel™ Tips, and different steps are used to target specific problem – skin health, fine line & wrinkles, age reversal, brightening treatment, oily/congested and sensitive skin.
Vortex-Exfoliation™ (blue tip): Activ-4™ serum contains lactic and glycolic acid which deeply cleanses and aids in exfoliating dead skin cells. The algae extract calms and soothes the skin with added hydration benefits. Yeast extract firms and smoothes the appearance of fine lines. Glysal™ serum, a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids which exfoliate and peel simultaneously to soften sebum and remove impurities, delivering the benefits of a peel without post-peel scaling.
Vortex-Extraction™ Patented (teal tip): Specifically designed for acne-prone and oily skin, Beta-HD™ serum has salicylic acid which gently exfoliates and aids in extractions. This step helps alleviate congestion. The serum also has honey extract (hydration + anti-bacterial) and Spirea Ulmaria Flower extract (soothes + calms skin).
Vortex-Fusion™ (clear tip): Antiox+™ serum nourish and protect skin with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. It also has horse chestnut seed, green tea and arnica flower extracts to detoxify & protect skin from environmental free radical damage.
The Hydrafacial™ Process
Science aside, the treatment is pretty soothing and gently. With a routined way of moving the tip (upwards) against my skin, the most enjoyable (or fun) part was the use of the patented vortex suction (Extraction teal-coloured tip) to suck out softened sebum and dead skin cells. There after, according to my skin type, the therapist will apply a mask to lock the nutrients in the skin and further calm the skin down! Favourite time of treatment as it means resting time!
Verdict: My Hydrafacial™ Results
I guess people with little skin problems should be able to notice visible skin refinement and a more radiant skin tone. As there is no downtime for the treatment, you can apply make-up and go on with your normal activities after that. But for me, the change was not as significant as I would like it to be. While I don’t see much changes, my post-treatment face did not become redder or swollen like that of a normal facial.
As my blackheads and clogged pores had been there for over 5 months, I felt that the extraction was not “thorough” as compared to a therapist doing manual extraction. According to the therapist, the sebum has hardened for a long time and it would take more than one treatment for me to remove the blackheads.
However, not having to endure an hour of painful extraction is DEFINITELY a plus point for me (as well as anyone who has low pain threshold). This is also recommended for AGNES patients as it will not aggravate the skin condition.
à la carte session of the HydraFacial™ treatment cost S$280. Bundled package price with Q-Switch sessions are also available!
The Clifford Clinic
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 10am to 8pm | Sat: 10 am to 2pm | Sun: Closed
Address: 24 Raffles Place, #01-03 Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621
Tel:+65 6532 2400
Website: www.cliffordclinic.com | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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