I’m not new to the world of facials. I’ve done quite a number now, but it wasn’t till this year that I started really paying attention to what facials do for me. Like, really do.
I used to think facials were a bit of a fluff. A waste of money. Why would you want to pay a small fortune just so somebody else could wash your face for you? But the truth is, facials are not just that. It is a lot, a lot more. After experiencing the Guinot Hydraclean facial, I can definitely tell you that facials have won me over and with a good facial, it is worth every cent.
Let’s talk a little bit about Guinot. Guinot is a French skincare brand with a name that I often forget how to pronounce. Founded in 1963 by Rene Guinot (a chemical engineer!) , it found its way into my heart sometime last year. I was especially enamoured by their spray on sun-screen, which I will be telling you all about, once summer gets here again. (But if you really want to know, don’t wait for my tales, go buy it! They are amazing and can be found here.
Anyways, I digress. Back to the facial.
Sometime ago in May, I was invited (along with some of the other Adelaide beauty bloggers) to learn more about Guinot and to experience the hydraclean facial. This is a deep cleansing treatment that is touted to give you clear and radiant skin in just 30 minutes. Big claims, so we were here to put it to the test.
Our venue host for the night was AJ Skin Consultants and I was quite taken by the quaint little cottage the salon was based in. Inside, it was cozy and quite serene, which is befitting for a beauty salon. Take note of the names, ladies! For if you are after a Guinot hydraclean facial, this salon will soon become your best friend.
Onto this miracle facial.
The facial is a 2 step treatment. Namely:
Step 1. A deep cleanse using a thermoclean electrode heating up to 42°c to stimulate deeper into the skin, this is used in conjunction with guinot skincare products specifically selected to suit your skin.
Step 2. A massage which aids drainage and restarts the skin micro-circulation. The massage is carried out with a serum which contains Allantoin and Witch Hazel Extract.
It sounds simple, but really, there are many steps to the procedure. I was amazed by the amount of care and detail my therapist for the night, Laura, went into. She was gentle and made sure that I was feeling at ease all the time. Much care was taken as well to ensure that the heat of the electrode at 42°c was not too hot for me to handle. The entire experience was really quite blissful and even with all the girls crowded around my bed staring intently at my face full of pores, I felt quite relaxed!
And for the curious cats playing at home, the reason for the heated thermoclean electrode is so the sweat glands are activated and triggered into a state of hyper secretion. This allows for the pores to be cleaned and toxins to be gotten rid of. The heat also aids the treatment products and allows deeper penetration. This results in clearer, brighter and a more hydrated skin. And all this happens in 30 minutes. Whoosh!
I’m going to put it out there right now, I was skeptical. The hydraclean facial is a 30 minutes facial, what exactly can be achieved in that 30 minutes? Miracles don’t normally happen to me, so I was skeptical as to whether or not I would see a difference. After a day’s worth of work, my skin looked the way I felt, tired, rough and ready for bed. If there was a good time to really test out the limitations of the facial’s capabilities, this would be it.
I feel a little like one of those chefs on cook shows: “And after 30 minutes, you open the oven door and ….”
But in this case, it’s not the oven door being opened, nor is it a cake being baked. It is my face, being cleansed of its dirty toxins and breaking free fresh and radiant – or did it? See for yourself:
To say I’m enthralled is an understatement. 30 minutes later, and my skin has emerged a new person. It was visibly more radiant, cleaner, and I positively glowed. The hydration was unmistakable, and my skin just looked so plump and bouncy, much like a baby’s bottom! And it wasn’t just me who saw the difference. The other beauty bloggers present all expressed their disbelief at the 360° change my skin had gone through. Apparently my skin could look alive, who woulda thunk.
So, ladies, if you need a quick pick-me-up, forget the booze and the coffee. Hop into AJ’s and get yourself a Guinot Hydraclean Facial. It will be the best lunch break you ever had. Seriously.
AJ Skin Consultants
64B King William Rd
Hyde Park South Australia 5061
(08) 8272 6999
Facial experience provided for consideration – no monetary compensation was given in exchange for my rambling words.