Yesterday for the first time, I received a facial at Harley Street. You couldn’t think of a more trusted location to place a clinic, with the road itself featuring the best in plastic surgeons and non-cosmetic procedures.
My struggle with acne
Complimentary as a writer for Harley Street Skin Care, I arrived at no.48 with nothing more than mascara and brown eyeshadow whisked in my brows. This alone was a triumphant achievement. Although most of my acne has vanished, left are remnant scars. Even a simple walk with my dog calls for some type of concealer. By the time I reached 12, whiteheads became as normal as me brushing my teeth. I trialled ‘teenage’ Clearasil, in addition to famous drugstore brands.
My mum soon decided to invest in high-quality. She purchased expensive spot ranges found at luxury cosmetic counters and ordered dermatologist lines online. There were natural solutions, home remedies, baby cream (we all know the one); some creams imported from America. If you’re wondering where the doctors came in, my shameful face monthly visited my GP. Repeatedly, the pill didn’t work, creams were ineffective and I felt embarrassed when doctors asked if I was using them correctly. Finally, I headed to the dermatologist office and discovered I was allergic to Roaccutane.
Acne was never just an adolescent issue. It was frustrating when people told me it would disappear once puberty past. I was still splurging large quantities of my pay on spot treatments as an early 20-something. To this day I’m on a clear skin line.What did me no favours was my drive to work as a makeup-artist. It’s a profession where image is your selling point. And while I did well and clients loved my work, quite a few didn’t want to take my skincare advice.
My facial experience
This is particularly true when working on cosmetic counters. I witnessed people boldly telling me what to do (despite not asking), questioning if the foundation I was recommending created spots – as they scrutinised mine, and some seemed overall offended. It’s no shock people with troublesome complexions tend to opt for photo-editing and layers of makeup. I was smooth editing my skin until it no longer looked natural and waking up hours early to hide blemishes.
Upon meeting my facialist Sally, I was pleasantly surprised at her warm and welcoming demeanour. There was no interrogation and I didn’t have to defend myself awkwardly. She herself greeted acne through her twenties and could completely sympathise. Once filling out a form, I removed my top, had a sheet put over me and laid on the bed. What followed was a blast of steam, massages, lotions and potions – a few that stung, as well as a special type of exfoliator. For some reason, I pictured my skin being a red tomato that needed settling overnight. As I glanced in the mirror on the contrary, I couldn’t believe my glow.
She explained that dehydration significantly helps contribute to the cycle of spots. On top of realising how badly my skin lacked hydration, Sally informed me of the amount of bacteria I still need to remove. This isn’t bacteria in the sense that there’s dirt on my face; more my body over-producing and forming excess oil. Recommended are chemical peels and if I remember correctly, a round of PRP laser treatment.
Tips on how to treat spots
When I asked about the causes of spots, Sally noted sugar as one of the worst ingredients to consume for skin in general – more so than fast-food. Healthy eating contributes as a beneficial step towards looking naturally dewy. Because I am on the range of products used at the clinic, I shared my experience of them. They have absolutely changed my entire complexion (the texture, smoothness and brightness) and I couldn’t be happier except I felt my skin was dry.
As it turns out, the moisturiser is too light-weight for me and I should cut down on the exfoliator. This reminds me that no matter how incredible a skincare line can be, if you don’t have the right items tailored, you will not get the results. The last piece of advice Sally shared was to always use sunscreen. This will keep my skin hydrated. For those unaware, dry skin stems from a lack of oil while dehydrated is from a lack of water. Don’t apply sunscreen the same you would for holidays; look for a daily-use one that also protects from environmental factors.
Facials themselves are excellent at getting to the root of skin concerns. Your therapist can check your skin, inform you on its condition, remove spots and blackheads and generally improve overall quality. It’s similar to a dentist appointment in how they check teeth. A good facial involves the latest equipment. By having one, you save time trying to figure out your exact problems and can receive help then and there. The massaging techniques used can relax muscles, remove puffiness and help circulation.
From my facial at Harley Street, I learnt the actual complexity of skin. Cutting out dairy made my spots go away, using the Clean Skin Technology from Harley Street Skin Care has made my texture and overall appearance improve, and having a facial has surged hydration besides a healthy glow. Sometimes, we expect one tool to master results across the board.
In conclusion, I understand acne and conditions on the face are not always fixed by a cleanser and moisturiser. For those with acne and a body that’s building up bacteria – even when you are taking good care of yourself, you might need expert help. Different things work for different people. But a good diet, lots of water and sunscreen go a huge way. It can sound cliché to say, however these are crucial steps and surprisingly a lot of us don’t do all 3.
I have always known about sunscreen and mentioned this point in both my summer and winter beauty tips. Admittedly, I didn’t repurchase mine when it ran out – you tend to view it as an additional and not necessity. So I want to make mine a necessity. Lastly, a facial – even on the one-off occasions, is extraordinary in what it can do for your skin. I had the bespoke Harley Street Skin Care facial; there are numerous types and a specialist can determine exactly what your skin requires, with options of removing blackheads and spots.
Have you had a facial before and if so, what was your experience? I’d love to hear stories of overcoming spots or dealing with them. Do you have personal tips?
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Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and all views are my own. I wanted to share my experience with my readers. Although I have experience, I’m not a skin expert.