I really don’t know where I am anymore. There are so many bottles, gadgets, powders and paints. It took a couple of laps around Origins and Chanel to track down the Cavendish clinic, but I eventually found it tucked away in a corner, to the right of the second floor entrance.
It’s a London brand with four W1 zip codes like Fitzrovia and one in Glasgow. They specialize in cosmetic procedures such as Coolsculpting and Dermapen.
I’m here to try their classic 60-minute HydraFacial treatment, which they recommend as a spring facial. This is not my first rodeo. I have tried this facial before but recently they have updated it with new moves and boosters like Murad Retinol Booster and also Perk which is another supplement.
At the Cavendish Clinic, they have a version for the eyes or lips. I opt for the eye version to combat my crow’s feet killing until my therapist tells me that many people opt for lips to freshen them up and make them “juicy” after months of chapping.
Easily suggestible, I go for it instead.
After filling in all the required forms, we begin with a small lymphatic massage using a suction device that clicks when it is lifted from the skin. It smoothes over my cheeks in an outward and downward motion towards my neck to de-puff. We then move on to the peeling section where, according to the therapist, three of the five layers that include the epidermis are peeled off. It feels like I’m shedding. There is a scratch tip and layers of glycolic and lactic acid are applied. It tingles, but tolerable.
This is neutralized before applying moisturizing hyaluronic acid and then using Perk lip roll-on, which smells like mint and has a watery texture that absorbs easily. I hope I don’t look like the Joker. The goggles now come with a mask that emits red light, presumably due to its anti-aging ability. Even with eyes closed, it is very bright, although my peppers adapt quite quickly.
It’s 15 minutes before they take him away and I’m anointed with special creams and the all-important SPF 30.
My therapist proudly shows me the rubbish, or skin soup, that has been sucked and washed off my face. It is peach in color with black patches. Gloomy.
I pick up the leftover Lip Perk solution, which I like as it seems to plump up my withered beak. Also, I remember from previous sessions with HydraFacials that there is instant lightening, but the best effects come after a few days. And they do. I look brand new and juicy, spring has finally come.
HydraFacial, £120 and an additional £40 for Perk lip care. Cavendish Clinic (John Lewis, 2nd floor, 60 Leith Street, Edinburgh, 0131 609 0260, www.cavendishclinic.co.uk)