New Year New You – The Ultimate HydraFacial at Waterhouse Young

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to look the very best that you can in 2016 and to give your skin some TLC during the cold Winter months? It’s certainly high on my wish list and therefore I’m delighted to be reviewing the ultimate HydraFacial at Waterhouse Young. This clinic is one of London’s best kept secrets and a one-stop shop for expert skincare.

Located between Marylebone and Harley Street in a stunning building, they offer non-surgical skin solutions in luxurious but relaxed surroundings. Founded by the UK’s leading cosmetic surgeon, Norman Waterhouse, it offers clients an alternative to invasive treatments. He has assembled a crack team of experts including fellow surgeon Richard Young. Their skill in correcting the signs of ageing is second to none.

Arriving at the clinic, I was impressed with the friendly welcome – nothing clinical about that! In the cosy waiting area, not only were there fresh grapes and nuts to nibble on, there were also complimentary herbal teas. As it was just before Christmas, there were some glamorous decorations on show.

Waterhouse Young Marylebone
I filled in a detailed questionnaire about my skincare concerns before meeting Dr Saira Vasdev for a skincare consultation. There’s quite an emphasis on high quality skincare and if you wish, Waterhouse Young can prescribe you a bespoke selection of products to further enhance your treatment.

Waterhouse Young London
Next Saira carried out a Visia comlexion analysis on me. This high-tech machine goes beneath the skin’s surface to assess sun damage, rosacea, wrinkles, bacteria and pores. It helps your consultant to determine the most suitable treatment for you. Saira herself is very enthusiastic about her work and takes great pride in enhancing each client’s natural assets. My skin was diagnosed as being dehydrated and with a great deal of sensitivity, so my facial was adapted with this in mind.

Skin analysis Waterhouse Young
Saira introduced me to Rosie, who would be carrying out my HydraFacial in one of the comfortable treatment rooms. So what exactly is the HydraFacial? It’s been described as the ultimate medical facial, and is perfect for rejuvenating skin, treating fine lines and wrinkles, as well as oily skin and hyperpigmentation. Although it’s a medical treatment, it is non-invasive, and there’s absolutely no down time. Having said that, your skin might be slightly pink for a few hours afterwards if it’s sensitive like mine, but that will disappear quite rapidly. The actual facial takes between 30-40 minutes but you should allow up to 90 minutes in total including your consultation, if it’s your first visit to the clinic.

The treatment is less abrasive than microdermabrasion which I’d tried elsewhere and gives much better results. Rosie began with a deep cleanse of my skin, followed by exfoliation. She used a special tool called a HydroPeel tip, to remove dead skin cells and impurities. Each HydroPeel tip has multiple edges to exfoliate the skin while simultaneously infusing it with hydrating and moisturising serums. She went back and forth over the skin several times for maximum effect. It was completely pain free, the most I felt was a pleasant buzzing sensation.

Waterhouse Young treatmentAfter this, Rosie applied a light glycolic acid peel, though if your skin isn’t sensitive then the strength may be higher. Next she hydrated my skin by applying antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, specially blended for my skin condition. She paid particular attention to my delicate eye area, with a HydraEyes booster treatment to improve elasticity and hydration.

In the final stage of the treatment, Rosie shone red LED lights onto my skin, to boost circulation, reduce redness and to stimulate collagen production. For the best results, you would ideally have a treatment per week for six weeks, however I noticed an immediate improvement in plumpness and hydration. The next day, my skin looked even better with a subtle glow and none of the tightness that I normally feel at this time of year.

Apparently the treatment is popular with celebrities or those preparing for a big event like a wedding, because it gives such quick results. I can certainly see why they rate it so highly. The combination of expert staff who really understand skin and bespoke treatments mean that your skin will really feel the difference.

Waterhouse Young, 21 Devonshire St, London W1G 6PB

My treatment was complimentary for the purposes of this review
HydraFacial skin health

  • Rakel
  • Perfect way to kick off the new year!!

  • Oooh, this sounds divine! Great way to start 2016!
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  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    That looks really high tech but relaxing. Lovely surroundings as well

  • Paola

    This treatment sounds great, I would like to try it asap!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  • Would have been great to see a before / after photo! Still haven’t tried an facial ever in my life. Maybe I will give it a try next time I’m on holidays.

    • I thought about that but thought I would spare you the gory photo – the one from the Visia machine was scary as it shows all your pores!

      • Oh, ok, fair enough.

  • I agree with Anouk, the before/after would be fab, but on the other hand as long as you are happy with the treatment and their skills, it works for me. 🙂 To be honest, having tried a few facials here and there in the UK, I now tend to DIY a lot since they are different from what I was used to back at home. Having said that, always open to try something – never say never, especially when everything is slowly moving down South! 😀

    • I could have taken a photo after my skin had calmed down a bit, I’ll definitely bear that in mind for future reviews

  • would love to try it,it sounds awesome

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    I’ve never had a facial before but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. This place looks so lovely. Thanks for sharing, Suze!

  • A facial at this time of year is always a treat – my skin get quite dry in the winter and would love a rejuvenating treat like this. We won’t mention the fine lines…. 😉

    • You don’t have any Suzanne! Though I agree, a facial is always a good thing at this time of year

  • This looks fantastic, relaxing and thorough! Impressed by all the attention to detail. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • These facial sounds glorious!


  • The complexion gizmo looks super scary, but the rest of the experience sounds beaut! Did the difference to your skin last for days? If I’m paying a lot for a facial, I like it to last!

    Polly xx
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    • I did cringe a bit seeing my pores in all their glory but I think thanks to regular facials they’re not as bad as they used to be. The results did last for a good few weeks

  • Hydra facial sounds crazy and worth trying.
    I hope i can make an appointment soon on my specialist lol

    • It makes sense when you think that our bodies are made up mainly of water so it’s the best thing for our skin

  • You’re always putting such interesting things on your face. It looks quite complicated, but if it brings the pretty, then YAY

    • I’m a human guinea pig – I’d actually love to try that blood therapy thing, or even placenta!

  • Stanislava E.

    Sounds really nice, especially the part with the results right after the 1st procedure. I love places where you know they are taking good care of you and you just relax, and enjoy.

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  • Would love to try out this facial therapy. Glad it worked for you

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  • I so need this!! I was just talking today about how I feel my skin is super dehydrated!

    Ash | Liakada

  • Kia / KTS

    Oh wow… I am such a fan of pampering myself with a facial or a massage. I haven’t had one in awhile so I am definitely loving this post.

    Kia / KTS

  • Marinella Rauso

    I really think facial treatments are very good to keep our skin healthy and young. Going to a place like that is the best solution. No DIY in this case. I hope your week is going on great.

    • I try to have regular facials though I usually mix up the type of treatment. It’s all good here in London but very cold!

  • I’ve never had such an in-depth or high-tech facial before – usually stick to the facial oils but this sounds interesting! xx

    • I really like facial oil too, it’s so nourishing – one of the Skinceuticals products that they recommend to use at home has quite an oil-like texture

  • You can’t beat an all round luxurious treatment!

  • This sounds lovely! I could really use a facial!

  • This sounds super high tech! Did it have a good effect on your skin? I’d like to try a treatment like this to get rid of my acne scars.

    Rachel xx

    • Yes it had a good smoothing effect once the redness had gone after a few hours. It’s definitely worth finding out how well it would work with acne scars

  • Aw this sounds so innovative. To be honest I’m not into this kind of procedures, but it was interesting to read more about it! Thanks for sharing!


  • I never had any invasive treatment done to my face. I always do the regular facials with different masks, but this sounds like something I’d like to try. Were you happy with the results?

  • Lucy

    I could really do with a rejuvenating facial. I have often wanted one where they scan your face and share the type of skin you have and any sun damage. Sounds lovely Lucy x