I’m going to be completely honest and tell you that I was very nervous about having a Hydrafacial. You see, I’m the sort of type who likes things as natural as possible but with maximum results – a tricky equation to nail. So, as I sat waiting in The Lanesborough’s beautifully appointed spa reading about the different elements included in this particular facial – from Vortex Fusion to Electrical Muscle Stimulation, I began to get cold feet. However, The Lanesborough has long been an absolute favourite of mine, and I trust the treatments and the brands that they bring to their renowned spa. And I’m not the only fan, crowned Best Urban Spa at the Good Spa Awards 2021, The Lanesborough Club & Spa, is perfectly positioned between Knightsbridge and Mayfair, is one of London’s most exclusive private members’ fitness and health clubs and spa. Their 360 degree approach to wellbeing has always impressed me and what’s more, the caliber of their therapists really is second to none. 

My mind was instantly put at rest when my therapist, Lauren, entered the room. She explained everything to me and told me how incredibly popular the Hydrafacial is – in fact so popular, the statistics reveal that someone every 30 seconds is getting this facial making it the most popular facial in the world. And with absolutely brilliant results, instantly noticeable and no downtime at all. Celebs love it apparently… and so I was ready to embark on a 90 minute journey to get back the glow that I had distinctly lost since the summer had decided to head south. 

Lauren talked me through the process like that absolute pro that she is: the facial involves six-steps applying ‘super serums’ filled with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid, to give the skin a radiant glow. Created exclusively for The Lanesborough Club & Spa, this HydraFacial is the bespoke 90-minute SW1 24 Gold HydraFacial which, in addition to the signature six-step process, incorporates additional LED light therapy, electro muscular stimulation (EMS) technology, and a 24-carat gold mask as well as a neck, arm and foot massage. Sounds luxurious – and it totally was. The Vortex Fusion was not in the slightest bit uncomfortable and it was only at one stage that I was warned that the serum Lauren was applying might feel a little “spicy” but Lauren assured me that this was actually one of the most holistic and natural serums being applied and it was just so jam-packed full of actives that sensitive skin can be left feeling a little tingly. But I hardly felt a thing. In fact the whole process was heaven. And once finished I admired the glow that Lauren had managed to uncover, and it was in that moment that I instantly realised why this is the most popular facial in the world. 

My next question was how long to leave between treatments so I could book another. The answer was six weeks. I’m converted.

The signature HydraFacial at The Lanesborough Club & Spa is priced at £275 while the SW Ultimate HydraFacial with 24-carat gold mask is priced at £475. www.lanesboroughclubandspa.com

words by Sadie Reid