Sevenoaks’ new beauty clinic
Ready steady glow? I try out the new, cutting edge skin specialists - and you can get 25% off the latest anti-ageing facial
When I heard the phrase ‘Harley Street has come to Kent’ I was out the door and in the car before I’d even realised the car keys were still on the kitchen side, such was my excitement. Okay, sliiight exageration, but not much. Prime Aesthetics the new Skin, Laser & Beauty Clinic in Sevenoaks, had only been open for 3 weeks when I visited last Thursday, so that’s quite speedy. If the words anti-ageing, rejuvenation and 25% off sound good to you, then step this way please. The team will make you feel right at home…
Right slap bang in the middle of town on London Road, Sevenoaks, just next door to the fabulous Matthew Cross hair salon you’ll find the brand new and super spiffy Prime Aesthetics clinic located on the first floor.
The room with its grey leather sofas, white walls and fab chandeliers is spotless and very welcoming, as are the staff. The look falls somewhere between a stylish beauty clinic and a pristine white medical centre, which of course mirrors the cosmeceutical element of treatments on offer. What you get here is more than just your average waxing and facials. There is proper skin science taking place here, people. Facials are not simply ultra-pampering affairs (although they can still feel like it) the aim here is no-nonsense and totally results driven, the absolute focus is making your face look better. Which, let’s face it (boom boom), if you’re going to fork out £90 for a facial is what you want, no? Personally, if I want a snooze in a beauty salon, I’ll book a massage.
The room is lovely and spacious and full of smart looking equipment like the snazzy new HydraFacial machine, which is what I’m here to try out. It’s the latest hero treatment in the beauty world and wouldn’t like out of place on a spaceship and probably cost the same as a new family car. The unit is loaded up with lotions and serums, which are applied to your face using a probe with a rubber tip. This little wand both hoovers out the bad stuff (dead skin cells, blackheads, bacteria, assorted grot) and plumps your face with the good stuff (antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid; the moisture-boosting latter being the beauty industry’s current buzz ingredient).
The salon offers an ‘Express’ Hydrafacial, or the more thorough 60 minute HydraFacial. With its numerous celeb endorsements, (Emma Bunton, Melanie Sykes and Karen Brady to name a few) it’s the salon’s signature facial and thus the priciest of the bunch. And while it’s meant to be about sorting your skin rather than pampering, I found it quite relaxing, certainly not uncomfortable. The probe feels like an electric toothbrush being gently moved across your skin. As well as the expected cleansing, exfoliation and hydration, it also includes a glycolic and salicylic acid peel. This was incredibly gentle and only involved a bit of tingling, rather than leaving me like looking like a beaten-up beetroot à la Samantha in that famous episode of Sex & The City (always my fear when peels are involved).
The full hour treatment finishes with the LED light therapy to further stimulate collagen and elastin production. You keep your eyes closed while bright light is shone on your face. It takes about 10 minutes.
While I didn’t emerge onto the streets of Sevenoaks and immediately get booked for my first Vogue cover (she’s not a miracle worker after all), I did look pretty darn good if I do say so myself. This treatment is known as the red carpet facial, because it’s so gentle you don’t emerge blotchy, red, shiny and in need of a big hat and sunnies. You can basically continue with your day but with ridiculously soft, smooth, glowy skin. A stubborn patch of pigmentation on my forehead was diminished, as were fine lines, while my pores looked visibly scrubbed clean. Overall, I was massively impressed – this is a London quality facial with lasting results. A week on and my skin still looks peachy.
With decades of experience, Tiffiney did my treatment and was absolutely brilliant – very knowledge and chatty, immediately putting me at ease. Basically, this lady knows her onions having worked in the beauty industry for 24 years and more recently specialising in aesthetics. It’s reassuring to put your face into such capable hands. She’s honest and understands that wanting to enhance your appearance isn’t about vanity – it can often make the world of difference to a person’s self-esteem. So want to see the results? Hope no one’s eating because it’s a shiny, make-up free close-up *eek*!
The Hydrafacial Express costs £90 (or course of 3 for £243), the Hydrafacial Skin Health 60 minute treatment costs £120 (or course of 3 for £324), the Hydrafacial with Anti-aeging, Pigmentation or Acne & Congested treatments costs £150 (or a course of 3 for £405). That’s more expensive than your average facial around these parts but compared to similar in a swish London salon, it’s a pretty decent price I’d say. Better still – you can get a whopping 25% off when you book your first Hydrafacial treatment – how’s that for keeping you in the know!
7A London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1AH, Tel: 01732 450200, primeaesthetics.co.uk