By: Susan Grant
You may be surprised to hear that James Dyson, the UK’s leading inventor and brains behind the bag-less vacuum cleaner, and America’s beauty industry have something in common.
Over the past year, Dyson and his team of 1,500 engineers have been developing a new floor cleaner that does both the vacuuming and mopping in one motion. Meanwhile in LA, the spa chemists at Hydrafacial MD have developed a spa facial technique that uses a similar process: suction cleansing with a range of serums. These novel applications of wet-and-dry cleaning have both met with equal beauty success. Dyson’s new Dyson Hard vacuum has gadget magazines saying the invention will make mops obsolete, while the spa Hydrafacial has A-listers including Kate Winslet and Beyonce claiming it to be the reason for their blemish-free skin.
The Hydrafacial spa treatment is offered in Hong Kong at Sense of Touch’s new Medispa on Wyndham Street. There are no wind chimes or candles here – this is a more clinical environment that looks like it means business. You can come here for every spa skin treatment imaginable from Botox to fillers, so the beauty treatment I’m trying is rather lame in comparison. It still promises results; the 45-minute process is said to improve sun damage, wrinkles, rosacea, blemishes and oily skin.
My therapist says the results are similar to those from microdermabrasion, only without the harsh chemicals, crystals, or downtime. It seems the secret lies in the combination of the different tips, the force of the suction and the cleansing and hydrating serums.
STEP 1: The treatment begins with a regular cleanse using Murad products. Once I’m grime-free, the therapist revs up to the machine and massages rejuvenating solution Activ-4 into my pores.
STEP 2: Next the vacuum pressure is really cranked up. Salicylic acid is applied to the congested areas and the suctioning removes impurities and dead skin cells. The constant pressure over problem areas such as the nose is uncomfortable but worth it as you can almost feel it’s going to get results.
STEP 3: This stage involves intense hydration that makes the skin glow. Hyaluronic acid is used for hydration, horse chestnut to moisturise and Vitamin A as an antioxidant. The use of the Hydrafacial machine is followed by a cooling collagen mask.
Better than microdermabrasion, those who want to blow the budget can add an extra flourish to the proceedings in the form of TNS (Tissue Nutrient Solution), a potion discovered through medical wound-healing research which is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage.
A spa facial that combines acids and vacuuming sounds as if it could be quite harsh and damaging on the skin, and I must admit to some irritation on my forehead a few hours afterwards. Remarkably, though, after just a one-hour treatment the overall result was that my skin looked plump, soft, and line-free.
Sense of Touch MediSpa is at Suite 206-207, 2/F, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, 2861 1800.