As a reader of this blog you might know that I have a little obsession with collagen. It’s basically a life source. One day, I woke up and I was hit with a very stoic reality that I was ageing. Me, the girl that always gets ID’d! And yes, while I do realise I still look like a teenager at the age of 25, I also know that prevention is far more effective than chasing a cure that doesn’t really exist, cue the non-surgical facelift.
Youthfulness has become very much a part of the wellness trend and while the first has always been in demand, the latter is something on the rise. The alignment between interior and exterior beauty is being increasingly understood as something that starts from within and 63% of people worldwide have practiced or are interested in mindfulness or meditation. Part of my need to hit the gym at least twice a week, despite events or late nights at work, has less to do with physical strength or losing weight and a lot more to do with stress relief and refreshing my meal times.
The Wellness Clinic
I visited The Wellness Clinic for a consultation with Renee Lapino, an aesthetician with 15 years experience. This place is a well kept secret, residing on the fourth floor of Harrods it occupies a vast space filled with detox waters, luxurious changing rooms stocked with Perricone MD as amenities and even private personal training rooms. For this visit, I had aesthetic concerns in mind.
I’m at the age where so many of my friends around me are turning to non-surgical procedures for maintenance and while I don’t think I’m quite ready for a commitment like that, I am looking for some natural anti-ageing treatments. After expressing concerns that I felt like my cheeks were sagging, forming a shadow either side of my mouth and that my lips had become thinner, she suggested that I go for the Phi lift, a non-surgical face lift with no down time. From looking at my skin, she also discerned that I had a problem with congestion, most likely from commuting and always being in the city.
So with that in mind, I was prescribed a bespoke treatment combining a hydraglow facial (it’s the one that uses suction to cleanse, extract and hydrate the skin) alongside the facelift that uses ultrasound waves to penetrate into various fat layers. Take a look at their menu here, if you’re interested in pricing and other services.
Watch the video for footage of both treatments and before and after results:
After the Phi lift
Okay, so about three weeks from first getting it done I can say that this definitely works. During my consultation I was shown several before and after photos that were so dramatic, I would have gone as far as to say that this was the Photoshop facelift. But the results were almost as quick as it would’ve taken a retoucher to reshape my face. If you watched the video above, you will have noticed that in spite of the varying angles that my jawline became far slimmer. Furthermore, the area that hurt the most which was around my mouth and the fleshy part of my cheeks, became taught and slimmer when I move to a side profile. After the Phi lift or non-surgical face lift, touching the muscle ached slightly as if I had taken my cheeks to the gym. Eating and talking had no impact on the sensation.
I was told that the effects would carry on developing, meaning my face shape and cheeks would become more streamline over the next two months. I just did a shoot this afternoon and looking at the photos, what I would usually contour and touch up post-process already existed. I had the cheekbones I knew I deserved.
How often? As I’m 25 and time hasn’t struck me like the time Triton was turned into a sea cucumber in The Little Mermaid, it was recommended that I go for the Phi lift every six months. This would be to maintain the levels of collagen that my skin was now geared up into producing, and thus to sustain the V-shape that comes with elasticity.
After the facial
After the procedure, my pores were significantly smaller. Renee told me that when we have open pores and dirt gets in, the skin around the area thickens in an attempt to protect itself from harmful entrants. So on one hand, it’s not entirely our fault that it’s so hard to refine them but on the other, we have to be proactive about exfoliating and treating ourselves to facials for the sake of maintenance.
Back when I was living in Asia, most girls – even if they were students – had facials at least monthly, so while I understand that for some this is considered ‘pampering’ more than it’s ‘practical’, having lived among both cultures, it’s something that’s quite personal to your skin. For me, having had such a difficult relationship with my skin for most of my years, there’s very little I won’t do to protect it.
How often? For a facial like this, it was recommended that I go for the hydraglow treatment monthly to keep my skin in optimum condition and for thorough cleansing.
photos in this post were before the treatment
Shop the look
If you’re interested in the treatments I had, feel free to email and ask for Renee!