A Scientific Facial with BDR Facial Technology
As a keen beauty addict I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never had a facial. Shock horror I know! So when I was invited to try out the ultra-scientific and tech-based BDR facial (Beauty Defect Repair) in the Aesthetic Labs clinic in Primrose Hill, London I enthusiastically accepted! And why not treat myself to a shopping trip to London in the process? 😉 After a morning of shopping on the world-famous Oxford Street my feet were killing and I was ready for some rest and relaxation. The Aesthetics Lab clinic was beautiful in the gorgeous Primrose Hill area of London. I was welcomed in by my clinician Lucia and the first step was to chat about my skin problems and have the BDR facial system explained to me.
The treatment room was calm and featured some impressive-looking BDR technology in the corner. The BDR facial is a 6-step process which helps to get key anti-aging ingredients such as collagen down into the deeper layers of the skin and to help the skin to boost its own collagen and hyaluronic acid production, helping to reduce fine lines. The steps involve tradition facial techniques such as microdermabrasion combined with newer technology which is controlled from a central console.
The first step is a mild chemical peel to remove the top layer of dead cells; this is achieved with glycolic acid (my favourite, which you can read about here). The peel is applied and left on for about 15 minutes so that it can remove the top layer of dead cells and any dirt from clogged pores. It does tingle a bit as you might expect but the skin is also kept cool by a fan attached into the central console which helps skin feel cool. This peel is also available to buy for use at home and I’ve been putting it to the test as part of my at-home routine.
After the glycolic acid has been removed next up is a further exfoliation step: microdermabrasion. This is done with an electronic handheld device which is controlled from the BDR facial console and vibrates. The clinician was thorough in moving the rough end of the device over each different area of my face and neck to get rid of any dry patches and rough skin that the glycolic acid was unable to budge.
The next step was a process called microneedling, which I promise is nowhere near as drastic or painful-sounding as you might expect. The head of the dermabrasion device is changes from one with smooth bumps to one with a row of tiny needles, less than 1mm big. The device again vibrates and the clinician moved the end over my face in rows; it felt just like a slightly rougher version of the exfoliation head, though skin does feel a little hot and stingy when it’s over.
The microneedling is done for 2 reasons: the first reason is so that the collagen-containing serum which is applied next can seep into the deeper layers of the skin where it is needed (note: it is not injected in, the serum is applied with fingers after the needling). The second reason is because the tiny pin-prick wounds created are healed naturally by the skin in the following hours and collagen and hyaluronic acid are produced in this process, helping the skin to naturally create its own plumping molecules to help iron out fine lines and wrinkles. Clever right? The serum which is applied after the needling is done feels cool and smooth on the skin and was applied right the way down to my décolletage. Blue LED lights are shone on the skin at this point to prevent bacteria entering the skin and to boost the skin’s metabolism in healing itself and producing collagen.
After this a sheet mask was applied and it was time for the head and neck massage step. First though, my face and neck were wrapped in cling film (there were holes to breathe!) and was asked to hold a metal probe – at this point I could neither see nor hear what was going on and I couldn’t move my mouth to ask because of the cling film, but all soon became clear. The probe I was holding was attached to the console and the clinician was also attached to the console via an electrode stuck onto her arm. As the massage began this probe began to vibrate which meant that the hands doing the massage were vibrating! It was a very strange sensation at first but very relaxing!
By the time the massage was done and the mask was removed the serum in the mask had been absorbed into the skin and I was ready to go! My skin looked absolutely glowing (there was a little redness as you would expect with that much exfoliation) and was so smooth! I was fortunate enough to be given an at-home skincare routine to maintain the smoothness and glowyness: a daily exfoliating toner, a hydrating serum, the chemical peel for use up to three times per week and a moisturiser containing SPF, super-important with the glycolic acid use, to apply every morning – check back in with my next post to hear my thoughts on the at-home BDR skincare routine!
Since having my BDR facial my skin has been super smooth and my complexion looks more even. Though the procedure is pricey, I can definitely see the appeal of having this done a few days before a big occasion. To see any major differences in lines and wrinkles it is recommended to have 6 of these treatments, though I definitely saw the benefits after just a one-off treatment!
Have you ever had a facial treatment? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!