How to lose a decade on the face in an hour? Lina at The Bridge Street Skin Clinic in Hungerford knows, and Muddy has been a very willing recipient!
If there’s one industry that I notice massively on the increase across Berkshire, it’s beauty aesthetics. Light touch, fragrant facials and soothing music just don’t cut it for modern clients who now want to see results. And so voila, as if by magic, Bridge Street Skin Clinic launched a few months ago in Hungerford, in a bijou period building on the ‘Bond Street of Berkshire’. Time to form an orderly queue, for one of the slickest offerings in town.
A soft minimalism that’s clinical but not intimidating. Bridge Street Skin Clinic looks and feels professional with lashings of white, soothing blush pinks, natural woods and and cool neon ‘Hello Beautiful’. Owners Dr Tara Kidd and Skin Therapist Lina Ryan are knowledgeable, kind and incredibly respectful of your privacy. They have a number of high profile clients but refused to give up their names (*I tried). All clients and their treatments are strictly confidential, so there will be no pointing and staring in the aisles of your local supermarket.
The treatment room is unfussy, you can see and hear the river running outside, the aesthetic machines are brand new, and there’s a feeling that you’ll be well looked after and that they have the experience and skill to work wonders. Utlimately, this is a premium clinic with the service to match.
It’s all about the results here, and treatments on offer include deep hydration and pore refining facials, facial rejuvenation, Cryptotherapy (removing skin tags, moles etc.), non-surgical fat freezing process, micro-needling, wrinkle reducing botox and derma fillers and treatments for excessive sweating.
Unlike many aesthetic clinics I come across, Bridge Street Skin Clinic has an experienced doctor on board to administer the aesthetic procedures – Dr Tara spent significant time working in specialties such as Dermatology and Surgery, before training as a GP and completed most of her aesthetics training at the world renowned centre of medical excellence, Harley Street, London. That’s massively reassuring, because the last thing you want is someone straight off a 2 day course playing with injections or electric currents, right?
Skin therapist Lina (a former Dental Hygienist) is a skincare geek, hellbent on ensuring you reach your goals by creating a bespoke product and treatment plan most suited to your skin type and conditions. What I love about this clinic is that the shelves are not groaning with lots different brands. They offer only a select few – Medik8, Epionce, Obagi Medical and Heliocare 360, because they work. That’s the kinda confidence I love.
THE MEDIK8 FACIAL
I had the Medik8 Deep Hydration Facial to give the kiss of life to my dull, prune face that’s crying for help following a wine assault that’s last months (OK years). The aim is to restore vitality and deliver deep hydration that regular H2O just can’t achieve. The double shot of moisture should give me a youthful glow.
I’ve got to be honest, I’d never heard of Medik8, but it’s a British brand, created by chemist Elliot Isaacs, with oodles of science behind it. He initially created a product to conbat his sister’s redness, it was so successful the Medik8 cosmeceutical brand was born from a tiny lab in the back of his dad’s pharmacy.
The facial is surprisingly relaxing, so ticking the pampering and results boxes nicely. Lina starts by double-cleansing to prepare for the skin analysis. Using a magnifying lamp she assessed the damage – and discussed my concerns. Each facial is tailor-made for you at each appointment, to ensure you leave with positive results.
Lina used a ‘Pac-Man’ style exfoliation papya and pomegranate enzyme peel, that eats away dead skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy skin. A massage follows to stimulate blood flow and boost the lymphatic system to remove toxins. A clay mask with kaolin and bentonite decongested and purified the skin. And then came the tsunami of moisture. A Bio-Cellulose mask – containing contains hyaluronic acid, marine algae and zinc; Vitamin C serum, moisturiser and most important – sunscreen! In fact Lina believes twice weekly exfoliation, Vit C day moisturiser plus sunscreen and a Vit A night cream are all you need keep those wrinkles at bay.
The results are instant. Gorgeous glowing skin ahoy. It’s like I’d had a facelift and turned back time all in 60 minutes. Often the effects of a facial disappear after a day or so. But my skin kept that healthy glow for ages and when I did apply make-up, the surface appeared flawless. Well, as flawless as my middle aged face can be. I wasn’t just impressed by the results, I was amazed.
OUT & ABOUT
Hungerford is one of this chichi towns full of family owned indies and antique emporiums. You can quite happily mooch the high street for an hour or two. Head to Mojo & McCoy for designer labels; Roxtons for gorgeous gifts, Cooper & Cooper, Libby Blakey and Jade Bailey for interiors, Eliane Smiles for coffee in stylish surrounds, The Hungerford Bookshop for Muddy-Award-winning indie creds, or The Swan for a relaxed pub lunch.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Those putting results above relaxation. This is an aesthetic clinic through and through and it does it really well, with properly trained medical pros.
Not for: Nervous parkers. There’s free street parking for one hour, so you’ll have to play chicken with the traffic warden. Perhaps better to use The Bear’s car park and wander up.
££: Average for a town aesthetics clinic I’d say. I can’t vouch for the botox clearly but prices start at £200. The facials are £75 for 60 minutes and Collagen microneedling, £200.