CHILGROVE CLINIC REVIEW: CELEBRITY TREATMENTS IN THE HEART OF THE SOUTH DOWNS
With so much emphasis on looking good, is it any wonder that people are turning to aesthetic treatments to ensure that they feel happy with their looks. The ultimate quest to look perfect has been highlighted by the popularity of reality shows such as The Only Way is Essex or Love Island. These days people want a quick fix and with many of these celebrity treatments available outside of London, now is literally the time to shine.
One of the most sought-after clinics in Sussex is The Chilgrove Clinic on the outskirts of Chichester. Owner Karen Johnson offers some of the best non-invasive celebrity facials on the market. Whilst colleague Michelle Jones offers the desired Lipo Firm treatment that can instantly change a person’s shape.
I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to try both treatments. So, one Friday, I got in the car and headed to Chilgrove to have one of Karen’s famous Red-Carpet Facials. We started with a consultation, where Karen noticed that my skin was a bit dehydrated, and that I had some hormonal breakouts and pigmentation following the birth of my second child. Karen put me at total ease and assured me that the Red-Carpet Facial will tackle all my issues and is tailored to my needs using specific products to ensure that my skin will be glowing following the treatment.
From the very beginning, the products felt amazing on my skin and I am told that all the products are Environ except for the Serum infusion potion that is used during the ultrasound part of the treatment. To start with, Karen used Environ Hydra Intense Cleansing Lotion which cleanses whilst maintaining the PH level of skin. At this point I am excited as I have realised that Environ is the go-to brand for celebrities such as Blake Lively. Who wouldn’t want to look like her?!
Following that Karen toned my skin using Environ Skin Essential Moisturising Toner which treats the redness and calms the skin whilst keeping it hydrated. Next Karen started the Diamond Microdermabrasion treatment. The machine uses an exfoliating tip which is attached to a gentle suction pump which gently lifts and removes the build-up of dead skin cells whilst cleaning congested pores. The treatment didn’t hurt at all and Karen paid attention to both the pigmented brown spots that have appeared near my eyebrows and the scars from my recent breakouts. At this point my skin already looked much brighter.
Next Karen moved on to the ultrasound Serum Infusion, where she mixed together a personal cocktail of Fusion Meso Serums; Vitamin A, C & E combined with Fusion Hydralix Serum. The Vitamin serum gives the skin a boost of essential nutrients to condition and feed your skin, whilst the Hydralix gives you a shot of moisture. Karen used an ultrasound hand piece to drive the serums deep into your skin. This part of the treatment is quite relaxing as you can hear a slight hum as the machine glides over your skin. Ultrasound is perfect for facials as it opens tiny channels in the skin temporarily to allow the passage of active ingredients in the serums. It feels warm and relaxing whilst it's turbo-charging your skin cells!
For the grand finale Karen used the A Lift Micro Current machine. This machine uses tiny micro currents of energy to lift and contour the muscles of the face and neck and has a completely unique design that uses probes which connect with your skin to read the electrical activity in the skin cells. The information is then fed back to the machine and automatically adjusts the amount of micro-current tailored to your skin’s specific needs, making it a bespoke treatment. Karen paid attention to my eyes, cheeks and jawline. Straight away my skin was noticeably smoother, it felt clean and tighter. I was really happy with the results and I could see how a course of the facials would be beneficial in my quest to having gorgeous bright skin. Karen then told me that the micro current treatment continues to be active in the skin cells for up to three days following the treatment, so my skin will only get better. The facial was fabulous, Karen is incredibly experienced and talks you through every aspect which put me at complete ease. I would whole heartedly recommend this treatment as another option to Botox. The facials cost between £95-£125 depending on what you choose to have.
Luckily for me, my experience of the Chilgrove Clinic didn’t end there. The following day I found myself heading back to meet Michelle to try out the Lipo Firm treatment. I have heard many things about this treatment and seen many videos on social media, it is a bonafide favourite of many celebrities.
I met with Michelle, who again, put me at total ease and talked me through a consultation. I opted for a Bum lift as I was unable to have the treatment on my stomach, this was due to not being twelve weeks postpartum. I striped to my underwear and was led to the treatment table. Michelle then put a gel on my derriere and started the machine. The treatment doesn’t hurt; however, it is slightly uncomfortable. Michelle describes the feeling by comparing it to someone constantly flicking elastic bands on your skin. This analogy is perfect as that is exactly what it feels like, but it is bearable. The machine heats to 40c so you do get quite hot but again it is bearable. Michelle then changes sides whilst gliding the machine over the area and the treatment lasted about forty-five minutes.
As soon as the treatment finished, the difference was noticeable. The skin on my bottom was smoother and there was less cellulite. In fact, it looked like the whole area had been lifted. I wouldn’t say that this is a quick fix, it does work instantly but I am told that the whole process responds to a healthy lifestyle. In other words, you can’t keep eating sugar and not exercising whilst expecting to lose a whole lot of inches. That said, if you had a special event such a wedding, holiday or party that you wanted to look your best for, then a course of eight treatments would ensure that you look amazing. The treatment is £120 for one appointment or £840 for a course of eight, although that might sound expensive, it really isn’t. For me you are paying for peace of mind and safe knowledge that you are getting a highly trained therapist. Again, I would recommend this treatment in a heartbeat, I left the clinic feeling empowered and a lot more confident about my body. If fact I was so impressed that I am going back to have my Stomach treated. Watch this space!
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The Chilgrove Clinic, Chilgrove Park Road, Chilgrove Business Centre, Chilgrove, West Sussex PO18 9HU