Charleston, South Carolina, the place I call home, is known for some pretty cool things. There is certainly no shortage of historical beauty and drool-worthy culinary creations, but ya'll, I think we just hit the jackpot in the beauty department. As Charleston, just became home to the first and currently only, GUINOT Institut Beauty Salon in the US.
If you don't know much about GUINOT, here's a little rundown :
It is the number one professional skincare brand in France.
GUINOT brand & beauty salons are known for their advanced technological skin care methods with pharmaceutical grade skincare and specializing in anti-aging treatments for both women and men.
It's no secret that I struggle with my fair share of skin problems, and I'm all for anything to make this tired momma look a little more alive, so I was super excited when I was invited to visit Charleston's very own GUINOT Beauty Center for one of their infamous facials! In addition to facials, the GUINOT salon menu also includes body slimming & relaxation. As well as, depilation/waxing and Master Colors makeup applications.
Upon arriving at the Salon, I was welcomed with the warmest greeting by owner Jean Baudrand. He's the man ya'll can thank ( or here in the South, give a big ole' hug) for bringing the only GUINOT salon in the US, right here to Charleston.
I then headed back for my facial and met my sweet and super knowledgeable aesthetician Stefanie. I really loved that at GUINOT the focus on deciding what facial or service I wanted, was more than a just a "you pick and pay" thing. It was a friendly and well-informed conversation between Stefanie and I about what my skincare needs and concerns were followed up by her professional opinion on what she thought would serve them best!
We decided to go with one of GUINOT Salons most popular facials called the Hydradermie Youth treatment. It restores "cellular energy and rejuvenates skin." Its available in 8 different versions : moisturizing, purifying, anti-wrinkle, nourishing, brightening, soothing, sun prep/repair or age logic anti-ageing, chosen according to your skincare needs.
Based on my skincare needs, Stefanie and I decided to go with anti-aging & brightening for dark spots. After cleansing and exfoliating, the facial is carried out by using a Hydraderm machine to perform Dynamic Ionisation & Oxygenation by Thermal Effect, and ends with a relaxing massage & serum.
Stefanie explained every step of the facial, answered any questions I had and made sure I was comfortable throughout the whole process.
The Dynamic Ionisation is "an exclusive patented GUINOT method that enables rapid absorption of the active ingredients in your selected serum for exceptional effectiveness."
It is totally non-invasive and just slightly tingled. Ya'll know I'm over here trying to get rid of all this toddler sleep deprivation, so I told Stefanie to crank it up-- and I promise it never hurt or even felt uncomfortable. Also, the level used can be adjusted to your comfort.
The Oxygenation by thermal effect "stimulates and revives the skins radiance by boosting cell oxygenation and the skins micro-circulation." This was probably my favorite part of the facial! The wand used is just warm on the skin,not hot or uncomfortable at all. Stefanie used it all over my neck and face, the motion and warmth was so relaxing to me!
Also, all the facials are 1 hour or less. This is so awesome for a busy mom like me, because I was able to pop in for a effective, quality facial and was still out in time to run errands and grab the kids from school.
One of the coolest things about this facial I learned is that it keeps working for 12+ hours after the actual facial is done. Stefanie recommended I use any of my favorite facial products before bed tonight, because my skin will essentially absorb them much deeper & more than usual because of the effects from the facial.
Speaking of at home face products, GUINOT is stocked with their infamous products to treat all your different skin needs. After my facial Stefanie gave me a small sheet of recommended products to use at home and date of another facial, but it was totally non -obligatory and was NOT one of those awkward salon pressured product situations ( because we all know those are the worst!)
Outside of the fabulous facial, GUINOT also carries the MASTER COLORS Paris makeup line and offers in-salon make up application services using this line! Stefanie, my aesthetician,who is also a successful & local makeup artist informed me that it is a highly coveted makeup brand, that is not easy to come across. I had never seen this brand before and it's because GUINOT here in Charleston, to carry this makeup line in store. Stefanie was so kind to give me a little natural "beauty flash" before I headed out and I'm a little bit in love with this makeup line. ( Shhhhh! don't tell my hubby) I really liked the under-eye fatigue concealer it was super light & silky but offered great coverage .The All seasons bronzer comes in a block of colors, so its like four shades in one, if that makes sense,so you don't have to buy a new color for every season!! Also, the lengthening and curling mascara was amazing. I'm a sucker for a good wand on mascara because I hate clumps. The wand is like a mini lash defining comb but still gives a good coat with length & curl! All of these products can be found and purchased at GUINOT.
Overall, I had such a such a welcoming, relaxing and fun experience at Charleston's very own and the US's first GUINOT Beauty Salon...safe to say, I left with glowing skin and a smile! If you're local or visiting Charleston, make sure to check out the GUINOT Salon experience for yourself at 1161 Oakland Market Rd. in Mount Pleasant. You can find all product, price and treatment information on their website.
I promise you won't be disappointed, but I can't promise you won't get addicted!