The Vampire Life at Orchard Facials

The Vampire Life at Orchard Facials

Well, the real name isn’t quite that.

However, when you enter the calm neutral interior and meet Sarah she instantly relaxes you, no need to be scared!

Based in the leafy Vale of Glamorgan, Sarah is half an hour away from Cardiff, and it feels like a completely different atmosphere to the bustle of the capital city.

I had the treatment last month (it takes around three weeks to kick in, I promise you I really would have posted this sooner if I could have) and as the autumn sun streamed through the large Georgian windows, she talked me through the procedure…. Actually; procedure is a kind of formal way to say it as it was pretty relaxing to be honest.

If I’m honest, if you are squeamish, stop reading now.

The vampire facial, or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), it involves extracting a couple of dessert spoons of the patient’s blood from their arm and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma – the fluid part – from the red and white blood cells. At this point I need to highlight the fact that Sarah is a qualified medical professional and to be fair on her part my blood was not in the mood to take part in the facial.

We got there though, my veins I’d like to describe as deep and meaningful, anyway…

yup that’s my blood

Let me describe the surroundings, I know I sound like I’m going a bit off course, but I’m a full believer in the whole experience and it makes such a difference. The treatment room is softly lit with a tasteful combination of traditional white furniture and medical equipment.

The concentrated plasma, which is rich in platelets – the part of the blood with growth factors and this is what Sarah extracted from the test tube of blood that had been spun (the blood is spun in a centrifuge, which separates the platelet rich plasma from the blood). Whilst I was waiting for the numbing cream to kick in.

“PRP therapy is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment with quick recovery time, and is designed to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. The treatment actually involves the use of two procedures, micro-needling and PRP done consecutively.

Microneedling works by stamping the skin with multiple micro-needles that are contained in a sterile disposable head. The needles create micro injuries, which trigger the stimulation of collagen and creates mirochannels that allow active ingredients to penetrate into the skin.”

PRP contains highly concentrated amounts of natural growth factors that promote the regeneration process of soft tissues. The PRP is applied directly to the skin following the microneedling to further stimulate the natural healing process and creation of collagen, this is not as it looks when you google it (I can guarantee you will get a picture of Kim Kardashian)

After the treatment, your skin will be slightly pink and feel slightly sunburned. It doesn’t look that bad, for the first few days I didn’t wear makeup, I’d suggest a heavier face cream (I love Thalgo, this is perfect). For most people, your skin will completely recover in 24-72 hours and it does.

I found my skin felt rather dry, Your body’s collagen production usually takes about 4-8 weeks, so you will continue to see improvements over this time.

I also swear by using a collagen supplement, I highly recommend Gold Collagen as an addition to your skincare routine as well.

Contact Sarah at to make a booking and for more information.

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