Those of you who are regular readers know that I am always careful in recommending beauty treatments and products, because I believe that we all have different skin and concerns. I can only explain to you what my skin is like and tell you my results and thoughts. But I have come to realise that there are experts in this area whom we need to consult, to get the proper advice according to our individual needs.
I was thrilled when Jeanne Brophy asked me if I would like to come into her salon in Clontarf for a consultation. Like me, the salon does not believe in one-size-fits-all and delivers very much a bespoke treatment addressing clients’ individual concerns and problems.
First of all, following a discussion and examination of my skin, my therapist Valerie (having complimented me on my skin) decided I had three issues:
1. Superficial dryness
2. Laxity or sagging
3. A need to improve skin health
She used a lactic acid-based peel to exfoliate, hydrate and improve its texture.
Then an Image Sheet Mask was applied.
and I was put under the Dermalux tri-wave LED to promote hydration and to give me a ‘glass-skin‘ look on leaving!
You can see what it looks like from the photo above. It is completely painless and it claims to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, keeping the skin firm and plump.
Here is some background to it:
Dermalux® LED Phototherapy is an award-winning, non-invasive treatment that harnesses the power of light for visibly radiant, rejuvenated and refined skin.
It energises skin cells to revitalise a dull and tired complexion. A course of treatment stimulates the skin’s natural rejuvenation and repair processes to promote healthy-looking skin, accelerate cell renewal and resolve a range of skin concerns.
Below, you can see ‘before’ and ‘after’ treatment pictures. I gave you a good smiley face, so you can see all my wrinkles. There is a good reason why Victoria Beckham chooses not to smile!!!
But the treatment was not the end.
I was gifted some take-home products to use in conjunction with it:
THE IMAGE AGELESS OVERNIGHT RETINOL MASQUE
I was very excited to use this product as I have heard so much about retinol, and I wondered if it would live up to the hype.
Retinol, otherwise known as Vitamin A, helps to speed up the natural exfoliation process and promotes collagen renewal within your skin. (Collagen is what keeps our skin elasticated and looking young.) Once our collagen stores begin to dwindle, we need to do everything we can to hold onto them. And that my friends is no easy task.
This Image product contains 3% retinol which I believe is quite high. It claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through time-released hydration and to help with skin firmness.
It also helps reduce pigmentation.
I used the mask every three nights and experienced no flakiness, as is seemingly common with some retinol products. That, I believe, is to do with some of the other ingredients. I am not going to blind you with science that I don’t understand myself!
SKINCEUTICALS H.A. INTENSIFIER SERUM
The other product was SkinCeuticals Correct H.A Intensifier, a serum product which is all about boosting the hyaluronic acid levels in the skin. There is a lot of science behind this product and SkinCeuticals is known for its rigorous and extensive customer research. I am not going into all the ingredients, but what you need to know is that this formula is able to boost the hyaluronic acid levels by 30%, which leads to a prevention and filling of wrinkles, a hydration boost and an increase in firmness levels.
The texture is sticky and viscous and heavier than any other serum I have used and the purple colour is a bit off-putting at first. But it goes on very easily. I use this morning and evening followed by my own moisturiser. And of course sunscreen during the day,
I have been using these products for five weeks and I am very pleased with the results. There has been an improvement in all areas of concern. My skin is brighter, more hydrated, therefore fewer lines and less wrinkly wrinkles and they have achieved (along with the treatment) what no other products have achieved.
And that is an increased firmness around my jawline.
These products and treatments might not be within everyone’s budgets but even if you cannot afford the products, get to see a proper facialist/professional who can advise you what you really need. Otherwise, you are fumbling about in the dark, buying products because a friend recommends it, or you like the ad.
A good facialist/professional such as Jeanne Brophy can advise you on the best products in your budget range and work out a series of treatments to help you bring your skin to its optimum level.
I am realistic about ageing, but we all want to look as well as we can. Am I right? As well as drinking lots of water (not wine), getting 8 hours sleep a night and using sun factor I advise you to go to an expert. You only have one face and you are never too young or too ‘old’ to start.
While my treatment and products are gifted, all content is my own and my views and opinion are completely honest.