A FACIAL treatment that can reduce pigmentation, soften visible lines, clear congestion and improve the appearance of acne scars?
Microdermabrasion sounds like the holy grail of facial treatments. Involving no down-time – it can be done in your lunch-hour – the treatment buffs away dead cells to resurface the skin.
At Renew Aesthetic Clinic, on Dublin’s Hatch Street, the treatment is carried out with a hand-held, diamond chip wand, to gently polish away the top layer of skin. The machine offers various settings to suit your skintype: sensitive skin will require the lowest level, while tougher hides will achieve more dramatic results from the coarsest setting.
At the friendly and professional Renew, there is no whale music, fluffy robes, dark corridors or candles: the emphasis is on results.
Fond as I am of these fripperies, I am rather more fond of smooth and spot-free skin – which, happily, is what this treatment delivered.
I feel a gentle suctioning as the wand is moved over my face – it is vacuuming away surface skin cells, to reveal softer, healthier new skin below. Immediately after, my face looks and feels soft and incredibly smooth, with a slight redness that goes within the hour.
More than two weeks later, my combination skin is still reaping the benefits. It’s more balanced; the dry patches are gone from my cheeks, and my T-zone is considerably less oily.
But the biggest benefit, for me, is the effect of the treatment on blemishes. It has achieved what I thought was impossible in clearing the congestion and small, stubborn spots round my chin. For maximum results, several treatments are recommended.
Renew’s summer offer of two microdermabrasion treaments is €100. Tel: (01) 661 9261. www.renewclinic.ie. @fluffyblog