A new trend has been making an impact on the beauty industry. See, I thought those painful peelable charcoal masks were the height of the facial mask mania, but no, there's more! Laser facials have been introduced as the most recent advancement in professional skincare and are rapidly gaining popularity. The treatments are said to boost collagen and treat acne problems along with many other issues thanks to the light therapy and minor incisions. But, do these actually work? To get some insight I tried to try it out for myself!
So, when I think of conventional facials, I think of creams and gels, maybe a massage.. But laser therapy is completely different. The facial I got was the 'Clear + Brilliant' from Heartland Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Clive, Iowa. It's supposed to target fine lines, pigmentation, acne, scars, uneven skin tone, reduce pore size, and basically rejuvenate your skin while leaving it glowing. Let me tell you what makes this facial different from all the other ones in the market and whether I found it effective or not. Because let's be real here, these are not cheap!
**Service was provided at a discount rate for review purposes. All opinions are my own.**
As I stepped into the spa I was greeted by an incredibly sweet esthetician who introduced me to the properties of the facial. Upon asking, she said the facial takes about 30 minutes and is extremely popular in the area (I live on the border between Nebraska and Iowa). She led me to a dimly lit room where she examined my skin for signs of damage, dryness and other skin issues. Once finished, she started off the treatment by first opening up my pores with gentle steam and wiping off all the dirt in my skin. I had washed my face the night before and again in the morning, but surprisingly, the white cloth she used on my skin showed that there was still leftover dirt/makeup on my skin! 😷
She put on a thick white numbing cream on my face and wiped it off after about 15 minutes. Apparently this is because the lasers can be painful for most people. "Why?", you might ask. To put it in the most simplest way I can think of, the laser device they use basically has a small roller inside that pushes into your skin and allows the laser to make micro teeny, tiny cuts all over your face to force the skin to heal itself, boost your collagen production and create clear, healthy skin.
Okay, so now here's where the fun started! The esthetician started running a little white and blue device with a red laser over every inch of my face. It made a light buzzing noise and felt really hot on my skin. It almost felt like a million tiny little needles were being moved over my skin, but it wasn't unbearably painful? I'm not gonna lie, I even ended up falling asleep.. 🙄 It took about 20 minutes to go over my skin twice. **They wouldn't let me record the treatment. 😭 So here's a video from Advanced Skincare Surgery & MedCenter to give you an idea what the treatment is like!**
Once the treatment was over she put SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic immediately on my face. It's meant to provide a ton of antioxidants deep into your skin to calm redness and nourish new regenerating skin cells. Following that, she applied a cold, relaxing sheet mask to promote healing and reducing redness.
When I left, my skin looked rosy and glowing, but felt sunburned.. I was told to avoid any makeup for the next 24 hours.. The next day, my skin looked great but felt like actual sandpaper. It felt horrible! The esthetician told me that would happen, that it's basically a million little scabs from the device. Isn't that crazy?! 😳
After about a week, my skin looked amazing! Super glowy, clear, and the texture was sooooo soft! The only rules I had to follow were to moisturize really well each day and to avoid skincare products that contain acids or retinol for at least three days after the treatment to avoid irritating my skin.
Coming to my own experience of the facial, the entire treatment actually felt like I was just sunbathing. According to my esthetician, the results would be almost immediate and sure enough, within a week there was a marked difference in my skin. It was smoother, clearer and had considerably less inflammation. The results were certainly admirable, however, the masks do have a hefty price tag. It can cost about $300 to $450 for one 20-30 minute session. 4-5 sessions are recommended for best results. In my photos above, I only did one session. Are you tempted to give it a try?
For me, if it weren't for the price tag, this facial would be my go-to facial every time! But hey, if money isn't an issue for you, definitely make yourself an appointment at your local spa! But as for me, until I can afford to do this more often, I will be on the hunt for an at-home substitute! Wish me luck! 😘