If you fancy escaping the big smoke for a day, I highly recommend visiting the adorable little higgledy piggledy village of Ingatestone in Essex – just 28 minutes by train from Liverpool Street. And while you’re there, make sure you visit Cranwell House – the leading skin and beauty clinic and try out a treatment with their brand new Syneron E Light Laser.
I’ve never been a huge fan of your ‘average’ facial – where you leave looking exactly the same, but a bit cleaner – I could do that myself with a flannel. I like seeing real results. Now. And this lovely little laser machine delivers them.
Here comes the science…I chose to have the Refirme skin tightening facial, which uses a combination of bi-polar radio frequency with the light energies of elōs technology to precisely heat the dermal tissue. This stimulates collagen production and produces a firming effect in lax skin. Sounds impressive, but what does it mean? Well basically they cover you in a gel and move this little machine slowly over your face, which zaps you and makes you less wrinkly and less saggy – instantly.
My really lovely and very knowledgeable beauty therapist and MD, Charlotte Nial, handed me a mirror after half my face had been lasered. It was noticeably younger looking and visibly lifted on one side – I was quite amazed actually. She also took a photo before my treatment of the terrifying things going on under my skin surface – sun damage, pigmentation, redness, elasticity etc and the ‘after’ photo was much improved. I really noticed that the texture of my skin looked much better and more radiant looking for weeks after.
Does the laser hurt, I hear you ask. Not at all – it feels just like a rubber band is being pinged lightly onto your face – nothing more (and I’m a major wuss when it comes to pain).
Cranwell House recommends a course of 6 for the best long-term results, but a one-off is also great if you’ve got an event you want to look particularly pretty for – ideal for blushing brides.
Next I’m going in for some pigmentation zapping, because that photo terrified me.
Price for a full face of Re Firme Skin Tightening is £125 per session.
Price for a full face of IPL (pigmentation, thread veins, sun damage, sun spots & age spots) is £150 per session.
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