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I was recently invited to the Premier Laser Clinic in Soho to try their Skinbreeze Skin Rejuvenation facial to continue my mission to find amazing skincare for people with sensitive skin and rosacea.
Skinbreeze Skin Rejuvenation Facial RosaceaReview
The clinic itself was highly professional and felt very much like a treatment rather than a treat. The last facial I went for was relaxing and calming: dimmed light, candles, soothing music and an emphasis on massage which is lovely when you need to shut off for an hour and feel pampered. In contrast, the Premier Laser Clinic’s emphasis is on ‘clinic’ – it is brightly lit, minimal and all business. That’s definitely not a bad thing – I felt very well looked after and, although I didn’t leave feeling like I was floating, I did notice an instant difference to my skin. Karina could tell I was very nervous and explained everything to me at all stages. She continued to ask how my skin was feeling throughout and offering to tailor the stages to accommodate my skin if I felt uncomfortable.
The first step was to remove my make up. Before:
And after a light cleanse (eye make up left on):
Microdermabrasion – As soon as I heard this word I’ll admit I panicked. I tend to avoid any manual exfoliation because my skin reacts very badly to it. I raised my concerns and was assured that this stage was very controlled and, depending on the pressure applied, can be as light or heavy as they choose. Apparently there are about 60 different levels of abrasion available so the treatment can be tailored to each individual which is pretty amazing. The microdermabrasion was delivered with a handheld wand with a small disc on the end that looked and felt slightly like sandpaper – again scary, but I put my trust in Karina! It works by orbital rotation, removing dead skin, improving skin texture, increasing radiance, wrinkles are decreased and so products used afterwards can penetrate more easily. All sounds worth it to me!
LED light therapy – The wand had a rotating casing around the head that housed whirling lights – it looked like a strange, bulky disco stick. Red light and blue light was used: blue light is an antiseptic, designed to calm skin and neutralise nasty bacteria, while red light helps to reduce redness, encourage wound healing and stimulate tissue growth – so it’s ideal for people with rosacea, acne and stubborn scar tissue.
The photos below show my skin right after Karina had done the microdermabrasion on one side of my face and neck:
I know, I know – it looks pretty bad… but although it may look super red and angry, this was not sore at all. It felt slightly warm and tingly but that’s to be expected as you’re removing layers of skin. The pressure used was different depending on the area of the face. She started on my forehead and because the skin there is a bit thicker she could apply a bit more pressure. Feeling how hard she pressed on my forehead did make me worry for my super sensitive cheeks and nose, but as soon as she moved on to that area, she softened the pressure. This tailoring, rather than a one size fits all approach, made me feel so much better about the whole thing and I knew then that I could relax!
O2 infusion – A calming, cooling serum was applied to my face and massaged in, before a teeny tiny wand was used to deliver targeted bursts of air to my skin. Imagine the little wand the dentist uses to shoot air at your teeth – just like that! This action helps the serum to penetrate the skin to increase its effectiveness. This part of the facial works to rehydrate and plump the skin and smooth fine lines and is designed to be felt immediately, but also to show further results over the following few days.
Hydro Mask – The last stage in the facial was a soothing mask. Karina applied a sheet mask (you know, the ones that are huge in Asia that make you look a bit like a serial killer? One of those) soaked in a super-hydrating serum. Another wand (called an ‘Orbital Eraser’) was used to massage the skin through the mask. This is designed to add even more moisture, while helping to drain excess fluids from the face to remove puffiness and improve the skin’s tone.
As you can see from the picture above, my skin quickly calmed down after the microdermabrasion. My skin was obviously still red, but this is closer to my natural skin’s appearance so I was pretty impressed.
This very surgical and impressive-looking machine is the one used in my treatment. If you look at the shelf at the back, on the left you can see the tiny wand that delivered the O2 spray, and next to that you can see the microdermabrasion wand: the little disc in the middle is the rough disc that rotates to remove the dead skin, so you can see how small it is. The clear plastic head is where the rotating LED rights are housed. The wand on the right was the one used during the sheet mask massage.
Immediately after the treatment my skin was red, which is to be expected. However, it started to fade quite quickly once I got out into the chilly evening air so my tube journey wasn’t too traumatic! There was a fair bit of skin shedding, especially around my hair line, which made me feel quite self-conscious on the way home. It was more like bobbling of the dead skin that was coming off and had disappeared by the following morning but it’s something to bear in mind in case you were wanting to go out anywhere/go back to work after your treatment. My skin felt quite sensitive to the touch, and when I applied a light serum that evening before bed there was a slight stinging but nothing that worried me.
The following morning my skin was a little more red than usual but the stinging and bobbling had gone completely. It felt unbelievably smooth, even the stubborn bumpy area between my eyebrows. The smoothness and glowing skin lasted well over a week: I kept thinking ‘my foundation looks really good today’ or ‘ooh my forehead feels smooth’ and then remembering why!
I would definitely recommend this treatment – and not just for those with sensitive skin. As I have rosacea, I have written this review with atypical skins in mind but I think everyone would be thrilled with the results achieved. As mentioned above, I would make sure you’re not going out somewhere afterwards as the redness and skin shedding is a bit odd-looking, but when you see and feel your skin the next morning you’ll forget all about it!
This treatment was £150 for 60 minutes at The Premier Laser Clinic, but you can also buy a set of treatments for a reduced price. £150 is quite expensive compared to some other facials I have tried but I am still seeing a change in my skin nearly a month later. I think this would be a great treatment to have to get your skin to a great condition, which you can then maintain at home for a few months before your next microdermabrasion. I’ve gone from being a microdermabrasion-phobe to now being a total convert and my skin is thrilled. I think it’s all down to finding somewhere that understands your skin and is able to tailor your treatment to make sure that you feel comfortable while still seeing great results.