Don't hold this against me, but I'm a sucker for reality telly, like TOWIE, Made in Chelsea, and the Kardashians! It was during one of my TV binges of The Real Housewives of Cheshire, I saw one of the wives (not sure which one, I don't pay that much attention!) have an LED light facial. Wow!
I needed to try this. Before the TV show, I had only seen this type of facial on Instagram, with Hollywood celebs taking selfies with the mask on — Jessica Alba looked particularly stunning in her picture.
At the age of 44, I'm up for trying out anything non-abrasive to help my ageing face! To my joy, I found that our very own Changes Clinic right here in Portsmouth offered this facial.
I booked in last week to give it a go. Changes is best-known for the amazing work they do with hair-replacement procedures, cosmetic dental work, and innovative skincare, literally changing people's lives, helping them to overcome scarring and aches. It was no surprise to me that they had a start-of-the-art LED light machine in their arsenal!
Changes Clinic is based at Lakeside North Harbour. It's very plush, and looks more like an upmarket hotel than a clinic, with stunning views out over the lakes.
Changes’ Rosie came to see me. I had to fill out a medical questionnaire. Once I was all signed up, Rosie took me into a private room and explained the process to me, then took a ‘Before’ photo.
I was having the ‘Signature Facial’, a three-part procedure. First, they cleanse the skin, take off all your makeup, and a radio frequency tightening machine heats up your skin. This triggers your brain to stimulate natural collagen, soften wrinkles, and tighten your skin.
Next up — the part I wasn't expecting! — was a chemical peel. Here, Rosie wiped chemicals over my face, and then soothed my skin by playing staccato on my cheeks!
This treatment is perfect for rejuvenating the skin, as the acid takes off the first layer of your skin, again stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in a beautiful glow — a bit like the best facial scrub you have ever had!
Next up, the moment I had been waiting for: the LED light facial. This light mask gets placed over your face, with the choice of three colours.
- Red for fine lines and wrinkles
- Green for discolouration like pigment problems
- Blue for skin problems, like acne
I went for the anti-ageing red colour — this procedure lasts for 15 minutes. During this time, as I laid there in the glow of the light, Rosie gave me a hand and arm massage.
The overall experience was very relaxing — I was told to take it easy for the rest of the day, and to drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and to avoid caffeine for 24 hours — that second one was a toughie! I was also told to keep putting on a good sunscreen — broke out the Factor 50!
As this process encourages new collagen and elastin in the face, the facial’s work continues two weeks after its completion — my skin has never felt so soft before, and looks so much fresher and more youthful!
I would 100% recommend this facial — it's excellent for eradicating skin problems, like if you're suffering from acne.