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Beauty Roadtest: Resurface and Rejuvenate

Belinda Neame

Until I turned 40 in May, I was pretty blasé about the appearance of my skin.

I had a daily routine that included cleansing, moisturising, sunscreening — and exfoliating two times a week — but I never really invested in looking after my skin. However, in the lead up to the big 4-0, I started to notice some changes. My skin was drier, there were pigmentation issues and my ‘fine’ lines had become a little less fine!

So when the opportunity came up to road test a Resurface and Rejuvenate treatment at Clear Complexions, I was first in line! Here’s what happened.

The consultation

When I arrived at the clinic, I was introduced to my nurse Louise and we made our way to the consultation room. I felt instantly at ease with Louise — she was gentle and really listened to the concerns about my skin. I loved that the consultation was genuinely about my skin concerns, not what Louise saw.

The next step of the consultation was a facial assessment taking photos of my skin on state-of-the-art imaging software that would produce images of my face up to 2mm below the skin surface.

These images would reveal the vascular and pigmentation conditions of my skin. And boy were the results confronting! Louise talked through the areas of concern and clearly sun damage and pigmentation were high on the list! We then talked about treatment options going forward and the treatment I would be receiving.

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Belinda’s facial assessment report.

The treatment: Resurface and Rejuvenate

The Resurface and Rejuvenate treatment is all about healing, rejuvenating and producing new collagen, and incorporates three complementary procedures.

Genesis Laser

The first was Genesis Laser, a non-invasive laser technology designed to treat fine lines, wrinkles and diffuse redness and scars.

After lying down on the treatment table, soft cotton pads were placed over my eyes and then a pair of goggles over the top for eye protection. The procedure is performed with a small handheld device, which is moved back and forth over sections of the face. It never actually makes contact with the skin, but works by gently heating up the upper dermis well below your skin’s surface and stimulates collagen and elastin regrowth.

A lot of people freak out and worry about pain or burning when they hear “laser”, but Genesis can be performed without anaesthetic gel and all I felt was a gentle warmth on my face. Louise constantly checked in on me to make sure I was comfortable, which was reassuring.

Procedure Peel

The next step of the treatment was a Procedure Peel which is great for people with specific concerns like sun damage, pigmentation, rosacea and acne, or those simply wanting a softer, smoother, more youthful look.

Procedure peels are based on organic compounds such as lactic, salicylic, pyruvic and ascorbic acids that are only available only from medical skin care clinics. Louise prescribed a peel based on her assessment of my skin, applying the cool liquid with a cotton bud immediately after my laser treatment.

It only takes about 20 minutes to work, and you won’t be left with peeling or red skin, so you can walk out of the clinic and get straight back to work (or play!).

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Belinda after the treatment.

Omnilux

The final step in my treatment was the Omnilux Light Therapy. Omnilux is a medical device that uses light emitting diode (LED) technology, and was one of the most blissful skin treatments I’ve ever had.

It’s all about light. Omnilux uses red and invisible infrared LEDs to counteract the effects of ageing. Louise positioned a flat lamp very close to my face, making sure I didn’t feel any claustrophobia, and then turned on a gentle red light. All I had to do was lie there and enjoy warmth on my face for 20 minutes, and I found myself drifting in and out of a deep relaxation. To be honest, I was disappointed when it ended!

The Results

Once all of my treatments were completed Louise treated my skin with some moisturisers and then showed me the results. I actually couldn’t believe it. My skin looked so refreshed and I didn’t have any signs of redness. And it felt amazing!

Louise then ran through some Rationale skincare options that would help me treat my skin long term. After seeing the results of today’s treatment, I opted to go with what Louise recommended, as I want to start making skincare a priority.

In the following days, I had a definite glow to my skin and I felt like my pigmentation had settled somewhat. About five days after the treatment I did notice some dry patches forming but that was very short lived and easily treated with some moisturiser.

The Verdict

Would I have this treatment again? Absolutely 100 per cent. The whole experience was fantastic and the results speak for themselves. One week later my skin is still glowing and the HC Team are very jealous of my Rationale collection… But perhaps the best thing is that I now have a long term strategy to help me look after my skin, and that feels good.

The essentials

What: Resurface and Rejuvenate treatment: Genesis Laser, Procedure Peel and Omnilux
Good for: A range of conditions including: sun damage, pigmentation, rosacea, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, wound healing and scar reduction, psoriasis, and dull, ageing skin.
How long: Allow 2.5 hours for consultation and treatment.
How much: Clear Complexions are now offering a spring special for $425 (normally $610.) Click here for more information.
Where: Clear Complexions have clinics in Bruce, Woden and Gungahlin.
Book: Contact a clinic near you here.

This is a sponsored post but opinions are the author’s own. It complies with the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission’s guidelines on Online ReviewsRead our Sponsored Post Policy if you would like more information. The author received her treatments free of charge from Clear Complexions.

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Belinda Neame

Belinda is HerCanberra's Production Manager. A foodie and lover of handmade, Belinda enjoys nothing more than a good coffee and seeing Canberra businesses thrive. In her 'spare time', Belinda organises the quarterly Canberra street food event, The Forage with her husband Tim. More about the Author

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