Here we are post lock down and eagerly looking to Spring/ Summer to bring us out of what has been quite the year. Nothing makes us feel better than deep diving into a personal glow up plan with the help of the latest tech and expert advice. If you are looking for quick results and are open to innovation outside your comfort zone, may we suggest the following menu of tried and tested glow getters.
Clear & Brilliant
Every caterpillar looks forward to her chrysalis and butterfly moment. If your skin is looking less than fabulous from too much drinking, not enough hydration, and has experienced a downward spiral, Clear and Brilliant laser may be the answer. This mini fractionated laser treatment is a celebrity go-to ahead of big red carpet events and photoshoots. Consider it the younger sister to Fraxel resurfacing.
The treatment is administered after numbing cream is applied to the face and works by penetrating the top layer of skin via microscopic columns. The skin wounding kicks in the skin’s repair and renewal process bringing dead skin cells to the surface, boosting collagen production, and eventually revealing beautiful, soft, and juicy skin .
We experienced the treatment at All Saints Clinic in Double Bay, Australia’s premier skin clinic. After a thorough consultation, and application of numbing cream 30 minutes prior to the treatment, the Clear & Brilliant procedure takes about 30 minutes. This is not a lunchtime treatment as you will definitely see and feel a change. The treatment, even with numbing cream is uncomfortable, and you will have bright red skin resembling severe sunburn, for about 24 hours.
Over the coming week, we saw the skin undergo a healing process where the treated area eventually settled down, skin peeled and beautiful fresh skin was revealed. The redness and discomfort is real, but it’s very manageable. After a week, beautiful baby soft skin is yours, fine lines have vanished and the complexion is dewy and full of life once more. Longer-term, collagen and hyaluronic acid levels are boosted and after about 4 weeks, our skin continued to get better and better. For the best results, a series of three Clear and Brilliant treatments is recommended six weeks apart.
Expert: Natasha Hunt dermal clinician at All Saints Clinic
Stress, weight loss, and the hands of time showing up as loss of firmness and unrefined jawline? Before you consider more invasive procedures, we are excited to learn about High-Frequency therapy such as Ultraformer which blasts the skin with high-frequency currents to stimulate collagen formation deep beneath the skin and create instant lift and firmness. The Hollywood Face Lift as it’s been dubbed is considered the most sophisticated and effective non-surgical procedure to treat sagging neck, the jawline, and to help smooth and lift the forehead, cheek, and even the brow area.
We road-tested the treatment at Sydney’s North Shore Aesthetics clinic and were amazed by the instant lift in the eye and brow area and jowls. The treatment continues to work with real results visible by 6 weeks of the treatment. Be aware that the treatment works deep to wake up the fibroblast network and it is uncomfortable. We recommend avoiding the treatment around your period and anytime you may be feeling sensitive. The tenderness of the skin and muscles can last for about a week but trust us when we say you will be amazed by the results and the natural and beautiful firming of the jawline, lift in the cheekbones, and under the expert application of our technician, a noticeable brow lift.
Cost: From $950
Another instant boost comes from the inside out. If you can handle a little jab, IV League Drips have harnessed the power of vitamins and skin-loving boosters delivered via a drip to give skin a mega-dose of Vitamin C, Zinc, and Gluthomine to help hydrate, encourage healing, brighten pigmentation and boost collagen renewal. A trained nurse will travel to your home or office and customise an IV Drip with the boosters best suited to your desired results. We love to combine glow getting with a little energy boost It takes about 45 minutes for the treatment and results can be seen from 24-72 hours. Combined with at-home supplementation such as collagen and vitamin C.
Expert Advice: Rosalie McEvedy is a pharmacist and a passionate advocate for progressive and preventative approaches to health and beauty. Her business IV League Drips is on speed dial for celebrities and stressed out executives who rely on her team of nurses and consulting doctors to close the gap between beauty and radiant health. Rosalie tells us that ahead of each treatment, the nurses from IV League Drips provide a thorough consultation to custom blend the right boosters and treatment for your specific needs.
Boosters can help with energy, glow, collagen boosting, stress management, and vitamin deficiencies- all of these affect skin glow and radiance. Anyone who is committed to long term skin health and beauty will know that what we take on the inside is just as important as what we apply topically. Rosalie confirms that the mega hydration and beauty boosters in their treatment can get your glow up to work faster and better.
A lot of people also use IV drip therapy for recovery, be it overindulgence or illness recovery. When boosters are taken intravenously, the absorption is able to bypass gut health or intolerance and deliver the boosters fully. Post pandemic, there seems a very real need for alternative and progressive additions to our glow up plan. Rosalie recommends a blood test first to determine your deficiencies and intolerances so that the treatments are able to be customised.
Cost: From $150
Book: IV League
Airflow Dental Spa
Nothing brightens the face and gives you an unfair advantage than beautiful bright teeth. We experienced what can only be described as a facial for the mouth at FY Dental with the AIRFLOW treatment.
The promise: This latest device cleans teeth and gums using high-pressure water and cleansing powder (no more scrape and clean). Like a spa treatment, but for your mouth, the treatment leaves you walking away with stronger and brighter pearly whites.
Our Review: The treatment is not only beautifying by gently and thoroughly removing stains on teeth and built-up plaque around the gums, but it is actually a full dental treatment. Air and water are used instead of dental instruments to transform the teeth and gums in the 30-minute treatment administered by an Oral Health Therapist. At FY Smile, a spectacular oral health clinic in Double Bay that could easily be mistaken for a gallery space, beautiful smiles are the order of the day, and good oral hygiene is something Dr. Fadi and his impeccable team are passionate about. As part of their AIRFLOW treatment, our teeth were photographed before and after the and the results are quite simply beautiful. Teeth feel visibly brighter and your mouth will feel fresh and supersonically clean. For those who have a dentist phobia, FY Smile and the AIRFLOW Dental Spa could quite possibly be the answer to your bi-annual check-up dreams. Your mouth and your teeth just had a Hollywood upgrade.
Expert advice: Lily Tran the Oral Health Therapist, “The use of a disclosing tablet shows the technician the areas that require particular attention and cleaning. In addition to air and water, erythritol powder instead of bicarb of soda is applied to gently remove stains and plaque. The technology in AIRFLOW can judge the need for the vibration levels so that sensitive areas and gums can also be treated. Teeth should be cleaned at least twice a year professionally and regular flossing and correct brushing can keep the teeth looking healthy and beautiful.”