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What is resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing can come in different forms, essentially it refers to regenerating the cells on a surface level. While the advanced version from your typical at-home exfoliating step can be done with chemical peels and various lasers, this post is really about the long-term effects you’ll see with the radio-frequency method. It’s one of the safest options too, because of the hypo-pigmentation that some lasers can cause for skin with medium to dark skin tones. You’ll hear a little more about this in the Reset and Glow facial I experienced, which dare I say, is one of the best resurfacing treatments in London (if not the only one worth the spend).
Resurfacing works by breaking down the top layer of your epidermis, which accelerates your natural cellular turnover rate. For those of us approaching our 30’s or well into those years, this can take up to a 40 day period. I can’t wait in line for more than 10 minutes for a coffee let alone this long for my skin to look good! Compare this to our teenage years where it took but a month for cell renewal and it’s not just the breakdown of collagen we need to consider. The process of resurfacing aims to reveal fresher, healthier skin beneath. As you might have guessed, this is what reduces fine lines and scarring, and a myriad of other things.
Who needs it?
What things exactly? Candidates for resurfacing are those with:
- Acne scarring
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Laxity (sagging skin)
- Pigmentation scarring
- Sun damage
There are so many high quality products with active ingredients on the market and they actually work. So why should you look into resurfacing treatments at all? Well, some of us (ahem, me) didn’t know how to look after their skin when they were younger and as a result, entered adulthood with a complexion in need of some TLC. Others have naturally oily skin where the pores are enlarged due to sebum production. And who can blame the natural process of growing old? It’s something that even retinol can’t reverse. Resurfacing procedures are considered to be part of an anti-ageing regime, so it’s recommended to start from your mid-2o’s onwards. Taking the preventative route means you’ll likely need less visits too. Trust me, whatever method you go for – radiofrequency alone, acid peels or microneedling – they all sting so it’s worth taking the precautionary step to get ahead.
I’m no stranger to this and I’ve trusted Renee with keeping my skin crater-free and baby smooth for over two years. It all started when we began to target my massive pores, which I’m relieved to say, no longer exist. This year, the ‘skin fairy’ as she’s known to her loyal and very high profile clients, has launched what I believe to be one of the best resurfacing treatments in London. This involves a bespoke combination of nano fractional radiofrequency, micro-needling, peels and industry-grade sheet masks (around £650). At risk of sounding a little intimidating, she likes to throw in a LED mask and a little enzyme cleansing. You know, that Man In The Iron Mask meets Phantom of the Opera contraption that’s attributed to collagen boosting. To put my spin on Kate Moss’s infamous words: nothing feels as good as amazing skin looks.
There’s a reason why she’s a contributor to Brides magazine, has been featured in Vogue and always spotted in Grazia. She knows exactly how to tackle your specific skin concerns and is always ready on the other end of the phone, Facetime or Whatsapp. One of her newest protocols is a miracle-working facial called Reset and Glow. It can treat any area on the body but would typically be done on the face, neck and décolletage. While it’s not the most aggressive procedure I’ve done – thanks to a PRP session last year which left me wondering how far I’d go for the sake of content – it does come with a heavy dose of discomfort. Although, I do have a friend that did this very same facial and didn’t flinch at all. However, she did cryotherapy and it reminded her of her childhood walks to school every the morning, which you should interpret as ‘she has no pain receptors’. Downtime for me, after the Reset and Glow resurfacing treatment, lasts 6-10 hours. You’ll be red, slightly inflammed and have a sensation akin to sunburn, but nothing unbearable. Renee minimises this with a soothing mask, a fan and lets you hug her sausage dog until the ouchies go away. Personally, I like to go in the late afternoon, pop home where a dinner awaits for one, then wake up ever so slightly sensitive. Without a pink hue in sight, so your colleagues will never know. The Reset and Glow is Renee’s magical customised facial and it goes for £550 per session.
I know you’re thinking: “omg that is a lot of money”. Or those of you that are total beauty die-hards and know most of the stuff I’ve been talked about: “it’s worth it… If it works”. All I can say is, I go makeup free with zero worries. Renee treats me to resurfacing touch ups once every six months and with a good skincare regime, this is all I need. A short term investment for a forever glow. But I’ll stop the pushing because this doesn’t need a hard sell. Just look at the results from my face analysis with the skincare service Lionne – under the harshest ‘daylight’, the texture of my skin is as good as it can get. And as for the hero photo for this post, well there’s zero retouching on my actual skin.
If you want full transparency, I did make my nose a bit smaller but that’s something you’ll have to take up with my injector and not Renee. So yeah, is it effective? Well, that’s a rhetorical question.