Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion
I'm on a mission to get clarity around the different types of 'serious' facials available - lets get blasting!
I have hit that age where the good times (and a few bad) are beginning to show and I need a little extra help! But where on earth to start? We are bombarded with miracle creams, serums and treatments and let’s not get started on the Botox® debate (yet).
I’m only interested in established clinics with a depth of experience, so my first stop was the Norwich Cosmetic Clinic who have been specialising in non-surgical and surgical cosmetic procedures for 10 years. Sadly this industry is unregulated and while cost is an influencing factor it’s important to do your research – you don’t want any old back street cowboy sticking a needle full of synthetic filler in your face. Note – the Norwich Cosmetic Clinic are Quality Care Commission approved.
I’m not quite ready to take the step to surgical (never say never) but if I was I’d feel safe in the hands of owner Mr Bijan Beigi – a pioneering facial surgeon – and his highly qualified team. The clinic specialises in eyelid surgery, injectables, dermal fillers and Botox®, as well as the latest cosmetic facial procedures including the non-surgical 8 point face lift.
I opted for a their new Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion – not to be confused with dermaplaning (removal of fine, downy hair) which also sounds nice if you’re worried about a bit of face fluff. Rather this treatment targets problem skin, pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, scarring and body treatments.
The clinic on Exchange Street Norwich is not a spa and has more of a medical feel which is reassuring especially if you’re having a surgical procedure. Each session starts with a questionnaire, consultation and a facial analysis (no major sun damage – phew). I was offered some great advice on age related products and treatments, it was a very soft sell and I didn’t feel obliged to buy any products. Listen up ladies of the 40+ generation – Retinol is THE key ingredient to be looking for and for those needing a little bit of extra Vitamin A, look for Tretinion which is prescription only.
Crystal Clear technology works by blasting crystals very precisely at the skin surface at varying speeds, while the vacuum action removes the top layer of dead dormant skin cells to reveal brighter, smoother and more radiant skin.
I was warned that the machine makes quite a lot of noise and not to be alarmed. But to be honest – I was over the moon with the music selection – The Power of Love and Wondeful Tonight had me in a 90’s nostalgia for the whole 30 minutes.
Blasting crystals at your face sounds like it might be uncomfortable but far from it. It felt like a pea sized blast of cold air being moved around your face. If anyone’s had their upper lip waxed, the after tingling sensation is quite similar.
The treatment is finished off with a rich, hydration mask that locks in moisture. Surprisingly this was a little uncomfortable and felt a little walking into a cold headwind on the beach for 10 minutes. The discomfort was offset by the wonderful skin tightening feeling happening beneath and the warming moisturising afterwards.
A comparison of before and after crystals revealed a slight colour change caused by the dead skin cells. Nothing too gross and not many blackheads, which was a good sign. This treatment is very good for congested skin (spots) and like most treatments you get the best results with regular visits. It’s not expensive at £45 a session and you can either follow the 4-6 week skin cycle or if you want to go a bit deeper (beyond that top layer of skin) the clinic advises fortnightly sessions.
Whilst I understand it’s best to commit to a course to see long term effects, this treatment wasn’t targeting my main concerns. I felt like I’d had a really deep facial clean which was lovely and if you have problems with spots then this would be great. Upon further discussion, we decided that a Glycolic Peel might be better at targeting my aging dehydrated skin – mmm thanks!
Watch this space for my next treatment at the Norwich Cosmetic Clinic ………
www.norwichcosmeticclinic.com for more information on their treatments and services.