Can we have a moment of silence for unwanted body hair, it’s really the pits… pun kind of intended!
Anyway, being an expert of all forms of hair removal with the exception of shaving, I really was sceptical about the “pain free” part. Side note, I stay as far away from razors as possible because I am convinced that when I use one I will hit a main artery and die. Irrational fear, maybe but I’m not going to try it anytime soon.
After my great facial with LED Light therapy experience at Pulse I decided that Amy knows a bit more about skin care and hair removal than the average skin hair removal guru I’ve come across and decided I don’t really have anything to lose in giving it ago. Just a little bit of history about 2 years ago I went for IPL laser which was great and it definitely thinned out my hair growth but it hurt like what I imagine it feels like to be burnt but under your skin. I only continued with the treatments because I had paid for them upfront and no one in their right minds could possibly find an IPL full bikini treatment as a luxury treatment. The thought of it still makes me shudder and its been about 2 years since my last treatment. Anyway, I digress, so the “Pain Free Laser Hair Removal”, sounded to me like a lot of advertising talk. I have never been so wrong… It’s like a walk in the park.
The most unpleasant part of the treatment is the dry-shave beforehand and the cold gel that is applied to the area being treated. Amy glides that machines over your hairy areas like a pro. It has a slightly warm sensation and occasionally reminded me of a high frequency skin treatment which I’ve had following an odd facial here and there over the years.
Following the treatment my skin was only slightly agitated and that was due to the fact that it had been dry shaved prior to the laser treatment. Next time I go I have been instructed to carefully shave (not hit any arteries and die) to make the Pain Free Laser session shorter and far more effective.
This will be me before my next pain free laser session… pssh first date.
I’ve signed myself up for 6 sessions. So far its only been 10 days since my first treatment and I haven’t noticed an immediate loss of hair but I believe this is going to be my final leap to being completely hair free. Completely and utterly useless fact, I think because I finally did something about my hair growth is the reason why the weather has gone seriously cold and I apologise to everyone about that. It’s just Murphy doing his thing again.
If you’re interested in getting hair free the painless way – get in touch with Pulse Dermatology & Laser Clinic
I recently had a first time experience in my personal skin care regime. I finally got my butt to Pulse Dermatology & Laser clinic in Durbanville. I had intitally been booked in for a lunchtime lift but after a very pain-free consultation with the wonderful Amy Bowie we decided that I did not need a lunch time lift as this is not a concern of mine (while age is still on my side) and we changed my treatment to a Mesoestetic peel customised for my oily and blackhead prone skin followed by some LED light therapy to make sure I was able to attend a very important business meeting afterwards – bare faced.
Well, let me tell you this was certainly an experience and I did attend my meeting and I did score a new client so I must of looked half decent, sans makeup post peel. I think that is safe to say that its functional skincare and easily enough to attain even for the busiest of the busy.
The Mesoestetic peel was so gentle I hardly felt a tickle and ever since my skin has been radiant, following this is when I had my LED Light Therapy to reduce redness and speed up the healing process of the skin post peel. I had a slight bit of redness on my nose afterwards but the rest of my face was as it is normally.
Let’s start off with what exactly is LED Light Therapy?
- LED stands for: Light-emitting diode
- Also known as: photodynamic therapy or PDT
- It is used for a variety of skin treatments including but not limited to acne, skin healing and anti-ageing
- The technology has been around and in use in salons for about 30 years
- It is completely non-invasive
- It is pain free
- Its quite relaxing actually
After my peel was completed, I lay on the therapy bed and had my eyes covered with goggles and the lights were brought over my face. When the machine was switched on it seemed incredibly bright – but it is something that I easily got used to. the light cannot damage your eyes at all. If you have a tendency to feel claustrophobic then it might trigger this but I was really 100% fine and you can even move the lights yourself if you are battling with it.
The LED light therapy results in increased cellular activity this results in soothing and calming on the skin. It was incredibly calming to my normally quite red skin after a peel and this is because the light stimulates skin renewal and promotes collagen, elastin production and oxygenation for up 180 days after the treatment. It further treats the skin on an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial level.
Would I do it again? Most definitely! After my session at pulse, including my peel my skin feels brand new! Unfortunately I completely blanked out and forgot to take photos, but next time I sure will.
There are additional skin concerns that you can treat with the LED light therapy at Pulse, as their website elaborates:
Blemished and oily skin, recent acne scars
Redness and flushing
Skin texture and firmness
Fine lines and wrinkles
Dark under eye circles
Restores youth to mature skin
Cellular rejuvenation, collagen and ATP production
Anti-inflammatory, Calms red capillaries & Rosacea
Calms skin inflamed by blemishes
Intercellular communication, reduces swelling, calms irritation
Calming and soothing
Alleviates acne and oily skin
Increases cellular activity
Lymphatic system, muscle toning, anti-aging
If you have any queries on what treatment would be best to suit your skin concern, I’d suggest making an appointment to meet with Amy at Pulse on 021 914 0447 and she will be able to help you achieve your skin goals and possibly make your skin dreams come true. Thanks for helping with mine Pulse!
If you have been to a tourist attraction lately then you would of been exposed to the new age phenomenon of extreme selfie-takers. The ones that decide that an arms length is not enough and asking someone else to take a photo hinders the appearance of the photograph so they strap their phone onto a monopod (adapted from a tripod missing 2 legs – normally used to steady a camera) with a remote trigger. Le Boyfriend and I first stumbled across the now infamously named “selfie stick” while we were on holiday in Italy at the Coliseum in August. We laughed at the concept and people using them. Then we met up with the wedding party in Tuscany and we had the experience of using a friends Go Pro, with selfie stick included which resulted in some awesome group shots in a location where English is hardly spoken. Now the concept is laughing at us and we own our very own selfie stick…
Have we used it? Only as I took it out the box and immediately shared the pathetically candid shot on Instagram – but I am taking it with me on our upcoming travels and possible videos that need filming since my SLR does not support videos anymore – this is all a pipeline plan. It is a bit of an eye sore. You can appear to be a bit of a twit in public, so make sure to use your selfie stick wisely and not irresponsibly like this Buzz Feed article.
How does it work? For my phone which is an Android based phone you pair the phone to the selfie stick via Bluetooth, connect your phone into the cradle and push a button at the end of the stick. Quite idiot proof and easy. The selfie stick takes one hour to charge via USB cable and I am not sure how long the battery life lasts but I would imagine you could get a good couple of shots with it.
My friend Alice from Lipgloss Is My Drug brought her selfie stick to the G Star Raw ladies event last week and here we are pictured, believing in our selfies – if you will with Jamal from Woman Online Magazine.
You see, if you can’t beat them – then join them. Locally in South Africa you can shop for your selfie stick online at Selfie-Sticks.co.za for R399 for one or R700 for 2 in a variety of colours. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and hit the like button. Awesome quick and efficient service and I would recommend them to anyone looking for their very own selfie stick.
P.S. Perfect Christmas gift for a teenager (if you can deal with the influx of selfies).
Salons, truly are my absolute guilty pleasure and one of favourite places to visit. I was recently treated to the most divine pedicure on my recent trip to the “City of Gold” at the gorgeous Gloss Nail and Beauty Salon in the Birdhaven area in Johannesburg area. Upon arriving at the tranquil Gloss Nail and Beauty Salon, one cannot help but be mesmerised by the beauty of the boutique salon, as it simplistic but oh so fantastic. White and grey colours adorn the salon walls and floor which echoes the epitome of tranquillity.
The staff are welcoming and make sure you feel at home, not to mention really knowing their way around an amazing pedicure! The pedicure I was spoiled to made use of the most premium products, including the heavenly Liquid Yoga as part of the amazing concoction for my foot soak as well as numerous OPI products and the polish I had for my toes was an OPI polish from their Brazilian range. Further to their nail treatments, Gloss also offers a number of body and facial treatments – including the state of the art St Tropez spray booth. This tan is revolutionary as it eliminates the smell and fumes of fake tan so you leave with a sun kissed glow and no smell of a bottled tan in sight. The facial treatments make use of Dermalogica which one can never go wrong with.
You cannot help leave with a smile on your face at the end of your treatment and walk away with feeling pampered and so relaxed.
Thank you for the spoils Gloss, I will be sure to be back when I’m in the area.
If you’re in the area, be sure to book an appointment. Gloss Nail and Beauty is situated at Shop 3, Birdhaven Centre, 66 St. Andrews Road, Birdhaven or call them on (011) 447-9273 for more information.
Be sure to check out Gloss Nail and Beauty on Facebook and Twitter @GlossNail
Disclaimer: This treatment was given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the treatment in any way.
I was spoilt recently at the ever so sophisticated and chic Langaro Wellness Centre in Camps Bay with a Mio high intensity body treatment, a cellulite smoothing treatment to be precise….
What was promised for the Shrink to Fit what I experienced:
“Deep tissue and lymphatic Mio massage to lift, tighten and tone your hips and thighs, reducing saddlebags and dimpling. Powerful actives stimulate circulation, removing toxins, tightening up spongy skin, leaving smooth, firm, fitter looking legs and a perter tigher butt.”
Yes, maybe like you reading this, I rolled my eyes a bit when I read that too, but having had such a great experience with the Mio Liquid Yoga Bath Soak, I thought to myself for a well established brand, Mio to make such claims there has to be something to it, right? Also, could they live up to simply how amazing their divine Liquid Yoga was? Well, plainly, the answer is yes. Its not everyday you have such sharp focus on your thighs at a salon or spa environment, or ever really…. but they certainly make your thighs and butt work hard. This treatment is just like squatting but, for lazy people!
To being with you start off by getting undressed and donning a sexy disposable G-string and lying face down onto a gorgeous spa bed. Once you are comfortable and cocooned in towels and blankets to keep you warm, one thigh and bum cheek exposed the therapist starts by buffing your thighs and bum with an extremely active scrub which contains glycolic acid (this is for professional use only) in order to stimulate the cellulite cells and promote circulation in the thigh/buttocks region, this product is so active you can feel it tingle on your skin and the active ingredients last on the skin for up to 12 hours after the treatment. This buff is followed by an application of Mio Skin Tight Serum which is easily absorbed by the skin being that it is a serum, then some Shrink To Fit cream is buffed into the skin – both of which are at home treatment products which are recommended for on-going maintenance. The buff is probably the most unpleasant ‘rough’ part as it is rather rough and intensive, at times it could feel as though your bum was getting smacked but this is the simple process of waking your cellulite cells up or possibly even beating them awake as they are lazy little buggars! Both of these products, the Mio Skin Tight Serum and Mio Shrink to Fit are quickly absorbed into the freshly buffed and exfoliated skin due to all the excess dead skin having been removed by extensive buffing and the circulation going. Then a salon use only masque which is filled with green algae is applied to the thighs and bum and left to work its magic, covered by a small plastic sheet and it works by drawing out toxins and even making the area sweat out all the baddies that are stored in the thigh/bum area. The mask felt like a clay consistency when applied and had an incredibly cool feeling, I did not feel the sweating even happen but my therapist assured me I had certainly been sweating. When the mask is removed, it comes off in one piece and leaves a very cooling sensation on the skin. Then for good measure another layer of Mio Skin Smoothing Serum is applied followed by another application of Mio Shrink to Fit. Then you lie on your back and the process is the repeated on the front of the thighs. Continue reading