Tag Archives: laser hair removal

Pain Free Laser – It’s A REAL Thing

Can we have a moment of silence for unwanted body hair, it’s really the pitspun kind of intended! Laser Hair Removal 1

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. pulse

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.

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

xo flea143

Leave a comment

Filed under Beauty, Hair, Service review

Pulse Dermatology & Laser

866199298220a853b4e51128562ab9fdRecently launched in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town is a brand new and fresh take on Dermatology & Laser, called PULSE, headed up by beautiful and passionate Amy Bowie who has 6 years experience in the UK and has  worked alongside with some of the industry best dermatologists and plastic surgeons, she has the passion and drive in order to bring South Africans up-to-speed on the international offerings of non-surgerical treatments with her passion for advanced aestheitc procedures.

Amy Bowie the brains and Beauty of Pulse Dermatology  & Laser

Amy Bowie the brains and beauty of Pulse Dermatology & Laser

Customers on the South African shores are rather discreet when it comes to plastic surgery, unlike our overseas counterparts who have hopped onto the plastic surgery bandwagon, we tend to opt for more discreet non-invasive, minimal downtime (if any) solutions. Treatments such as the Vampire Facial, Dermaroller – micro needling, diamond dermabrasion and not to mention Laser which is the answer to many problems such as hair removal, skin pigmentation, skin tightening and non-invasive laser liposuction, all of which have a huge popularity and demand locally. Pulse have acknowledged this, offered all of these treatments and more for the best and most effective non-invasive treatments available. Local trends, suggest that laser lipo is amongst one of the most sought after treatments and Amy says,

Laser Lipo seems to be huge here in Cape Town, however I find that in most cases patients are getting more water loss with this treatment than anything else, which has resulted in us bringing in London’s star body tightening laser, The Near Infra Red in motion laser from Alma lasers -NIR. This not only speeds up the localised metabolism of the area treated, but it instantly tightens the skin. The results have been fantastic! And because it is working deep in the skin and fatty tissue, the results last! It gives the effect of a bottom lift and is great for saddle bags, muffin tops, excess weight around the abdomen and even those bingo wings.”

With all the hype surrounding laser, Amy advises that without knowing your onions about how the process of laser works it could potentially be a risk to you,

Laser is basically a method of creating a controlled wound to resurface skin damage or target hair. The area treated needs to be taken care of according to what was done. Also certain medications make one light sensitive so one needs to assess whether the laser is appropriate to use. If patients are on medications that thin the skin: ie Roaccutane, then laser is a big no no.

With being an educated customer, before having any laser treatments Amy suggests that some of the most important questions to ask the laser technician is how much experience they have; what their success rates are; whether it is IPL or laser and what care is needed after the area is treated and for how long. Pulse is unique as each consultation is promised to address your personal needs and concerns rather than a generic treatment provided to anyone that walks through the door. The treatments provided are a solution to your needs and concerns which are customised for you, within your budget to avoid breaking the bank.

In terms of equipment, Pulse makes use of the UK Gold aesthetics award winning Soprano XLI Pain free Laser Hair Removal and Soprano XLI Pain Free Skin Tightening machines which are pain free as the names suggest and are safe to use on all skin colours. Amy tells us that before considering any laser treatment be sure that SPF is the staple of your daily skin care routine and if you have sensitive skin take an anti-histamine an hour before your laser treatment in case of “heat rash” from the laser. The other treatments on the menu at Pulse also make use of internationally acclaimed machinery like the Nuskin 500 from London for Microdermabrasion. The biggest trend in terms of aesthetics and laser which Amy believes is going to be a big hit with the South African market is combining these therapies together, like making use of lasers and LED therapy in one session in order to have better results with little down time following treatments. Combining the treatments requires a lot of knowledge and skill from the aesthetician and with Amy’s past experience abroad she is confident in performing these therapies together at Pulse.

Pulse Dermatology & Laser’s full treatment offering extends from pain free laser hair removal, general skin health, psoriasis treatment, acne control, scar reduction, rosacea treatment, cellulite reduction, and the revolutionised fat reduction laser and even more but for a full list please visit their website, their Facebook and their Twitter @PulseDerm.

x flea143

1 Comment

Filed under Beauty, Skin

DCL Skincare

A while back I had the privilege to attend an event at the Laserderm Aesthetic Clinic branch in Claremont for some informative information on the Gentle Max Pro Laser system as well as the DCL skincare range, which I was not familiar with at all but now I am and thought I would share this new found knowledge with you all.DCL

At a glance the Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories, otherwise known as DCL, looks somewhat pharmaceutical in appearance, crisp white with no graphics or imagery but rather just clearly labelled. This first impression is not far from the truth as the products are developed and collaborated with the medical field in order to create a “focus group” which marks out the development of the formulas in order to achieve the best possible result for the end user. The best news: DCL is cruelty free!

The company is 33 years old and co-pioneered the development of AHA’s, (Alpha Hydroxy Treatments) which are unique in their own right. Who wouldn’t want to be able to resurface their skin or address uneven skin tone and decongest pores all while ridding the skin of dead skin cells for great results in clarity and texture?

Similar to other skincare brands, DCL offer anti-ageing, eye care products, antioxidant products, specialised and general cleansing, specialised moisturising, specialised masks and specialised sun protections. The DCL products are a luxury skincare brand which is driven on results. As with most of the luxurious things in life, they are not cheap but can you place a price on the health of your skin?

Some of my top picks for the products within the range are:

Top picks for mature skin

DCL SKIN RENEWALSkin Renewal R1,000

A daytime skin treatment to combat the signs of ageing. The product contains 10% Glycolic fruit acid which resurfaces the skin and evens the tone and texture; the anti-oxidant green tea helps build the immunity of the skin; the chemical free SPF 20 shields the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays; hydrating moisturiser which leaves no residue; makeup can easily be applied over the product. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Beauty, Health, Skin

Winter is Coming… Prepare Your Skin!

winter-is-coming

Hi Poutlings! ♥

Are you going numb, not from the cold but from all the misinformation and bogus “wives tale” advice about winter-proofing your face and body? Let’s investigate and see what the top skin experts say and some of my tried and tested ways in order to help us embrace the cold weather with our best face and body forward…

MYTH : The thicker the cream the better it hydrates.

TRUTH : Annet King, the director of the International Dermal Institute clarifies this,

“An overdose of lipids can actually trap dead skin cells and leave skin looking duller.”

Annet King reccommends layering serums under creams in order to boost moisture.

“Serums are light, yet have super-concentrated ingredients – ideal for absorption.”

I’m currently using and loving : Body Shop Shea Body Butter – my ultimate body cream, not only does is smell beautiful it glides effortlessly and absorbs into your skin easily. Not sure on the price, however they normally have specials on, such as buy 2 get 1 free etc. Well worth it, whatever it costs.

TheBoyShopSheaBodyButter3

MYTH : Overcast skies mean you can cut back on your SPF.

TRUTH : In case you didn’t know… Hardly. As a depleting ozone has led to stronger UV rays, SPF is now a year-round endeavour. And clouds do little to filer out wrinkle-accelerating UV rays. Come cooler weather, find a daily moisturiser with a broad spectrum SPF 15 (or higher) to hydrate and protect.

I’m currently using and loving : Dermalogica Clean Start Everyday MoistureI think its about R250, cannot remember as it lasts forever!

hwthumb

MYTH : Oily skin can forgo moisturiser.

TRUTH : Dry, cold climates wear on all skin types – even oily! And without some added protection, barrier function (which keeps pollution and other moisture out of your skin) gets compromised. IF your skin is super-oily, you can get gel based cream but for true combination skin ensure you use different moisturisers for different areas – a light formula for your T-Zone area and a richer one for cheeks that get dry, patchy spots.

Tried and recommended : Dermalogica Ultracalming Barrier Repair – I think I paid about R400 last winter, but simply cannot remember.

"Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching." Speak to your skin therapist to find the most optimal solution for your skin.

“Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching.” Speak to your skin therapist to find the most optimal solution for your skin.

MYTH :  Exfoliating in winter makes dry skin patches worse.

TRUTH : The absolute key in winter is to moisturise throughly – occassionally add a hydrating mask to your face – as your skin barrier is weakened after exfoliating. Annet King, of the International Dermal Institute says

“The sloughing in fact causes a burst of cell renewal, so you’re helping new moisture rich cells move to the surface.”

I’m currently using and loving : Sorbet Sugar Scrub – this has lasted me about a year and I’m sure I will finish it shortly, however I think I paid R190 for this. You can easily make your own very quickly, see related posts at the bottom of this one.

20130421_131456

MYTH : Loading up on lip ice will prevent your lips from chapping.

TRUTH : Only if its the right lip ice. Some common ingredients can actually have an adverse effect. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly found in Vaseline) creates an artificial film on your lips, signaling your skin to stop producing lipids, while funky flavours, perfumes and colours can also dry out skin. Annet King suggests seeking a natural oil infused balm or those with shea and cocoa butter.

“To get rid of flaky patches, apply a little facial exfoliant to damp lips (a soft toothbrush also does the trick), scrub gently, then follow with balm.”

Wait till you spring to resume use of lip plumpers and super long lasting formulas that dry out your pout.

I’m currently using and loving : Dermalogica Clean Start Smart Mouth Lip Shine – also bought this so long ago, I think its about R150 

img_cs_smls

MYTH : Steamy showers impart moisture to dry skin.

TRUTH : Dr. Robin Ashinoff says that this is most certainly not the case.

“Even though they feel great on a bone-chilling day, hot showers and baths are extremely drying.”

Exposure to hot water with high temperature causes blood-vessel dialation that results in water loss throughout the epidermis. If you crave heat, keep it under five minutes and stick with a soap free body wash instead of a bar of soap or anything highly perfumed. Pat, do not rub – your skin dry, and moisturise while its still damp to help your cream penetrate.

I’m currently using and loving : Skin EFX fragrance free soothing with chamomile body lotionavailable from Dischem, its a cheapie but your skin absorbs the cream so quickly and leaves you feeling smooth!

20130421_131434

MYTH : Let winter-ravaged skin hibernate – cut back on professional treatments.

TRUTH : Actually, winter is one of the best times to start laser treatments like hair removal, as pre-laser skin shouldn’t be tanned, and post laser skin won’t tolerate sun exposure. Immediately following laser treatments, apply anti-inflammatory creams to boost skin’s recovery capability.

I’m currently under going laser treatment at Revive Skin Care Lounge with my wonderful therapist Youla (I have been since September last year, post to follow on my experience soon.)

The staff of Revive Skin Lounge

The staff of Revive Skin Lounge

MYTH : Extra layers of high-tech clothing are a cold climate must…

TRUTH : While warmth is obviously a necessity when the temperatures drop, some nylon and polyester fabrics can cause unsightly bumps, clogged pores and even ingrown hairs when they trap dead cells, oils and sweat. Better to wear natural fabrics – especially inner layers that touch your skin – and moisturise head to toe, morning and night. Shea butter is ideal as its a natural antioxidant as well as a moisturing agent. Also consider face and neck creams with humectants like aloe, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid.

Tried and tested : see first Body Shop Shea Butter 😉

x missfitz

Disclaimer : These are not a sponsored reviews, nor am I affiliated with the above mentioned brand(s) or companies in anyway.

RELATED READING : How To: make your own body scrub – (Fayinthemaze)

2 Comments

Filed under Beauty, Skin