Laser Hair Removal Update

It has been almost 16 weeks since my first LHR treatment at Therapie Clinic, and I have had two sessions since then – so three in total and the results have been unreal. My second and third treatments were much like my first, pain-free and fast – i.e. the complete opposite of getting a wax.

So just to fill you in on how I’m getting on I’ll share what I have experienced with the treatment so far –

All the good stuff first

  • Absolutely no irritation or redness post treatment
  • Minimal hair regrowth – I only have to run a razor over the lasered areas once or twice a week (whereas it was a time-consuming daily routine if I wanted to be totally fuzz free!)
  • Still completely pain-free – I feel a small amount of warmth towards the end of the treatment, but at no point is the laser uncomfortable, painful or hot.
  • Speedy treatment –  in and out of the clinic in 40mins (as I’m getting two areas done)

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A few things to consider

  • Ingrown hairs – for the last 4 years I have been getting all fuzzy areas of my body waxed… so with changing to a razor i’ve experience some stubborn ingrown hairs, argh. Although they are starting to disappear now, phew!
  • Having to cover up in the sun – anything that darkens the skin whether its natural sun, sun beds or fake tan will cause skin discolouration when a laser is put to it – so I’ve been trying really hard to keep shorts and T’s on while out in the sun.
  • 6 weeks wait post holiday – I am just home from traveling in Italy and I’ve built up a bit of a tan – so this means a 6 week wait until my next treatment (or until my tan has totally gone). So – I’d totally recommend starting LHR in winter to avoid prolonging your treatment time.

Some post treatment tips

  • Avoid itchy or tight-fitting clothing on the areas that have been treated
  • Shower in tepid water – hot water will only cause irritation
  • No excessive sweating, workouts or swimming (fantastic excuse to skip on the gym for a day)
  • No spa days I’m afraid – saunas, jacuzzis, steam rooms are a no go
  • Stay away from deodorants and scented body lotions
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least a week post treatment
  • And specifically for me, Heiman (my therapist) always reminds me NO WETSUITS!

IMG_5021Bikini ready and only 1/2 way through my LHR treatment – I loved being in my bikini on holiday and not having to think about a razor!

Until next time…

Rona x

@ronamcmillan

The Skin Diary – Therapie Clinic 6 months on

So, I have been visiting Therapie Clinic in Glasgow for just over 6 months now; and the improvements I have seen in my skin are remarkable… honestly! Once a month I book myself in for an Image Skincare Peel, and each time Heiman tailors the peel to target my skins needs. When I first visited Therapie Clinic back in September my skin was sun damaged and sensitive and also fairly congested after a summer of having my pours blocked with suncream. Since then my skin has really transformed… and lasted; even throughout that spell of really harsh cold weather (where the skin on the rest of my body went into shock and became irritatingly dry).

The results...

After my first facial peel I did have a few break outs, I FREAKED… because it’s rare for my skin to get spots (I have other skin problems to make up for it). But… this is a really good sign, it means the facial worked and all the impurities/toxic grossness lying under my skin surfaced.

Since then, no word of a lie – I haven’t had a single breakout. My sun damaged rose cheeks have reduced in redness dramatically – my face has a really bright glow to it at the moment and it feels healthy, plump and hydrated. Which for me, is especially unusual for this time of year.

Achievable at home?

Heiman explained that the results I have gotten from the facial peels is totally achievable at home using certain products, however the process takes a lot longer. So for fast changing results, I would defiantly recommend the facial peels. I’m writing this 6 months on, but I actually saw a huge change in my skin after the second treatment.

Therapie Clinic also recommend a skin care routine on top of your treatments for enhanced and prolonged results, which isn’t necessary – but good practice to be in. Truthfully, I suck at keeping up with this. Recently I have been wearing a lot less make up, my skin has improved so much that I don’t tend to wear foundation/concealer, which has only encouraged my lazy skincare routine. All I do is wash my face, and whack on an overnight retinol masque that Heiman recommended to me. Maybe less is more after all?

Facial cocktails - what I have had

The three main ingredients (the ingredients that really matter) that have been used on my skin are: salicylic acid, lactic acid and glycolic acid.

First step for my skin – A facial with salicylic acid – great for anyone with congestion, breakouts, acne… it is the only ingredient which dissolves sebum (oil) within the pore and is aspirin derived so it has anti-inflammatory effects.

Step two – A facial containing lactic acid. These are my favourite because they really brighten the skins appearance and make it feel soft and peachy!

Step three – Polishing off with glycolic acid! This helps to exfoliate as well as increasing your cell turnover giving more of a flawless complexion.

These skin care peels were all specifically chosen for my personal skin issues – for anyone interested, during a free consultation at Therapie Clinic your therapist will talk you through the best options for your own needs. 

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Thanks for reading!

R x