I was invited to try out the Luminous Face Lift from EF Medispa and was a bit sceptical about whether I wanted a face lift (!) or even if it would suit my sensitive skin, but after a bit of investigating it became clear that things would be OK, and I wouldn’t end up looking like the elephant man after a bad case of dermatitis.
The Luminous Face Lift is a not a face lift in the traditional sense; there is no cutting of the skin or lifting of the face and tucking behind ears. Nor are there any needles pricking the skin, or any form of invasive procedure. It is completely pain free (otherwise I would not have gone).
I will attempt to explain the science now…the Luminous Face Lift works with LED Phototherapy, and uses a machine called The Dermalux (aka the Medilux) which combines a rainbow of light frequencies; red, yellow, blue, orange and violet, as well as infra-red and cold wave laser. Each light frequency plays a specific part in repairing, replenishing and rejuvenating skin, and works at either the epidermis or dermis level, targeting issues that age skin. For example, the violet light activates melanin release at the epidermis level which helps protect DNA against UV radiation from the sun; the yellow light increases collagen and elastin synthesis and production at both dermis and epidermis levels, which decrease with age, and are important for helping skin to look healthy and youthful; red and orange lights increase collagen synthesis and fibroblast activity, which is responsible for repairing skin.
Anyone looking for an anti-ageing pick-me-up to skin, and who doesn’t want to undergo aggressive laser treatment should give the Luminous Face Lift a try. I really didn’t know what to expect because I had never undergone any kind of light therapy. But the experience was great, and my skin felt and looked great afterwards…smoother, definitely more plump without any redness in sight.
The treatment started with a cleanse, followed by a pure enzymes mask from Cosmedix to slough off dead skin cells (cranberry extract being the active ingredient), after which some eye protectors were applied and the light machine was rolled over to sit above my face. Now that was different, bright and warm, but I got used to it in minutes and my mind drifted off soon enough. The 20 minutes passed in a flash, and my facial was finished off with a vitamin C mask that could be left on overnight. The facial is said to be particularly helpful in the helpful in the summer months as it encourages the skin to build a protective layer against the harmful rays.
Results are claimed to include softer, smoother, radiant looking skin; reduction in fine lines and wrinkles; reduction in pore size; better skin tone and texture; increase of microcirculation; firming of slackened areas; and an increase in the regulation of melanocytes activity, increasing UV protection.
I only had the one treatment, but can imagine that a course of 10 would help tackle the lines that are appearing on my face. At this stage though I am going to stick to traditional facials just because I love the massaging and draining action, and the fact that it is the relaxing ‘hands on face’ part that appeals to me more than anything.
A one-off treatment costs £150, and a course of 10 would be £1,500 but they would throw in an extra 3, giving you 13 treatments in total. Slightly more expensive than a facial but a lot cheaper than a face lift, and pain free!