If you’ve followed me for longer than a minute on Instagram, you’ll know one of my major goals has been improving my complexion. I think at the beginning of 2018 I spoke about my skincare goals and how I’d love to one day feel completely confident makeup free. Well, besides a good skincare routine I’ve seen the massive benefit of skincare treatments! Recently I went for microneedling at Pulse Dermatology and my skin is looking glowy, smooth and all round AMAZING so I just had to share.
A bit more about Pulse Dermatology
I was super excited for this treatment because I’d met the owner, Amy Bowie, before at a previous event and knew a little about her amazing medical aesthetics ‘resume’. Besides working in South Africa, Amy worked in London where she trained and worked alongside world renowned dermatologists and plastic surgeons. She lead and trained teams of medical therapists at E.F. Medispa which is a top clinic chain in the United Kingdom. While she was there, her team also received the UK’s Gold Standard Aesthetics Award in 2011. On top of all these accolades, Amy’s passionate and enthusiasm for skincare is noticeable!
Pulse Dermatology is located in Tygerberg and I just loved how serene and relaxing the practice is. It really did feel like I was getting a chance to stop, unwind and focus on my skin. Normally we can be in such a rush, so this was a treat!
My experience with microneedling
Amy took the time to chat with me about my skin beforehand, which I thought was really great! Every individual has different concerns and there is really no ‘one size fits all’. We chatted about my skincare goals and what treatments could help me achieve them. I really loved the personal touch and it made me feel really relaxed in Amy’s very capable hands.
Because microneedling is a moderately invasive treatment that requires puncturing the skin, it is important to apply a topical numbing cream before. A topical anesthetic really helps to minimise any possible discomfort!
Once the area was sufficiently numb (About 30 minutes later) we could begin with microneedling. Actually, the microneedling part was pretty quick – about fifteen minutes! Personally I don’t find microneedling painful but everyone has their own pain threshold! I find parts of my face with less fat and more bone (like the forehead and brow area) are more sensitive and painful.
LED Light Therapy
We finished off the treatment with LED Light Therapy. This treatment has really been creating a buzz in the beauty industry! Basically LED technology is a scientific process that uses wavelengths in the visible light spectrum to send calibrated packets of light into the dermal layer. This sets off a frenzy of cellular activity to produce softer, more youthful looking skin.
This treatment is non-invasive with no downtime at all! It promotes collagen and elastin production. You will see immediate results – after the first treatment the skin feels tighter, more alive due to the increased circulation, oxygenation and moisture.
Immediately after my skin looked really red. Now, I have that type of skin that goes super red, super quickly. However, about 20 minutes later it had calmed down a lot and the redness was significantly less noticeable. For the rest of the day my skin looked red in patches and I just made sure to work at home and not venture out in public! My skin felt sensitive and tight but nothing unmanageable. For the first day you need to be very careful not to touch your face.
The next morning when I woke up my skin still looked a little red and actually a little swollen in certain areas. A bit of bruising is actually pretty normal. Then about two days later I started peeling and all this gorgeous, glowly skin started being revealed. I was absolutely thrilled! My skin texture looked really great and I was very happy with the results. When I applied some foundation I couldn’t believe how flawless my complexion looked – completely smooth.
How can microneedling help your skincare concerns?
Microneedling creates tiny micro channels in the top layers of the skin, which triggers the body to produce new collagen and elastin. The treatment is designed for a wide range of skin conditions. These include sun damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, scarring and acne scarring.
Results include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
How is my skin feeling now?
In short – amazing! It looks smoother, plumper and more radiant. I’m very happy with the results and have had several compliments about my skin. Is there anything better?
Consider Pulse Dermatology for your skincare concerns
A huge portion (50%) of Pulse Dermatology’s client base are actually men. I really think this is fantastic, because skincare is not just for women and I’m so glad more men are feeling confident to begin their skincare journey.
If you’re currently experiencing any skincare concerns and are looking for someone to guide you on how, I can highly advise that you consider chatting to Amy at Pulse Dermatology. They specialise in non-surgical aesthetic procedures, using advanced technology and are able to tailor make their procedures to suit your specific skin concerns!