If like me you're witnessing the first signs of ageing on your face, it can be a frustrating experience. As a beauty editor, I'm fortunate enough to have access to the best skincare products (and cover-up makeup) on the market. But even then, fine lines, sagginess and dull skin, are still a persistent problem that products can't always treat effectively. I'm a strong believer in machines — such as lasers and radiofrequency (RF) devices — and in-office procedures when my skin really needs a boost, so I was very interested to try EstheClinic's 3 Days to Instant Youth programme. This anti-ageing programme is best carried out three days in row, although due to unforeseen circumstances, I did my last day of treatments, five days after my second one.
The programme actually uses three devices — all with the intention of stimulating collagen production for a long-lasting, long-term effect. The first is thermo-controlled RF, the second is micro-needling while the third is LED photomodulation. Coupled with EstheClinic's in-house Eladerm skincare products like the Le Sérum, this intensive procedure works quickly and effectively. Says Dr Gerard Botboul, EstheClinic co-founder and a celebrity aesthetician in France, "EstheClinic's "Instant Youth in 3 Days" programme is probably the most complete non-invasive anti-ageing treatment in the market. By combining these specific technologies and cosmeceutical products together, we can effectively target all the signs of ageing for dramatic results." These signs include not just age-related problems like fine lines, undefined contours, dullness, roughness and pigmentation, but other skin issues like acne scars and actual blemishes.
Explaining how the combination of products and machines work Dr Botboul says, "The thermo-controlled RF treatment works by creating a controlled injury to the skin that sets a wound-healing response into high gear. This spurs collagen formation, cell regeneration, and firms and plumps the skin. The LED Photomodulation treatment improves the visible signs of ageing, reduces age and dark spots and overall redness, restoring glow to the skin. Both treatments work on collagen stimulation at multiple layers of the skin. Combining the effectiveness of EstheClinic's patented aesthetic technologies and Eladerm cosmeceuticals, this innovative programme delivers powerful results without the traditionally harsh side effects of more invasive technologies, giving dramatic and long-lasting results." According to Dr Botboul, the three day time frame is key to "getting progressive and cumulative stimulation of collagen and regeneration of the skin cells."
With any procedure involving machines, the pain of fear or extreme discomfort is always at the forefront of our minds. At EstheClinic — which actually manufactures many of its machines via a parent company — comfort is always a priority. After all, suffering for beauty is not for everyone. The entire process was relatively painless, there is only a slight, prickling sensation with the micro-needling (the roller is after all made with hundreds of ultra-fine needles) if you have particularly sensitive skin. But just speak up and the therapist will be able to alter the treatment. The RF was warm, but not uncomfortably so on the skin thanks to a barrier of gel applied beforehand, while the LED lights are completly pain-free, just super-bright at times, though you'll have an eye mask to protect your peepers. All in all each session, which lasts between 45-75 minutes was pain-free, efficient and did not at any point make you question why you were there in the first place. You can also leave with an unblemished face, as there is no peeling, redness or any visible marks post-treatment — a big plus if you're doing this during a work day.
When I started the treatment, I actually had a few angry bumps emerging. I did find that the first two sessions helped bring out my pimples, and subsequently heal my skin. By the time the third treatment was carried out nearly a week later, the inflammation had subsided. Some other results were immediate. I could see that my skin was visibly lifted and firmed after the RF — after doing half a face, one eyebrow was significantly higher than the other, and my facial contours especially around the jawline were more defined. There was an overall change to my skin texture too, my skin was more refined — I didn't need makeup to disguise pores and lines. Overall my skin is somewhat brightened, although that change was less obvious around my (hereditary) dark circles. My acne scars have lightened quite quickly though, considering my pimples had first popped up two weeks prior.
Probably the biggest indicator that I'm feeling good about my skin post-treatment, is that I haven't felt the need to cover it up with makeup thus far. This is a great rejuvenating treatment when your regular skincare is not working or as maintenance for those aged 50 and up. You're advised to do this every two to six months, although results can last up to four months. Affordable, quick, pain-free and with visible results, it's a good option to those who fear painful, expensive and invasive procedures.
$990 for all three sessions. EstheClinic is at 72 Tras Street, 6221-4797