Creams, serums, masks, facials, light therapy, fillers and Botox. There are a lot of ways to spend your cash in the quest for perfect skin but, at the end of the day, there is only one way to minimise wrinkles…
For those who have been following my skin journey, you know there isn’t a product, brand or treatment I haven’t tested or looked into. It may have taken 12 months, but I have managed to curate the perfect beauty regime for me and my skin, and am finally confident enough to leave the house with very minimal coverage (I ran out of foundation about a month ago and don’t feel the need to replace it).
My skin not only looks healthy; it feels healthy where breakouts, dark circles, pigmentation and broken capillaries are all issues I no longer deal with… or, at the very least, know how to deal with swiftly.
Despite my clear complexion, I was still battling fine lines and wrinkles, which are clearly going to require more than Vitamin C serum and Retinol to completely fade.
A quick Google-search on “how to reduce wrinkles” and Skin Needling is a procedure that will continuously pop up. A treatment designed to trick the skin into thinking it has been “injured”, micro needles enter the skin surface in order to stimulate growth factors and generate collagen and elastin. Please note this is a very nice way of putting it! Basically we are injecting your face with hundreds of needles… but it’s worth it I promise!
Skin Needling seems to be everywhere at the moment with the likes of Kourtney K ‘gramming during her procedure as well as the entire New York Fashion Week crowd flocking to the famous Dr Barbara Sturm for their Skin Needling treatments.
I decided that if it’s good enough for a youth-obsessed Kardashian, it’s good enough for me!
So began my research for the perfect Brisbane clinic…
A new (and very trendy) clinic situated in Teneriffe, Beauty Boost is run and owned by the beautiful Samara Searle whose views on “natural” beauty won me over. While she may run a business based around fillers, Botox and Skin Needling, her aim is to enhance rather than exaggerate.
Growing up, Samara was exposed to the Beauty Industry via her Mother (a Beauty Therapist), and the Medical Industry via her Father (a Doctor) and has successfully merged the two to create a professional and productive business that offers the very best in anti-aging treatments. At the very core of her beliefs, Samara is all about aging gracefully where preventative measures provide more confidence than expensive, heavy make up.
After this discussion, an initial skin consultation and review, I decided this was the clinic and procedure for me.
I arrived in the afternoon fresh faced and VERY nervous for what was to come.
Samara was so lovely and calm and did a good job of putting me at ease. She cleaned my skin before applying the numbing cream and talked me through her personal skin regime and experiences (see below, she has some GREAT tips!).
After about 15 minutes we decided it was time to start the treatment.
My main concern is my forehead where the wrinkles are more pronounced. The skin is also thicker in this area so it is usually necessary to go a little deeper.
In terms of pain, I would describe the procedure as uncomfortable but not painful. Kind of like going to the Dentist – you don’t feel anything but the noise and sensation can be off-putting. I did have a few people message me on Instagram to let me know they had tried Skin Needling and found it slightly painful. They had also gone back for second and third rounds though as they believed the benefits outweighed the procedural matters.
Samara worked efficiently and gently and made sure to check in every few minutes or give me a break if necessary (I did request a few breathers!). After 20 minutes, the procedure was complete, the hyaluronic acid was applied, and I was ready to go home and await the results.
Be warned, your skin will look very red post Skin Needling with some areas darker than others, giving a “scratched” or “bruised” look. I was told the feeling would mimic that of sunburn and my skin felt warm, tight and tingled for about 12 hours post-treatment.
The suggested downtime is 24-48hrs however I definitely took longer to heal. For those who are considering this procedure in line with a special event, DEFINITELY give yourself a week to heal and see positive results.
While my skin looked somewhat normal within 2 days, I couldn’t apply make up for approximately 4-5 days due to the peeling (very minimal and only came about when I tried to apply bronzer).
For the next few days I completely stripped back my beauty regime and used gentle cleansers and applied rich moisturises. The needling opens up the dermis and I was careful not to expose it to harsh chemicals or make up. I also made sure I drank plenty of water to ensure I was hydrating from the inside out.
My skin is noticeably plump and firm and the fine lines on my face are definitely softer. For the first time in a long time, my skin feels fresh, clean and completely clear and I attribute this all to the Skin Needling procedure. I would highly recommend this treatment for those who are wanting to look and feel their best for a special event.
For those wanting longer lasting results, you will need to invest in at least 3 sessions (about 4-6 weeks apart).
While the downtime can require some patience (and an oversized pair of shades), the noticeable effects are worth it and I can only imagine how gorgeous your skin would look with consistent treatments.
With my fresh new face I only wish I had a fabulous event to attend – Oscar and Valentina don’t seem to appreciate Mummy’s new skin as much as she does!
Skin Needling Price List.
Full Face 1 Session, $199
Full Face 3 Sessions, $499
Samara’s Beauty Regime.
I use the Aspect Dr range: an Australian owned clinical grade skin care range. I stock this in the Beauty Boost clinic and use it myself due to its exceptional anti ageing qualities with no toxic or harmful ingredients.
Morning: Deep clean cleanser + Vitamin B serum + Vitamin C serum + eye lift resveratrol cream + SPF 50+ sunscreen.
Night: Deep clean cleanser + Vitamin A (every second night) + exfoliant (alternate nights with Vitamin A) + eye lift resveratrol cream.