Glowing skin, that screams youthfulness, has to be right there at the top of everyone’s wish list. Because let’s face it, dull skin is never in.
The thing is, true radiance is not something you can achieve from a bottle. Sure, a slathering of illuminating primer helps. And of course, regular exfoliation goes a long way in creating a brighter, smoother complexion. But if you want youthful-looking skin that glows from within (and who doesn’t?), you’re better off turning to something with a little more punch. Something found only at your physician’s office.
Take the Halo laser, for instance. Combining ablative and non-ablative wavelengths, this hybrid fractional laser treats both superficial and deep layers of skin to remove the dull, outer layers and stimulate collagen and elastin production deeper down. This makes it a stellar option for anyone looking to amp up their anti-aging efforts with just one treatment.
Intrigued? Good, because we sent Peggy Chung, 35, from San Francisco, CA to treat her skin to the ‘Halo Glow’ and fill us in on all the deets.
So, Peggy, what specific concerns were you hoping to address with your Halo treatment?
Did you have any preconceptions about the treatment?
“Well, I’ve had a few different laser treatments before, so I knew what to expect in terms of the warming sensation I would experience on my skin, as well as what happens during the healing process. I tried Halo about three years ago and loved the results, so I was really looking forward to seeing what it could do this time around.”
Talk us through the treatment – what was it like?
“After a full consultation about my skin concerns, the first step was to apply a numbing cream. I washed my face with a gentle Cetaphil cleanser and patted it dry with a clean towel, before a numbing cream was applied to my whole face and left for 45 minutes. After this period, I washed and dried my face again and laid down on the treatment table, ready for action.
“My physician first placed a metal shield over my eyes to protect them, then measured my skin depth and facial dimensions with the Halo handpiece, so the laser could penetrate accurately. She then started rolling the laser directly over my face in sections – left cheek, right cheek, forehead and then my chin. She also explained how the laser was making tiny ablative channels in my skin and collecting dead tissue into the disposable handpiece as it worked.”
How long did it last and be honest, did it hurt?
“The treatment itself lasted about 15 minutes, so it was pretty fast. Was it painful? Not really. The laser felt like it was giving my skin quick zaps of heat, but when it moved to the next section, the previous area cooled down. Certain areas, like around my nose, forehead and lips felt more sensitive than others, but it was more like a warm discomfort than real pain.”
What did your skin look/feel like:
“It was only slightly red and a little warm, but I think I have a much more subdued response to lasers than most people!”
The next day?
“The next morning, my face was visibly swollen and redder than usual, with little brown dots all over my skin. A few days later, these brown dots turned into MENDs (micro epidermal necrotic debris), or little laser scabs, and my face felt dry and kind of sandpapery.”
What about a week later?
“Well the majority of the MENDs all fell off by day five, so a week later my skin was totally smooth, lightly pink, and with some of the old sun damage erased as well. I honestly looked younger and my face looked like an Instagram filter had been applied to it. Result!”
“It’s been almost two weeks and my skin is softer and smoother than ever. My makeup goes on much more easily and I don’t need to wear foundation any more.”
How would you compare your results to other treatments?
“The Halo laser is by far the best bang for your buck. It dramatically improves texture, tone and skin quality, but with minimal healing discomfort. I love that I could still apply makeup over the MENDs and go about my daily life almost immediately.”
So, would you try Halo again?
“Absolutely! I look more like my younger self and no one quite knows what’s different about me. People comment on how my skin looks and everyone’s been asking about where they can get it done. I’m super happy and would definitely do it again.”
Who would you recommend the treatment for?
“Anyone who wants to see some improvement in their tone, lines, wrinkles and sun damage, but doesn’t want to undergo a full-on ablative procedure and all the downtime that entails.”
Finally, describe your post-procedure skin in three words.
“Softer, smoother and younger.”