PicoSure Laser Treatment: Say Goodbye to Acne Scars and Enlarged PoresThis 15-minute laser facial is the epitome of "beauty is pain".
There is no doubt that laser treatment is the latest and largest high-tech skincare trend. For those who have never done a laser treatment before, I have to tell you honestly—it really, really hurts. It feels like someone is holding needles to prick your face fleetly. And I have to work really hard by clenching my fist to avoid curses. Even though laser treatments are painful, there's nothing like the results they bring. Clearer skin, faded acne spots... it's the skincare miracle you've been looking for. If you want to pay a 15-minute unbearable pain in exchange for a perfect, flawless face, then this article is for you. 1. What is PicoSure？Different from Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Optimal Pulsed Light (OPL), and other laser treatments, PicoSure is a brand-new generation of aesthetic lasers. It can deliver energy in a trillionth of a second, incredibly faster than other ordinary laser treatment. At the same time, it means less heat buildup and much more safety. By using it to vibrate and shatter pigment, PicoSure is regarded as an ace to remove any unwanted skin pigmentations like tattoo and dark spots. Except that, its effectiveness in treating acne scars, minimizing enlarged pores and skin revitalization is also second to none.2. Why I Decided To Try PicoSureThe first time I heard about PicoSure laser treatment was about four months ago when my friend made an appointment to get rid of an unwanted tattoo. Once I saw her, I was genuinely surprised that PicoSure was so effective, her tattoo had faded a great deal! I learned that PicoSure not only removes tattoos but also tackles a bunch of skin problems like acne scars, dark spots, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and enlarged pores. Because the little flaws on my face were beginning to bother me, and after hearing such high praise from my friend, I instantly decided to give PicoSure a try. 3. The Treatment*Step 1. Analyzing My Skin Condition With the help of a skin analyzer, I could see that my overall skin condition wasn’t so bad. There were some deep hyperpigmentation, a few spots and some acne scars on my face. On top of that, I could see the pores on the sides of my nose still have a lot of room for improvement. *Step 2. Anesthetic I have a relatively low pain threshold, so I opted to use the numbing gel period. It was applied to my face before the procedure. It worked so well that by the time I started the laser treatment, I couldn't feel my lips. *Step 3. Laser Treatment Before the laser treatment began, they gave me a hand-held cooling device that I could use throughout the treatment to soothe irritated areas. The actual laser process lasted about 15 minutes, and they covered the surface of my face two to three times. Even with anesthesia, the gel couldn't entirely counteract the burning and tingling sensation, thank god, the fan really helped to soothe those sensations. *Step 4. Light Therapy After finishing the PicoSure laser treatment, my face became pretty red and swollen. Then I was off to the next step, a 30-minute light therapy session to calm my skin, repair it, and promote the production of collagen. 4. The ResultsAbout 10 days after I finished the treatment, my skin had almost fully recovered. I was super stoked to share my results with you guys! As you can see, all the dark spots were almost gone; even my moles faded out and were practically invisible. Some of my deeper acne scars were still visible as little red marks. But I knew that these shallow marks would disappear over time.What impressed me the most about this laser treatment was its ability to minimize pores size! If I hadn't taken these two photos before and after the treatment, I would hardly believe that my pores could improve so much!!Overall, I think PicoSure really improved my skin condition, especially my blemishes and pores! I am a firm believer that PicoSure treatment is far better than any expensive skincare product out there! The effect of one treatment is satisfying enough for me, but for people who have serious problems with acne scars, blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles or just have high standards for camera-ready skin, maybe 2-3 treatments are much better. 5. what to know before you go *Q: How much does PicoSure cost? I paid $499 for this treatment. *Q: Does PicoSure hurt? YES, without a doubt. The burning, tingling feeling is almost like someone using a very thin needle to prick your face. That being said, as a person who has a very low pain tolerance, I think the sensation is totally manageable with the use of the numbing gel and with the help of a cold fan. *Q: How long is the recovery period? The following week after treatment is called the rapid recovery period, there will be red marks left by the laser, but they gradually fade out. Your skin should return to normal on the 10th day, and the effects of PicoSure are noticeable. *Q: Are there any side effects? For me personally, my face felt dehydrated during the first week, and I experienced a few breakouts. Apart from that, I didn't seem to have any adverse reactions, but keep in mind the effects will vary from person to person. *Q: How many rounds of treatment do you need？ You can see different results with each treatment. Still, the number of treatments is determined by your skin condition and how your skin responds. Usually, 2-5 treatments can vastly improve your entire complexion, while removing tattoos, on the other hand, requires about 2-8 treatments. Q: How long do the results last? The results for tattoo removal and acne scars are permanent, and the effect of anti-aging is also long-lasting, but some pigment conditions are recurring. You should consult your doctor for specific details. *Q: What to do after your PicoSure treatment? After laser treatments, your skin is far more vulnerable to sunlight, so please PAY ATTENTION TO SUN PROTECTION!!! Otherwise, it is very easy to cause unwanted pigmentation. Your skin will also be very sensitive to heat, so avoid using hot water to wash any treated parts of your face. You should use warm or cold water to wash your skin as gently as possible. DO NOT RUB WITH FORCE. During the recovery period, your skin may form some kind of crust or dried skin. These typically fall off by themselves in about 7-10 days. DO NOT PEEL THEM BY HAND, or you’ll risk pigmentation and scarring.
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Skincare Snacks: Almonds & Kale 🥬
Time for another installment of SKINCARE SNACKS: A little series where I talk about different foods we can incorporate into snacks & meals that benefit our skin✨ Swipe through for a quick run down on the skincare benefits. 🌸ALMONDS: Almonds trees were one of the earliest domesticated fruit trees. Native to Iran, the oil of the Sweet Almond is used topically for both skin & hair due to its moisturizing & hypoallergenic properties. Almonds are used nutritionally as well for their energizing protein, fiber & healthy fats like Omega 3 & 6. In addition to these essential fatty acids, almonds are a great source of Vitamin E & Polyphenols. ⭐️Eating raw Almonds is best to get all the health benefits. Roasted nuts, on the other hand, may contain fewer Antioxidants & Vitamins, & some of their healthy fats may also become damaged. ✨A recent study conducted at UC Davis found that wrinkle width decreased by 10% while wrinkle severity reduced by 9% after a 16 week trial of post-menopausal women who ate approx 60g of Almonds, compared to the controlled group who ate a nut-free snack of equal caloric value, with no significant changes in skin barrier function between groups. Check the slides for more info. 🥬KALE: Topically, Kale extract increases cell turnover, prevents free radical damage & detoxifies the skin. Its rich in Vitamins A, B, C & K content, as well as Antioxidants & Phytonutrients. It promotes collagen production, & could also help reduce dark circles. Kale is also rich in protein, high in fiber & Vitamin B6, & has minerals like Potassium, Manganese, Calcium, Copper & Magnesium. 🥗 I added a lil salad recipe if you’re looking for a way to get started with Kale 🍽🥬 ⚠️Kale is also lists highly in the US for being contaminated with pesticides, so definitely wash it thoroughly!💦💚 ⚠️If you have an underactive Thyroid, it might not be a good idea not to consume too much Kale. It contains a compound called Progoitrin, which if consumed in very high amounts, can interfere with Thyroid hormone synthesis & essentially block the Iodine your Thyroid needs to function, which can result in fluctuating blood sugar levels.
💗Share your favs 🏷 Allure Best of beauty 2020
Check out @christieblogsreviews on her favorite Retinol Cream from Drunk Elephant. What did you try from Allure Best of beauty 2020 list? We can’t wait to see! Don’t forget to share your products and reviews in the trending topic 🏷 Allure Best of beauty 2020💗 “It’s helped my skin with Diminished scars, any pimples I already had and are less irritated, even out my texture, and my laugh lines are also less apparent and gives my skin that glow it needs! It has helped out with those hyperpigmentation spots as well! This is the only product that really helps those laugh lines on forehead.”
how I saved my skin!!
🎶 I’m in love with the CICA 🎶 (lol) but seriously, I’m NOT kidding! It SAVED my skin! If you’ve been following some of my posts, you may know I’ve been using Tretinoin for approximately 8 weeks. I’ve also used a 15% Azelaic Acid cream and a strong benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin mix treatment gel interchangeably. Despite their cell turnover and acne-healing properties, these three products together have pretty much destroyed my skin barrier. Not to mention I recently spent a week on vacation, all of which was out in the sun. I don’t easily burn, but these products made me extra sensitive to the sun and my skin was stinging and inflamed and peeling. It really was not fun, especially when you’re just trying to enjoy a nice getaway. I bought the LANEIGE - Cica Sleeping Mask 4 days ago and it has literally turned my skin around! My skin hasn’t looked this good since before quarantine started! With just one overnight use, the redness that seemed to be everpresent on my cheeks, just DISAPPEARED! And by consistently using this over the course of the last 3 nights, I’ve found my skin has become more bouncy, glowy, and definitely much less red. The texture is really light, really creamy, really hydrating, but not greasy, even for my combination-oily skin! Though this is an overnight mask, I find it light enough to be a good day-time cream for that extra boost of hydration for the changing seasons (maybe not in the hot humid summer though). This overnight hydrating and calming mask is hypoallergenic, vegan, and free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. It contains Fermented Forest Yeast Extract, which Laneige claims to be even more beneficial than traditional Cica products! It’s just packed with hydration and soothing ingredients that you’re gonna wanna just touch your face all the time and marvel at the beauty of your skin! This is targeted for dry and irritated skin, but if you have combo or oily skin, I think you could use this as a mask too! All this goodness is 2 fl oz for $34! Pretty good steal considering a lot of other companies give a lot less product for a lot more money :( All in all, this is my holy grail product for calm, hydrated, dewy skin. Let me know below if you’ve had positive experiences with this product!
Ingredients Breakdown: Lancôme Best Seller💕
Heyyy guys! Today I want to share my favorite toner with you:💕 Lancôme Confort Tonique!! 💕 Here's the information I got from my dermatologist. Ingredients: 💕 Butylene Glycol: Butylene Glycol used in many self-care products, like shampoo, lotion, masks, cosmetics, etc. It is included in formulas for these types of products because it adds moisture and conditions hair and skin. Here are three major uses of butylene glycol. 🐝 Firstly, butylene glycol is a viscosity-decreasing agent. It makes other ingredients less likely to stick together, giving makeup and self-care products a fluid and even consistency. 🐝 Secondly, butylene glycol is a conditioning agent. Conditioning agents are ingredients that add a layer of softness or improved texture to your hair or skin. 🐝 Thirdly, solvents are ingredients that maintain a liquid consistency in a chemical compound. They help active ingredients that could become gritty or clumpy stay dissolved. 🐝 Butylene glycol benefits for acne： Butylene glycol is in made for people who have acne. It isn’t the active ingredient that treats acne in these products. The moisturizing and solvent properties in butylene glycol could make these products right for you. 💕 Sweet Almond Protein: Hydrolyzed sweet almond protein is a protein extracted from almonds that has been liquefied. It acts as a protective and moisturizing agent. In cleansing products, it reduces skin irritation and improves skin tolerability. 💕 Honey: Honey speeds up your skin cells’ healing processes. If you have blemishes or an eczema outbreak, honey that’s unpasteurized could speed healing and reduce inflammation. Manuka honey is so effective at healing wounds quickly that it’s now used by doctors in clinical settings 💕 Sodium Hyaluronate: Sodium hyaluronate has moisturizing benefits when applied topically to skin tissue. No injections are required. In addition, it mimics hyaluronic acid produced naturally by the body. It's non-irritating to skin and is usually well tolerated even by people with sensitive skin. It also has the ability to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin, and also attracts and binds water. This effect can plump the skin, thus reducing the look of wrinkles and making skin younger-looking ✨ Overall, I highly recommend this product to you, especially if you have dry skin!! ✨
My hydration boosters
Emergency beauty treatments ✅ Hydrating ✅ Nourishing ✅ Soothing ✅ Replenishing These masks rescue our fatigued and sensitised skin by stress and external stressors LANEIGE - Water Sleeping Mask ￼￼￼light weight 💦- it’s GLORIOUS ( I use this under my make up as moisturiser during winter months). It spreads and absorbs beautifully on skin ￼￼￼lovely smell (‼️ fragrance in skincare can be irritating to some of you sweeties should you have eczema or history of allergic reactions to perfumes/deodorants) 💡 I use this mask twice every week as the last step after moisturiser during winter. In a warm weather, I apply this once weekly as mask or sometimes as my primary moisturiser. I refrigerate it as well - upon application, it bursts into a refreshing surge of cooling soothing hydration Kiehl's - Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask ￼￼￼heavier and slightly sticky texture, compared to the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, but still lightweight. It has a translucent yellowish gel like consistency ￼￼￼delicate fresh herbal smell 💡I use this mask not as often I do Laneige, mostly after exfoliating or waxing my skin, or when my skin just feels blahhh 🙄 and dull. I keep this lovely sweetie in the fridge as well. Kiehl's - Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask ￼￼￼smooth creamy pistachio-coloured paste, a tad heaiver than a typical facial cream texture ￼￼￼delightful smell - minty orange scent 💡I use this mask every two weeks or so, as an overnight mask, to renew my unhealthy looking skin due to environmental aggressors. In a typical routine when I include this mask, I skip my mmoisturiser, and active serum; and apply this mask after toner. I use this mask more often during summer, to regulate my oily T-zone.
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