Despite its name, this treatment goes way beyond a typical facial. Using a combination of sea salt, medical-grade ultrasound and LED light therapy, this unique treatment will rejuvenate, exfoliate, hydrate, plump and completely repair your skin in just 30 minutes.
Using natural pressurized sea salt, known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, The SaltFacial isn’t the most comfortable treatment I’ve ever had (imagine an Arctic blast, and you’re about halfway there). -path), but it’s the best . Designed to treat and target specific skin concerns including redness and irritation, pigmentation and rosacea, it leaves skin feeling noticeably brighter, smoother and more hydrated, with visibly reduced fine lines and wrinkles.
It will always be my go-to treatment when my skin needs extra attention.
From €120 for a 30 minute treatment at the South William Clinic, Dublin.
I explicitly highlight the veins of the thread because that is a concern for me. Nevertheless, it is important to note that this excellent treatment can also be used to target aging skin, general redness and areas of pigmentation. Laser skin rejuvenation is something that has changed my skin over the past year as the frequent appearance of red veins has caused me some distress.
Wire veins on the face (and legs) occur for many reasons, the most common of which are extreme temperatures, high-octane exercise, and good old-fashioned genetics. A great skincare routine can help strengthen the skin, but unfortunately it can’t get rid of it, which is where this treatment comes in. Using advanced laser technology, like IPL or GMAX Pro , depending on the clinic you attend, this quick (20-30 minutes) and relatively comfortable, non-invasive treatment instantly and permanently removes spider veins. A few sessions are generally advised in order not to over-sensitive the skin and to ensure that all the thread veins are removed.
Prices vary but generally start from around €130 for a session. Available from South William Clinic, Dublin, Laser Clinic, Galway, Lee Clinic Dermatology, Cork and many other locations.
One of the best multi-step treatments, I try to schedule myself a HydraFacial every two to three months to support my at-home skincare regimen and keep my skin looking its best. Using a potent cocktail of skincare ingredients, including glycolic acid, salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid and a host of antioxidants, this brilliant treatment promotes lymphatic drainage, exfoliates, sweeps away dirt and oil, infuses the skin with peptides and hyaluronic acid to plump and restore, uses an acid peel to brighten and smooth the skin, and finishes with LED light therapy (which is usually optional) to boost collagen and kill bacteria. An all-time brilliant, versatile.
- Prices start from €120, depending on location. Available from Fifth Avenue, Cork, The Kelly Clinic, Galway, Therapie Clinic, Limerick and many other locations.
You may have heard of injecting Botox into the chin to reduce dimpling, but did you know it can also be used to balance and reduce the appearance of a downturned mouth? Something I only started noticing a few months ago, the sudden drop in the edges of my mouth was a bit of a shock (thanks, aging).
A visit to my beautician for a chat, along with a thorough examination of my facial structure, resulted in tiny amounts of Botox being injected into my chin, directly below both sides of my mouth. This not only helped raise the ends of my mouth slightly as the offending muscle could no longer pull them down, but it also stopped the slowing from deepening any further. An eye-opening treatment and something I definitely book every other month.
- Prices for this treatment vary. Available at ORA Clinic, Dublin, KINS Skin Clinic, Cork, Therapie Clinic, Galway and many other locations.
HOME TOOLS AND TREATMENTS
Often referred to as the secret behind many famous Hollywood faces, this award-winning sculpting tool from famed esthetician and skin genius Shani Darden is something I use several times a week.
Using acoustic sound waves to deeply stimulate facial muscles, this ergonomically designed wand helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles, depuff and firm, promote lymphatic drainage, stimulate circulation and relieve facial tension . I find it particularly phenomenal for tightening the jawline and lifting the eyebrows. An investment coin that delivers time and time again.
- €435 on cultbeauty.com.
A longtime lover of eye gels, thanks to their depuffing, smoothing and hydrating abilities, love has now turned into an obsession thanks to Murad’s approach to under eye care. Containing fast-acting, time-released retinol plus a host of brightening and firming fruit extracts, these ultra-fine eye gels deliver instant results. And I mean instant. Expect reduced wrinkles and firmer, brighter, more hydrated skin in 15 minutes or less.
- €42 for a five-pack at Space NK.
LED face masks are a form of LED light therapy that has been around for a very long time – over 30 years. NASA was the first to use it in the 80s to stimulate plant growth. During the experiments, one of the NASA scientists noticed that his skin lesions began to heal faster, and so began the era of LED light therapy. It’s widely used today in hospitals and clinics, so much so that if you’ve visited a skin clinic for a facial or treatment in recent years, you’ve probably spent time under an LED light. LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes; the red and near infrared lights that are absorbed by your skin cells when you have treatment in the clinic or when you wear an LED mask.
LED lights (red, blue, yellow, infrared, etc.) target many skin issues simultaneously, which is why they are incredibly popular, especially for home use. I’ve tried several different LED masks over the years, and this one from Current Body is my favorite. It’s comfortable to wear, has an automatic 10-minute timer that shuts itself off, and most importantly, it’s clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin tone, texture. and skin tightness after just a few weeks of use. As someone with sensitive skin, I also find it fantastic for calming and balancing the skin whenever I have a flare up. I use it 2-3 times a week after cleansing and exfoliation and before any other product.
- €320 on currentbody.ie.
Part of Ole Henriksen’s Balance line of five products designed to control oil and balance the skin, Cold Plunge Pore Mask has become a cult favorite lately and for good reason. Suitable for all skin types but explicitly designed for oily skin, this bright blue clay mask (think Blue Smurf) is not only one of the most fun products in my skincare collection, but also one of the most effective.
Using it is like a cryotherapy session and an ice bath all rolled into one – it feels cold and cool on the skin, and in ten (spicy) minutes it sweeps away dead skin cells and excess oil. , visibly reduces the appearance of pores and instantly brightens, sculpts and firms. Formulated with AHAs (exfoliating acids that work on the surface of the skin) and BHAs (exfoliating acids that work on the deeper layers of the skin), it’s a real powerhouse (and perhaps one of the to the least drying clay I know) through.
- €38 at Boots.
- Prices for products and treatments are subject to change and may vary between clinics and retailers.