Months ago I shared the start of my 30s skin journey – I talked about seeing a dermatologist, discovering the amazing results of prescription Vitamin A and I chose not to have any laser done.
Instead of laser, I decided to have Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) for my acne scars at Iconic Medispa in South Perth.
Here’s my initial blog post about CIT, where I explain the details of the treatment and my experience of the whole process.
For me, blemishes, redness and pigmentation were easy to cover up with makeup. So I wanted to target my acne scars, large pores and skin texture – but my overall results were soooo much better than I expected.
I never thought I’d be one to put such close up photos of my face on my blog, but there you go.
Everyone (including me) loves a good before and after photo!
Results are everything!
Eek! Pretty bad pigmentation, scarring and redness right?? Ha!
Honestly, I was fine with how I looked before. I was never the girl with smooth, flawless skin anyway. I’ve always had bumps, spots, scars and redness, since I was 15. I’ve gotten used to it. It’s the way I am! I have pretty good self confidence, so it never bothered me that much. I just wear lots of makeup. It’s no biggie. I love makeup!
But now, looking at my before photo, I cringe and I can’t believe how bad my skin looked?!?
And I can’t believe how easy (non-invasive and non-risky) it was to make my skin look so much better.
This was my treatment spread out over 6 months:
2 x HydraFacials to boost the health of my skin up for a CIT treatment.
1 x Collagen Induction Therapy
3 x HydraFacials
1 x Collagen Induction Therapy
There is such an awesome improvement in my acne scarring, redness, skin tone, pore size, pigmentation, dullness, and fine lines.
My skin is radiant and glowing!!
I used to wear a full face of makeup (medium coverage foundation) every single day, if I was leaving the house. But by the end of the treatment, I felt I only needed a tiny bit of makeup (concealer and a light dust of mineral foundation) – amazing! Never happened before!
Interesting things I learned
* It takes a long time to see results. It’s a journey. Everyone is different. Good skin doesn’t magically appear in 2 weeks.
* You have to be committed to work with your beauty therapist. It’s like having a personal trainer, where your end goal is to lose weight and be stronger/fitter/healthier. They do their part, and you have to do your part.
* Hormones, stress, lack of sleep, too much sugar, an unhealthy diet, forgetting to wear suncream, going on holidays, not having a good skin care routine…. it ALL effects your skin. You have to be open and honest with your beauty therapist and work with them on all these things.
* Again with the gym analogy, if you go more often you can maintain the good results. However you don’t have to go for a facial as often as you should go to the gym! I think once every 4-5 weeks is what they recommend.
I went on a 4 week holiday after doing these treatments, and while I used suncream twice a day, my skin looked terrible by the end of it! It didn’t go back to it’s original state, but I started leaving my house with a full face of makeup again (a bit of a habit for me) and I had lots of breakouts and redness… and I realised “My skin is so bleh! I probably should go have a facial??”
So once I started my regular facials again, my skin was back to being radiant and glowy again.
I’ve started using a range of cosmeceutical products (only available through a medispa and prescribed by a qualified therapist) to target my pigmentation, improve my texture and hydration and maintain my skin health.
They check and assess my skin every 3-4 weeks. I report to them how it’s going, tell them what works for me and what doesn’t. We tweak the products and my usage. They take controlled hi-res photos each time I visit, we look through the photos together to discuss my progress.
The products have been really good (so far!) and their service/client care/attention to detail are all excellent!
To give you an idea of pricing at Iconic Medispa, HydraFacials are about $175 (40 minutes, face only) and one treatment of CIT is about $450. Initial skin consultation (with no obligation) is free.
I am long-time friends with the owners/team at the Iconic Medispa. I do casual work including graphic design, social media management, photography and copy writing for them. I am paid with credit, which I use on treatments at the medispa. I was not obliged in any way to do this blog post. I did it because I absolutely LOVE my experience with them and am so happy with my results. So this post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.
Hope you enjoyed my review!