I am not one to fuss over my skin. My regimen is pretty low maintenance, and as much as possible I follow a routine: I cleanse and moisturize in the morning, apply a BB cream with SPF after (this serves as my everyday sun protection), then I put on the rest of my makeup. At night, I make sure to remove all traces of makeup using an eye and lip makeup remover and a facial wash. I then apply an anti-aging serum and top it off with an emollient night cream. My skincare routine is pretty straightforward. I don’t really do much else with my skin, except for my occasional visits to the dermatologist when I get a blemish or begin to breakout. Generally, I’ve been pretty happy with my skin, but I’ve always wondered about new skincare treatments and procedures. I never really sought them out, until I got an invitation from Bench Skin Expert to give one of their treatments a try.
Its called RevLite, a non-invasive laser treatment that helps with the stimulation of natural collagen growth that ultimately minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, while restoring skin from sun damage. It also helps remove dark lesions, freckles and sun spots, and is great for treating acne and acne scarring. I like to think of it as a miracle machine because it has so many great benefits. The best part: it doesn’t hurt nor do you have any downtime after. It kind of feels like a rubber band hitting your skin, but not hard that it will leave a mark. Its a bearable feeling, though for people who have a low threshold of pain, the doctor can offer you a topical anaesthetic. I didn’t need it, but you do need to take a break after doing one round on your face. It can get a little hot but like I said, it isn’t painful. Skin can also turn a little red after, but it goes right away.
It uses an advanced laser technology with Q-Switched ND:YAG wavelengths (I don’t understand this either but I thought I should mention it for those who get it) that permanently removes most brown spots, freckles and unwanted pigment. The light vibrates and shatters the pigment and breaks the melanin into micro-particles, lightening and removing the dark, ageing spot. Most pigmented lesions disappear after 1 to 2 treatments: deeper lesions may require more treatments. It can also target tattoo ink color with specific wavelengths, causing tattoos to gradually fade during a course of 5 to 15 treatment sessions (good news for those of you who have outgrown their tattoos and want them removed).
Mainly, I wanted to try it so I can reverse some of the damage I’ve done in my 20’s: laying under the sun for countless hours until I was dark and crunchy. I’ve suffered through plenty of sunburns, and I really didn’t care because back then it was all about getting that golden tan. Now I am all about sunscreen, hats and umbrellas. I don’t really see any apparent sun spots on my face (not yet anyway) but I do want an even complexion. RevLite really is the perfect solution for this, and I only just started. As of late, I’ve had one session with them and I’ll be having more in the weeks to come (recommended is once a month). I did notice a general smoothening of my skin after, and for some reason all my old pimple marks (the ones that I thought have disappeared) became a little red after. But that went away after a few hours. Also, since the laser works by erasing anything dark on your face (except moles), my facial hair became white. Its funny, because I didn’t know I had hair on my face–its mainly near my hair and jawline. I just thought I should mention it because you might get surprised if you try it and that happens (especially if you have a lot of hair on your face). The treatment lasted for 30 minutes. It was very quick. The dermatologist did two rounds on my face and I was done.
My skin is noticeably lighter than it was before, but its not necessarily white. It became smooth and even, and you see it right after the treatment. But like I said, I only tried it once. I am scheduled for another session next week, and I am excited about that. I know I’ll be able to see a difference more so after the second, third and fourth treatment. Oh, and another tip, RevLite isn’t limited to your face. You can have it done on any part of the body–your neck and chest area, arms, underarms, legs–any part you want to be lighter and smoother!
In one of the private rooms of Bench Skin Expert, waiting for the dermatologist to see me.