So this lady sent me an Instagram message in December. She’s a skin therapist and wanted to offer me a free treatment.
Ordinarily I decline these very generous offers because I don’t have time (#worklife), but I happened to be unemployed, she’s located 400 meters from my house (in Sydney’s Double Bay) and the snippet of info she sent me about the treatment sounded really interesting.
Also, all my friends were working and I had no one to play with.
Anyway, I go along and meet Carina. She’s a German woman who has lived in Australia for seven years and right from the get-go I could tell she genuinely loved skin. I could also tell she hated social media because she had about 80 followers on her business Instagram. She’s also too modest to brag but I’ve since learned that a proper A grade celebrity travels an hour each week to be treated by Carina (I’m forcing her to work on more self promotion. Carina. Not the celebrity).
Carina proceeds to tell me about the laser I’m about to experience at which point I want to stop her. I, like most people, associated laser treatment with heat, pain and flaking or peeling. I was in a pretty dedicated routine of going to the beach and also getting drunk at that time so really couldn’t factor in any sort of downtime, but Carina assured me there wouldn’t be any.
In Carina’s words, “what we’re primarily targeting with this treatment is wrinkles which are the result of reduced elasticity in the skin. The treatment works in two stages; firstly with a low level therapy laser treatment to prepare and penetrate the skin, followed by a hyaluron intercellular gel that stabilises the hyaluronic acid profile at a molecular level.”
So basically the laser has a similar sensation to Omnilux, Lite Luxe or any other kind of light therapy you might have experienced. A very mild warmth and red light (you wear googles) but no pain at all. Carina gave me a whole bunch of science info to explain how it works but I glazed over to be honest so just trust me on this one.
The laser is exclusive to the Belameres Clinic (Carina’s business) in Australia, imported especially from Germany.
“It takes a different approach to healing as opposed to most laser therapies which use intense pulsed light to promote skin rejuvenation. These lasers cause intentional damage to either the epidermis or the dermis of the skin in order to trigger inflammation, followed by healing.”
“Belameres’ laser bypasses this initial destructive step and instead directly stimulates the regenerative processes in the skin through increased cellular production. At the same time, the laser beam will stabilise the molecular structure of the hyaluronic acid and therefore delay its decomposition by the lymphatic system,” Carina said. That’s as sciencey as I let her get.
The treatment goes for an hour and consists of a cleanse, very mild exfoliating peel then 10 minutes of the laser on the face three times with warm hyaluron intercellular gel massaged in in-between.
Carina was excited to see how well the lines around my eyes improved, and they improved A LOT. But what we were both really surprised and stoked about was how much my hyperpigmentation faded after one treatment. In one hour! It was dead set madness! I wanted to kiss her!
Lines and pigmentation are my main concerns but the laser is also excellent for rosacea (which can’t usually tolerate high heat therapies) and acne. Carina is a god damn genius when it comes to clearing acne. Some before and afters on her Instagram.
Carina is a legend, she totally knows her stuff, and I am proud to help promote her because she’s passionate and gets results. Visit her website if you’re keen to learn more.