Once upon a time I was all about a full face of makeup, yes sometimes even on days off. Apart from being a makeup lover (obviously). I believe my career has a big role to play in it. Being in an image based industry it has always been important for me to look presentable and be up to date with hair and makeup trends and show that in my presentation.
I constantly keep up to date with the trends and my makeup kit is always filled to the brim with the latest products paired with plenty of old favourites, although as of late I’ve felt myself really focused on clear fresh skin. Less really can be more sometimes. So the latest Lucy can be found sans makeup on her days off. I’m very blessed naturally with good skin. I think I am lucky enough to have inherited good genes, and since I was about 16 I have been very rigorous with skincare – and my number 1 skincare rule – Don’t go to bed with makeup on. There has been times a late night here and there that has gotten the better of me, but usually I am very strict on this rule. Overnight is when your skin has a chance to breathe and repair itself.
Despite genetics, and a good skin care regime I still felt like i was lacking a bit of a glow (apart from most likely needing to up my veggie intake) there is always room from improvement.. right? So in my persuit of clear glowing skin I booked a consultation with leading skin expert Melanie Grant. Double Bay Clinic is a aesthetic clinic specialising in advanced skin therapies, appearance medicine and nutrition. Melanie’s clientele spans from models such as Lara Bingle and Nicole Trunfio to singer Jessica Mauboy to name a few..
Very excited for my consult with the best in the biz. Melanie looks at my skin at the front of her ultra chic clinic where there is plenty of daylight. She prescribes me a personalised skin care regime with products I can purchase from her clinic. She then put together a treatment plan, which included a session of microdermabrasion, followed by a lactic peel and then a session under the latest craze – the omnilux.
Treatment day came, I arrived at the clinic and was taken through. I had heard microdermabrasion is a little painful but I felt it wasn’t at all. Although i do have a high pain threshold, therefore others may feel differently about this. In my experience i found it to be pleasant but not necessarily an overly relaxing procedure – especially if you are to compare it to a traditional facial, but of course microdermabrasion is a much more intense exfoliation. Melanie then applied a Lactic peel to my freshly exfoliated skin, and once that came off. I had my very first omnilux experience – a cutting edge Led technology light therapy procedure.
Read on for a break down of each treatment, and the benefits of each.
Microdermabrasion – Microdermabrasion is a light cosmetic procedure that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. Most commonly, microdermabrasion uses two parts: an exfoliating material like crystals or diamond flakes and a machine based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. Microdermabrasion is a fairly simple, easy, non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure.
Lactic Peel – Similar to glycolic and acid peels, lactic acid peels are alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). Derived from milk, they are very mild chemical peels with little to no downtime. Because lactic acid is a natural human metabolite, there is less chance of an allergic reaction with this type of peel. Therefore, they are a good choice for first-time peel users or for those with sensitive skin. However, dry or oily skin types can also use this peel and get good results. Lactic acid is especially good for to use for mature skin.
Omnilux – Omnilux delivers pure, narrow-band light via a matrix of LED’s, carefully positioned to ensure a uniform beam. The activation of photoacceptors is achieved with non-thermal light with no sub-dermal insult or damage to the tissue as seen with other light sources. The scientifically designed, patent-protected light source does not produce any harmful UVA or UVB. Omnilux will reduce the appearance of the visible signs of skin ageing, naturally. This non-surgical light therapy helps to minimise visible fine lines and wrinkles by helping to naturally plump up the skin. It also helps improve elasticity, skin tone, texture and it brightens.
To give you a visual, below is a shot of me under the omnilux.
The end result was amazing. I have never seen my skin so clear and bright, and only after one appointment. To see the maximum benefits of omnilux it is recommended to do weekly for 6 weeks. As everyone’s skin is different it is best to see Melanie or the appropriate skin specialist to be advised of the suitable time frame between microdermabrasion and lactic peel treatments. I loved my experience with Melanie and cannot recommend her enough to everyone.
Melanie Grant | Double Bay Clinic