Philips ReAura Laser Skin Rejuvenation* - £799
available from Space NK
Over the next few months, it will be my pleasure (and occasional pain) to trial Philips' at-home answer to professional skin laser treatments - the ReAura Laser Skin Rejuvenation. This nifty bit of kit promises to zap you into a whole new world of radiant skin, evened skin tone, reduced fine lines and a smoother complexion. The Philips ReAura is a serious piece of gadgetry that filled me with terror and excitement in equal measures. The ReAura is only available to purchase in store following a consultation with a Philips skin expert to ensure you and your skin are entirely suitable for the course of treatments. For a cool £800, it is a scary price to pay but notably less than what you may pay if you are considering a course of professional skin laser treatments.
So what I am hoping to achieve? Well I believe I am representing the younger demographic whose use of the ReAura certainly wouldn't be essential but could be very beneficial if you are looking to even out the texture and tone of your skin, as well as boost its natural radiance that might have been lost through sun damage and ageing. I don't have any wrinkles or fine lines so it will be the former problems that I will be hoping to improve over my continued sessions. The ReAura works by passing thousands of microscopic laser beams down into the epidermis and dermis which triggers a natural process of cell renewal. As a result, fresh skin cells containing more collagen are formed giving you smoother skin and a reduction of fine lines. At the same time, pigmented skin cells are pushed out of the skin, creating a more even skin tone.
I completed my first treatment the other day so now feel in a position to explain the process and what you can expect afterwards. I am treating the skin on my face but it is useful to note that the ReAura can be used on most areas of the body - the face, neck, decolletage, chest, arms and hands. With a CD, comprehensive manual and the Philips support team just a click away, you feel in very safe hands when using the ReAura and it is very simple to get up and running. It has three settings, 1 being the test mode for you to practice with, 2 being the medium treatment setting and 3 being the highest treatment setting. It will be your personal choice and pain threshold levels that will dictate whether you choose 2 or 3 but obviously 3 is guaranteed to give you quicker, more noticeable results. The ReAura works by delivering exactly the right amount of laser energy to a certain zone and will alert you when the correct dosage has been applied by producing the 'zone completed' sound.
Step 1 - Ensure skin is throughly cleansed before applying a pea-sized amount of the laser performance gel to each zone. On your face for example, the left side, right side and forehead are all separate zones and each zone roughly takes 10 minutes to complete. The laser performance gel provides optimum skin contact and allows the device to glide over the skin smoothly.
Step 2 - Switch on the device and select your treatment setting 2 or 3. I opted for 2 as I don't believe my skin needs to the highest level of treatment and, in all honesty, I was being a bit of a chicken! Place the applicator tip on your skin at a 90 degree angle and move the device slowly in long vertical and horizontal strokes. The red light will initially light up to let you know that you have got a good contact and then the green light will confirm that you are doing everything right. The fleshier parts of your face are really easy to do but I struggled to keep a good connection with my bony forehead, so I left that part. To be fair, apart from being disproportionally large, I am not overly concerned about my forehead!
Step 3 - Once you have treated all the zones apply the laser aftercare complex which will hydrate and soothe your skin as well as aid the cell renewal process.
I'm not going to lie, the treatment was painful. No not painful, more uncomfortable - like you are experiencing sunburn in slow motion. The after effects of this treatment can be quite severe and a bit scary really, but Philips reassure you that they are all normal, completely temporary and should be expected. My skin tingled and felt extremely hot and sensitive for a long time afterwards. The skin felt slightly puffy and tender to the touch and took a good 24 hours to go back to normal. I slathered myself in the aftercare complex as well as placing a ice cold flannel over my face to try and extract some of the heat. It is a bit unpleasant and anything but sexy, but the skin does recover between 12 and 24 hours later. It is probably best to conduct your treatments in the evening so you don't have to face the world red-faced and slightly throbbing! After repeat treatments over the next few weeks I can expect to experience dry and flaky skin as the cell renewal process begins and the old skin is being shred and rejuvenated.
The recommended course of treatments is two times a week for eight weeks so I will be following up with a few more updates to let you know how I am getting on. In the meantime however, if you have any questions regarding the ReAura, feel free to leave them in a comments below and I will get back to you.