AFT Facial at Dermalase Clinic
By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Oct 4 2015 03:13PM
I’m not sure if it’s the change in weather, or stress, or just good old hormones, but my skin really broke out a few weeks ago. I was recommended the AFT facial at Dermalase clinic on Jumeriah Beach Road. AFT stands for advanced fluorescence technology. It’s a form of IPL (intense pulsed light), however, AFT takes ultraviolet light, and converts it using a unique fluorescence filter. By doing this, it drastically increases the safety and effectiveness of the treatment, when compared with regular IPL.
At Dermalase, you’re initially given a regenerating nimue facial, to prepare your skin for the AFT. This includes cleansing, exfoliation, steaming and various rejuvenating and enzymatic masks.
After your skin has been prepped to perfection, a cool gel is applied, goggles are put over your eyes and the laser therapy begins. The gel is to keep your skin feeling calm throughout, as the light can feel a bit prickly at times, and the goggles are to protect your eyes from the brightness. The machine is placed on around one square inch of the skin at a time, and moved accordingly, until the whole face has been covered. The light flickers intermittently and feels like someone is tapping you gently with a finger nail. It doesn’t hurt at all, and is not in the slightest bit unpleasant. This process only takes about 10 minutes.
Once the laser therapy finished, my therapist applied a gentle leave on mask. This particular peel is made from fruit enzymes, and doesn’t cause your skin to peel or become red. It simply removes any dead skin cells over the course of the next 6 hours or so. An SPF to finish and that was that.
Instantly, I noticed that my skin was smooth and glowing. After rinsing the mask off that evening, I noticed how soft and smooth it was. Within a few days, most blemishes had disappeared, my skin was still glowing and the over-all tone seemed to have improved.
Here's what my skin was like before.
And here it is about a week after my first treatment.
Both images are, of course, without makeup or editing. What you can't see in the 'before' photo, however, is the blemishes around my jaw and hairline. They were quite red and inflamed and they've almost completely gone since this having AFT. I feel like it has noticably brightened my skin and evened the tone.
The treatment takes around 60-70 minutes total, and gives you the best of both worlds in terms of instantaneous and long term results. Of course, the long term results are best when maintained with a course of treatments. The recommended course is one treatment every three weeks, five times. Then one every two-three months after that to sustain the results.
I would highly recommend this treatment, particularly if you’re after something that’s non-invasive, safe and painless whilst still being extremely affective. I can’t wait to have my next one!