REVIEW - AQ Growth Factor facial at Euphoria Clinic
By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Sep 20 2015 11:48AM
I’m 25, I don’t have the worst skin in the world, but I am starting to get fine lines and uneven skin. Not only that, but environmental factors really affect me too. Living in Dubai, with the heat and air conditioning everywhere you turn, my skin seems more sensitive than ever, causing regular breakouts and extreme differences in skin type.
Being a makeup artist, I think that looking after your skin is so important. Your skin can really affect how makeup looks. Your everyday regime, food habits, exercise ect all affect your skin, and of course there are invasive treatments that you can have such as botox/chemical peels and the like, but I’d highly recommend having preventative treatments such as the AQ growth factor facial.
I tried this facial out at Euphoria Clinic in Abu Dhabi, with Dr Sherif Makram, around 3 weeks ago, and have been continuing seeing the results as the days go by.
The growth factor, is a type of protein, found in many of the cells in our body, which is crucial for the production of collagen and elastin. We all know how important they are as we age! As we age, we lose around 1% of our natural growth factors per year. In turn, our bodies are less able to produce collagen and elastin as well as other essential cell activities.
The AQ growth factor facial uses micro needling to gently pierce the skin, enabling the AQ growth factor serum to penetrate deep into the epidermis. Just one treatment gives your skin the same amount of ‘growth factor’ that your body would produce in around 5 months!
Dr Sherif tailored my treatment to my skin needs. He used high frequency micro needling so he could determine how deep the serum would be penetrated into my skin. His expertise meant that the treatment only took around 25 minutes, and any redness had started to go down within 15 minutes. Perfect to fit in on your lunch break then!
I was explained in full that it takes 2-3 weeks to start seeing the results. I liked the fact that it’s not described as being as ‘quick fix’, and instead is a long term treatment that promotes the natural rejuvenation of your skin. I, however, started to see my skin improving after a week or so. I felt it was already more even and certainly soft and glowing. I have the AQ growth factor home use serum, which is a less concentrated version of the one used in the facial, so I’ve been using that every morning and night aswell. Now, 3 weeks later, I’m blemish free and really feel as though my skin has found it’s balance. It looks radiant and is baby-soft.
It’s recommended to have a course of treatments – once a month for four months, and then maintain the effects with the home serum and a treatment every 6 months or so. I would hugely recommend this. After seeing the results from just one treatment, with regular absorption of the product, you skin would be flawless. If your skin has aged, has pigmentation, severe acne ect, you would definitely see a huge difference.
I loved the treatment, the doctor, the clinic, and would recommend all three to anyone! I can’t wait to book in again.