Electric Youth; Skin Lasers That Will Give You ‘The Glow’, Part Deux!

The Victoria Secret Models Have ‘Got The Glow…’

The last time we spoke {you never call me anymorrrre?} I told you all about a Hot Laser sesh I had recently—one that was extremely effective albeit slightly painful with around 3 days of downtime.

On the flip side, for months I had been hearing about Cold Laser technology from various sources and magazine articles. Many made exalted claims that the treatments could rival hot/thermal laser, while others were making a case for its safer approach with zero pain and downtime.

My quest for perfect skin—the kind that glows with luminosity and transparency finally lead me to The Freeze Clinic in Toronto’s cozy Danforth neighborhood. Owned by skin-savvy partners Sachi  Morris + Jessica Biegel, these stunning gals temper any falsehoods about what Cold Laser is and what it isn’t with the truth, and nothing but the truth.

“Were not claiming that cold laser does everything a thermal laser (IPL, Photo Facial, etc) can do,” says Morris who got her start in skin-care in California and Vancouver. “Cold Laser is a totally different approach and will give you exceptional results for keeping your skin fresh and youthful. One of the great things about our Cold Laser Facials is that they are so gentle and can be used in conjunction with other skin treatment plans, and other lasers.” 

While I loved the idea that Cold Laser was devoid of pain or downtime, I appreciated that The Freeze Clinic duo didn’t spread the fear-mongering caveat against the ‘damaging heat lasers’ like many of their contemporaries were. 

N.B. Find a reputable dermatologist and its a non-issue, people!

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Upon entering the gorgeous 2nd floor studio of The Freeze Clinic, I am greeted by Sachi Morris and am introduced to Jessica Biegel who will be administering my Signature Treatment Facial aka a First Freeze

Freeze Clinic Partners Sachi Morris + Jessica Biegel

Biegel whose massive blue eyes take up three-quarters of her tiny face, completed her Cold Light certification with the trainer who was taught under the guide of Lea Eigardas—a world-renowned celebrity skin expert to stars like Eva Longoria and Jessica Simpson.  Both Morris and Biegel have skin so effervescent and dewy I’m tempted to screen films off of their foreheads—and no, it’s NOT the effect of Botox.

This is what healthy skin looks like,” says Biegel matter-of-factly as she escorts me to the treatment room as I await my first ever Cold Laser Facial!

First up in this potpourri of offerings is a gentle cleansing of my make-up detritus courtesy of Canadian made organic skin-care co. Consonant.

Biegel starts me off with a Diamond Microdermabrasion, the ‘Bentley’ of all Microdermabrasion machines, passing over my face twice. She is remarkably able to get into where no aesthetician has ever gone before; the fragile crepey under-eye area (on a lower setting) that neither hurts nor causes any redness. Eureka!

Next up is the famed Cold Laser which I’ve heard so much about and get a first hand indoctrination on the entire process. Cold Laser is a low-level laser wand that uses healing light and micro-current stimulation to activate actual biological change below the skin’s surface. This treatment stimulates muscle toning, lymphatic drainage and increases cell production resulting in contour lift, tightened skin and a glowing complexion.

What follows is a Micro-Current session whereby I can actually feel my deep tissues being lifted and stimulated. It’s a very sci-fi vibrational sensation that Biegel assures me I will get used to and even eventually “crave”—as the results are highly visible afterwards, yet ephemeral long-term. The good news is, that Micro-Current is progressive and results last longer the more you do it.

Like a sorbet in-between meals, I am now treated to a Rose Water Boost with an oxygen blast (not just blowing stale air I’m told) before I am put under a LED Cold Laser panel while I steep in a cooling Collagen Mask. There is even more oxygen being blasted into my general direction and I feel like I’m enjoying the freshest air of the rainforest.  

LED Laser Panel

This panel system is what truly sets The Freeze Clinic apart from their competition as they are the only spa in Toronto that offer this multi-beam Cold Laser technology (1st part wand, 2nd part under panel). In both cases, I’m given a customized treatment setting based on my unique needs but here is a basic legend on what each color of light does.

Red Light: Enhances collagen production, improving texture, elasticity, tone and texture                                                                

Blue Light: Beneficial for acne and rosacea

Yellow Light: Increases lymphatic flow, detoxifies skin resulting in reduced puffiness and inflammation

Green Light: Inhabits melanin production, reduces inflammation and irritation, improving overall complexion and skin-tone.

We end off this hour and fifteen minute treatments with a cocktail of ampoules and serums as I exclaim “Is that it?” with a wink and a smile!

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Mirror mirror on the wall…um, I look TWELVE? My skin is glistening and glossy—this isn’t just a facial it’s a frickin’ time machine! Best of all no redness, marks, or any kind of discomfort. I can’t even imagine why anyone would try anything else?! It may take a little longer to achieve the results that you can get quickly from thermal lasers, but if you are like me and don’t have any major skin issues, it a win/win!

Just incasies there’s any doubt on how amaze-cakes I look, here is a before and after of….Jessica!

She's Got Bette Davis Eyes...Skin Transformed via Cold Laser

She’s Got Bette Davis Eyes…Jessica’s Skin Transformed via Cold Laser

Pfffffft, you should know I don’t take photos unless there’s full hair, makeup, wardrobe and some twinkly soft-focus lighting on hand? Ya know like Liz Taylor White Diamonds lighting!

Jessica, who was a former sun worshipper and suffered from severe acne, treated herself via Cold Laser over time to the ultimate in diaphanously creamy white skin. It repaired years of sun damage and built up new collagen over time—something only hot lasers could formerly boast!  

Most of all what I admire about The Freeze Clinic is how they only offer one treatment that they have mastered, instead of trying to be an all you-can-eat-buffet-of-sorts.

For first time clients your First Freeze (Cold Laser Facial Signature Treatment) is offered at a discount of $175 reg. $199.                                           

A week later they suggest a Cold Blast ‘tune-up’ for $75 which features Cold Laser, Micro-Current + Oxygen & Rose Water for maximum brightening results!

In closing I wouldn’t be The Pop Culture Rainman™ if I failed to add in this CLASSIC Debbie Gibson video over-flowing with ahead-of-its-time-white-person-choreography-game! I even spot lasers!

Stay Cool {or cold…or hot},

XOXO

Electric Youth; Skin Lasers That Will Give You ‘The Glow’-Part 1

I can spot it from a mile away on the red carpet…

Angelina's Got 'It'...

Even from Far Angelina’s Beauty Radiates…

It’s that diaphanously dewy, almost see-through like skin texture seen courtesy of some of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. With the advent of HDTV {high-definition television}, skin—famous skin—has to be über flawless, now more than ever.

The secret to getting such an incandescent glow is via various skin lasers—and the good news is it’s readily available for all women, not just Hollywood ingénues.

Does She or Doesn’t She? Kate Bosworth’s Light Reflecting ‘Glow’

“The only way to trick collagen production is to get heat into the skin,” says dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellet from DLK on Avenue, “and lasers by their very nature produce heat.” Dr. Kellet uses a Laser beam or Micro Laser Peel [beam] also known as Profraxional Laser to reach the deeper layers of the dermis and the results are extremely effective with minimal down time.

Skin is visibly smoother, pores are smaller and a youthful glow is achieved. “You get a lifting and tightening of the top layer of skin which reflects light really well,” says Dr. Kellet “plus you get the added generation of collagen underneath which can last for *up to 6 months plumping up fine lines and acne scars.”

 Leslie Mann—Skin as Reflective as Lalique Glass

Being absolutely skin obsessed myself, I simply had to try this treatment. While I don’t possess any acne scars nor noticeable lines or wrinkles, I was adamant about achieving that luminous skin tone that I see on starlets ready for their close ups. “Any time you see the kind of light reflection you are noticing on celebrities,” assures Dr. Kellet “It’s [usually indicative] of having laser treatments.”

At DLK on Avenue headquarters in downtown Toronto, I am nestled comfortably in one of their lovely treatment suites. I begin by marinating in a very effective numbing cream for 20 minutes that has my face fully frozen in preparation for this, my first Micro Laser Peel! The Micro in this case means at a lower heat frequency for a quicker recovery than a full throttle Laser Peel. This is good news as my skin is akin to an antenna and is extremely sensitive in terms of being reactionary. Passionate Sexy Times can often leave me looking like I just bikini waxed my neck and face (I don’t even know what that even means?) and my beau’s gristly beard doesn’t do my delicate skin affliction any favors.

TMI? Ahem.

The laser works its magic via tiny micro channels that are zapped into my skin, actually damaging the outer layers so that newer fresher skin cells can emerge. Despite the cream, there are areas that I can feel being treated, but it is definitely a tolerable sensation. “Thank goodness I only got the Micro,” I exclaimed mid zapping. “I wouldn’t be able to tolerate a stronger pulse due to my skin being-like-a-satellite-dish-scenario”. 

The only other bit of truth serum that I would add, is that there is a strong malodorous scent of burning flesh that accompanies the treatmentand calling it anything else would be rather dishonest. But I immediately think of the No Pain, No Gain speech given by Deborah Allen’s character Miss Lydia Grant from the 80’s hit TV show Fame where I supersede “Fame” for “Beautiful Skin” and the word “Sweat” for… well, you get the idea!  

Post treatment, I have to admit I look very swollen, and my face is a shade of tomato red usually reserved for career alcoholics. My medical aesthetician Lindsay is incredibly doting, bringing me small ice packs the size of tiny pillows and cold bottled water, while administering a protective petroleum jelly salve to soothe my skin…which no shred of a lie was on FIYAH! She allowed me to stay in the suite for as long as I wanted, reclining while reading some fashion magazines. Dr. Kellet came to see me to make sure I was feeling ok—which I was, and answered a host of extra questions on post treatment protocol.

The red dots on my face make me look like a human Lichtenstein cartoon, but I’m assured that after 24-48 hours they will drop off in various forms of minor peeling and flakes.

Pop...Art Rainman™

Pop…Art Rainman™

I am instructed not to touch my face or shower for at least 24 hours. I am given a small bottle of 70 SPF sunscreen to put on at my leisure, a take-home kit of petroleum jelly, gentle cleanser, some ice packs and other accoutrements that escape me at press time. I was told not to scrub my face hard when washing, and to let the ‘dots’ fall to their death naturally, like a snow flake…or a Kardashian marriage.

Because I looked like a Sunburnt Tanning Mom  at the apogee of my at-home convalescence later that evening, here for the sake of innocent optics everywhere I bring you a gorgeous young lass and a healing photographic legend based on a three-day time-lapse from DLK’s PR Department. You’re Welcome.  

Let’s Just Say Our Immediately After Shot Differs Vastly—mmmkay?

My pores which normally are the size of small pot holes, have visibly shrinked dramatically in size a few days later and my skin is soft and sparkling with renewed vitality and health. Not the exact after-glow I was coveting in my photographic evidence, but after only 1 treatment—and a Micro one at that, I have to arrange at least two more treatments to get that desired see-through effect.

I receive a cheery follow-up call from Dr. Kellet on day 2 post treatment, and she further recommends a UVA/UVB broad spectrum SPF of 30 (no more no less!) going forward. On any given day, Dr. Kellet would encourage any one of her patients to avoid the sun during peak hours of 11am—2pm, but post laser work this is not a suggestion but rather skin gospel that one acquiesces to without question! 

Part Deux of Electric Youth; Skin Lasers that Will Give You ‘The Glow’ will post next week. It’s all about Cold Laser technology and you won’t want to miss it!

Stay Gorgeous,

XOXO                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Pop Culture Rainman

 *Results vary depending on strength of laser peel ie; Laser Peel or Micro Laser Peel and a succession of repeated treatments.

** Notice my new font? I think I’m in   LOVE! ♥ ♥