A carbon laser facial, otherwise known as the ‘Hollywood Peel’ or ‘China Doll facial’, is an effective treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It renews cells, tightens and plumps the skin, and prevents future breakouts. It’s a bit of a miracle worker for those that suffer from oily skin, blackheads or acne on the face or body.
The procedure is quick and painless, and there is little or no downtime. You can expect to see a difference in your first session. Your pores will reduce in size throughout each treatment, and with the introduction of collagen, your skin will be visibly brighter, smoother and clearer, giving your skin a healthy glow.
How Does a Carbon Laser Facial Work?
First off, a rich carbon lotion, cream or paste is applied to make-up free and clean skin. It’s applied in a thin layer and allowed to reach skin temperature for around 20-minutes. As the lotion dries, it happily attaches to dead skin cells, oil and dirt on the skin’s surface, absorbs impurities within the pores, exfoliates the skin, and reduces inflammation from any blemishes.
During the second part of the treatment, your therapist will remove the carbon lotion with a series of short pulses from a Q-Switched laser. It starts a chain of mini-explosions that force energy, deep into the dermis, in the form of heat. It activates elastin, fibroblast and collagen, stimulating the healing process to rejuvenate the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The heat transforms your skin and starts to reduce enlarged pores.
If you suffer from acne, this high-energy laser destroys inflammation that is caused by the acne membrane. Carbon laser facials have been clinically proven to help clear acne, with minimal downtime. The peel is thought to be four times more effective than any other peel available on the market. It provides intense exfoliation, which leaves the skin beautifully smooth in tone and texture and looking bright and healthy.
The entire treatment only lasts half an hour or so and the effects are noticeable immediately. The peel is likened to a tingling sensation and is very relaxing. You’ll probably have a little power nap.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The carbon peel is a very safe facial treatment, and there have been no reports of any side effects or skin complications. You might notice a little redness directly after the treatment; this is caused by the heat that is generated to extract all of the impurities. Your skin will return to normal very quickly.
Why Choose a Carbon Laser Facial?
The results of a carbon laser facial are instantaneous. You’ll notice results after your very first facial, and your skin tone will improve with each session. It’s an ideal treatment for all skin types with a variety of conditions or complaints.
The carbon laser peel tightens pores and reduces their size and visibility. The facial improves the tone of your skin and texture, killing bacteria and helps problems with pigmentation, blackheads, sebum and congestion. A series of carbon laser facials will also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Looking After Your Skin
Your therapist will recommend you to keep your skin clean and dry until any redness has gone. If you want to soothe your skin further, you can topically apply natural aloe vera gel and keep your skin as clean as possible. It’s best to avoid oily make-up so that you don’t clog your pores again. Consider natural mineral foundations instead. It’s important to avoid sun exposure for approximately one-month post-treatment; using SPF 50 sun cream will help prevent hyperpigmentation.
What is the Difference Between a Carbon Peel and a Chemical Peel?
A carbon peel treatment starts with a carbon mask that intensively draws out your skin’s impurities. In contrast, chemical peels use acidic chemical compounds that exfoliate your skin’s top layers and penetrate the epidermis. To get the same youthful glow as a carbon peel, a chemical peel needs high concentrations of various acids, which can cause redness and swelling, resulting in more downtime for your skin to heal.
The carbon peel is a much gentler option. It is better suited for those of you with sensitive skin, not only because of the treatment process and the effects on the skin, but the downtime is minimal. The carbon laser encourages skin renewal and healing from the heat generated, whereas the chemical peel results come from a harsh chemical reaction. The carbon peel is much gentler on your skin and better suited to people prone to breakouts, acne and eczema.
The More, the Better
Although one treatment is great for a pick-me-up, you’ll really notice a difference if you book a course of three or more facials. Gone are the days that these treatments are just for Hollywood personalities. The carbon laser facial is cost-effective and available during your lunch break. You can now have the same benefits of gorgeously plump, smooth and radiant skin.