Helping to effectively treat lines, wrinkles and acne, Bicester Hotel’s Senior Therapist, Kirsty Gardner explains the mysterious world of Chromaclear …
What exactly is Chromaclear?
It’s a resurfacing facial which takes 45 minutes and starts with a vacuum suction across the face to draw the blood to the surface and encourage cell rejuvenation. That’s then followed by a peel which involves very tiny glass balls being blasted onto the surface of the skin to lift away dead skin cells that a normal exfoliator wouldn’t be able to. We then work on the areas that the client is particularly concerned about using a rubber technique, which literally works to rub out lines, spots and age spots. We then brush off the crystals and apply a silicone mask containing rosewater and do a blue and red light treatment. After that we take off the mask, massage in the remaining rose water, and apply a toner and moisturiser that suits the client’s skin, as well as an SPF.
Where does it come from?
It’s a treatment produced by CACI – who are a UK manufacturer specialising in non-surgical treatments. Lots of celebrities have Chromaclear instead of opting for Botox and chemical peels because it isn’t as aggressive and doesn’t damage the skin.
What is it supposed to do?
It leaves the skin looking instantly brighter, and the main aim is to get rid of dead skin cells and to allow new ones to come through and rejuvenate the skin. Scientists have also shown that blue and red light has an effect on the skin – the blue light is anti-bacterial and calming, while the red light is stimulating and helps with anti-ageing.
Is there anything you do to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment?
We tailor the treatment to the individual and target anything that is a particular issue for them. You can combine it with a non-surgical facial if you really want to target lines, and we will always recommend products for clients to use afterwards.
Is there anything you recommend clients to do pre or post-treatment to get the most out of it?
There isn’t anything beforehand, but afterwards we give clients a silicone mask to take home and apply a couple of days later and we recommend exfoliating. If there is a particular concern they are trying to resolve we usually recommend a course of treatments over the next few weeks.
Is there anyone you particularly recommend the treatment for?
It’s great for anyone who has acne and you can see results quite quickly. It’s also good for targeting lines and wrinkles. You do have to be over the age of 16, but because you can adjust the settings for the different elements of the treatment we can make it less aggressive for younger skins, and often we will recommend just having the light treatment rather than the exfoliating part, but we discuss that with the client during their consultation.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have this treatment and why?
If you have sunburn, psoriasis or eczema then avoid the microdermabrasion part of it, but the light treatment can still be helpful. Because it only works on the skin it is also safe for pregnant women (I had it when I was pregnant as I developed acne and it was the only thing that would treat it), and for anyone who has cancer as long as it isn’t near the face.
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