*Disclaimer: The product was provided by Genop Healthcare, though, the review therein is based on the author’s experience and opinion. Reviews published in A2 Magazine are intended to be for information purposes only, nor should they be regarded as an advertisement, or a replacement for sound medical advice. Always speak to your doctor.*
I have mentioned before that my favourite aesthetic treatment is skin needling with the Dermapen 4 device – this is done by a registered doctor and its benefits are significant. The texture, overall appearance and quality of my skin have improved over time because of the collagen and elastin boost created by the microneedling.
I know that many of you cringe at the thought of multiple needles puncturing your skin, but let me hastily assure you that the whole procedure is quite painless, as a numbing cream prevents any pain whatsoever and it takes next to no time. Waxing is worse, believe me!
In the past, the downside was that the skin took a while to heal and went through a few stages of scaliness; but with the new Dermapen 4 device, healing is quick and there are practically no side effects, apart from your skin looking a bit sunburnt for a few hours after the treatment (in my personal experience).
One of the benefits of microneedling is that thousands of little channels are opened up and this creates a wonderful opportunity for the doctor to introduce some beneficial ingredients to the skin, knowing that they will easily be absorbed. And here I cannot stress more the importance of selecting an approved doctor who works in a sterile environment – because the skin barrier is now open and vulnerable and the correct products have to be used on the skin.
Enter Teoxane’s newest star, RHA® topical skin booster – THE FIRST RHA TOPICAL FILLER (distributed in South Africa by Genop Healthcare). Now, this is not injected into the skin, rather, it’s applied topically and is a sterile gel. It’s safe, quick, aids healing post-treatment, rapidly improves skin quality and maintains the aesthetic procedure outcome.
So recently, my Doctor, Dr Debbie Norval, massaged the booster (2mls) into my skin including under the eye and neck, once she had completed the microneedling procedure. She used the Dermapen device with a sodalite massage head – it’s a tiny blue crystal ball that vibrates gently and boosts circulation whilst assisting in the absorption of the topical skin booster. Sodalite is a rich royal blue gemstone known for its ability to stimulate the absorption of fluids, promote lymphatic drainage and reduce inflammation. It’s really soothing and I felt an immediate sense of reduction of heat. Afterwards, my skin felt firm and taut.
The formula of the skin booster is unique: it contains RHA (Resilient Hyaluronic acid), a cocktail of amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and Methylglucoside Phosphate which is responsible for increasing the synthesis of collagen and elastin production. This is why the skin gains elasticity and density.
In terms of the difference I felt in comparison to the previous microneedling treatments I’ve had – there was a definite sense of my skin feeling more hydrated, as well as having the tightening effect. This is great if you have more mature skin like mine. In the next few days, my skin looked normal – I had no dryness or flakiness, in fact, my skin looked radiant. A week later and I noticed a difference in tone and luminosity.
The best part: an aesthetic treatment with minimal or no downtime, lovely hydration, especially in dry winter months and rejuvenated skin quality.
Contact www.genop.co.za for more information and for practitioners near you offering this topical skin booster.
Written by Paola Chellew
Paola Chellew is a feature writer for the A2 Aesthetic & Anti-Ageing Magazine. A former professional contemporary dancer, she has always loved the arts in all their forms. She has been a freelance writer for many years and has been published in various magazines including Live Out Loud, Private Life and Do It now magazines. Her passion for beauty and skincare started in her teens when she would read every beauty editor’s picks and reviews. Serious about skincare, she has researched medical-grade products for over ten years, as well as aesthetic treatments to restore and repair skin to looking its best. Having turned 60 last year, she has dedicated her blog to the “over 50s and beyond Club”, shining a spotlight on a generation that is seemingly side-lined by the beauty industry. “There is no age limit for when you stop being beautiful – a gorgeous lipstick, a sexy fragrance, radiant skin- these are not synonymous with youth- they are just things that add an extra sparkle to my day”.