LUNCH-HOUR MAKEOVER

GQ (Australia) - - GROOMING -

THE CHALLENGE A com­pre­hen­sive sa­lon skin treat­ment that has you back at your desk in 60 mins, look­ing like you’ve been away a month. THE PRACTITIONER Dou­glas Pereira at Clin­i­cal Skin Ther­apy, Sydney. THE TREAT­MENT

Step 1: A gen­tle cleanse to get rid of any kind of dirt or en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion. Step 2: Mi­cro­hy­drabra­sion, in which a wand ex­fo­li­ates the face and washes away the de­bris – it’s a deep cleanse that feels a lit­tle weird but not un­com­fort­able. Step 3: Light ther­apy. An LED red light is placed over the eyes to “re­ju­ve­nate and plump” the skin. More on that later. Step 4: A fine spray of ac­tive in­gre­di­ents to pre­pare the skin. Step 5: A process called ac­tive in­fu­sion ther­apy in­fuses, yep, the pre­vi­ously ap­plied ac­tives with pure oxy­gen to help them pen­e­trate deeper into the skin. It feels like an ex­tended fa­cial, with the added temp­ta­tion to nod off, sim­i­lar to when view­ing one of your boss’s thrice-weekly pre­sen­ta­tions. THE COST $220. THE RE­SULT Def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ence re­gard­ing tex­ture and firm­ness, with skin plumped and re­ju­ve­nated. Also a di­min­ish­ing of bags and un­der-eye cir­cles.

THE VERDICT

An ex­cel­lent mid­dle ground be­tween at-home treat­ments and the world of cos­me­ceu­ti­cal in­jecta­bles.

THE DOWNSIDE

You need to go back every six weeks.

THE INFO

clin­i­cal­skin ther­apy.com.au

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