Spa review - EDS, Destination Skin, Manchester
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Kate Houghton discovers how EDS skin needling stimulates your body’s natural processes to regenerate and rejuvenate aging skin.
There are lots of things we've all heard of to rejuvenate and refresh the face, and no doubt we all have our favourites, but of late I have been increasingly aware of the way that my décolleté ages me and wondering what might be done to make it all, well, a little less middle-aged.
Oh, those two little words are soooo depressing, but ageing is inevitable. As we age, our skin's processes of rejuvenation and renewal become less effective. We produce less elastin and collagen, the key elements in keeping skin plump and firm, and also skin cell renewal starts to slow down - result: thinner, duller skin with the onset of lines and wrinkles. Add to this the well-known results of years of sun-worshipping… and, well, you know the rest.
I trotted along to Destination Skin in Manchester and quizzed the team there about how we might bring back a little of the rapidly disappearing youthful glow to my décolleté, and they recommended EDS. Why?
Clinic manager Charlotte Bithell explained: 'EDS skin needling stimulates your body's natural processes to regenerate and rejuvenate aging skin. The skin's response to trauma - such as needling - is to repair and heal itself and part of this process involves a significant surge in the production of collagen. The application of carefully controlled skin needling sees thousands of micro-needle columns piercing the skin, to a precisely controlled depth - a 'trauma' that stimulates the skin to naturally regenerate and repair itself.'
First question: you're punching holes into my skin - does it hurt? Answer: no, it doesn't!
Before Destimation Skin commence any skin needling process with EDS, they take steps to ensure that the treatment is as effective as it can be, which involves a mild skin peel, using Obagi Blue Peel Radiance. After a cleanse, the peel is brushed on to the skin and I wait for the tingle. It doesn't happen - hurrah! While the peel does its thing, my therapist, Amy, undertakes a fabulous cleansing facial. There seriously isn't a better way to pass 20 minutes waiting time.
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That evening my skin is flushed, but there is no heat or soreness. Over the next week, the upper layer of skin sheds, leaving a brighter looking décolleté primed and ready for the needling treatment.
The EDS treatment uses a narrow wand device, the e-Dermastamp, that allows Amy to control the intensity and needle depth of the treatment. She paints my skin with a regenerative serum and sets to work. It feels a little like a firm brushing, nothing at all like being pierced with hundreds of teeny tiny needles: it's not remotely uncomfortable. As she works, she tells me about some of the dramatic improvements she's seen on clients who have chosen the facial form of the treatment. It's remarkable for scarred skin apparently - perfect for those who have suffered with acne, or incurred stretch marks on belly or thigh, and can really sort out those little wrinkles around the lips too.
For the following three days, my skin is flushed and a little tender, as if I sat out in the sun too long. It's Factor 50 suncream and high cut tops for me!
It's recommended that you have up to three treatments, depending on the area being treated and the degree of change hoped for. It takes around six weeks for your body to do its thing, but when it does… it's great. My décolleté already looks plumper and smoother and I haven't flinched on first sight of it all this week. I'm confident that two more treatments would delete fine lines and restore much of its lost elasticity. Happy? Absolutely!
St. John Street, Manchester