If you’re a regular Craven the City reader, you’d know that I don’t usually write about beauty, let alone my own beauty experiences, but I wanted to share this experience with you.

A couple of weeks ago, I walked into what felt like a beautiful, classy, and sophisticated home.

Only it wasn’t a home, it was Perth’s newest cosmetic clinic, Youth Lab and I was there for some facial treatments.   Not being one to get treatments like this often, I was excited!

Upon arriving, I was greeted by a friendly receptionist and treated to a delicious peach iced tea – yum! I had to complete a form (standard), but much to my delight, the form was on an Ipad (I hate handwriting with a passion).  Not only do I not like my handwriting, I don’t hold my pen properly, which gives me cramps, (never quite got my pen licence at school) and like my big personality, my handwriting is big too, so there is never enough space on those forms! Why do they always make the spaces so damn small?  Does this annoy anyone else?

Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent now.  Where was I? Oh yes, at Youth Lab!

 

Skin Analysis

 

All consultations include a skin analysis.  This is done by using a VISIA Complexion Analysis machine, wherein cross-polarised and UV lighting are used to record and measure surface and subsurface skin conditions. In layman’s terms, the machine takes photographs of your face to analyse your skin.

The machine looks at spots, wrinkles, texture, pores, UV spots, brown spots, red areas, and porphyrins (bacteria lodged in pores).

The photography process is quick, easy and pain free… until you see the photos!

Upon viewing initially, I felt as if I was watching a horror film, one I never thought I’d see – I was the lead actress and my characters ranged from some sort of green slime victim, someone with a serious acne problem, dead, an extremely old woman from cave man times, a zombie and a character from Avatar.

Pretty good descriptions for what you see below, don’t you think?

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Much to my relief though, on top of all that scary viewing, I was told that I have very good skin and reminded that I look a lot younger than I am – what a relief!

I was also told, that there are affordable products and treatments at Youth Lab, which will effectively clear my pigmentation and broken capillaries (which I absolutely hate), so this got me pretty excited!

A happy ending, to what could have been a very scary story!

 

Hydrafacial

 

My first treatment was the Hydrafacial and it was amazing – almost like a scale and clean for my face – minus the pain and discomfort of course!

The thirty-minute facial is similar to a microdermabrasion, yet far safer and advanced.  The Hydrafacial works to exfoliate, deep cleanse, extract impurities, hydrate and infuse antioxidants and active ingredients for a full facial rejuvenation. The results are instant and with no down time – awesome!

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Although it may look like Alison is putting some weird, alien like contraption on my face, I can assure you it was comfortable, pain free and relaxing.

When the lovely Alison was finished, she showed me the container which had captured the residue from my skin.  Although a little gross to see, it was great to see the amount of crap which was on/in my skin and the amount she was able to remove – what a clean and fresh feeling!

 

Healite II LED

 

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Next up was the Healite II LED treatment, which I will be honest with you… Made me feel anxious to begin with.  Why?  Because it involves light LED photography, wherein you’re required to lie under an overhead light. This concerned me because, not only am I a little claustrophobic, I once had a negative experience with a red-light treatment at a Bali spa.  My anxiety didn’t last long though, because Alison stayed in the room with me the whole time, to help me feel at ease.

This treatment is proven to improve the levels of collagen and elastin in the skin, resulting in visibly younger and healthier skin. The process smooths fine lines and wrinkles, improves tone, texture and elasticity.

I laid under the LED light, with a mask covering my eyes for around twenty minutes, whilst Alison comforted me with her sweet voice and witty banter.

Being in the home of Dr Kate Jameson, an expert in aesthetic medicine, of course assisted with the relief of my anxiety too!

 

The Verdict

 

As promised, not only did my skin felt fresh, hydrated and softer, it looked brighter and my skin texture looked smoother too.

Even a few days later, my skin was still looking and feeling bright! I EVEN had a friend compliment me on my fabulous looking complexion.

I will definitely be going back to Youth Lab and am already thinking about trying out their latest BBL treatment, to help reduce my pigmentation and redness.

But let’s face it, I’d probably go back just for the stunning rooms, décor, beautiful Dr Kate and her staff!  Oh, and I can’t forget that delicious iced tea!

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