The Philips RéAura laser is designed to be for anyone who is thinking about cosmetic surgery, but wants to try something less invasive first. It claims to reduce fine lines, improve skin texture and soften the skin. My little trial has proved to me that it does indeed do all of these things. A bit.
It’s pretty easy to use, twice a week you work on your face, hands and neck by running the laser beam over your skin in a cross hatch fashion, it’s simple once you get the hang of it, takes about 20 minutes and you stick to this routine over eight to twelve weeks. After about eight weeks the skin starts to show improvement. I did this and my skin has improved….marginally. My sister, (a voice of reason and clear sense when I go a bit ‘fashion gushy’) thinks my skin looks better and I know it’s got a finer texture and is softer, I am not sure any of the lines have gone, but actually texture is more important to me anyway.
So why am I not whoohooing about this? (we’ll ignore the price tag for a moment) Well, firstly because it HURTS. The laser beam is like a red hot needle being dragged across your face. I accept I might be pathetic about the pain levels, and indeed might overlook the problem IF the results had been super impressive. But they weren’t. Also, the laser makes your skin very red, obviously, so the only practical time to do this is before bed, allowing everything to calm down overnight. My skin -which is not normally sensitive at all, was still red and sensitive the next day, and during the treatment remained dry and flaky. It has gone away now, but I didn’t like the feeling. Middleagedad thought I was mad, ‘your skin is fine, why are you bothering?’ said the man who loves me as I am. You are advised to use high SPF day cream all through the treatment and should not go out in strong sun during the treatment period.
With the RéAura, before you can even buy it you get a set of questions to answer to ensure you are suitable for the treatment (not everyone is) and while you use it Phillips provide an excellent telephone help desk back up service of kind sounding assistants who answer all your questions, I used ths a couple of times and it was like having your own dermatologist at the end of the line, which I loved. My flakey, sensitive skin is not an uncommon reaction apparently and it HAS all gone now, so perhaps people who are used to having this sort of high-level skin treatment expect a bit of suffering for a few months of smooth skin.
My skin is going to look good for about three months, according to Philips, and after that you start again (your skin needs a recovery rest time) topping up with the treatment as you think necessary, ad infinitum . As I peer into the mirror today, I admit that my skin is a very nice texture, better than before I did the treatment. I do notice the difference when I put foundation on too, there’s a smoother look to my face. But it’s pretty subtle. And I can’t say the lines look any different.
Let’s also remember the price, it’s exclusively at SpaceNK for £799 currently. Hmmm, that’s a LOT of money. As you would expect from Philips, it’s a quality machine (apparently the laser will never wear out) and If you have this sort of money to spare and you can cope with a bit of pain, then go for it; don’t expect MAJOR changes, but the differences are visible.
If I had this sort of money to spare, I would be thinking, hmm, four pairs of Grensons shoes or a RéAura…..I know which would put a bigger spring in my step.
Lots more detailed, scientific info on the ReAura here. If you have questions on it please do ask me via the comments and I’ll answer any queries I haven’t covered here. I’ve been using it since September, so have given it a good work out.<