It probably sounds a bit weird that I’ll be doing both introduction and update in one post but this is how I feel that this post will end up so we’ll go with it for now.
So who is Therapie Clinic? Therapie is the largest provider of laser hair removal in Ireland and Northern Ireland. They offer a wide range of services using brands such as Image Cosmetics, Yon Ka, and Murad in their treatments. Each treatment is tailored to the clients skin and focussed on nurturing the body and skin. And if you’re in the market for injectables? Stay away from those tanning salons and stick with the professionals!
When I was approached about the opportunity of collaboration with Therapie I was given the choice of what I thought would be suitable for myself. I have long been considering Laser Hair Removal - even going so far as to try out IPL removal in the past - and so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to finally get it done.
After my first consultation with the wonderful girls in Therapie Belfast it became clear that contraindications from my Crohns and subsequent immunosuppressive treatments for my IBD ruled me out of Laser Hair Removal. Unfortunately I am too light sensitive and the risks were too great. I was heart broken but also comforted because in consultations with clinics in the past no one has ever mentioned that I have to be ruled out and that my health was more important.
So we changed our plan! Instead of the laser I would undergo a series of prescriptive facials, completely tailored to my skin! So I was booked in for an Image Skincare Ormedic Facial and - as this was the first time I would be using proper cosmeceutical products - sent home with some Image Intense Lightning Cleanser to help prepare my skin for the treatment.
Flash forward a few weeks - and a few more thanks to a horrific flu season - and I'm lying on the bed with the organic goodness of pineapple and papaya enzymes that make up just some of the Ormedic range and the lovely Niamh talking me my through my facial. Throughout our conversation I told her my problem areas. I have overall dry/dehydrated skin with redness alongside my cheeks and forehead, I have a couple of small hard lumps beneath the surface of my skin which never seemed to come to a head and I was beginning to suspect that they could be milia. I also tended to get horrid scaly eczema breakouts to the point where it was unbearable to touch.
I had high hopes for this peel.
I'm a few weeks between treatments now and the effects of the Ormedic peel have definitely started to kick in. The main difference in my skin now is that those super annoying hard lumps that have been bugging me for years finally came to a head and - after a couple of weeks treating the volcanic spots that resulted - have now healed. I'm a weirdo about texture and I can't begin to tell you how much of a relief it is have finally get rid of those bumps. My redness is still there and I’m still dealing with a few more hormonal breakouts but I can handle that for now.
I've eaked out the aftercare samples provided and topped up my routine with a few of my own. The Image Biomollecular Hydrating Recovery Mask has been my favourite part of the after care. I love a sheet mask and I particularly love the feel of these ones - the jelly like cellulose material really allows the mask to sink in to your skin.
On the whole I am really seeing the effects of the peel and I cannot wait to move on to the next treatment. We decided to step it up a notch with the Image Signature Peel. This will introduce my skin to the more intensive products and move towards some man-made goodness!