I have found the best anti-ageing treatment ever! Tall order, I know. I recently popped into Akina Beauty for an Image 4-Layer Facial.
I was greeted by the lovely Evelyn who took me through the treatment. It consisted of mild acid peels (more information below) which are applied 4 times during the treatment. It promises to change the image of your skin in one treatment using Vitamin C, glycolic acid and gentle but highly active enzymes to speed up cellular turnover and brighten, tighten and lighten your skin.
This really isn’t like any usual facial. Evelyn wore gloves (to protect her hands from the acid) which initially reminded me of being at the dentist. I quickly learned that this treatment is about results so at that point I forgot about the gloves and looked forward to glowing skin.
At every stage of the treatment Evelyn made sure that I wasn’t feeling any discomfort. I felt nothing (classic beauty bloggers skin!). Although most people feel a mild tingling but nothing painful. I was assured that the results are worth any tingling sensations.
Despite the treatment being results orientated, the experience itself was relaxing. Upon leaving the salon I was given some maintenance advice. I was delighted to discover that Akina sell sample sizes of Image skin care products before committing to the full size products. The full size products range from €30 – €100, not too bad for such high standard products- not comparable to beauty ranges sold at beauty counters. I picked up the Ageless Max Cream and Total Resurfacing Mask, reviews to follow.
So, the results?
One word. Phenomenal. For the first day or two my skin looked nice and clear and felt softer but the real results were yet to be seen. My skin flaked a tiny amount for a few days and by day 6 my skin felt and looked noticeably different. The scarring on my chin was reduced, the very fine lines at the sides of my eyes lessened, clarity was improved ten fold. The best way I can explain it is that my skin sat better on my bone structure. The best part was the amazing glow. 10 days on and my skin still looks great.
I have been quite regimented in my after-care, using spf and maintaining my skin with the Image Max Creme.
I will definitely be returning for another treatment. I may make it a seasonal thing. I’ve never had skin this good. Make-up sits so much better too, always a good thing. Well worth the €130!
Here is some more information on Image (from akina.ie)
Image Skin Care
“Image Skincare products are developed and formulated by internationally recognized chemists working together with a board of physicians. All Image Skincare products are manufactured in the USA and are unparalleled in their quality in today’s marketplace. Our philosophy is to use superior ingredients to achieve outstanding results. Image Skincare is dedicated to offering safe products without the use of chemical preservatives like parabens. The use of parabens as preservatives in cosmetics is controversial. There are clinical studies suggesting that parabens have potential health risks, including estrogen activity. Image Skincare is one of the first skincare companies that started to remove parabens from its product line beginning in early 2007.
All of the lines of Image Skincare are paraben free.
- Products not tested on animals
- No petrochemicals
- No chemical preservatives
- Fragrance composed with 100% essential oils
- Respect of the environment
- No parabens
Image Skincare’s FDA-certified laboratory utilizes the most scientifically advanced formulas in today’s marketplace to create pharmaceutical grade skincare products that give licensed physicians and aestheticians the ability to offer professional treatments and products that yield unparalleled results.”
Akina Beauty is on Crow Street in Dublin’s Temple Bar.