Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Light, Heat & Energy Treatment

After canceling twice (and being canceled once), I finally kept my appointment for the LHE™ treatment at Leonard Drake.

A week prior to the treatment, one is to steer clear of all forms of exfoliation and prolonged sun exposure (which I wasn't informed about the first time round *rolls eyes*) to prevent causing damage to skin. So I've been a really good gal this past week and stay out of the sun.

Each treatment session takes about 60-80 minutes, which includes prepping the skin, light therapy, followed by hydration and cooling mask containing aloe vera to soothe the skin.

This non-invasive treatment has been designed for skin rejuvenation, mainly to improve skin tone and texture. Short pulses of multiple wavelength light are flashed across the face and into the skin, causing a very mild warm sensation. Upon entering our skin, the light energy is converted into heat, which then initiates a natural healing process in the skin by creating a micro-trauma in the dermal-epidermal junction and subsequently repairs the existing collagen as well as stimulates collagen regeneration.

After the treatment, it's recommended to use a hydrating mask everyday for a week. Apparently, this is the best time to hydrate because the skin is gonna drink it up like a sponge due to its vulnerability. For maximum effect, it should be accompanied by professional facial treatment weekly for the next 4 weeks. And of course, continue to avoid exfoliation and sun exposure at least for the first few days.

Personally, I didn't experience any discomfort, redness or irritation. But at the same time, I also couldn't see any visible effects on my skin after the treatment. I was told that it might take 3-5 treatments to see significant improvement.

A single LHE™ session costs RM500 at Leonard Drake. Given my financial situation at the moment, I don't think I'm gonna throw another few grand at it just to see if it works for me. My money can be spent on better things, such as....................buying shoes!

Gosh, with this mentality, I fear I'm soon becoming an old lady with saggy wrinkly skin and lots of awesome shoes. :|

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emotionalistic said...

No worries. Pamper yourself with a DIY facial mask :). Or you could get some quality facial mask from L'Occitane or Body Shop to do at home. That will save you some cash for your shoes :P.

sdovelly said...

oh LHE treatment is something new to me. I only do peel off face mask or off the shelf face mask and nothing more from that. oh ya, that is only if i happen to have that right mood. don't worry i will get more wrinkles way earlier than you!

prettybeautiful said...

wow it is so EXPENSIVE!
i think, if we are hardworking enough to DIY masks regularly, there should be some results. one facial at the dermalogica can easily buy us like 2 weeks supply of sheet masks.

Josephine said...

It's ok, sometime u got to pamper yourself.
I am too giam siap to go for facial. That's why I have bad skin...
But I do drink lots of water. more than 2000ml per day

Doreen said...

Haha, worry not gal. You don't need to do facial in the salon to stay young. I am sure there are a lot of product you can use to pamper yourself at your own time. Then you can be a pretty pretty young little lady with even more nice shoes and bags!!!

Lila said...

How often do you go for facial at Leonard Drake? I've wanted to try it for so long but it's too expensive.

ParisB said...

I've had a course of similar treatments before. Personally, I find that yes it does work to firm up and tone up skin and reduce dark pigmentation. My skin actually looked better after the course and even now so I'm happy with it. Its quite different from regular facials and doing diy masks because its more intensive. But very expensive so gotta think very many times LOL

iamthewitch said...

Hey girl, I tried the LHE before for my face but I don't remember it being so expensive? It was also at Leonard Drake but I believe using my RM500 service voucher, I could redeem 4 times of LHE! Anyway, I agree with you, there was not much effect that you could notice significantly, even after doing 4 times. The girls told me it's for future effect, when you're say late 30s or 40s, then you're supposed to look younger than your peers. Haha... Not sure how true!

MisSmall said...

Emotionalistic: I'm too lazy to give myself DIY facial at home, and I can never sit still. At the beauty center, at least I'm forced to lie down while everything else is done for me. Haha. But I do love products from L'Occitane, they smell absolutely divine! :)

Sdovelly: There are no ugly women, only lazy ones, they say. Guess you and I both belong to the latter group. Haha.

Prettybeautiful: Problem is, I'm NOT hardworking. *Blushes*

Josephine: That's one of most essential thing to do to have good skin - drinking lots of water. I definitely don't drink enough, not even 500ml I think. I'm lazy and I love sugary drinks. :P

MisSmall said...

Doreen: But but but, I'm too lazy to do it myself. *Hides head in shame*

Lila: I go for normal facials every 2-3 weeks at Leonard Drake. Those are not too expensive, around RM200-RM250 for a 60-80 minutes session. Maybe you could start with those? :)

ParisB: I'm too broke at the moment (damn AUD!) to fork out another few grand for something that I'm not convinced about. I guess I'll start to worry when I hit the big 3-0. @_@

Iamthewitch: Now that you mention it, I do vaguely remember one of the beauticians saying something about how there are 2 different types of light treatment and one of them only cost around RM100-RM150. But I have no idea why they simply went ahead and book me in for the RM500 session without even giving me the options. And yes, I was, as usual, too lazy and absent minded to not ask for more information. Now I feel so ripped off!! *Hyperventilating*