Get comfy, this may take a while……
So I am officially rubbish as I’m not doing a great job at keeping my ReAura log updated nor am I doing a particularly good job at keeping up with the treatments, but I have a very good argument as to why! Hear me out; for as long as I can remember, I’ve been working really hard at maintaining a strict skincare regime in an attempt to improve my rubbish skin. However, the motivation really isn’t there any more as I don’t really have to do much now to keep my skin looking lovely as it doesn’t really need much help. I was really interested to read that a study into the impact of the ReAura on the skin showed “significant improvement” in porphyrins, which are bacterial excretions that can cause acne (article here) as I haven’t suffered from any major breakouts since I began treatment apart from a minor breakout when I used a cleansing lotion that I’d used previously and broke out with then, and a massive spot on the side of my nose (which I’m actually recording to write about, so expect some truly gruesome close-ups in another post shortly….I like to give my readers something to look forward to) but nothing in the usual target areas; my chin and lower cheeks. I have absolutely no idea whether this is due to the ReAura or not, I have no way of proving it and the fact that my skin was on it’s way to clearing up could well mean that it cleared itself up coincidentally during my ReAura treatment. I really don’t want to state that I feel the ReAura has cured my acne as I really don’t want people to buy this gadget on this basis, but I just feel that my skin has suddenly become normal/oily (as opposed to oily/acne-prone) and is the best it’s ever been and I can only conclude that it’s got something to do with the ReAura.
I’d like to add that if you’re an acne-sufferer and have read the above and are now more inclined to buy it, please consider the fact that the ReAura CANNOT be used on actual acne. So the only way it can be used to help such an issue is if you start the treatment when you’re clear, which is incredibly tricky. Either that, or you start the treatment and avoid the actual spots; this is where I think it worked for me as I could treat areas that were acne prone but acne free to start off with, then eventually covering my whole face once there were no more spots. This isn’t an ideal device for those with a lot of their facial surface covered with spots, but I do believe that if you get one here and there, or manage to slot in the first treatment on a day where you’re clear, then this will make a difference. I’ve honestly never been this clear in my post-adolescent life.
Right! On to the elements of improvement that the ReAura is intended for.
I’ll start by sharing something that I’ve been sharing with pretty much everyone who will listen as it was a fairly surreal moment for me and I’ll explain why:
Sorry to keep repeating myself, but I’m not someone with low self-esteem and I know what my best and worst bits are; I have nice eyes, not bad cheekbones and a nose that leaves a fair bit to be desired. However, one thing I never take into account is my skin as I’d well and truly accepted it was something that would never make a positive impression. The day after my last treatment, I went to my local Boots (it’s safe to say I’m there a lot; if beauty is a religion then Boots is where I worship) and I know many of the women who work there due to the regularity of my visits. One particular lady I always stop and have a chat with, and as I approached her to say hello, almost immediately she asked me what I had done to my skin. It was really obvious she was impressed; she tried to delicately state that my previous skin wasn’t ‘ideal’ and wanted to know what I’d done that had had such a dramatic impact. Obviously I went through the details of the ReAura and how I’d been using it, but what was so strange for me was having someone ask me what I’d been doing to achieve such good skin. I feel like I might be doing a rubbish job at expressing just how surreal this was as I would never in a million years have thought that anyone would ever want to know my skincare secrets, other than what acne treatments I had tried that didn’t work.
It isn’t just the spots (unfortunately they’re such a dominant feature in my ReAura logs due to the impact it’s had) but the tone of my skin and the brightness of my pigmentation has improved beyond belief. I’m not going to lie, there’s still a lot of improvement needed on the pigmentation – if you consider that the ReAura isn’t really intended for post acne scarring either so the fact that it’s having any impact is impressive – but nothing acne-related dominates my face any more. I can now tailor-make my make-up to the colours and textures I want to use, rather than having to stick to things that tone down my scars and spots. I don’t really need make-up on my face now; I’m only really using it still because I love make-up. My skincare routine is now your basic cleanse, tone and moisturise rather than the before procedure which was specialist cleanse, tone, treatment toner, treatment serum for pigmentation, moisturiser, spot treatment. It takes me a few minutes every night and I almost have the skin I’ve always wanted. Obviously in an ideal world it would be flawless and of course it isn’t; I’m sure if I’d kept up the ReAura treatment it would be even better, but there is a joy to indulging in the fact that I don’t really need to make time for my skincare at the moment. However, I will be picking up the treatment plan again over the weekend, so more logs will follow.
So that’s the painfully detailed list of all the positives, now on to the negatives. I seem to be alone in my thoughts on this – going on what other ReAura users have said – but I do have a day or two of downtime with the ReAura. I go very pink for a couple of days and my chin crusted up again during the last treatment. It doesn’t last and for all intents and purposes it’s really nothing major, but it’s definitely noteworthy. The temporary skin changes are easy to conceal and really don’t make much difference. I don’t know why it is that it appears it’s just me experiencing these, it could be because I’ve spent the past 10+ years damaging my skin with harsh acne treatments, it could be that my skin is so used to being infected with spots that it’s not great at dealing with anything else, or it could be that I’ve got so much pigmentation that my skin is severely damaged and will react to anything like this, I don’t know. It’s interesting that it’s much, MUCH worse in the area where I used to get so many spots. For me, it’s not a major issue and one I’m more than happy to suffer for a day or two to get the results I’m getting.
Lastly, a bit more on the treatment itself. I feel like I’ve finally got the hang of doing the actual treatment as this time it was much quicker and it felt easier. It’s also worth noting that, whereas before it stung quite considerably, now there are parts of my face that, after the first time the laser passes the area, I can’t really feel it. This probably means that I’ll be heading up to the more intense ‘level 3’ treatment soon (I keep saying that but I’m ‘such’ a wimp). It’s definitely a treatment that takes a bit of practice, but each time I feel more confident with it and I don’t need to put as much time aside for it. One thing I have noticed that I wasn’t previously doing is taking the laser all the way to the outer edges of my face; this makes a big difference as I’m then completely covering the treatment zone, plus I’m then not left with dividing lines from where I have and haven’t treated.
I’m so sorry for such a long post, I’m not great at succinct writing at the best of times, but I think I might have taken it to a whole new level today. As always, if you have any questions then please message me or ideally leave a comment on one of these posts so I can answer for everyone to see. Shortly, I’ll be adding an FAQ post about the ReAura, which I’m probably going to quote other comments on, so if you’re interested, please keep an eye out for that.
I’ll be doing my next treatment at the weekend, so a blog will follow shortly.
To read my introductory blog to the ReAura click here.
To read my first treatment log click here.
For the Philips ReAura site click here.
To purchase the ReAura, click here.