Philips ReAura: Second Treatment Log

I had to slightly delay my second treatment log due to the fact that I managed to do something rather stupid during my last treatment. I’ll explain…..

After the first treatment, I felt a lot more confident with the process involved in treating my face with the ReAura. I wouldn’t say I got reckless, but the main thing I didn’t do was follow the guidelines that insists you treat in long strokes. I was doing my best to try to avoid a spot that had appeared on my chin, so as a consequence and in a mission of avoidance, I treated the areas around the spot far too much using short strokes of laser and managed to ever so slightly burn my chin! It was nothing major (the only reason I delayed the log was to see how long it took to subside and how I treated the burn so I could report back) but it’s still worth reporting so you can hopefully learn from my mistake when you start treating with the ReAura.
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This is the burn the day after the treatment; the skin was about to start flaking above/right of the mouth.

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You can see the difference between the colour of untreated skin directly below the lip and the burnt area.
My second treatment was last Thursday (27th October) and by Sunday the burnt area was barely visible. The burn resulted in the skin drying out, going quite flaky and looking quite red. The redness was very easy to cover with make-up so I could go out, but I was keen to calm the area as quickly as possible so I achieved this by keeping the area heavily moisturised at all times; whenever I felt like the area had completely absorbed the last dose of moisturiser I’d top it up again with the post-laser cream that was included with the ReAura. I was also very careful not to use any harsh cleansers (which is a hard habit to break considering I’ve been doing my best to control acne for so long, so hardcore cleansers have been necessary) and I kept the area gently clean and moisturised all weekend. It’s now completely faded apart from a tiny spot of flakiness just below my lip. So, when you start using the ReAura please follow the instructions carefully and don’t go all renegade like I did!
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Treating the forehead.
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Treating the cheek.
The treatment itself was great; the pain level was much lower this time and was very bearable, to the extent where I’m considering moving up to level 3 within the next few treatments; don’t quote me though as I am – for all intents and purposes – a wimp, so either way I’ll report back. There’s not much more to report about the treating itself that wasn’t covered in the first log here, other than the fact that I went less red this time (other than my chin!) and I still haven’t completely got the hang of treating the bridge of my nose, but what is worth reporting is the significant skin changes I’m experiencing already. Firstly and this is definitely noteworthy for those who are about to start using the ReAura, your skin condition will change considerably during the ReAura process as it will dry out. This is just the natural process of skin being forced to regenerate at a quicker pace than it’s used to and is covered in detail in the manual, but be prepared skincare wise. My skin doesn’t look dry at all, but it feels it and I’m moisturising a lot more to aid the regeneration. Aesthetically, my skin is looking unbelievably good at the moment; it’s much more even-toned, refined and ‘glowy’ which is a very weird contrast to how it feels! For anyone who’s concerned about the dryness, after the first treatment it took a couple of days to go back to normal and for the most recent treatment it took a little longer, but if you start using the ReAura and decide that you don’t want to experience dryness anymore then it’s very easy to rectify; it’s not that horrid, tight dryness you can get (like after a peel) and I’m sure the involvement of moisturising masks would make a significant difference, not that I’ve tried that as it isn’t bothering me and to be honest, I quite enjoy the feeling of knowing my previously dodgy skin is changing!
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I find it easiest to stretch the skin under my mouth to make the area taught.
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This is how I treat the nose, but I still haven’t mastered treating the bridge of my nose yet.
Now onto the most important change so far: the pigmentation in my skin has reduced considerably after only two treatments. As covered in previous ReAura posts, the main thing I was hoping the ReAura would help with was my post-acne marks which were very purple and very obvious. I had quite bad ones on my cheeks and chin and the ones on my cheeks are appearing more ‘blended’. By this I mean they’re still there, but I looked at myself in the mirror over the weekend and could tell something was different but couldn’t put my finger on it. It was only after really studying my whole face that I realised it was the fact that the pigmentation on my cheeks wasn’t dominating my face anymore as it wasn’t standing out at all! If this is the case after just two treatments then I am bursting at the seams to get to the eight week point where my treatment course is complete as I would never have predicted this level of improvement so quickly.
Lastly, here’s something I’ve been back and forth about mentioning and I’m still not 100% certain I’m doing the right thing by discussing it, but I also think that as this is supposed to be a ‘warts ‘n’ all’ log, it needs to be mentioned. I said earlier that I had really severe pigmentation on my chin (so bad that I didn’t even log it in the ‘before pictures’ log as I wasn’t intending to try and treat it as my chin is a real mess) and I also said earlier that I managed to burn my chin (after deciding I would treat it whilst still in ‘renegade mode’) and now the chin area has flaked off and finished drying, the pigmentation is basically gone. Obviously this is amazing and very exciting, but I want to make it very clear that the ReAura is not a device intended to burn your face; it’s supposed to speed up regeneration and give your skin a better chance of dealing with it’s pigmentation at a more appropriate rate. I cannot clarify this enough that the burning experience was a silly mistake that happily turned out OK, but at the time it was scary as I wasn’t to know whether I’d permanently damaged my skin by not following the instructions properly. I was lucky, but I have insanely tough skin, so others might not be as lucky and therefore it’s important to have faith in the ReAura to do what it’s supposed to do at the rate it’s designed to. You have been warned!
I’m planning to do my 3rd treatment this Wednesday (2nd) so I’ll report back afterwards. As always, please get in touch if you have any questions, although it’s worth noting that I’ve received a couple of e-mails regarding the ReAura and whilst I’m more than happy to receive e-mails, I’d much prefer you post your questions on the blog so that anyone with the same questions can read the response as well. I’m trying to create an ‘all you need to know about ReAura’ so that everyone can find out as much as possible from my personal perspective without needing to search all over the place. However, if you’re really reluctant to post a comment here the of course you’re welcome to e-mail instead. The next ReAura post will be about MyReAura which is the support site that you join when you purchase the ReAura, so please keep an eye out for that.

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.

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8 Comments

  • Luella
    November 3, 2011

    Hi, I’ve just bought a ReAura and used it yesterday for the first time. The lady who sold it to me in SpaceNK had such amazing skin (poreless, no lines at all) and told me she had a 16-year old son! I found it relatively easy to use, just as you described. Painful but no where near as bad as underarm lasering for example. I am late
    30s and am concerned about lines around eyes, plus large pores. I feel like it’s working already! I went very red too so it feels like it’s working but the red was gone in the morning. I will do my second treatment on Sunday.

    Ella

  • BeautyGeekUK
    November 4, 2011

    FANTASTIC! So glad you’re feeling it working already as that’s exactly how I felt when I started using it, but I didn’t want to shout about it too much as the manual so clearly states that you won’t see any impact until a few weeks in. There’s no doubt about it that this machine is ridiculously good. I can’t wait to see what my skin is like after the treatment plan. Please do keep in touch and let me know how you get on 🙂 xx

  • Luella
    November 4, 2011

    It’s an amazing device. I unfortunately went a bit overboard on the area below my eyes (not the socket as you can’t use it there) as I had a few lines that I was very conscious of, but didn’t want to resort to botox. I was a tiny bit swollen yesterday due to overdoing it on that area, but no one noticed, not even my other half. Then this morning I noticed that most of the pigmentation there has gone and the lines have faded, to almost nothing!! Like you, I can’t believe it could work so quickly after just one treatment! My skin feels quite rough but after using my Clarisonic it feels much better. It’s not uncomfortable, just feels a bit rough when you touch it. I am really excited about doing my second treatment on Sunday. Am determined to have great skin by Xmas!

    Best of luck with yours.

    Ella

  • Linzi2484
    November 5, 2011

    After reading the blog and the comments i am seriously think of investing in one, i have quite bad skin and a few little lines and it looks like it really works x

  • Beauty Geek
    November 8, 2011

    Hi Ella,

    Thanks for coming back to reply 🙂 I’m so pleased you’re getting on so well with it, I seem to manage to keep overdoing it; the problem for me is that I know how quickly my skin is improving so I keep getting carried away – I lack patience! Funny you should mention the Clarisonic as my boyfriend has just ordered me one. I currently use the Nutra Sonic so it’ll be interesting to compare. I can’t believe you’re using it post treatment though; I’m too scared to do anything other than moisturise! I ‘might’ pluck up the courage to try it tomorrow as I’ve just done my third treatment today. Thanks so much again for coming back to reply and if you have time I’d love it if you’d update me as you go along 🙂 xx

  • Beauty Geek
    November 8, 2011

    Hi Linzi, if you’re thinking of getting one then I strongly suggest you do! It really is so incredible; easily equal to similar treatments you get in salons, if not superior. If you do get one, please come and let me know how you get on with it and obviously if you have any questions then feel free to either comment here (ideally do that so that other people can see the answers etc) or e-mail me at geek@beautygeekuk.com xx

  • Luella
    November 10, 2011

    Hi Beauty Geek,

    I know exactly what you mean about overdoing it. It’s very tempting because the results are so dramatic. I definitely overdid my eye area and it was a bit swollen but it’s totally fine now. I keep worrying that the lines around my eyes will reappear but so far so good! This was my main concern but my overall skin also looks so much better, younger, and I’ve seen a definite reduction in pore size!

    I find it so satisfying how you can see the little tiny spots of pigmentation come to the surface post treatment, then when they go – baby skin underneath!

    How many treatments have you done now? I’m doing my third tonight. Very excited! Even though it’s not exactly the most comfortable experience I don’t mind at all, given the results. The second one was definitely less intense. When I think of the money I’ve spent on ineffective creams over the years, this was the best investment ever.

    Good luck with your Clarisonic, you will love it! I don’t find it at all painful after treatment (the next morning obvs wouldn’t use it the same evening) as it’s gentle but thorough.

    Good luck and can’t wait to get an update on your progress!

    Ella x

  • Beauty Geek
    November 14, 2011

    Hi Ella,

    Just posted a comment beneath your other comment (cat picture) about some help I need from you, so if you could, would you mind mailing me at geek@beautygeekuk.com when you have sec please?

    I’m so glad you’re the same about gaining satisfaction from seeing your skin react; my boyfriend thinks I’m insane but I love seeing something physical happen as it reassures me that the treatment is working beneath the immediate skin, if that makes sense. It’s just so great seeing it go through a mini regeneration!

    My Clarisonic arrived and it’s so gorgeous; I can’t remember if I mentioned that I have another sonic brush that I use, so I’ll be writing a comparison review about that soon. I’m treading very carefully with my skin so I’m waiting 48 hours before using it, but you’re right, it really does get rid of that rough feeling so thanks for the tip on that too 🙂

    I’ve just finished my 4th treatment (blog to follow shortly) so I think we’re roughly at the same point? You’re my ReAura buddy! 😀 xx

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