Quite frankly, I’ve never thought my skin is very good. Perhaps a bit of a bold opening assertion, but I don’t mind admitting that I’m slightly envious of people with perfect, flawless skin. So I was slightly surprised when skin specialist John Tsagaris tells me that my skin is in fact quite good. I’m not even sure that he’s just trying to placate me.
I’m at John’s Knightsbridge clinic to experience LED light therapy, a rapidly growing revolution in creating youthful, radiant skin. We start off with a one-to-one about my skin. Whilst I’m feeling pretty pleased after having been told I’ve got good skin, John instantly bursts my euphoric bubble by asking if I’ve ever been sun burnt. I have – very badly – about 14 years ago. Apparently, the damage is still visible. Turns out that whatever happens to your skin, when you’re dealing with a specialist, there’s no such thing as secrets. Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve – we all wear the inner workings of our body on our faces, and so John is able to tell a lot just from looking at mine.
After a gentle face massage with aloe vera, I put on a pair of sun bed goggles and lie under the LED machine – and stare up at what I can only describe as green Christmas tree lights, which sounds rather more low-tech than it really is! Essentially, this non-invasive, pain-free procedure works by delivering low-level pulses of light deep into the skin, in order to promote healing and rejuvenation, and a perfect, plumped-up face. One of the main benefits of LED treatment is that it reduces the effects of sun damage, so I was hoping that on some level at least, my skin would look healthy and replenished with reduced redness.
After a mere 30 minutes of LED exposure, John handed me a mirror. Quite honestly, I wasn’t expecting the effects to be so immediate, but I could tell already that my skin was smoother and plumper, with a radiance that wasn’t there when I walked in. I couldn’t quite believe it, but the experience was validated by the positive comments I received when I got back to the office.
Although the effects didn’t quite last until the following day, long-term results can be achieved by undergoing a course of eight 30-minute treatments. As this will improve the appearance of skin tone and texture, if you’re planning for forthcoming nuptials, have a big date or function to attend, or quite simply just want to improve the overall condition of your skin, get yourself booked in – trust me, you won’t regret it.
For more information about John Tsagaris and the treatments he offers, please visit www.johntsagaris.co.uk.