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Vogue: Vampire facial great but no Botox for now

Vogue: Vampire facial great but no Botox for now

Everlasting youth, isn’t that what we are all trying to achieve?

I’m a huge fan of all beauty treatments and any treatment that can make your skin look better.

I always get asked whether I would consider surgery, or Botox, or fillers, and the answer is, quite simply, yes.

I don’t think I would go down the surgery route, but at the same time, with all of the amazing treatments available these days, I don’t think I’ll have a need for it.

A facelift? The thought of that scares me at any age – I mean they practically lift your entire face off.

I recently got a vampire facial and in terms of invasiveness it was the furthest I have gone with a treatment.

The results, though, were unbelievable. I noticed a difference in my skin a couple of weeks later and keep noticing differences now as the treatment continues to work.

I went to Renaissance Laser and Skin Clinic in Howth, Co. Dublin, where they offer a whole range of treatments.

Now, I have a very low pain threshold – I don’t even like when a hairdresser brushes my hair – but the pain level of this was low enough for me to book in for the treatment again.

We all saw Kim Kardashian having the vampire facial, but she was having derma rollering at the same time so I had a totally different idea of what the facial was going to be like.

They take about four vials of your blood and spin it in a machine for 10 minutes.

The machine separates your blood so it has layers: it has the blood, the stem cells and the plasma.

After this it’s the more painful bit, although I was laughing while getting it done.

They numb the areas of your face you want your plasma put into and then put a needle in to make the small hole, which isn’t noticeable. After they put the needle in they move it around while injecting the plasma back into your face.

I had it done in three places and had a little bit of swelling the next day, but it was unnoticeable to other people.

The plasma rushes to places that need restoring naturally and areas that have lost elasticity or collagen will get it first. I know it sounds a bit drastic, but it’s like a natural form of Botox as its all from your own body.

I think it’s important to look after your skin just as you would the rest of your body. Always wear sun factor, drink plenty of water and get facials!

I think I am going to try micro needling next, which stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally.

Don’t be put off by my pictures in the quest for everlasting youth!