Facial series: Cold laser
Most of us will be familiar with your standard spa facial and enjoy indulging every now and again. But how much do we really get from the treat, other than unclogging pores? Not all that much generally. But imagine if skin could be plumped and lifted, just by being cleverly manipulated. Nutritionist, Kinesiologist and Cranio Sacral practitioner Marian Bourne has created the Celgenics Couture Facial, a cold laser facial that fuses together Eastern and Western techniques.
Using acupuncture points and Ayurvedic plumping techniques, Marian is able to lift and tone the face. The cold laser (a safe and non invasive tool) and specially created skin elixirs are then applied to boost cellular energy.
"The facial involves very specific movements on the muscles and fascia which is the connective tissue which is in between all the muscles," Marian told Cover Media. "So I do a combination of working on that to lift and plump, and then I use the cold laser which puts energy into the mitochondria of the cells to give them the energy. The mitochondria are like the powerhouses of your cells basically. They produce ATP, which is what we produce our energy from."
The process is quite a lengthy one as it involves working areas all over the face, holding them and then applying the low level light laser. But results can be seen instantly; my cheeks looked plumped and lifted, as did my eye area. It's not just a fuller face that can be achieved though. The cold laser works as an anti-inflammatory and stimulates lymphatic drainage, it's a rapid cell repair and also reduces the formation of scar tissue. On top of this it increases blood flow and circulation to the skin.
"I think I'm the only person doing it. I wouldn't swear to it, but I think I am," Marian smiled.
"Because I've been in practice a long time, I treat pain and injuries in my private practice and I use the laser to reduce inflammation. So the idea came to me because we know that inflammation is a leading cause of premature ageing. Inflammation, free radicals... it all encourages ageing. So I had this idea if I could use this on somebody's back, well I can use it in my facial. It was a light bulb moment."
Marian, who has previously been dubbed a modern day alchemist, is also behind skincare brand Celgenics, which uses the healing and regenerating properties of vibrational energy medicine in skin care.
The facial is available at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape in London.