Thermage wand: Skin tightening using radio frequency
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Each week, Sunday Life's beauty director Stephanie Darling roadtests a different makeup or skincare trend to find out whether it's worth your time. Ahead, a skin tightening facial and popping party palettes.
Best results will kick in at the three-month mark and results last for about 18 months.Credit: iStock
After a difficult year, it's time for a pick-me-up, so I am having a radio frequency tune-up.
The lowdown The new Thermage FLX machine is the latest tool in skin tightening using radio frequency (translation: have a couple of pain killers before you go). To start, my therapist Leah cleanses my face and marks it up in a grid as a guide for where to place the Thermage wand.
Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette, $111.Credit: Jennifer Soo
She applies gel to each section then uses the wand, which heats the deep layers of the skin. The radio frequency energy causes collagen fibres to contract, firming the skin and promoting collagen production. Leah applies 900 shots and by the end I was counting down the numbers.
Downtime Two hours for the treatment.
Pain factor It was certainly ouchy over the bony parts of my face, particularly my jaw. My face was quite pink initially, but this settled down by the next day.
Results I am at the four-week mark and my skin feels tighter and areas of my face that had lost volume look fuller. Best results will kick in at the three-month mark and results last for about 18 months.
Huda Beauty Sand Haze Obsessions, $60.Credit: Jennifer Soo
Where to get it Sydney: The Clinic, theclinic.net.au. Cost: $3000. Melbourne: Liberty Belle, libertybelle.com.au. Cost: $3000.
At home Always keep skin sun-protected. Try Colourscience Sunforgettable SPF30 Total Protection Brush (adorebeauty.com.au, $99).
We love a palette and Huda Beauty's has to be one of the most wearable palettes of all. Natasha, another winner, has 15 shades including claret sparkle, lemon and ochre; and Mecca has all your highlighting needs with two luminisers, a bronzer and a blush.
Mecca Max Mood Lighting Cream Highlighting Palette, $29.Credit: Jennifer Soo
For party-ready skin you can't go past a strategically applied fake tan. ModelCo Tan Mousse(modelco.com, $25) is streak-free, lightweight and dries in an hour. Rules: exfoliate skin first and make sure you are completely dry and fragrance- and deodorant-free; moisturise the dry spots; use a mitt and you are set for boogie nights.
What is the best way to apply concealer?Use a shade lighter than your skin tone and spot treat with your fingers or a concealer brush, tapping the concealer in. Apply to the sides of your nose, on any red spots on your chin and underneath your eyes. Try Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (bobbibrown.com.au, $65).
ModelCo Tan Mousse.Credit: Jennifer Soo
Follow Stephanie Darling on Instagram @mrssdarling. Send questions to [email protected].
This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale December 6. To read more from Sunday Life, visit The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
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