By Shetty Laghari
I got a facial recently. It was an hour long. For anyone who knows me, that’s 60 minutes away from my phone and it was excruciating (I am a handphone addict). But you know what? It was heavenly.
If you don’t already know by now, I am a skeptic when it comes to facials. The last time I had anything done was henna tattoo for my sister’s hen party four years ago. In layman’s terms, I had a thorough cleansing which left no pore un-detoxed, she applied some high-tech device onto my skin that shot out cold stuff onto my skin and used another cool probe to massage my face to glowing perfection. Felt like someone rubbing a spoon all over my face like I was a cream cake being decorated. (Totally bizarre, but oddly soothing.)
But beyond the blissful experience, there is of course always the question of whether facials are really worth the money. I mean, my skin did look amazing afterward, but w
as it triple-digit good? I looked up some research behind cold plasma facial and spoke to top aesthetic doctors on the science behind the therapy, and how is it actually benefiting my skin?
Cold Plasma facial uses plasma energy.
The only ‘facial’ part about Cold Plasma Facial is the initial cleansing of the skin and the final masking of the face. Everything in between is worlds apart from your traditional facial. If you’re expecting extraction, poking, prodding or steaming, then this is not it. Instead, it’s a high tech amalgamation of Plasma energy & sonophoresis therapies. If you like me struggled with physics in college, Plasma is the fourth state of matter, first described by chemist Irving Langmuir in the 1920s Unlike the other three states, solid, liquid, and gas, plasma does not exist freely on the Earth’s surface under normal conditions. Plasma can only be artificially generated by heating or subjecting a neutral gas to a strong electromagnetic field to the point an ionised gaseous substance becomes increasingly electrically conductive, and long-range electromagnetic fields dominate the behavior of the matter. For those of you still dumbfounded, just know this: plasma is not a laser. Plasma is a new state used to renew skin.
Cold Plasma has been proven to rejuvenate skin
One question in my mind (and I am sure many of you are thinking the same thing) is: how does plasma help me face? In a study, investigators found a 37% reduction in facial rhytids and study participants noted a 68% improvement in overall facial appearance after plasma rejuvenation.
All skin types can benefit from Cold Plasma Facial
Unlike some lasers whose efficacy depend on the colour of the skin, Plasma is colour blind (since it’s not a laser). This means that all skin types can undergo this with good improvement. The therapist who treated me did explain that the plasma energies used in a facial are much lower than those which may be used in a clinical setting by doctors, so that is why it can be done safely and without downtime.
Active Ingredients are more potent immediately after
I was told that active ingredients penetrate much better after plasma treatment. That is why skin lightening and brightening actives such as White Plasma were immediately infused into my skin using sound waves.
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It’s a red carpet facial
The immediate effects that I experienced of glow and radiance conferred a luminosity onto my complexion that made it instantly red carpet ready the next day. I went to my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday party, filled with scrutinizing eyes, and received nothing but compliments. Of course, the real benefits of repeated sessions are seen down the line and include in anti-aging benefits, firmer skin and reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
But for someone like me who is only willing to undergo a treatment sporadically, I am happy with the immediate skin perks. While I am still not a fan of anything that takes me away from my gadgets for more than an hour, I must say Cold Plasma Facial is one of the few treatments I would consider undergoing again. It’s a lesser of two evils, in my view—- 60 minutes for better skin or aging like an old hag.