In April I started a 12 week program with the Laser and Skin Clinic to treat sun damage and reduce the amount of sun damage that my skin is getting for the future as well. If you follow me on social media you’ll know I am a sun worshipper and I adore some warm weather. The damage the sun can do is something I’m not a fan of, however. It’s something I’ve grown more conscious of as I’ve gotten older and I really just want to make sure I am protecting my skin as much as I can.
I visited the Laser and Skin Clinic and met with Anna, who gave me a consultation and started me on the Obagi Fx Skin Program. Obagi Fx System is an option for clients who want a homecare skin program to treat sundamage (pigmentation) without the downtime of peels or lasers. The system can be used in conjunction with superficial peels to achieve a faster result. The peels take no more than 20/30 mins and I experienced light peeling on my face after them. It’s not super obvious, and can be covered with make-up.
I’m 8 weeks into the program, and although it was an adjustment to get used to this new routine at the start. I could do it with my eyes closed now, its takes only a few mins each morning and evening and I’ve seen a huge improvement already – not only in the pigmentation on my skin, but also in my complexion. My skin is blemish free and so much smoother since I started the program.
I have two different skincare routines in the morning and in the evening – you can see the detail of these below.
In the morning, I alternate between Obagi Clenziderm and Obagi C-Cleansing Gel Cleanser to wash face. Clean off with wet face cloth. Add 3 drops of Vitamin C, 2 squirts of SPF 40, and a pea size amount of the Exfoliating day cream before continuing with your make up routine.
At nighttime I alternate between Obagi Clenziderm and Obagi C-Cleansing Gel Cleanser to wash face (same as the morning). Then apply the night cream.
Once a week use a pea-size amount of ‘Retinol 1.0’: Retinol is a proven anti-ageing ingredient that encourages skin renewal. It helps fade fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dark spots, scars and discoloration. Adding this product to your routine will refine the texture of your complexion without causing redness or irritation.
The process may sound complicated if, like me, you don’t know a whole pile about skincare and have been known to look for the easiest way of maintaining your skin. The Laser and Skin Clinic team have been so helpful in showing and explaining the whole system to me. So not only have I gotten the hang of using all the products, I also understand why I’m using them – and the damage that can be done without them. I really am loving the results so far and couldn’t recommend the clinic more if sun damage/pigmentation is something that you are conscious of. They also have more intense 1 week programs that have shown some amazing results, look at this photo for example.
Check out their website to see the full list of treatments and programs they do,
That’s all for now anyway, have a great week,
P.S. The Laser and Skin Clinic have kindly offered to give 10% off all Obagi products on their online shop skinshop.ie until this Sunday (25th June) at midnight. Use the code ‘Louise10’ at check out.
Photos by Brid O’Donovan