How to look younger
Forget fillers and botox and head to your nearest clinic offering the AQ Skin Solutions microneedling facial.
My life has been crazy lately. Late nights. Too many wines. Meals grabbed, and often eaten, on the go. And water, don’t even begin to talk to me about the water I’m not drinking.
But I’m not hiding away because my skin seems to be glowing. Those fine lines around my eyes look subtly smoother. My skin tone is more even. And the bags under my eyes seem to have taken a holiday.
I’m putting my fresh-faced glory down to a handsome American doctor I met one night recently in Esher. He’s tall, dark and terribly debonaire. And he’s also rather clever. It’s an intoxicating mix.
And no you smutty-minded lot, I’m not engaging in a hot-to-trot love affair. My glow is down to a revolutionary microneedling facial founded by the clever doctor.
Dr Ahmed Al-Qahtani was on a whistlestop trip to London when we met. His work with burns victims and patients with deep scarring has led him to develop a skin care range that helps to combat the signs of ageing using growth factor technology.
This is a natural approach to improving the appearance of skin using microneedling to trigger the body’s healing response, and then boosting this repair process with the application of Dr Al-Qahtani’s concentrated AQ Skin Solutions Recovery Serum.
New skin equals younger skin. It’s actually quite simple when you think about it.
The facial is quick – just 15 to 20 minutes for the face, and a little longer if you’re including the neck and décolletage – which is probably just as well as it’s not a relaxing massage-led facial that send you off into dreamy zzzz-land.
The skin is being stressed, part of the process of tricking it into recovery mode, so it can feel a little uncomfortable especially in the more sensitive areas. But there’s no pain.
Dr Al-Qahtani poked and pricked my face with his microneedling instrument. It has 140 needles which are 0.8 mm long. (For burns or scaring, the needles are 2.1 mm.) And I’m told Dr Al-Qahtani twists and turns the instrument as he goes to get the greatest effect. After the microneedling, Dr Al-Qahtani applies the Recovery Serum. This, peeps, is like liquid gold. I small vial of the serum contains the same amount of growth factors that the body produces in a month. So yes, it’s powerful stuff.
My face was a little pink after the treatment – more flushed than full-on red. The next morning though, the results were in. Pinkness gone. Fine lines gone. And face ever so slightly fuller. It’s like botox, without actually having botox.
I’ve been applying the AQ Skin Solutions Active Serum and Eye Serum as part of my regular moisturising routine since the facial, and these help the skin to continually rejuvenate itself naturally.
Dr Al-Qahtani says that for the best results a course of six treatments in recommended, followed by regular top up treatments. Think of it as regular maintenance for your face.
If you’re looking for a way to slow the ageing process – and take a couple of years off – and you don’t want to go down the route of fillers or botox, then I’d definitely recommend this treatment.
There six products in the AQ Skin Solutions range. The Recovery Serum is available only as part of a professional facial. The Active Serum, Eye Serum, Eyelash and Eyebrown Enhancement System, Advanced Hair Complex, plus the Vaginal Rejuvenation System are all available online.
In Surrey, the facial I experienced is part of the two-hour Age Reversal Facial at the Jill Zander Courthouse Medispa in Esher. Cost is £350 but for Muddy Stilettos readers, there’s is just £250.