If you haven’t heard of Clear + Brilliant, let me enlighten you. It’s a facial laser treatment designed to bridge the gap between microdermabrasion and Fraxel. Ideal for skin that needs a refresh, a reduction in pore size, pigmentation and fine lines – AKA me. I’m in my mid-twenties and starting to show signs of premature ageing thanks to being an ex-sun worshipper. Clear + Brilliant is designed to resurface skin and stimulate collagen so you’re left with an even, glowy, plump complexion – which is something I was definitely in the market for.

So, I head to Clear Complexions and after a consultation I’m ushered onto a comfy chair and having numbing cream smothered over my face and jawline. Twenty minutes later and we’re ready to go. The laser rolls over my face and feels like a tiny rubber band is flicking your skin, it only really hurts around my forehead and hairline, maybe because the skin here is quite thin. But beauty is pain, right? And the laser part only lasted ten minutes so is totally doable.

I take off my safety glasses and assess my skin. It’s red, like really red. And hot! I look like I fell asleep in the sun with my shades on. My therapist tells me the redness will subside by tomorrow and I’ll look tan as it fades. Although it’s hot, it’s nothing a cold compress can’t fix and I’m back at my desk 10 minutes later, all I had to do was dodge some suspicious stares in the lobby. I’m told to avoid actives for 48 hours and to up my sun protection.

As the next few days go on the redness subsides but my skin has turned into sandpaper, however it feels way worse than it looks. I apply hyaluronic acid and niacinamide for hydration and healing and top up my moisturiser throughout the day. Day three and four I notice small, blood-red dots on my nose and forehead, they look like grazes. By day seven my skin is baby-smooth and my pesky blackheads and enlarged pores are pretty much non-existent. The fine lines along my forehead seem to have faded, too.

The verdict? A week later, and my skin is super smooth, even and glowy. I can absolutely tell the difference in pore size and the persistent congestion around my T-zone has definitely decreased. I guess you could say my skin looks healthy and refreshed. But if you’re keen to kick pigmentation I’d recommend something a bit more hardcore.

Prices start from $300.

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