Back in the summer I had the chance to try out Ten Skin RX at Ten Spa at the Fort Garry Hotel. Basically what they offer is a laser treatment that works to treat a number of skin conditions courtesy of a SmartPulse light that treats the lower layer of skin. The laser light delivers maximum collagen stimulation and helps to reverse the signs of aging, among other issues (such as removing sun damage and age spots, eliminating acne scars, correcting blemished skin, treating rosacea and vascular facial conditions, and so much more).
The initial treatment at Ten Spa is $89, however, you need to go back multiple times to really get the full benefits. I love the concept of this treatment, however, it can get really pricey. If you were curious about these laser treatments, then lucky for you there is an at-home device that basically does the same thing.
I got the chance to try out the Tria Age-Defying Laser, which also costs a pretty penny, but you’re just paying the one-time cost of C$569. The laser is an FDA-cleared, at-home non-ablative laser that can be used on the face. It sends targeted beams of light deep within the skin to help support natural collagen production, similar to what Ten Skin RX offers. Think of it this way, your face is a road. When you are born, it’s perfect, however, over time the road starts to break down and there are holes or lines in the concrete. The concrete is essentially the collagen in your face and by using the laser it adds more collagen, thereby filling in the gaps in the holes (AKA wrinkles).
According to Tria, you’re supposed to use the laser every night for eight weeks and then take four weeks off for your skin to regenerate. There are three settings on it, low, medium, and high. Now I have a pretty high pain tolerance in general, however, when I first started using this device, the low setting really hurt. It was more of a stinging sensation than anything. As the weeks went on though my skin got used to the feeling, and pretty soon I couldn’t even feel it. So then I used the medium setting and that started to really sting again. I ended up using the medium setting for the remaining of the eight weeks and didn’t even bother with the high speed as I felt the medium setting was sufficient enough. Also, the higher the setting, the longer the treatment time. So for example, you treat your face in zones and the device will beep when it’s time to move to the next zone. For the low setting, you would spend 30 seconds on the first zone, one minute for the medium setting, and two-and-a-half minutes on the high speed. So not only is the high speed the most painful, but you spend more time treating your face with it.
Overall, the device was super easy to use and it quickly become part of my nighttime routine. As mentioned, you divide your face into four zones, forehead, both cheeks (including around the eye area), and the chin and mouth. To treat each zone, place the laser treatment tip against your face and it will glow purple and make a noise (so you know it’s working – you’ll also feel it), and glide it slowly from side to side to cover the entire zone. Once you’re finished, you skin may look red or tingle, but that’s totally normal. Tria recommends using their Tria Finishing Serum afterwards, but since it’s C$75, really you can use any serum and moisturizer to nourish your skin. They also recommend wearing a sunscreen on your face during the day as well.
After eight weeks time you should notice a difference. Your face is supporting new collagen, and as that forms, fine lines, wrinkles, and imperfections are supposed to go away.
Now I may not be the best candidate to actually try this machine, as I have pretty young-looking skin with no wrinkles or imperfections. Although my before and afters aren’t the most dramatic, I did start to notice how nice my skin was looking after I started to use the machine. And really, if I can prevent collagen breakdown from happening when I’m young, it will certainly help me out in the long run.
Tria has done their own market research and 76 per cent reported a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes; 95 per cent of users saw smoother skin and reported an improvement in overall appearance; and 87 per cent of users reported that their skin looked more radiant and youthful.
Overall, I think this machine is amazing. I think I would have been more sceptical on it had I not gone to Ten Skin RX for their treatment and really got an understanding of what the laser did. Since I had an actual treatment done professionally, I can vouch that the Tria laser is very similar (they both hurt and the process was essentially the same).
If you are looking into getting professional laser treatments done, I would seriously look into purchasing the Tria Age-Defying Laser as it would be more cost-effective in the long run. Plus, if you order through Tria’s site, they offer a 90-day guarantee, so if the product doesn’t work for you, they will refund your money, no questions asked.
Have you tried a laser treatment before? What were your thoughts?
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Please note, this product was sent by PR. All opinions are my own.
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