What is Microdermalinfusion and Why This is The Game Changing Time Reversal that We Have Been Waiting For!
Edition KLFW Sat Down With The General Manager of Laurent Bleu, Miss Natasha Dominique Ng with 6 Rapid Fire Questions!
Q1. What is Laurent Bleu and what are the services that you offer?
Laurent Bleu (LB) is a one stop centre that provides for all your skincare and health needs. We do not refer to ourselves as Laurent Bleu Skin Science Centre anymore, just Laurent Bleu. We consist of a Medical Clinic, Path lab, and Healthy Aging Wellness Sanctuary (HAWS). HAWS is a division under LB which deals with holistic wellness. The services we have within HAWS are Facials, Body treatments, Manicure/Pedicure, Weight Management Programmes, Eyelash Perming, Detox Therapies such as our Infrared Sauna, Jacuzzis, and Waxing.
Q2. Can your dermatologist suggest different solutions for different age groups? Care to share an example of a skin care routine and what are the most important parts of a skincare routine? Prevention/Solution for the below age group: (20s-30S), (30 to 40S), (40S & above)
We do not currently have a dermatology clinic but our upcoming expansion to UCSI Medical Centre next year will definitely have dermatology, aesthetics, and a myriad of other specialties. The basic pillars of a skincare routine consist of cleansing, exfoliating, toning, serums, moisturizing, sunscreen, and masking.
The most important part of a skincare routine is the parts that keep your skin hydrated which translates to moisturizing and masking (we need our water), and applying sunscreen. Masking is such a good skin habit because it drenches your face with effective active ingredients that simultaneously hydrates your skin. Sunscreen is important because of the nasty effects of UVA and UVB rays on skin. Without applying sunscreen even on a cloudy day, your skin can prematurely age and develop pigmentation. It also goes without saying that this increases chances of skin cancer.
During the early 20’s, one should focus on maintaining healthy skin. If your skin is dry, try to hydrate it and if your skin is oily, control it. It is only after the age of 25 that one should continue to maintain healthy skin and start looking into anti-aging skincare. Laurent Bleu’s unique factor is that we have the facilities to provide and emphasize a comprehensive approach to wellness in order to achieve true skincare solutions. Skincare is not merely the quality of ingredients that is applied topically to the skin, but also from within your eating habits, hormones, and overall emotional and physical health. That is why our approach is unique as we combine the medical analysis of our doctors with topical skin solutions along with skin treatments such as Microdermalinfusion (if you are as confuse with this new treatment as we are - continue reading!)
Q3. What are some of the earlier age groups that would visit a centre such as Laurent Bleu for their Beauty and Skin Care? Skincare routine has evolved a lot from 20 years ago and our technology had gone really far that there is a fine line between Beautician and Aesthetician - please elaborate.
Earlier age groups such as teenagers and older have their own set of problems; they often have issues with excessive sebum (oil) production which can cause severe acne issues. If these are not managed well, permanent scars may develop. This is particularly common in Malaysia due to hormones or oily atmospheres that are plenty due to our food culture. Getting professional advice and guidance on the best way to manage your skin as early as possible is the best skin justice one can do for one’s self.
Certainly, one such example is our current ‘Microdermalinfusion’ skin treatment. It is considered an Aesthetic procedure but it could be operated by Beauticians in beauty salons. The fine line is that Beauticians are only allowed to perform non-invasive procedures meanwhile Aestheticians are licensed medical doctors that can perform non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures.
However, the issue here is how the public generally aren’t aware how beauty salons are simply charging really cheap prices for procedures such as lasers (minimally invasive) they are actually not allowed to do. Legally, only a medical doctor with an LCP license is allowed to do so, therefore, you have a dilemma where the public are lured to go to cheaper places that can “get the job done” resulting in illegal, riskier, and unsafe procedures.
Q4. What are the current solutions that are ‘in-trend’ and non-invasive, something that was not available during the time of our ‘mothers’? Please elaborate.
The current in-trend non-invasive procedure is indeed Microdermalinfusion. This term combines two techniques- microdermabrasion and infusion. It is a technique that helps exfoliates all dead skin cells and dirt with a diamond tip while simultaneously delivering customisable solutions that consist of effective active ingredients into your skin at a deeper level than your traditional regiment. The solutions are chosen based on your skin needs- dry, oily, pigmented, etc. It is such a universally well-loved treatment at our centre because of its fast effects which are noticeable right after the procedure. This procedure can be done once a month at our centre as we provide the best of both worlds by combining traditional elements, such as face massage, with microdermalinfusion for a relaxing and thorough facial.
Q5. What is Laurent Bleu’s recommendation for skin recovery cream that can also be used on a daily basis - what type of ingredient are we looking for that might not be necessary and available only in a ‘branded’ cream - ie. hyaluronic acid? What are the key ingredients and discoveries in recent years?
Hyaluronic acid is not only available in branded cream- I have even seen it listed inside your common mask! (Though the % remains questionable). Some of our recommendations for good daily skin recovery are creams that consist of ingredients such as jojoba for reduction of fine lines and moisturizing effects, liquorice for anti-pigmentation, sodium hyaluronate for skin plumping, and lastly, vitamin C and retinol for the anti-aging effects. All are relatively recent discoveries and available in LB’s skincare and skin treatments. Other key ingredients discoveries in recent years also includes: Salicylic acid for acne solutions and kojic acid, azelaic acid and hydroquinone for pigmentation.
Q6. What are your thoughts on skin aging and how to reduce it? Cream, Treatments, Non-Invasive Procedures, Surgeries - or all of the above?
There are certainly multiple ways to approach this, I will be approaching this from the cream and treatments and non-invasive end.
I think that if you can, going for the microdermalinfusion skin treatment really is one of the best way to combat aging. It is non-invasive and extremely effective. One can make it a habit to come for regular sessions to exfoliate and infuse effective solutions (like vitamin C or hyaluronic acid) into the skin. Of course there are multiple components to the aging-skin such as pigmentation, dark spots, thinning skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and dull skin. The best part is that all of these can be addressed with different customization solutions!
In terms of creams for the aging skin, find products that are gentle towards sensitive skin yet still contains effective anti-aging ingredients such as retinol and Vitamin C to use daily. It goes without saying that we apply this philosophy to our skincare products. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, this will give you maximum assurance that it will not damage your skin in anyway. There are many products out there that will enable fast results but are often damaging after a long term usage.
Lastly, healthy skin has a lot to do with a healthy body and mind. When you help one part of your life, you are indirectly addressing another part. Ensuring that you are balanced and healthy emotionally, physically, and mentally, it will eventually lead you down the road to healthy skin!