Wednesday, February 11, 2015

An Illuminating Experience

I really didn’t know what to expect when I first visited Luminisce Holistic Skin Innovations at the second floor of the Mercury Drug Building at 32nd St. corner 4th Ave, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. After all, beauty clinics are a dime a dozen in the Philippines.  You can say that I’ve (almost) seen it all and frankly, I don’t always like what I see.

As a blogger who has visited several beauty clinics, I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences. I’ve seen vain people who have been burned both figuratively and literally by unscrupulous dermatologists out to make a fast buck at the expense of patients. Countless others, including a friend, have died because of bad treatments. Fortunately, this negative mindset would change with Luminisce. 

My fears were allayed when I met the lovely Dr. Kristina “Kaycee” Cuevas Reyes, the medical director of Luminisce. Talk about beauty and brains! This friendly doctor patiently took time to explain my skin condition and told me how her treatments would help. Talking to her was somehow different because she made me feel – not like a patient – but like a dear friend whom I had known for years. Her reassuring smile immediately broke whatever barriers existed between us.
Dr Kristina "Kaycee" Cuevas Reyes
Medical Director Luminisce 

Kaycee’s friendly manner is just one part of the big picture though. Beneath this warm and accommodating individual is a doctor beyond compare. She studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine & Surgery, and got her diploma in dermatology and Master of Science in Clinical Dermatology from King’s College and St. John’s Institute of Dermatology at Guy’s & St. Thomas Hospital in London, England.  Kaycee is also good with lasers and trained at the National Skin Center in Singapore and at the University of Ramathibodi Hospital – Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Clearly, this lady dermatologist is more than just another pretty face!

Under her care, I had a Luxury Facial, a Clear Laser Peel, and Botox treatment. For those in the dark, here’s what that means. The Luxury Facial is a special facial designed to remove dirt, bacteria, and excess oil that all contribute to acne. This also shrinks your skin pores for up to two weeks.    
Luminisce reception area

It’s a painless procedure that begins with a soothing facial cleanse and a relaxing facial massage. With the help of ultrasound waves, a process called sonophoresis, skin-nourishing vitamins are absorbed into the skin. This also removes blackheads and whiteheads. Electric current is then used to lift and revitalize the skin. That may come as a shock but believe me, you won’t feel a thing. In the last stage, cool, pressurized oxygen is released into the skin to hydrate it and open pores. 

Having a Clear Laser Peel may not sound like a good idea, especially if it’s done on the face! But this is another pain-free and safe procedure that you’ll get at Luminisce. Instead of abrasive tools or harsh chemicals, you get three rounds of laser on the skin after a carbon lotion. The first round rejuvenates the skin, the second decreases oiliness, and the third tightens pores. This effectively regenerates collagen, lightens melasma and pigmentation, cures acne, evens and softens skin tone, minimizes pores, and fades fine wrinkles – all in minutes! 
See my glowing skin after my Luminisce experience

At my age, I didn’t think I’d need Botox but it certainly helped reduce the crow’s feet or laugh lines at the outer corners of my eyes. This non-surgical treatment relaxes muscles that causes wrinkles and fades deep lines to give one a younger appearance. 

All in all, my experience at Luminisce was very illuminating, thanks to the caring and “magical” touch of Kaycee. With her help, I not only look better but feel better, too.   

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