Long hours in an air-conditioned office, not enough sleep, busy weekends, and lots of alcohol to ease the stress took a toll on my skin over the past months. A fellow blogger asked me if I’d like to squeeze a facial into my busy schedule—I couldn’t even hide it from people I barely see, considering I don’t get to attend blogger events as much anymore!
I’ve been seeing fellow bloggers posting about new treatments they’re trying at Luminisce Skin & Laser Clinic, which I’ve heard of before but haven’t tried, so I figured I should give it a go. It’s also close to where I work, as it’s located at the second floor of the Mercury Drug building across St. Luke’s in Bonifacio Global City—very convenient for BGC employees and residents.
What first impressed me about Luminisce is its clinic. The lounge area is bright, cozy, and elegant—and had a French parlour vibe to it. Everyone is warm and friendly, and they immediately made sure I was comfortable before leading me to my consultation with Dra. Kaycee Reyes, their resident skin and laser specialist.
Dra. Kaycee looks really young, and she says it’s a result of great skin care and laser treatments, among others. She’s such a joy to chat with! Our conversation was a combination of a consultation about my skin concerns, an interesting lesson on the latest technology in skin care and the many wonders they can perform, and a catch up with an old friend—even if it was the first time I’ve met her, haha!
Well, Dra. Kaycee really scrutinized my face and skin, and gave a no-holds-barred assessment. I purposely didn’t wear too much makeup—just sunscreen, concealer, cheek tint, lipstick, and brow powder—so she can see the state of my skin. All marks, sagging areas, uneven spots, and the tiniest wrinkles, she could see—even where my collagen used to be abundant, hahaha. If I didn’t know better, I’d be a bit freaked out, but hey, we all need to hear the truth about ourselves so we’ll know what to fix, right?
For the fix, she recommended Baby Skin Laser. A lot of clinics have been recommending lasers in the past, but only Dra. Kaycee took the time to really walk me through their benefits and how they work. Lasers can pretty much be used to target everything—from rejuvenating aging, tired skin to giving one a four-dimensional face lift. There are lasers for anti-aging, whitening, pore tightening, fading dark spots, and more. Baby Skin Laser, in particular, is meant to fight signs of aging, lighten one’s complexion, and improve skin texture.
You should set aside at least an hour for the complete Baby Skin Laser treatment: 30-45 minutes for a facial to prep your skin, and the rest of the time for the laser treatment.
My skin was prepped with their Luxury Facial, which cleans down to the pores and removes trapped dirt, excess oil, and bacteria that causes acne, while minimizing pores for up to two weeks (I did notice my pores got less obvious.)
This pain-free facial began with a soothing facial cleansing and relaxing facial massage, followed by sonophoresis, wherein ultrasound waves seep nourishing vitamins into the skin, scraping shallow blackheads and whiteheads along the way. Then electric currents safely pass through the skin using a special machine (galvanic) to lift and revitalize skin. The process ends with a super fascinating hyper oxygenating machine called Skin Oxyglow that infuses cool, pressurized oxygen, Vitamin C, and ceramide into the skin to hydrate, open, and clean the pores, as well as to lighten and fight signs of aging. It’s like a strong wind blowing directly on your face, which makes the medicine bounce on your skin. I think this is my favorite part of the process.
After the facial, I was ready for Baby Skin Laser. The machine used is LaseMD, a cosmeceutical delivery system (CDS) that combines a sophisticated laser system and its exclusive line of cosmeceuticals called LaseMD Ampoules. A CDS is the process of administering cosmeceuticals into the skin via laser wound to achieve a better aesthetic effect. Typical cosmetics have difficulty penetrating the skin’s barrier, resulting in poor absorption. The laser first creates a micro-wound within the skin, allowing the cosmeceutical to more easily penetrate deep into the skin. This way, skin becomes healthy from within with little to no downtime.
Meanwhile, the ampoules’ technology keeps the effective components of the cosmeceutical they’ll infuse into my skin fresh without any preservatives or chemicals. Each ampoule has the minimum number of ingredients, so they are able to control the treatment result and any side effect to achieve the desired clinical outcome.
They used the VC (Vitamin C) Ampoule, which contains pure ascorbic acid. They incubated this for six minutes before applying it on my face. Vitamin C is one of the strongest naturally occurring antioxidants that encourage younger, healthier skin by promoting healthy collagen structures—something Dra. Kaycee noticed my face is now quickly losing. It also helps to rejuvenate photo aged and photo-damaged skin, thereby evening out my skin tone, lessening dark spots, and even reducing fine lines. Notice how a lot of whitening and anti-aging skincare products contain Vitamin C?
The laser process has a pins and needles sensation as the laser’s rubber head was rolled all over my face for two minutes. Then the Vitamin C was applied, stinging my freshly lasered skin just a little bit.
This process was followed by a mask that helped the skin further absorb the serum and cooled the face after the laser treatment. It was left to melt into skin without the need to wipe or wash it off. Then they trained red light on my skin to lessen the redness and provide more anti-aging benefits. The photodynamic treat is anti-inflammatory and skin rejuvenating.
After the treatment, Dra. Kaycee prescribed a two-week post-laser skincare regimen for me, complete with a VC serum, which was the same serum applied on my face during the treatment. Here are the post-procedure instructions:
1. Do not wet the area for 6hrs.
2. After 6hrs, use a mild facial wash and toner. They advised me that if I was using something more potent, I should switch to a mild one like Cetaphil. (In my case, I switched to Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser with Clary Sage, and instead of a toner, I used the matching Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water so it’s gentler.)
3. The VC serum comes after cleansing and toning, and it must be applied twice a day.
4. Finish the regimen with a mild moisturizer day and night, and always wear sunscreen during the day. So I don’t mix too many products on my face, I also switched to Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion, and finished with sunscreen.
5. This regimen may be done the day after the laser treatment and must be religiously followed for two weeks, or until the serum runs out, after which I can go back to my old skincare products.
Their recommended number of sessions for the effect to last is six, done every two weeks or at the very least once a month.
I woke up like this: How my skin looked the morning after the Baby Skin Laser treatment—no filter, makeup, or Photoshop. Note that this is the first time I’ve posted a just-woke-up photo.
Immediately, my skin looked so fresh and fair, it actually looked like I put on powder or foundation; even Dra. Kaycee’s critical eye noticed the massive improvement on my skin tone and texture. The nurse who administered the laser told me I didn’t have obvious dark spots, just the occasional old pimple mark, so it’s good that it was easy to lighten those, too (see the one close to the bridge of my nose?). My skin did look and feel much younger, softer, and smoother. The real test was how it would look in the next couple of weeks.
How my skin looked two days after the treatment, before I applied foundation, concealer, and blush.
In the first few days after the treatment, it seemed my skin could do no wrong. It really looked and felt better! And it’s not just me: When I visited my boyfriend whom I’ve not seen in over a month, his first comment was, “Hey, your face is so light! Did you get anything done to your face?” (Yes, love, now you know I certainly did!)
I’d have to say it’s a must for those who want to make that drastic change for the better on their skin.
Before I left, Dra. Kaycee and I had a chat about how women are getting married later in life these days, so their skin doesn’t look as great as if they had gotten married younger, even with a great makeup artist. She told me that once my boyfriend proposes, I should go see her for the program that will ensure I’ll look like a blushing young bride on my wedding day. I just might take her up on that! I really like the personal touch that Dra. Kaycee brings to her consultations, and she gives me the sense that she really knows her stuff and wouldn’t hold it back from you—unlike other doctors who don’t give you the complete picture and from whom you still have to pry the information you want and need.
Luminisce also offers some weightloss treatments that would help me manage my bulges, tone my tummy and thighs, and perhaps even lessen my cellulite—those are definitely worth coming back for. Watch this page for my post when I finally get to try those.