Aging is a natural part of life and some people don’t mind aging naturally and gracefully. I am just not one of them. I am very youthful and want to look as best as I can for as long as I can. Some people might think that is vain and maybe it is but I am always looking for ways to look younger and to keep my skin healthy in the most natural and safest way. My friend Karina works at Oxygen Medi Spa downtown Ottawa on Slater Street and is always posting about the Vampire Facials and how much she loves doing them because the results are so amazing. I first learned about the Vampire Facial a few years ago when Kim Kardashian did it. I am sure most of you remember the famous bloody selfie she posted. I was intrigued when I saw it but I thought it was a bit creepy seeing her face smeared with blood. Since then these facials have become incredibly popular and main stream and now I understand why. Vampire Facials allow facial rejuvenation to happen in the most natural way. It stimulates collagen production and improves your skin elasticity.
I have been to the Oxygen Medi Spa before for an Oxygen Facial when they first opened over a year ago. I loved it and found the staff highly experienced and very professional. I messaged Karina to ask her about the facial and she said she does three to four of them a day and the results are astounding and permanent! She told me she got rid of her Mom’s crows feet in three sessions and her Mom is 71! THAT is what sold me. Not only does it help with wrinkles and fine lines but it also helps with acne, acne scaring and can also get rid of stretch marks!! I made my appointment for the following Friday without hesitation. Basically a Vampire Facial uses your own blood to help promote the healthy activity of your skin cells. It’s a combination of micro needling while applying your PRP (platelet-rich plasma) into the minute holes from the micro needling. Your PRP contains high levels of protein and growth factors and when it’s applied to the skin it stimulates cell turnover. I am going to share my experience with you from beginning to end. First, you need to know that this is completely natural and safe but it will get a little bloody, hence the name Vampire Facial. Karina has over ten years experience in the industry and is physician trained both in the U.S and Canada! I trust her completely because she is incredibly professional and absolutely loves what she does.
Here we go….
First, Doctor Pandian took two small vials of my blood. Then spun it in a machine called a centrifuge in order to extract the PRP from the serum portion of my blood.
After washing my face, a numbing cream was applied and we waited 30 min. for it to take effect. Was I nervous? A little, only from the unknown and not knowing what it was going to feel like. There was a little buzzing sound as she ran the needles over my face and the best way I can describe it is a sharp scratching sensation. It wasn’t painful because of the numbing cream. It was more of a discomfort and it felt more sensitive on my forehead, hairline and nose. Karina made me feel at ease and I felt relaxed as she worked her magic.
The whole facial took about an hour, 30 min was waiting for the numbing cream and then 30 min of the actual micro needling. The healing process only takes a few days. The first day my face was red and looked like I had a windburn and about 7 hrs later there was a little bit of puffiness to my cheeks. The second day the redness had significantly decreased but my skin felt tight and dry like it would from a windburn. I have been putting cold pressed olive oil on my face three times a day and it’s healing quite nicely since it’s an anti inflammatory. Day three you can hardly see any redness. Since your skin is so open and vulnerable from the needles you need to protect your skin and wear lots of sunscreen for a week, even if it is not sunny! I will not see any results for a few weeks but I am confident I will be more than pleased. Some people need more than one session and they need to be done six weeks apart. Obviously the more sessions you do the more results you will see. I took before pics and in six weeks I will share my after pictures! Am I happy I did this? YES!!! Would I do it again? YES!!! Would I recommend Karina at Oxygen Medi Spa? YES!!! Stay tuned for my results!! Feel free to message me if you have any questions or if you want to know more about Oxygen Medi Spa as I would love nothing more to connect you with Karina to see if this is something that would be beneficial for you!
Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M