Mamamia’s Tried and Tested series is your weekly review of the latest to hit our desks in beauty, health and wellness. You won’t find any #sponsored content here, just honest, relatable and independent advice. This week, Senior Lifestyle Writer Amy Clark had a carbon facial to find out what it’s actually like.
As we speak, there are approximately 3,456,739 different kinds of facials you really ought to be having.
But forget about those because I want to tell you about one more: the ‘carbon facial’.
Aside from making for hectic Instagram content (more on that below), this non-invasive laser treatment promises to reduce pore size, minimise oil production and brighten the skin for a smoother, glowier complexion.
Sounds great, but what is it actually like to have a carbon facial and should you get one? I put my face on the line to find out.
WATCH: You can see what a carbon facial looks and sounds like in the video below, post continues after video.
What is a carbon facial?
A carbon facial is a laser facial that uses a Q-switch laser, combined with a carbon cream, to penetrate the skin, break down dirt and oil, and improve overall skin texture.
According to Cyndy Higgins, a cosmetic physician at One Cosmetic, the facial is also known as a ‘China Doll Laser Facial’ for its ability to make the skin look like smooth porcelain.
“The carbon facial enhances the skin’s radiance and promotes a smooth, glowing complexion. The treatment helps to lessen skin imperfections and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores with a superior cleaning effect to ensure smooth porcelain-like results are achieved,” she told Mamamia.
“It’s especially effective for anyone with active acne, post-acne hyperpigmentation (coloured dots left behind where a pimple used to be), and loose or drooping skin.”