The latest in ‘minimally invasive’ skin rejuvenation

Keep your hair fresh in the warmer months.Credit:Trevor King

Road Test

This week I try … Tixel skin rejuvenation

The lowdown I'm testing Tixel, the latest in "minimally invasive" skin rejuvenation. It's based on Thermo-Mechanical Ablation technology, which involves using a metal plate covered with pyramid-shaped spikes, which heat to 400°C. These are applied in millisecond bursts to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The Tixel device also forms channels that can be used to deliver products such as vitamin A into the skin. I'm intrigued, so I have my eye area and forehead worked on.

Pain factor Immediately after treatment the affected areas felt sunburnt and quite stinging.

ghd Glide Professional Hot Brush, $210,Credit:Jennifer Soo

Downtime

This is a quickie: 10 to 15 minutes. For me, there was some redness and quite a bit of swelling after the treatment that lasted into the following day.

Results My eyelids look less hooded, which is a bonus.

Where to get it Sydney: collagenfacecentre.com.au. Cost: $350. Melbourne: thevictoriancosmeticinstitute.com.au. Cost: from $350.

At home Try Cosmedix Elite Eye Doctor, (1800 648 851, $225).

Trend: Hot Hair

Tools We love the shiny boost for two-day-old holiday hair from the hot brush and the UV protection from the straightener. Just remember: while the latest tools are relatively kind, never heat-style without using a hair protector.

Look out for: ghd Glide Professional Hot Brush, $210. Halo Hair “The Marilyn” Curler, $140. Remington Infinite Protect Straightener, $99.

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Roller Liner Liquid in Brown.Credit:Jennifer Soo

Brown is the new black on the eyeliner front and we love the latest rendition from Benefit, its Roller Liner Liquid in Brown (benefitcosmetics.com/au, $38). It gives a lovely dark chocolatey finish, lasts 24 hours and is waterproof. Change it up!

Ask Stephanie

What's a good smoothing primer for acne scars?

I love primers for their smoothing capabilities and as the perfect undercoat for foundation. There are some great ones out there but one of my favourites for reducing the appearance of open pores and scarring is Smashbox's Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer (mecca.com.au, $60).

Follow Stephanie Darling on Instagram @mrssdarling. Send questions to stephanie@darlingbeauty.com.au.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale February 24.

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