By Donna Reidy-Maguire
The last year or so has not been kind to my skin. The stress and strain of sleepless nights from becoming a first time mom and the grief of losing a parent both during the pandemic had undoubtedly taken a toll on my face so when the opportunity arose to meet expert skincare specialist Valerie Osborne I didn’t have to think twice.
Valerie opened Elysium Day Spa and Laser Clinic in 2003 in Moycullen, Co. Galway and also operates her own Advanced Skincare Clinic specialising in an array of medical grade prescriptive skin treatments and home-care plans. With over 28 years’ experience in advanced aesthetic skincare, I knew that I was in good hands the minute that we started my consultation. Her extensive knowledge on all things skincare was evident as we noted my skincare concerns and routines (or lack thereof!). She also documented detailed information about my medical history and lifestyle in order to form a detailed skincare analysis and gain a comprehensive overview of my skincare needs.
Valerie stocks a wide range of professional skincare brands including Ultraceuticals which I was very intrigued to try. Developed by Dr. Geoffrey Heber, a cosmetic physician working with clients exposed to one of the harshest conditions in the world – the Australian sun, this science based skincare range was developed to address major skin concerns and is only available in select countries (Australia, New Zealand, Russia and most recently Ireland) and to highly trained skincare specialists.
Valerie performed the Ultra Signature Facial Plus treatment which includes two luxurious signature massage techniques and serum infusions to refine and hydrate the skin. All Ultraceuticals treatments also incorporate the powerful UltraSonophoresis (Infusion) technology. By harnessing ultrasonic vibrations, it allows your skin to absorb your moisturiser or active vitamins of choice past the first layer and through the barrier that sits between your epidermis and your dermis. This allows the product to penetrate your skin up to a thousand times better than with regular application thereby enhancing the benefits of the active ingredients. This highly effective, non-invasive treatment is pregnancy safe and is revolutionising conventional facial treatments.
The effects of my Ultra Signature Facial Plus treatment were immediate with noticeably visible results. My complexion was brighter, smoother and more radiant. Each of the techniques and products used were very specific to my skin and targeted all of the concerns that I had shared with Valerie. Two weeks later, and using my tailor made home care routine using Ultraceuticals products, I have noticed a drastic difference in skin texture and appearance (with family members also commenting on my “glow”). The market is flooded with skincare products and practices which can often be overwhelming. Using Ultraceuticals under the expert guidance of Valerie has reinforced the importance of finding a brand that not only feels good on the skin but also has the scientific research behind it to provide optimum skincare with visible results.