I am feeling (and looking) a little flushed, whilst feeling less flush. I recently forked out $449 for the Baby Quasar Light Therapy
that I have just taken for a test drive. And it has to be the most boring road trip ever. The things I do for TIA readers.
I am frequently asked whether at-home LED
(light emitting diode) systems work as well as the salon treatments. The questions intensified when I recently gave my (in salon) LED sessions a Truth In Aging Olympic Gold Medal for their astonishing ability to clarify my complexion and give a new tautness to my cheeks. I could no longer fall back on my usual superficial answer of "I doubt it" coupled with a mental snarl of "what's the problem, are you agraphobic?' Hence the Baby Quasar.
So why the Baby Quasar and what is it like to use? My research led me to the Baby Q because, whilst far from the cheapest, it looked a little more like the real (salon) thing. For a start, it is a scaled down version of a salon model. And, importantly, it has infra-red light. This is rare for an at-home device. It also has three settings: a continuous wave mode, low pulse and high pulse. Baby Q also looked a lot more robust than most of the hand-helds available and, I hoped, more likely to be perfectly nuanced (stories I've heard suggest that while some don't work at all, others can be easily overdone).
The process is excruciatingly boring. At the salon, I don goggles, let my esthetician Ildi Pekar set up the panels of her Lightwave machine and close my eyes and think of England. The Baby Q has a whole routine thing going with it. And it requires concentration. No snoozing off allowed. In a nutshell, you have to divide your face into six areas and spend two minutes per area. Then repeat the whole process with a different light setting and then go back over the stubborn areas using the green (continuous) light.
Now the thing is that you have to move the device VERY slowly over your face within each of the sectioned areas. And I mean slowly - an inch every eight seconds. This proved really difficult. I found that I would either move the thing much too fast or lose concentration and leave it one place. And have you any idea how interminable two minutes can be?
I can't comment on the effects after only one session (which in its entirety adds up to about half an hour), so I am condemned to keep this up for a few weeks. I am supposed to use it every day for three days and then scale back to every two or three days for the following six weeks.
I'm off to Netflix to order a batch of mindless, but diverting videos.