Last Updated: Thu Jul 21, 2011 22:07 pm (KSA) 19:07 pm (GMT)

Basra Haider / Arabian Beauty: Marvel at my skin!

A few days ago, I was in a shop and to my delight found a facial at home treatment machine on clearance. I paid 135 AED (around $25) for a 900 AED (around $200) machine. Already aware of light therapy I was quick to snap it up. But sadly it illustrated exactly my point, mentioned earlier in my blog “Mirror! Mirror!” about women, in this region especially, not educating themselves on the marvels of skin care; if this were not the case then this amazing product would not have found its way to the clearance bin.

“Marvel Mini” is a series of three kinds of hand-held devices that employ LED technology, a non-invasive, low-level, non-thermal light energy that activates skin cells. NASA scientists concluded that certain light frequencies significantly stimulate tissue growth. Each device uses different light wavelength to treat one particular skin problem: red is for wrinkles, blue for acne and green for pigmentation marks.

Treatments, with the at-home kit, need to be done every day to achieve the results or it can be used to help you maintain the results after a course of sessions at your clinic.

Perhaps a better idea for most women, these treatments can be found in most dermatology clinics in the Middle East. I have had a few sessions in the past but just did not have the time or money to keep up with my appointments. So you can imagine my excitement when I found this machine, I bought the “Marvel Mini: Red Light,” because, well, it was the only one available. It claims to increase collagen production five fold in the skin and improve skin elasticity, triggering repair mechanisms and stimulating fibroblast cells and cell growth.

German reports identify how the visible light works—by changing the molecular structure of a glue-like layer of water on elastin, the protein that provides elasticity in skin, blood vessels, heart and other body structures. Figuratively speaking, the light strips away those water molecules that are involved in the immobilization of elastin, gradually restoring its elastic function and thus reducing facial wrinkles. It has even been described as a potential alternative to Botox.

The only catch with such treatments is that they work as long as you continue with the maintenance. I will have to use Red Light, twice a day for 24 minutes each time for 30 days, after which it can be used a few times a week for maintenance. But for the convenience of doing it at home and the cost savings, it makes it well worthwhile.

Today is just Day Three and I am already marveling at my skin’s improvement day by day. It will require some discipline and patience, yes, but certainly worth the trouble if it will prevent a scalpel to my face in the future, something I am just not willing to do, even though the industry I work in is brutal when it comes to judging the “beauty experts,” based on their looks.

(Basra Haider covers the beauty industry. She can be reached at:

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