IPL @ Harley Street Skin Clinic

Over the past few years I’ve began to notice a bit of pigmentation on my face, particularly around the tops of my cheeks. Almost certainly a combination of too much sun exposure and not enough SPF on my part. That and sadly well general aging. Topical retinol and Vitamin C can help, but if you really want to treat pigmentation hard you need to go down the laser/ light route. Intense pulsed light or IPL for short is probably the most popular and one of the least expensive of those treatments on offer.

I went to the Harley Street Skin Clinic for my IPL treatments. I actually first went for a consultation there with the lovely Lesley pre-lockdown, but because summer was coming up we decided to wait til the winter when I knew I wasn’t going away and I’d be well away from any potential sun exposure. Then of course Covid hit and everything shut down. Some two years later I returned and started my treatment. I did three sessions of IPL spaced a month apart. Before and after the treatments I did a VISIA skin analysis so I could accurately gauge how effective my treatment was. I’ve included the pictures below.

As you can see there was a slight improvement in the before and after photos. Weirdly one of the things I particularly noticed was my pores appeared smaller. IPL stimulates colleagues production so this is a known benefit, but one I wasn’t expecting. Pigmentation wise there was definitely an improvement, but it wasn’t quite as dramatic as I was hoping. An important lesson to learn there, prevention is easier than cure. You should always be wearing a high factor SPF every day, yes even during winter. I think next time I will have to try a stronger pigmentation busting laser to deal with things as although the IPL definitely helped, the improvements were subtle and not quite as dramatic as I was hoping.



Mykonos, Greece

I’d been wanting to go to Mykonos for years so when my friend JP said he had some spare holiday time I suggested a Greece trip. We booked quite late so direct flights to Mykonos were non existent, so we decided to fly to Athens and get a boat to Mykonos from there. JP is a regular flyer for work so using a companion voucher and air miles we flew BA business from Heathrow. As a BA Gold Card holder JP was able to use the First Wing Lounge, a step up from the usual BA Galleries Lounge which regular business class flyers are entitled to use. We were travelling early in the morning so it was a good chance to have a proper non-airplane meal before the flight.

Everything ran on time and on arriving into Athens the transfer to the port was pretty easy. The ferry was fine, but it was a bit slow and to be honest if I was doing the trip again, I’d probably make sure I got a flight direct to Mykonos, the whole fly to Athens and get the ferry thing was a bit of a faff. We didn’t arrive in Mykonos til nearly 6pm and so that was annoying. Thankfully the hotel we had booked sent a car for us. We stayed at the Rochari, which JP had stayed at before, and it was really nice. The room was simple but very chic and included a lovely terrace with sea views and also Jo Malone toiletries in the bathroom. It was also right in Mykonos Town which is where we really wanted to be for the bars and nightlife. One side note accommodation in Mykonos is notoriously expensive, even a very basic hotel in town will set you back €200 a night. The Rochari was significantly more than this, but JP and I were sharing a room and considering the price of some of the other hotels it was pretty decent value for Mykonos.