I was recently invited to try a Crystal Clear COMCIT treatment at The Parlour Spa situated in the swish The Ainscow Hotel in Salford, Manchester. The spa is brand new and has a really private, intimate but luxurious feel (I spied a very businessmany gentleman getting a manicure – no doubt the privacy of the spa means people can get a treatment without strangers glaring through a window).
After 2 years of development, Crystal Clear Skincare has launched COMCIT which stands for Cryo Oxygen Microchannelling Collagen Induction Therapy. The treatment delivers oxygen and specially developed skin renewal infusions beyond the outer layers of the skin and at the deepest levels of the epidermis where ageing begins. HOW!? By using one of those micro needle roller thingies. That’s my technical explanation. The treatment stimulates new collagen production, reduces fine;ones and wrinkles and encourages firmness.
That’s the big treatment room, with a lovely heated bed.
The very clever and expensive COMCIT machine looks like this:
Before the treatment starts the therapist shows you everything because at this point I started to realise that I DON’T LIKE NEEDLES.
Now each new client has their own micro needle roller for hygiene reasons and because this is my first ever treatment, I had the finest needle. The more you get used to it, the bigger the needle goes as you get used to the sensation and you can handle more product. My lovely therapist was the very capable Kimberley who very much knew what she was doing.
This was my own roller head which was opened in front of me and rolled on my arm to demonstrate the sensation which is basically just a bit prickly/scratchy, certainly not painful.
So the treatment – bearing in mind this was a few weeks ago so I will try to remember as much as I can – begin with deep skin cleansing before the special serum (Cell to Cell Talking Cellular Solution in case you are wondering!) is used. There’s a blast of icy cold on the skin too which numbs it slightly (made me jump but that’s the noise not because it feels bad) before the oxygen blast, and then the needles are rolled over the skin. There are areas that it feels more tender than others, for me that was around the top of the cheeks and jawline – once again, really NOT painful – it hurts more to squeeze a blackhead out, but it’s just a bit more scratchy than on the fleshy areas like the cheeks.