When being asked on the changes I must have brought to my current skincare routine, on some sort of new foundation I've switched to or simply "What did you do to have your skin become this naturally glowing?" several times a week, I start considering my last visit to Carpe Clinic as quite the beneficial one. 

Exactly four weeks ago I headed to Carpe Clinic in Antwerp, my n°1 place to be for when my skin is in need of an extra dose of pampering. I find myself being 24:7 on the lookout for treatments making my skin look more radiant and fresh. And in search for luminous skin I started to get intrigued by their innovative so called Vampire Facial. Yup, the bloody procedure Kim Kardashian underwent and scared everyone with as it had her entire face covered in blood. Although I have to admit I was a bit anxious about the needles to my face I convinced myself not to think of Kim's drama too much and simply brave the treatment to experience its skin rejuvenation boost myself.  

Getting a Vampire Facial equals having your processed blood - in order to create platelet rich plasma - injected to your face. First you get a valve of blood drawn from your arm and for about fifteen minutes it is spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelet rich plasma. At the same time you get an anesthetic cream to apply fifteen minutes before the treatment and when the wait is finally over the plasma can be injected back to your skin to stimulate collagen and elastin growth. My treatment involved injections under the skin at my cheeks, on my chin and under my eyes. Followed by an all over micro-needling to stimulate the collagen production once more. Not exactly a walk in the park but as I could have expected from Kim she added not just a bit of drama. My experience was warm and painful at the most sensitive spots - the pricking of the needles around my eyes - but the pain is definitely not unbearable to scream for. Like all treatments I've ever had at Carpe Cinic (read about my Fraxel Laser, chemical peelings and laser hair removal) I was immediately put at ease by their doctors. And all is done so very gently that there's definitely nothing worth having nightmares about.

After the half hour procedure my skin looked red and swollen but luckily nothing like Kim splattered in her own blood. In the next three days my skin felt rough and it looked like I had a sunburn but that was easily covered up with make-up. The results of a Vampire Facial start showing three weeks after and need about three months to fully appear. In these last few weeks I've noticed my skin tone being much more even and my acne scars finally being healed. On top my face looks fuller, my tiniest wrinkles look plumped up, the appearance of fine lines has visibly been reduced and I start receiving compliments on a healthier and glowing complexion.  

So nope, haven't changed my foundation at all. In fact, the days of an uneven skin tone and covering up my face in make-up are officially over. As I said before: for an excellent skin complexion I always recommend Carpe Clinic in Antwerp; they have the exact right answer to every skin related problem. There simply ain't no place that has ever done so much for my skin.

Carpe Clinic is located at Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 162 in Antwerp

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