Up until now, most of what you’ll have read on this blog has been about make-up, nails, skincare creams, potions and lotion, and hair. Up until now, there’s not really been a huge amount of cosmoceuticals, injectables or the rather more extreme forms of beauty. Up until now.

Recently, I went along to see Dr Rabia Malik, a cosmetic doctor based just off Harley Street, to see what she could do for me. Dr Malik specialises in non-invasive, non-surgical treatments for the skin, providing a personal solution tailor-made to the individual’s needs. She makes it a point not to work with injectables, finding instead a holistic approach and other treatments, such as Chemical Peels, Dermarollers and Oxygen Infusions to achieve the best skin possible for each patient.

So, given that I’ve been so risk averse in the past, Dr Malik’s approach seemed perfect for me as a way to dip my toe into the world beyond face creams and serums. My skin has been more than a little dehydrated recently (read ‘parched’), so Dr Malik recommended an Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion to rehydrate and rejuvenate my skin and push some much-needed oxygen and moisture deep into my skin.

The treatment itself takes around an hour in total and is extremely easy – I just lay back and let Dr Malik and her magic tools do all the work. Using the special tool that looks and feels just like something you’d use to airbrush foundation onto your skin, the oxygen, under light pressure, is used to ‘push’ the serum containing Hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants deep into the cells to instantly hydrate, plump and refresh the skin. It’s not painful at all, not in the slightest. It kind of feels like your skin is being tickled with a dusting of air blowing past your face. It was extremely relaxing and I probably would have fallen asleep if it hadn’t been for the fact that I was chatting away!

Immediately after the treatment, I could see a visible difference in my skin; it was more radiant, plumper and fresher-looking. Dr Rabia told me that it would look even better the day after and that after around 72 hours, the effects would gradually wear off, which is exactly what happened.

This isn’t a permanent fix but is fabulous for a pre-event boost to the skin – perfect for before a big party or event. My make-up went on much better the following day, I felt I needed to use less foundation and the skin felt softer and smoother. I was also given sachet-sized samples of the Intraceuticals skincare to use in the couple of days following my treatment to capitalise on the hyaluronic-plumping effects of the serum infused into my skin. I don’t use Botox or fillers but this treatment works well in conjunction with it. But I have to say, I’m much more convinced that I need to go the cosmoceuticals and hi-tech route to keep my skin in the condition I’d like. Hey, I might even be convinced to try the Dermaroller… in the right hands, you never know!

I like Dr Rabia’s approach so much, I’ve convinced her to write a few guest posts for me us, which you can read over the next few weeks on this blog. And I’m sure if you have any questions for her, she wouldn’t mind answering them for you – just field them my way and I’ll make sure she sees them.

And if you want to find out more about Dr Rabia Malik and her clinic, click on her website link HERE.




  1. 12 February 2013 / 11:08 am

    I’ve heard really great things about the Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Treatment and it sounds like a great alternative to injectables. Working on J Aesthetic Nursing I always hear about how patients really want to walk out with no visible differences so they can slip back into their work or social lives without anyone noticing they have had something done. I wonder how often/how many times you would need to get it done to see long-term results?
    Loving these types of posts Ambarina and if you ever need any info re non-surgical cosmetic treatments you know where I am 🙂 x

  2. Anonymous
    18 February 2013 / 5:53 pm

    Dear ‘shotofbeauty’… wonder no more… in answer to your question, to achieve the optimum results from the fabulous Intraceuticals treatments, it is recommended that you have a series of six treatments (one per week for six weeks) This will restore your skin’s inner hydration back to the optimum level. It is essential to also use the Intraceuticals daily Hyaluronic Layering Daily homecare products (which are included in the cost of the six treatment series).

    Thereafter, you will need to continue with ‘maintenance’ of one treatment per month thereafter and continue to use the home use products.

    There is no other non- invasive hydrating treatment which will deliver results like this… your skin will thank you !!

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