I Tried This Unique Beauty Treatment And My Skin Loved Me For It

Dull skin? We don’t know her.

By Bianca Licina | 29th April 2024

I hate to admit it but I am a little neglectful when it comes to my skin. I cleanse and moisturise twice a day but that’s about as creative I get with my skincare regime. Lucky for me, I’ve been blessed with not having acne-prone or sensitive skin meaning it doesn’t mind my ‘less is more’ approach.

However, working in social media and just existing in 2024, I am constantly shown the latest skincare products, trends, and treatments and I have to admit, I do experience a bit of FOMO. 

So, I decided that my New Year’s resolution (as of May) is to invest a little more in my skin. My skin is meh – not bad by any means but would I say it’s radiant and glowing? No. Being a guilty sun-seeker too, I know my skin could be better.

So, I booked into Sage + Stone Beauty Boutique to see what the lovely team would recommend. Situated in Woolloongabba, Sage + Stone is nothing short of a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of its inner-city location. Greeted by feminine interiors and the bright smile of founder, Sarah Pollard, my skin already felt a little more glowy.  Sarah, a registered nurse of 23 years and a practising beautician of seven, has a warmth about her that makes you trust your skin in her highly capable hands. 

After a thorough consultation about my skin routine and goals, Sarah recommended the Bio Nutri Glow Facial – it sounded just about right for me! So, I was guided into the room and there, my skincare journey began.

About the Bio Nutri Glow Facial                                                  

The Bio Nutri Glow Facial is an NCTF treatment (New Cellular Treatment Factor) that pretty much helps all your skin dreams come true. A form of skin needling, the treatment aims to nourish the skin leaving it plump, hydrated, and radiant with the essential ingredients stimulating collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production.

To put it simply, NCTF treatment has many benefits, including:

  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Hydration
  • Brightening
  • Fine line and wrinkle reduction
  • Improved skin quality
  • Enhanced radiance
  • Firmer texture
  • Minimised pores

Basically, it’s your secret weapon to glowing skin. 

The treatment

After Sarah explained the treatment, the process, and the benefits, not only was I totally sold, but I was excited too! Sarah prefaced that the treatment would be a little ‘spicy’ and that there was a recovery time of two days where redness and tenderness were likely to occur. 

With all the formalities out of the way, the treatment began. Using a pen-like instrument, the treatment felt like a scratchy brush going across your skin. With only a mild and totally manageable pain, the needling part of the treatment lasted about 20 minutes. Towards the end, my face started to feel a little warm from the treatment, but not for long as a magical clear jelly mask was placed onto my face accompanied by an LED light. I lay on the comfy bed for 20 minutes enjoying the cool mask and even snuck in a cheeky snooze – what a productive afternoon! I was gifted a thick repair cream to use for the next few days and was on my way with my spirits high, ready to experience glowy skin in 2 to 3 days.

The results

Day 1

Immediately after the treatment, Sarah and I were both surprised to see my skin was hardly red. It felt a little tender and warm, but overall, it felt fine. I chose to skip my afternoon Pilates class to avoid adding any heat or sweat to my face, but it made for a nice way to end my day. As the evening progressed, the redness did increase a little as expected and my skin felt tight and a little rough. Regardless, I applied the lotion and went to sleep dreaming of radiant skin.

Day 2

The next morning, I woke up expecting to have a tomato-red face. To my delight, it was quite the opposite. I had hardly any redness and my skin was looking fab. Still a little tender, I lightly washed my face this morning and chose not to wear any makeup (as advised by Sarah). Throughout the day, there still was a little bit of heat in my skin, but even after a hot Pilates session, the redness did not return. 

Day 3

On day three, my complexion was noticeably more even and looking super healthy. My skin was still dry and rough in texture, with a little bit of flaking happening. However, the repair cream hydrated the skin and prevented any visible dryness. 

Day 7

A week after my treatment, I noticed that the pesky texture I’d always struggled with had disappeared on my cheeks, and my skin was very soft and clear. Even stubborn scars and marks had disappeared – a miracle! 

Overall, this treatment was a great way to kick-start my skincare journey. Although a little more invasive than I was used to, Sarah’s salon and her expertise made me feel very comfortable in her care. I often hear or see these sorts of treatments and question their effectiveness so I was excited to notice real results and improvements in my skin – highly recommend!

By Bianca Licina Certified shopaholic, Bianca is happiest in her favourite pair of jeans with a piccolo latte in hand.




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