Energy Medicine 2; Beauty Counter 0-------
Because we’re devoted to tirelessly sleuthing out the beauty industry’s good, bad, and ugly, we accepted a recent invitation to try Själ Skincare’s Kashmir-Saphir Facial, despite our energy medicine skepticism. The new treatment falls in line with the Swedish brand’s “global” approach to skincare, in that it, too, is meant to exemplify how you can bridge the gap between Eastern medicine, European and Japanese technology, and bio-osmotic energy using natural ingredients. And so, with an amethyst in the middle of our forehead for intuition (and a touch of doubt in our hearts), we embarked on the holistic journey. Our facialist began by applying the brand’s Pearl Enzyme Exfoliating Mask—which is packed with pearls, sapphires, rubies, diamonds, and pomegranate and mushroom extracts—to polish our skin for a bright, even tone. Then she broke out the clear crystal quartz wands to “amplify” the energy from the gemstones in the mask. Just as we were about to let out an audible scoff, we slipped into a moment of blissed-out meditation. (Turns out, the use of chilled quartz wands as a massage tool feels really good). Next came the Kashmir-Saphir Perfecting Mask, the heart of the facial, which uses copper peptides, blue lotus, gold, silver, platinum, and sapphire powder to soothe and tone skin while it minimizes pores and adds elasticity. This, too, was followed by another wand massage, this time using rose quartz and Själ’s Blue Facial Huile, a decadent oil charged with rare blue sapphires from the Himalayas. The second facial massage not only was enough to make us believers in the copper balls the aesthetician slipped into our hands toward the end of the experience—you know, for energy field enhancement—but also left us with perfectly balanced, harmoniously radiant skin. The facial is currently on offer at the Agua Spa at both the Mondrian and the Delano hotels in Miami. For interested parties who live outside the 33139 ZIP code, both masks will be available for purchase in September.