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July 26 2014

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7 posts tagged "Facial"

Is Microneedling the Answer to Your Skin Woes?

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I am forever on the lookout for a noninvasive beauty treatment that can aid in the prevention of fine lines and also help with my pigmentation issues—a lovely reminder of my college years spent in sunny Florida. So when our beauty editor walked over one day and mentioned microneedling, I jumped (sorry, leapt!) at the opportunity to guinea pig a Circ-Cell Transdermal Treatment. It promised “unparalleled antiaging results,” and so I did what I do best: signed up, and then started Googling what the heck “needling” was.

All my research turned up fairly similar results: Pioneered by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Des Fernandes in 1992; great alternative to microdermabrasion; no downtime; improves skin’s elasticity; and helps to improve skin density. But as I strolled into Dangene in midtown Manhattan, I could feel my heart pounding—I did have to run back to the office for afternoon meetings, after all. What will needling actually do to me? (If the results looked anything like Kim Kardashian’s vampire facial, I definitely didn’t want in.)

Well, scratch all that unnecessary Instagram- and reality-TV-induced anxiety. It’s simply amazing, and here’s why: Circ-Cell’s patented Transdermal Delivery System uses tiny surgical-grade needles (0.5 mm, to be exact) to penetrate and “gently injure” the epidermis, while simultaneously infusing skin with antiaging peptides. The skinny needles create pathways where the active topicals can penetrate the skin in a more effective way. There was no pain, and I would even go as far as to say it was enjoyable—in that forced way when you know something seriously incredible is happening. Post-procedure, my complexion looked dewy and plump, with no redness whatsoever. Plus, the treatment was entirely nonabrasive and actually far gentler than my previous microdermabrasion experiences. Taking that one step further, I was told that licensed doctor’s offices are using the same treatment on different parts of the body—most notably, the derriere, which utilizes longer needles (3.0 mm) for deeper penetration. Bikini season, people.

The verdict? I’m several days in with no breakouts, and my skin has maintained its glow and plumpness. I’ve starting supplementing my normal antiaging serum with Circ-Cell’s more boldly titled Blood Serum, and have become a believer. It’s about building the skin up versus tearing it down—and that’s a mantra I can definitely get behind.

Visit circell.com for more information and to find a location near you.

Sign Yourself Up for This Post-Sunday Funday Spa Service

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The notion of sitting in a spa on a summer afternoon isn’t something that usually appeals to me. After the New York winter we endured this year, I’m making up for lost time in the great outdoors. The newly revamped spa at the Four Seasons in midtown Manhattan, however, might just become my post-Central Park stop. Swiss beauty brand L.Raphael—a favorite of A-listers like Sofia Coppola and Tilda Swinton—has taken over the 4,500-square-foot space that boasts ten treatment rooms and a salon. The service I’m most excited about is the Oxy-Star Treatment. Using the brand’s proprietary Oxy-Tech II machine, this facial employs jet-speed pressure to help ingredients—like white truffle extract—penetrate deeper into the skin, in addition to gently exfoliating. A collagen-boosting mask helps to round out the experience. While the device sounds a little bit like a rocket launch (i.e., you won’t hear the gentle spa music over the rumbling), the intense blast of cool oxygen feels refreshing after a sun-soaked and sweaty day on the Great Lawn. Plus, it leaves your complexion hydrated, glowing, and ready for sunset cocktails at the Boathouse.

See fourseasons.com for more information

Isabelle Bellis on Complexion Weatherproofing

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isabelleAnyone who has experienced a facial with Isabelle Bellis firsthand would likely agree that it’s a transformative experience. And a lengthy one, at that—her signature facial treatments, which incorporate plenty of circulation-stimulating massage, usually hover around the two-hour mark. Even her extractions somehow don’t seem as painful an ordeal. And Bellis herself is always full of helpful skincare advice, so we couldn’t think of anyone better to offer up some guidance on how our skin can best, ahem, weather the extreme changes in temperature that seem par for the course this winter. Here, five tips to abide by.

WASH WITH CARE
“The skin needs to be cleaned in a more gentle way during the winter. As the skin of the face and neck get finer, it is more vulnerable to the cold weather and the heat in our homes. It’s vital to retain the good elements that the skin produces in order to protect the complexion. An aggressive foaming gel can damage and dry the skin, so even if one has oily skin, it is better to clean with a mild formula in order to keep the delicate skin fabric intact. A milky cleanser and toner or an extremely gentle foam cleanser is preferred.”

SHELF THE ACIDS
“Limit the amount of acidic products and treatments the face and neck are exposed to. Those who have fragile skin should opt to use these kinds of products in the spring or fall instead.”

WATCH YOUR WATER
“Try to limit the use of tap water on your face. If you use product that needs to be rinsed off with water, I recommend finishing with a spray of thermal water—I prefer the La Roche-Posay Spray Thermal for its beneficial properties and wonderful dispersion—to rid the skin of hard elements like chlorine, calcareous deposits, etc. We also have a tendency to take longer and warmer showers in the winter, and it’s important to avoid directing too much of the shower’s spray directly on the décolletage, as it is a very sensitive area where capillaries can react easily. Be sure to dry your body in a gentle way and not to rub with your towel. If you take a bath, apply oil to your body before you soak or add a few drops of oil to your tub.”

WARM UP YOUR DIET
“Avoid too much raw food, as it has a tendency to create dryness in the system that shows up on the skin. Since the body needs more energy to break it down, you may feel tired and less energetic. If you juice, make sure you have warm, balanced, healthy meals to compensate.”

ADD SOME OIL
“Oil is for any age and any type of skin, from combination to extremely dry. Apply an oil-based product to create an extra barrier and protect the capillaries from the cold. L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Oil is fantastic for winter. It absorbs rapidly without leaving skin greasy. And if you’re very dry, top it with a moisturizing cream for extra protection and nourishment.”

Two New Additions to the La Mer Family

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Joanna Czech, a gifted aesthetician with a long roster of A-list clients like Cate Blanchett, Christy Turlington Burns, and Kate Winslet is bringing her passion for skincare to La Mer. The brand tapped Czech, who hails from Poland, to create an exclusive facial massage technique (that felt akin to a deep tissue massage for the complexion) to pair with its Lifting Contour Serum—the company’s newest antiaging product infused with perennial brown algae, blue algae, and marine peptides to lift and tighten. The treatment is available at the brand’s partner spas, such as La Réserve Ramatuelle in France, and all doors where La Mer has a treatment room (like Bergdorf Goodman in New York). At home, this facial translates into an application ritual in which you join your thumb and first two fingers together and gently press-and-release in a gravity-defying upward motion from the base of the neck to your forehead. “I have clients who do this for only 15 seconds on each side of the face, while some may linger for 10 minutes,” said Czech, who herself keeps the daily routine to less than a minute. She has decades of experience under her belt, but described the interview process with La Mer as “intense.” Czech must have put her best face forward, however, because she made the cut and now has the distinct honor of being the first such collaborator for the brand. The learning curve should be easy, though. “I’ve been using La Mer on my own skin for 18 years,” she said.

La Mer Lifting Contour Serum, $290, lamer.com

Face Time

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hydrafacialMicrodermabrasion may be old hat for the hardened facial junkie hell-bent on a skin-perfecting fix every four weeks or so. But even the most jaded of skin-sloughers might just perk up at the promises backing the HydraFacial, a relatively new kid on the block in terms of treatments. HydraFacial’s technology uses a series of plastic “blades” (not nearly as frightening as it sounds) in place of the diamond-tipped tools traditionally used in dermabrasion. When the tool is placed against skin, a vacuum clears pores, scrapes away dead cells, and delivers a cocktail of complexion-reviving ingredients simultaneously.

The first step to exponentially more fabulous skin is a cleansing/exfoliation hybrid, featuring the brand’s proprietary Activ-4 serum. Lactic acid banishes dead skin cells and brightens, while glucosamine helps to soften lines and whisk away hyperpigmentation. Next up is a glycolic-salicylic peel, aggressive enough to visibly brighten, but gentle enough that I wasn’t too red in the face to head straight back to the office post-treatment. Extractions are handled not by squeezing but by using suction, and the Beta-HD serum with salicylic acid and honey extract softens pore-clogging impurities and combats any resulting dryness. The pièce de résistance is Vortex-Fusion—not, in fact, related in any way to the Star Wars franchise, but a potent, antioxidant-packed serum that hydrates, plumps, and serves as a buffer against environmental foes. Optional add-ons include lymphatic drainage or LED light therapy, but after thirty minutes of standard HydraFacial magic, you may not even need them—or your foundation.

See hydrafacial.com for more information.