HARPER'S BAZAAR, February 2014
Facials by nature are meant to repair and restore the skin. But instead of booking the basic mega moisturizing treatment that typically replenishes my skin's glow after the exhausting days that make up New York Fashion Week, I decided to indulge before—in pursuit of obtaining the definition and luminosity that could allow me to put my best face forward. Like my mind, my skin has been over stressed and over worked this winter, which has left my face feeling puffy and looking fatigued.
Georgia Louise, a London import and now a mainstay for Manhattan women in the know, has created major buzz for her signature Lift & Scuplt Facial, which promises to reshape your face, depuff and brighten, all with a potent mix of high-tech machines and Old World healing. She's also worked on everyone from Madonna to Linda Evangelista, and celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman swears by her techiniques. I booked her next available appointment.
On the eve of the first Polar Vortex in January, I made my way to her Central Park West town home, determined to let Louise quite literally whip my face into shape regardless of what Mother Nature put in my way. Her Art Deco-inspired atelier was warm and welcoming on the snowy day, but more over, Louise's lovely and calming aura made sure that I instantly felt at home. As we chatted in her lounge, she said that stress is the most common cause of bad skin, and dealing with New York women makes her a bonafide expert. Her methods, she mused, heavily rely on actually getting her clients to a point of true relaxation during the treatments and sustaining that Zen-like state long after they leave her salon. And that's exactly why she starts every facial with a deep tissue massage and aromatherapy deep breathing technique to get circulation moving and in turn, drain away toxins. Let me say, that part was divine.
Next up, she cleaned my face with her Georgia Louise Jet, that I can only describe as taking your face through a state-of-the-art car wash, in the best way possible. It uses a high level of oxygen and high pressure saline to blast out clogged pores—literally. The key is that it exfoliates and hydrates at the same time, and feels utterly amazing (like dunking your head in a bin of ice cold water to revitalize and wake you up!). She then infused vitamins into my skin with a galvanic current, a great addition for anyone who is about to embark on a lot of travel (read: any fashion editor right now). Then came the famed massage. A high-speed sculpting session that whipped and snapped my facial muscles awake and helped relieve any fluid rentention that stress, diet, and allergies had created. The truth: It didn't hurt, but it also didn't not, well, feel comfortable either. I could feel my face re-taking shape. She finished with a cooling mask and aiming both blue and red LED lights at my skin to both calm my skin and provide long-term anti-aging benefits. The result was dewy, gorgeous skin even in zero degree tempatures and that pesky bloat aournd my jawline and under my eyes vanished.
Before she sent me back out into the blizzard, she bestowed me with her new Lift & Sculpt Butterfly Stone ($57) and a quick tutorial on how to give myself a facial massage. She suggested I leave the rose quartz stone, which in Eastern Medicine is known for its powerful healing properties, in the fridge for an even more soothing experience. Since Georgia's facial, I have massaged my face a few times a week and have seen not only an improvement in the shape of features, but continue to witness my former puffiness disappear. The true test? If it can help combat the effects of the Fashion Week show marathon and party curcuit champagne that I'm about to go on. But if what I've seen so far continues, it's going to be my Fashion Week secret weapon.