SELF, May 2015
THE 4 NEW FACIALS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NOW
Four experts spill on the ultimate treatments they have to offer.
While our iPhone clocks automatically sprang forward months ago, our skin is somewhat slower to reset. And so, every year, we welcome the warmer weather with a long-overdue facial. But think beyond the classic steam-extract-mask combo you’re used to seeing—the newest facials are full of inventive methodologies, ingredients and more. Think: a shot of oxygen here, a jolt of nanocurrent there, they thoroughly transform complexions, effectively turning back time. Here, the country’s top facialists share their meticulous rituals for attaining clear, smooth and glowing skin.
Georgia Louise: Pore-Flushing Antioxidant Facial
Equating cleanliness with goddessness, Georgia Louise—who owns an atelier on Manhattan’s Upper West Side (plus one in London) and counts Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston as clientele—is a top purveyor of powerful, non-invasive facials. She starts by “triple-cleansing” the skin: first with her own plant oil-based balm, then a clay mask and a glycolic gel. An enzyme peel further loosens things up in preparation for the Georgia Louise Jet, a high-pressure blast of oxygen and antibacterial saline, which forces its way deep into pores to root out remaining debris while also sloughing off lackluster cells from the skin’s surface. “It’s both exfoliating and hydrating, plus the refreshingly cold temperature of the air and water prevents redness and tightens the skin,” explains Louise. Next, using her fingertips and a custom massage stone, she works along the lymphatic points of the face, pumping out any stagnant fluids that could cause puffiness or hinder radiance. Then Louise applies a brightening mix of antioxidant vitamins and apple stem cells, driving their infusion into the skin using a high-tech pairing of pulsed electrical current and low-frequency sound waves. To finish, a hydrating algae mask is then delivered with a dose of galvanic current to boost penetration, leaving skin perfectly clean, luminous, and protected. Louise sends clients off with Environ’s Revival Mask to wear to bed, and pointers on using her Lift & Sculpt Butterfly Massage Stone to soothe and tone facial skin at home.