The 15-Minute Facial That Showed Me the True Meaning of "Glowy Skin"
In the beauty world, the term "glowy skin" gets tossed around a lot. It's the ideal, the be-all end-all descriptor that we all want used to describe our faces. I've spent countless dollars investing in routines and makeup that promise me that glow.
But I never truly understood the meaning of glowy skin until I had the MicroPhoto Facial Treatment at the Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa in West Hollywood. (And, trust me, I've tried a lot of highlighters.)
Keep reading to see how this lightning-fast treatment made my skin glow (and even convinced me to give up foundation for a few days).
Prior to my treatment, I met up with Vance Soto, the president of Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa, who clued me in on an interesting phenomenon: the lunchtime facial. In this super-busy, go-go-go world, actually taking the time for a facial, let alone a nightly skincare routine, is seen as way too much work. We might as well admit it: There are very few of us who enjoy the rigmarole of taking off all of our makeup and then layering on all our serums, creams, and oils. Plus, many times a new routine can take a few days or weeks to even start seeing a difference. We want results—and fast!
This treatment "caters to a clientele who have a 'you have 15 minutes... go' approach to beauty," Soto says. And if you're the type who enjoys a long, relaxing facial, this can be added on to any other facial. "The technology is here to merely complement the orchestra already taking place within the walls of the OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa," Soto says.
I hopped under the covers (you don't even need to disrobe for this treatment, making the process even speedier), and was prepared for a slightly painful treatment (it is a combo of light and heat, after all). But the strangely soothing clicks from the machine and slight heat actually made for a relaxing experience.
Here's how it works, according to Soto: "It causes micro-stimulation at the dermal level, triggering repair and stimulation of collagen. The combination of light and heat helps to repair photo damage by reducing pigmentation and calming redness." The intensity ranges on a scale of one to 10; my treatment was at level three and four.
I expected to come out of this treatment with a red face (as my skin is super sensitive and pale), but when I emerged I was met with radiant skin that needed no makeup. While my skin did feel a little tight, as if I'd just gotten a mild sunburn, there was no sign of redness.
Here's the thing they don't tell you about glowy skin: It completely hides the fact that you have blemishes, because you're so distracted by the halo-like radiance. I'm the kind of girl who won't leave the house without at least a BB cream on—even if I’m just running errands—but that night, I went to dinner without base makeup and didn't miss it one bit.
Soto encourages light therapies that work at a dermal level. You can check out your local day spas, medical spas, and skin clinics to see if they have something similar.
Will you be looking into light therapies for glowy skin? Have you ever tried something similar? Let us know in the comments!