When it comes to facials, I don’t expect luxury. I expect results. If I want an indulgent treatment, I’ll book a massage, but when it comes to my face, I want to know that I’m going to leave with clearer, glowier skin and, if I’m lucky, some useful knowledge from the therapist that I can put into practice to extend the results of my treatment. Not too much to ask, right? Luckily, Elemis’s futuristic Biotec facials tick all the boxes.
Elemis Biotec facials are designed to address a variety of skin concerns, including fine lines/wrinkles, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, uneven texture, dull skin tone, and inflammation and redness. Basically, they’re a one-stop shop for addressing everything your skin could need—all in about an hour.
Read on to learn all about Elemis Biotec facials, how much they cost, and what my honest thoughts were.
What Is an Elemis Biotec Facial?
The Elemis Biotec facial is a state-of-the-art treatment featuring a specialized facial machine that utilizes five different types of technology: microcurrent, LED light therapy, oxygen infusion, galvanic infusion, and an ultrasonic spatula. Noella Gabriel, co-founder and managing director of Elemis, says, “This is innovative, effective skincare at its very best. I spent two years developing Biotec with experts across the world. The resulting treatments combine scientific expertise, fusing a whole new technological experience with the very best of our hands-on therapy to offer something I genuinely believe delivers the best of both worlds.”
The Elemis Biotec machine can combine the five different types of technology to create eight customized facials:
- Biotec Firm-a-Lift: A lifting facial that firms and tones the cheeks and jawline
- Biotec Line Eraser: Helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Biotec Radiance Renew: Energizes and revitalizes dull, tired skin
- Biotec Anti-Pigment Brightener: Addresses hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone
- Biotec Skin Resurfacer: Perfect for people with acne/blemishes—helps even skin tone and reduces acne and texture
- Biotec Blemish Control: A deep cleansing treatment for people with oily, acne-prone skin
- Biotec Sensitive Skin Soother: An anti-redness facial designed to reduce inflammation
- Biotec Super-Charger for Men: Designed specifically for men to address oily skin and calm stressed skin
Benefits of an Elemis Biotec Facial
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Increases circulation
- Exfoliates the skin
- Gives a glowy appearance
- Physically firms and tones the skin
- Leaves you with energized, radiant skin
- Stimulates collagen production
The Elemis Biotec facial combines the best part of a facial (massage, hands-on technique, awesome products) with a noninvasive cosmetic procedure. This translates to zero downtime—making it the perfect option before a big day or when you feel your skin needs a bit of a pick-me-up. According to Elemis, in clinical studies, 100 percent of the people who received the Line Eraser facial would delay a Botox appointment after receiving a course of facials.
How to Prepare for an Elemis Biotec Facial
You don’t really need to prepare or do anything special before your Elemis Biotec treatment. However, there is one small step before your facial begins. I’ve had seriously indulgent facials that have caused me to break out, and others that were little more than a cleanse, tone, and moisturize that I could have done myself. Elemis’s Biotec facials are different. Upon entering the room, your skin is scanned, and you’re confronted with your complexion on a screen. While it may not make for the most comfortable viewing experience, it allows you and your Elemis Elite therapist to discuss where on the spectrum your skin is and what your skin goals are. From there, they will guide you through which of the five therapies (or a combination of them) you will need to achieve your skin goals.
What to Expect During an Elemis Biotec Facial
After the usual thorough cleanse, the therapist selects a skin activator (essentially a potent serum) that makes up the base of the facial and tackles different skin concerns: anti-aging, lifting and firming, resurfacing, dullness, anti-blemish, sensitive, dehydration, or brightening. This is then combined with both touch and technology. The Elemis therapists are well-versed in the art of facial massage, and this is utilized in combination with a choice of technology that also depends on what your skin needs most.
The futuristic-looking machine next to the treatment bed can do a variety of things that the therapist can tailor specifically to your skin’s needs. There’s the ultrasonic peel setting, where a spatula attachment vibrates at 27,000 times per second to draw out impurities, boost circulation, exfoliate, and stimulate collagen production. The machine can also utilize microcurrents to firm skin and strengthen the muscles underneath. For dehydrated or dull complexions, the therapist can use pressurized oxygen to blast the active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin to perk up a world-weary face. The galvanic setting takes advantage of the skin’s positive and negative charges to deep-cleanse and energize. Lastly, skin is treated to a blast of LED light: either red light, which stimulates microcirculation and collagen production (leaving behind plumper-feeling skin), or blue light, which tackles spot-causing bacteria and settles down any inflammation.
I couldn’t tell you exactly what the therapist did to my skin because, while on paper the facial doesn’t sound relaxing, I still managed to fall asleep. I left with a perkier, glowier complexion, along with strict instructions to drink more water. And I felt rested from my power nap. Win, win, win.
Potential Side Effects
While side effects from this treatment are incredibly rare, it’s possible to experience some slight redness after your facial.
The cost of an Elemis Biotec facial ranges anywhere from $110–$250, depending on location, spa, and length of treatment. At Oasis Day Spa in New York, a package of five hourlong Biotec facials is $1,000. (This price doesn’t include a tip.) In the U.K., it’s slightly cheaper.
Aftercare for the Biotec treatment is pretty simple—try to avoid excessive sun exposure and heat for 24 hours after your facial. Everything else, like makeup, skincare, and even a light yoga session, are all A-OK.
The Final Takeaway
Overall, the Elemic Biotec facial delivered on its promises. My skin was noticeably perkier, firmer, brighter, and smoother afterward, and the treatment itself was incredibly soothing and relaxing. The results lasted for about a week, and I was told that the more treatments you get, the more noticeable (and longer-lasting) the results can be. Honestly, I can’t really say anything bad about it and would 100 percent get another treatment in the future.