I Went to the "Face Gym" for a Non-Surgical Face-Lift and Got an Amazing Glow

Updated 10/08/18

If I could walk around with my face looking contoured, chiseled, snatched, and sculpted for the rest of my life, I’d be the happiest woman alive. It’s so hard to choose, but I’d say a gorgeous contour just might be my favorite thing about makeup. I indulge in a light contour every single day of the week and am not ashamed of it. What’s even better is a naturally lifted face sans makeup. You know, that I-woke-up-like-this contour (#goals). You better believe the moment I got word of a facial that delivers these results, I was so game to try it. Enter FaceGym, a literal workout for your face that incorporates muscle movements, lymphatic drainage, intense hand techniques, and more that’ll leave you with a non-surgical face-lift. Don’t believe me? I tried it, and here are pics to prove this facial workout is legitimately next-level.

“Our signature technique uses vigorous knuckling movements and high-energy whipping strokes to stimulate blood circulations, collagen production, and cell renewal to lift, tone, and tighten the face," explains founder Inge Theron. “It gets your skin sweating and detoxed, leaving it toned and energized.”

Call it magic, if you will. Or call it one-of-a-kind, high-intensity cardio for your face. All my gym peeps will feel me on this one. How often do you prioritize full-body workouts yet forget about your face? Often. This is why this innovative workout is so cool. If you think facials are solely relaxing, think again. Your jaw muscles might be sore the next day, but your face-lift makes it all worth it. FaceGym has been loved in London for years and recently hit the states in May (appointments are available in Saks). Recently, the brand introduced a new treatment called Skin IV. 

Skin IV Face Gym
Skin IV Face Gym

It uses this cool machine full of packets of shots and skin-friendly ingredients along with lymphatic drainage, cold-pressured oxygen, and a cocktail of vitamins, peptides, and acids to nourish the skin. Leave it to FaceGym to create the dopest face workout to date. I received the signature electrical facial along with a Skin IV shot. It’s Treatment Yourself week at Byrdie HQ, and here’s what happened when I treated myself to this skin-training session.

My facialist began by stretching out my tense jaw muscles in an upward motion to loosen everything up. This lasted for about 10 minutes, and afterward, my skin felt so cushiony and the elasticity was next-level. She used hand techniques like knuckling, face balling, high-speed hand whipping, flicking, and pinching on my face and neck area.

The Cardio

This is when things started get real intense. My face was at its peak workout in this very moment. Did I particularly enjoy someone slapping my face? Not necessarily. But afterward, my skin felt like it was in a post-massage oasis. If there's such a thing as skin endorphins, that's what this felt like.

The Exfoliation

Facial Workout
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To regenerate the texture of my skin even more, the expert used a micro-needling tool for gentle exfoliation. This allowed product to absorb quickly into my pores and fully rid them of dirt and debris buildup.

The Muscle Manipulation

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This part trips me out every time. Using this microcurrent tool, the facialist was able to stimulate muscles she couldn't get to with her hands. She applied a bunch of serums and moisturizers for a deeper skin penetration. To see my muscles twitching right before my eyes was a sign that this thing was seriously working. It had a slight tingly sensation.

The Skin IV

Face Gym Facial Treatment
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This is what I came for: the Skin IV. After assessing my skin, the expert concluded I needed extra brightening and hydration. This little IV shoots out a lot of oxygen, air, and vitamins to bring on the glow. I got the brightening cocktail, which gently exfoliates and nourishes with a hefty dose of ingredients like glycolic acid, vitamin B5, and aloe vera to combat my hyperpigmentation. I also received the shield shot, which is full of a concentrated amount of vitamin C for its brightening benefits. 

Face Gym Skin IV Treatment
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To further soothe my skin, she glided a cooled jade roller across every area of my face in an upward motion. The lifting effects were insane. 

What Happened When I Tried Face Gym
Maya Allen

Look at my right eyebrow versus my left. I can't make this stuff up.

Today, my skin is glowing and feels baby-smooth and clean. I also didn't wake up with any sign of dryness, which is very rare. I'm in L.A. at the moment and can't wait to capture the light with my post–FaceGym Skin IV glow. My face is still sitting upright, so I could go lighter on the contour today. All in all, I'm into this and will be going back for any and all special occasions. 

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