I Took My Skin to a "Face Gym," and the Results Were Crazy

My fellow fitness enthusiasts will feel me on this one: How many times a week do you tell yourself you need to go to the gym? I'm constantly jumping through hoops in my schedule to find time to work out because even after a few days off, my body craves movement and physical activity. Out of all those times you've put those legs, arms, abs, and ass to work in the gym, have you ever thought about working out your face muscles? And I'm not talking about yapping at the mouth—that's a different activity.

This is not a drill: A FaceGym does exist. Yes, a London-based experience that's like an intense, sweaty, full-body workout for your face. Sounds taboo, right? I was captivated the moment I heard that I could partake in a cardio session for my face, and to be honest, I was a little scared. I'm a self-proclaimed facial treatment fanatic—I've done chemical peels, micro-needling, microcurrent facials, and more. The inner beauty editor in me is game to try it all. So when I heard about this noninvasive treatment that tones, tightens, and sculpts the 40 muscles in my face in minutes, I jumped on the opportunity.

Before my face hit the gym, I talked to FaceGym's founder, Inge Theron, to get the lowdown on this innovative treatment. I was curious about how this genius idea came to be. "Prior to FaceGym, I traveled the world trialing beauty treatments," says Theron. "When a botched thread surgical procedure left me with visible blue threads running through each of my cheeks, I realized there must be a more effective, safer way to achieve results. I stripped it back to basics and thought, we need to work out our face muscles just like our body muscles."

So she created FaceGym. Unlike going to a regular gym, all you have to do is lie back and let your personal face trainer do the hard work for you. "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 Theron. "It gets your skin sweating and detoxed, leaving it toned and energized."

Theron explains that besides using their hands, FaceGym experts also use a tool called FaceGym Pro, which is a unique electrical muscle stimulation device that emits mild yet forceful electrical waves to stimulate muscles, contour cheekbones, and restore skin's elasticity. "FaceGym is unlike any facial on the market. Instead of extracting pores or working on the skin, our face workouts work on the muscles behind the skin to refresh and revitalize the skin but also to lift, tone, and contour," says Theron. "Stronger muscles mean tighter, firmer skin and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles."

And what happened when I took my face to the gym for the first time? I was fortunate to preview FaceGym before its services hit the U.S. in May (more on that later). I walked into the dimly lit room reminiscent of an empty warehouse, and music was blasting. Not the classical music you're used to in a facial spa though—fun music. The large, open space featured a large reclining mirror in the middle next to a large vanity mirror decked out with FaceGym skin products. I sat down, and the FaceGym specialist started going to work on my face.