Flawless, glowing skin is one of those ever-elusive attributes that often feels limited to A-list celebrities and models. I mean, have you seen Jennifer Lawrence’s complexion? Either she has superhuman genes (which is probably true either way, tbh) or her facials are serious. Seriously life-changing.
So when it was revealed the Oscar-winning actress visits leading New York dermatologist David Colbert, MD, to get ready for the red carpet, I knew I had to book an appointment. Colbert developed the Triad Facial, a three-part treatment that boasts both immediate and month-long results. It sounded like a tall order, but it's one that may just work as well as its reputation suggests.
Read on for more about my experience with the Jennifer Lawrence facial.
What Is the Triad Facial?
As its name suggests, the Triad Facial is a three-part treatment—exfoliation, toning, and peeling—meant to deliver results immediately and over time. It utilizes microdermabrasion as well as laser toning so, in addition to providing a post-treatment glow, it works to beautify skin as time passes. According to Colbert, the treatment involves "collagen and elastin laser toning done with the Cutera laser" and also includes "a lavender acid peel followed by LightStim photobiomodulation [a type of light therapy]."
Depending on how many pulses of the laser are used, the Triad Facial costs between $800 and $1200 per treatment.
Benefits of the Triad Facial
• Brightens skin
• Evens pigmentation and texture
The benefits of the Triad Facial come from the many tools and techniques used throughout the procedure. Exfoliation, laser therapy, microdermabrasion, and a peel—all performed in conjunction—yield glowing, fresh skin. "The synergy of these four procedures together will result in an increase in young collagen fibers, plus you get the benefits of a light peel and microdermabrasion," notes Colbert. "That means younger skin on a cellular level."
Another upside of the treatment? "There is no downtime and the glow is immediate," says Colbert.
What To Expect During a Triad Facial
The treatment starts with microdermabrasion, which feels sort of like a cat licking your face. Strange, yes, but not painful. It buffs and polishes the skin with a stream of fine crystals (chic) and gently removes old, dead skin cells. The first phase was not only short—it only lasted about five minutes. I barely felt a thing.
Afterward was a quick dose of laser toning, a warm sensation reminiscent of five minutes spent sunbathing. (Which, during the winter, was not unwelcome by me.) The process works to energize the skin, even pigmentation and texture, and stimulate long-term collagen production. Again, I'll take it.
Finally, the esthetician applied a gentle chemical peel that left behind a fresh, young radiance and silkiness that reminded me of all those Hollywood complexions. I had done it!
According to Colbert, there are no side effects, but, as with any skin treatment, your skin might be red after. Always exercise caution when trying a new product or procedure, particularly one on your face.
The Final Takeaway
Following the procedure, my skin felt tight and beautiful, but over the next few days, I actually saw the results of the cell rejuvenation and collagen stimulation with my own eyes. No downtime, nothing. I woke up the next morning, looked in the mirror, and—I kid you not—I was glowing. I scored that elusive Hollywood glimmer and the 20-minute facial made all the difference.
But wait, there's more! Over time, and ideally with multiple treatments, the Triad works to reverse sun damage and helps to prevent the development of pre-cancerous lesions. Which means that it's not only great for your skin's look and feel but also your health. It's a win-win-win—and I'm certainly going back for more.
If you can't make it to NYC, try Colbert's namesake product line ($65-$165) to achieve celebrity-level results without leaving the luxury of your own home.