I don't know about you, but I'll take summer, humidity-soaked skin over dry, winter skin any day of the week. Cold fronts, windy chills, and arid air = dry skin central. For me, it's been the coldest and most temperamental winter in my three years of living in the city. (Or maybe I was just in a two-year honeymoon phase and finally felt the winter cold—who knows?) That being said, my normally oily skin had gotten very dry, and no amount of product seemed to be able to combat it. That's why when I was told about something new called the JetPeel facial, I immediately wanted to check it out.
So I decided to head to Erase Spa in New York City to find out more information and, of course, to get the treatment done myself. Want to know more about the JetPeel facial, including prices? Keep reading.
What Is a JetPeel Facial?
What Is a JetPeel Facial?
A JetPeel facial is a skin treatment that combines 100 percent oxygen and saline in a gentle "jet stream" to exfoliate the skin.
The JetPeel facial essentially feeds your skin hydration with the use of a special JetPeel machine. Lisa Guidi, licensed esthetician and the owner and founder of Erase Spa, told me, "The JetPeel facial is pressurized air and water that's combined with different active solutions that get penetrated deep into the epidermis. That's why it leaves you glowing and radiant." She adds that the JetPeel really isn't a facial, as there are no hands touching your skin—or really anything touching your skin except the gentle pressure washing of the machine. Instead, she describes it as "a lymphatic massage for the face—it lifts the face as well. It's an anti-aging treatment."
The machine looks intense, with all the tubes attached to it and the high-pressure blast of water and oxygen that comes out of it. Erase Spa calls this process "hydrodermabrasion." Oh, and there's also some exfoliating action, painless extractions, and a healthy dose of skin-loving peptides, hyaluronic acid, plant stem cells, and antioxidants involved. Guidi says, "It's good for people that have been traveling a lot, have dehydrated skin, are lacking moisture and elasticity, or just need a skin pick-me-up."
However, Guidi doesn't recommend the JetPeel facial for people who have active acne. Instead, she would suggest a chemical peel or a consultation with her to see what skin treatment best fits your needs.
Benefits of a JetPeel Facial
- Improves skin texture and tone
- Extracts impurities from the skin
- Decreases the look of fine lines and wrinkles
- Diminishes skin discoloration
- Provides anti-aging benefits
As the JetPeel facial infuses your skin with peptides, antioxidants, aloe vera, and glycolic acid, you can expect to see a big change in your skin's texture and tone and an improvement in any hyperpigmentation. And, of course, those extractions take care of any lingering impurities in the skin.
How to Prepare for a JetPeel Facial
My first attempt at getting the facial ended in a fail. When filling out the form of health concerns/skin conditions, I read that I was not supposed to have used any retinol or Differin for at least two weeks prior to my treatment. "The serums that are penetrated into the skin have AHA and BHA, so when you're using retinol, you can have an adverse reaction," Guidi explains.
Anyone who knows me knows that I need Differin the same way most need water—one day without Differin, and my face goes all kinds of crazy. But I took a chance and trusted the beauty gods and stopped using the acne treatment for two weeks. I was more than ready for my facial the second time around.
What to Expect During a JetPeel Facial
First, the esthetician cleansed my face using a pressure wash. It contained detox water, hyaluronic acid, and oxygen to get rid of dirt and grime. This lasted for about 10 minutes and felt like I was walking against a strong fan. It's uncomfortable at first, but after a minute or two, it felt soothing. Next, she used a glycolic acid exfoliating treatment to help my heavily congested skin. She followed up with light extractions using a small suction device and another pressure wash. The last step was a lovely mist that felt so nice after my skin had been blasted by high-pressure air. The esthetician had me choose from three vitamins to infuse my mist with: vitamin C, A, or E. I choose vitamin C to strengthen my skin's elasticity.
HydraFacial vs. JetPeel Facial
On paper, it might seem like the JetPeel facial is similar to the HydraFacial—you know, with the whole water theme and all. But besides their use of water, they are pretty different treatments. A HydraFacial uses suction technology to basically "vacuum" all the bad stuff from your skin and is followed by a high-strength peel to get even deeper into the skin to remove impurities.
The JetPeel facial, on the other hand, basically uses a strong water and air stream to help get your skin clean while infusing it with a ton of serum-y goodness—think of it like pressure washing your face.
Potential Side Effects
This particular treatment isn't the most relaxing walk in the park, so if you're expecting a cute little calming experience, this isn't it. The treatment itself can feel slightly uncomfortable at times and a little rougher than your typical facial. There's a slight chance your skin could look a little red and flushed afterward, but that's typically only for the first few hours.
I got my JetPeel Facial at Erase Spa in New York City, where a single JetPeel session is priced at $120, and a package deal of three facials is $330. If you're so inclined, you can add on additional treatments like a Silk Peel ($100), dermaplaning ($75), or an oxygen treatment ($175).
In general though, you can expect to pay anywhere between $120-$175 for the treatment, depending on your location.
Guidi recommends avoiding the sun "for at least 72 hours and up to a week after your treatment." If you can't avoid the sun, make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin. She also added that, due to the sticky nature of the AHA/BHA serums that are infused into the skin, your skin might feel a little tacky afterward, but you should avoid washing your face for about four hours after your treatment.
The Final Takeaway
All in all, the result of my JetPeel facial was nice. My skin felt the softest it's ever felt, and I had a beautiful glow. I haven't felt dry in weeks since having the treatment. So thank you, Erase Spa—now I can go back to just worrying about my acne.