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For me, it's been the coldest and most temperamental winter in my three years of living in the city. (Or maybe I was 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 "jet peel facial," I immediately wanted to check it out.
What is the Jet Peel Facial?
The "jet peel facial" is a treatment only found at Erase Spa, located two blocks away from Penn Station in NYC. It essentially feeds your skin hydration with the use of a special "jet peel machine," which is specially made and can only be found at the spa. It 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.
Benefits of The Jet Peel 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 benefit
As the Jet Peel 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 your hyperpigmentation. And of course, those extractions take care of any lingering impurities and debris from the skin.
How to Prepare For The Jet Peel 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 use any retinol or Differin for at least two weeks prior to my treatment. Anyone who knows me knows that I need Differin the same way we 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 Jet Peel Facial
First, the esthetician cleansed my face using a pressure wash. It contained detox water 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.
Potential Side Effects
This particular treatment isn't the most relaxing walk in the park, so if your expecting a cute little calming experience, this isn't it. The treatment itself can feel slightly uncomfortable at times and even a little rougher than your typical facial. There's a slight chance your skin can look a little red and flushed, but that's typically only after the first few hours.
You can only get the Jet Peel facial at Erse spa, which makes things a bit simpler in terms of pricing. One single Jet Peel session is priced at $120, while a package deal of three facials is $330. If you're so inclined, you can add on additional treatments a Silk Peel ($100), dermaplaning ($75), or an oxygen treatment ($175).
The Final Takeaway
The result 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.