I Gave Up Differin for 2 Weeks to Get This Facial, and It Was Totally Worth It

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As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we've tried. Whether it's a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you'll find all our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

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.

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.

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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.

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.

The result is nice. My skin feels the softest it's ever felt, and I have a nice 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.

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