I'm Not Joking: I Just Had the Best Facial of My Career

When it comes down to it, I've had a lot of facials. It's a hobby that turned into a job, which ultimately transformed into a career. They say if you love what you do, you'll never have to work a day in your life, right? With that in mind, I checked myself into the Sunset Tower Hotel in L.A., an iconic West Hollywood landmark filled with dusty pink and soft cream and brown accents. In fact, the hotel's bar all but guarantees a celebrity sighting—I dined next to John Mayer and Bob Saget the evening before my facial. But that's a story for another time. Joanna Vargas's newest spa resides at the hotel. Vargas is known for her microcurrent facials, a technique used to define your jawline, better pronounce your cheekbones, and refresh your eyes. But that was only one component of the treatment I was there for. 

The brand's Supernova facial is seemingly in a league of its own, as it does far more than just contour and de-puff. I heard rumblings of medical-grade collagen and cryotherapy as part of the proceedings. Needless to say, I was psyched. But I had no idea this facial was about to change my view on every previous treatment I'd ever had. But it did.  

The Supernova facial incorporates state-of-the-art anti-aging technologies and is the treatment responsible for many of the radiant faces you saw on the red carpet this year. This facial resurfaces the skin with a nutrient-rich liquid exfoliation, leaving the skin baby-smooth. Next, microcurrent contours and de-puffs your complexion, and a collagen mask infuses it with vital nutrients. Finally, it ends with cryotherapy, which increases cellular metabolism, circulation, oxygenation, and lymphatic drainage while providing anti-inflammatory benefits. The results are healthy, youthful, and glowing skin.