We're always skeptical when brands rave to us about how "miraculous" their products or treatments are, so you can't blame us for raising an disbelieving eyebrow when we were pitched this hyaluronic oxygen treatment by Australian brand Intraceuticals — neither of those things are new or revolutionary. Hell, we've had tons of oxygen treatments over the years and while lovely, they weren't anything to write home about.
Well, that was before we had a sit-down with the lovely Gina Brooke, a major name in the cosmetics game and Madonna's go-to makeup artist. Brooke discovered the brand through their skin care line and was intrigued. After getting in touch with the founder, she learned about their professional Clinic Treatment, a machine that "uses oxygen under pressure to deliver a special serum of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, essential vitamins, antioxidants, and peptides" into the skin. She gave the treatment a try, loved it, and started bringing it along on her jobs with her celeb clientele.
Well, apparently they all liked it so much (Madonna, the Beckhams, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, and yes, even Kim Kardashian are all proud owners of their own personal machines) that it's become a real thing in Hollywood. While the treatment has been offered to the public for a few years now, it stayed under the radar, with a select few spas offering treatment and very little press circulating around it.
That's all about to change, because the brand, realizing the potential of their star treatment, is rolling out the red carpet for the Clinic Treatment. Starting today, the treatment is being offered at The Carlyle's Sense Spa. We had the opportunity to try it out for ourselves and now we can definitely say we see what all the fuss is about.
The treatment takes about 40 minutes and consists of you lying on a table, fully clothed, while the aesthetician runs the wand over your face, spraying it delicately with the serum. Your lips also get a few spritzes, and then the treatment is followed up with an application of the brand's three-step hyaluronic moisturizing system. It's recommended you get a treatment once a week for about six weeks in order to see the best results, but we saw an immediate improvement in our skin after just one. Our skin and lips were visibly plumped and smoothed, and we could see the contours of our face were more defined, not to mention the healthy, dewy glow we walked out sporting. Our aesthetician told us that we would see the best results 24 hours later, making this an ideal treatment to do the day before a big event.
The effects of the treatment can last up to five days after, although we were informed you can enhance the effects by getting microdermabrasion first. It's not cheap — $195 a treatment — but as far as oxygen treatments go, this is the one time we didn't feel like we were flushing our money down the toilet for something that we could kinda see a difference with. Now all we have to do is figure out how we're going to scrape together the $200 each week to keep going back.
Sense Spa at The Carlyle, 35 E. 76th Street, 3rd floor; 212-744-1600.