NYC Spa Week: putting the ore in pore....


Beauty Wonkette stopped going to salons for facials quite some time ago. A new skincare regimen made those nasty extractions unneccesary and Beauty Wonkette learned how to do most of the other stuff at home. But, hey, it was Spa Week, so Beauty Wonkette went spa hopping in the interest of ummmmmmmm SCIENCE. There's alot of new stuff out there to be sure.

This discovery was fun.... It turns out that heavy metal is the key to a new beauty treatment promising soft, smooth skin. The "iron mask" facial (aka maschera al ferro) hails from Dermophisiologique, an innovative organic skincare company in Italy, where the treatment already has a large fan base.

The name of the deep-cleaning facial refers to its signature cream mask, which contains iron particles. Once the mask is on, a magnet is held over it to draw out the metallic particles (along with dead cells and impurities) and stimulate circulation, leaving you with plump, glowing skin. (Think of it as a giant Bioré strip for your face.)

Patented by Dermophisiologique in 1975, the iron mask treatment boasts results that are both deep cleansing and anti-aging. Beauty Wonkette is going to walk you through the process, which she found uniquely invigorating and truly unlike any other spa treatment she's experienced.

After removing impurities and make-up from Beauty Wonkette's face with a cleansing milk, the esthetician applied a cooling compress mask. As BW's eyes succumbed to a luxurious lotion set on top of them in lightweight pads shaped like flower petals, the aroma of a soothing essential oil mixture enveloped her entire upper body. BW was so tranquilized that she barely registered the drops of essential oils rubbed on her neck and relaxation points.

Refreshingly hydrated, her skin was then wiped clean and patted dry. The next step was the much-anticipated iron mask, a creamy emollient which the esthetician gently massaged over my face. A few minutes later, she handed BW a mirror, revealing a grayish coating like a clay mask, but without kaolin’s attendant drying sensation. The iron mask combines iron, lipids, beeswax, black cure oil, and zinc to create a magnetic field over the skin, stimulating a toning effect.

Poised with the mirror in hand, BW watched as the esthetician rubbed her face with a rectangular block - Dermophisiologique’s special magnet. Like a magic trick, the magnet transformed the gray solution on BW's face into a buttery-white hue as it lightly grazed the surface. What accumulated on the magnet, visible only up close under a strong light, was a minefield of miniature iron particles, along with blackheads and debris. If you’ve ever tried one of those Biore pore strips, the effect is similar, yet far more powerful.

Once the iron portion was removed, the beige-colored lower layer of the mask remained on BW's face for a few more minutes, allowing all the actives to be absorbed. The esthetician then swabbed my skin with a Dermomagnetic toner. Much of the latter part of the facial is customized for skin type, addressing sensitive, combination, dry or oil skin. The products used on Beauty Wonkette included Dermophisiologique’s Crema Occhi Optyma, Leni-K Crema, and Lozione Occhi Optyma.
Beauty Wonkette's favorite was the finishing seaweed treatment, which shrouded her face, neck, and decolleté in a detoxifying, tingling veil of marine botanicals.

So, did Dermophisiologique’s forceful-sounding iron mask fortify Beauty Wonkette's face with youth and vitality? You bet it did. Not only did my complexion appear dewey and glowing, but my skin was visibly plumper. The many actives in the treatment both infused my skin with moisture and seemed to stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers under the surface. 24 hours post-facial, Beauty Wonkette skin was still basking in a renewed glow.

Right now the facial is only available in select cities here in the U.S. You can get it in New York, New Jersey, Palm Beach, and look out for it in LA and Las Vegas later this year. If you see it in your area, go for it. You deserve the splurge!

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