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There’s a reason steam is a vital part to getting a facial — it opens up pores, hydrates and clarifies the skin — but getting these services regularly at a spa can put a dent in your pocket.
Enter Dr. Dennis Gross Steamer Solutions ($125), which serves as an at-home facial, delivering a constant flow of moisture to dehydrated skin. The machine has a calibrated glass cup that you pour water into through spigot. There are two buttons that give you control over the steaming process. It provides continuous steam for 20 minutes, and the heat does not scald your skin.
Dr. Gross advises that “Steaming skin at home is a great option to open pores and help get rid of pore-clogging surface debris. I developed the Steamer Solutions, which uses steam fusion technology to simultaneously cleanse pores, hydrate skin, and allow for more efficient exfoliation.” He recommends that you use it 1-2 times per week or as needed.
To Use:: This is an extremely uncomplicated device; it comes pretty much assembled and all you need to do is to latch the measuring cup into the steamer, make sure it is secure in its place, and then pour the water through the spigot — to the MAX level — plug the device in, and you’re good to go. The best part about the steamer is the hydration level: my skin is instantly nourished, as though I had a lovely long day luxuriating at the spa.
After running around a bit more than usual, staying up later than my 10:00pm lights-out, and the fact that I hadn’t been as diligent with my skincare routine lately, my complexion looked as tired as I felt. The timing could not have been better when the invite from American Laser Skincare on NYC’s Upper West Side arrived. I scheduled some time to road test SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™ that I have heard such rave reviews about.
SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™ is a treatment that simultaneously incorporates a form of microdermabrasion and supplies the patented Dermalinfusion™ (the insertion of specific serums into the skin) to treat lackluster or photo damaged skin, melanoma, hyperpigmentation, acne, sun damage, pustules from rosacea, stretch marks or body acne — depending on what your needs are. SilkPeel™ is a gentle, painless, no downtime treatment that’s safe for all skin types and the results are immediate!
I was warmly greeted and handed a client survey that asked everything about my skincare history, to my health history (things like medications, autoimmune disorders or past procedures) and my skin type assessment (ethnicity, tanning habits, and more) before I was led to a room with my aesthetician. She thoroughly cleansed my skin before using the diamond tip hand piece that removed 7-10 layers of dead skin cells as it infused a bottle of an anti-aging serum directly into my skin. Controlled vacuum pressure gently pulls the skin into the chamber, allowing the diamond abrasive tip to remove the stratum corneum. While this is happening, a therapeutic solution is being delivered deep into the skin where it’s needed most. I was given the Vitamin C for detoxification and brightening, but there’s also Lumixyl for hyperpigmentation, ClarityMD for acne, and Hydrating for dry skin.
The treatment took about 30 minutes. Immediately afterwards my skin felt softer and smoother and it had a lit-from-within glow that had been missing for years. I had no redness or sensitivity. Fine lines and wrinkles seemed to vanish. My skin was so radiant and youthful looking that I wished I had made special plans that night to show off my younger-looking complexion. Though I saw an immediate improvement, a series of 4-6 treatments is recommended for optimal results and maintenance, and I would definitely go back for more.
There are 135 American Laser Skincare centers nationwide where you can purchase 1 SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™ treatment for $150 or discounted packages of 4 or 6. Click here for more information on SilkPeel™.
Who doesnt’ love a great face mask? They each serve myriad purposes; some are meant to hydrate, some suck out all the dirt from your pores like a vacuum, while other variations deliver vital nutrients, antioxidants and peptides into your skin — all great excuses to take time to have a spa-like experience at home.
Here are 3 of our new fave masks:
Bliss multi 'face'-eted all-in-one anti-aging clay mask ($50) is a gel-like clay mask that is smooth and flexible -- which makes it great to wear because it feels like a second skin that takes care of you. It has so many ingredients in it, including smoothing quartz, 10% glycolic acid, jojoba oil, and detoxifying carbon. They all work together to help shrink the look of pores, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, brighten and even skin tone, and fade discoloration and dark spots. This multitasking mask produces results quickly. I used it for 15 minutes -- which is about all the time I have these days -- and it washed off easily. It's a great prep if you're going out, and you want a primer or a pick-me-up.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask ($45) is a rosy-colored gel mask that has excellent cooling effects and features stem cell technology, which are blended with rose extract to help reverse the signs of aging. Other ingredients include desert rose (for cell regeneration), damask rose (to tighten pores), rose commiphora (to combat redness), and pale rose (for the moisture barrier). To use: apply a generous coat of the gel onto clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. In the summer months, it's a good idea to refrigerate the mask or even leave it on overnight. I use this mask 2-3 times a week, and it's great for sensitive skin.
Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask ($150) is a buttery, thick mask that may have a higher price tag, but it promises visible results of skin renewal in a New York minute. Active ingredients include yeast extract, marine glycogen, and Vitamin C, which increases energy production in cells and the release of free radicals. A complex that contains adenosine 5-triphosphate (ATP), magnesium, and brown sea alga called Oarweed (Laminaria digitata), it helps with cellular energy by increasing turnover and it strengthens the skin's natural defenses. And thanks to sesame protein, it hydrates immensely.