A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Joanna Vargas Skin Care in midtown for one of her amazing anti-aging facials. "Joanna Vargas Skin Care
is a private boutique salon that
has a reputation for crafting non-invasive and anti aging protocols
which include all organic skin care products. It is here where
technology and nature are blended in a harmonious synergy to bring
you the most advanced organic solutions to skin care" (pulled from the website).
The holidays can be really tough on your skin...too much drinking (major dehydration), the first blast of real cold, dry weather (more dehydration) and even less time for yourself. Why not treat yourself or better yet a loved one to a little skin rejuvenation...the holidays are also the time when you want to look your best!!!
To start with, Joanna gave me one of her most popular treatments, the Microcurrent Facial. If you are thinking "ouch" think again, not only was it 100% painless, but quite soothing at the same time. Even basic facials can be slightly uncomfortable, so I was thrilled when this one was exactly the opposite. So what is microcurrent and why is it amazing for your skin? Here is some key info again from the website...
WHAT IS MICROCURRENT: Microcurrent, meaning mild electrical
current, is a near duplicate electrical current to that which
the body generates on its own. It is so slight that it would take
one million microcurrent machines to light a 40 watt light bulb
and therefore generally sub-sensory. It was discovered that an
injured or damaged tissue disrupts the natural flow of electricity
generated by the body and its this disruption that prevents or
delays the body from healing itself. When microcurrent is applied
to the injured or damaged area it restores the natural flow of
electrical current and therefore the healing can begin.
HOW DOES IT APPLY TO AESTHETICS? Skin with fine lines or wrinkles, sagging muscles or lost elasticity is simply damaged. Microcurrent has the ability to restore the lost energy to the tissue and thereby turn back the hands of time on all of us. A microcurrent facial is in essence a non-surgical facelift. The facial muscles and skin are being giving a workout that stimulates collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are two essential proteins needed for the skin to remain youthful and glowing. The production of collagen, elastin and the stimulation of the skin and face muscles begin a catalyst in the skin with some amazing results.
BENEFITS: Some of the benefits are lymphatic drainage, regeneration of connective tissue, lifting of the jowls and eyebrows, eliminates or reduces fine lines or wrinkles, tones and tightens the skin, enhanced skin elasticity, skin pigmentation is improved and much more. Most people report immediate results even after the first treatment and best of all, results are cumulative.
Let me tell you, this baby works!!!! I saw immediate results...line reduction, overall glow, greater facial tone...AMAZING!!!!
She then followed up with some LED Light Therapy...yes, I had the works! More from the site...
WHAT IS LIGHT THERAPY: Light therapy is one of the most powerful
anti-aging tools in the arsenal against the ravages of time. This
powerful technology has been mostly used by physicians, NASA and
the NAVY SEALS for muscle regeneration and the healing of wounds.
The study and use of light therapy is over 100 years old and has
been validated by thousands of results and studies and finally
it has moved over into the aesthetic field with amazing results.
HOW DOES IT WORK: Cells in the human body use light and convert it into ATP, this is the fuel that powers life on a cellular level. Plant cells have a similar process called photosynthesis that develops chlorophyll, their fuel for life. When light therapy is used, this triggers cellular activity thus producing ATP and once produced, the tissue uses it to carry out healing and rejuvenation in the treated area.
BENEFITS:There are many benefits and results that can come from light therapy: increased collagen and elastin production, regeneration of the connective tissue, erasure of sunspots, improved lymphatic system and circulation. It improves or erases fine lines and wrinkles, it lifts and tones and improves the overall complexion of the client. In addition, the client suffers no thermal damage, discomfort, down time, scarring or discoloration and most importantly no negative side effects.
The overall experience was phenomenal! Joanna's salon is calm, intimate and accessible. Couple this with her dramatic skin-changing treatments and how can you not book an appointment now? She offers several other services as well, so be sure to check out her site.