A trip to the spa can be sort of like a wellness dance party.
Last night I visited Bunya Citispa (now one of my favorite spa haunts in NYC, by the way) for a Thai-style massage and a classic facial. My evening started with “cocktail hour” (a glass of cucumber water reading VOGUE in the relaxation room). Then, like any good party, I stripped. The lights got dim setting the party mood, at which point my massage therapist hand-jived into every kink in my body. She then “danced” on my back (ashiatsu), strategically using her feet and body-weight to stretch, knead and loosen me up after a long, stressful week.
Then came the real disco. Fog machine! (Face steamer.) Strobe light! (Bright light shining on my face.) DUB STEP! (Some wild extractions.) And then… THE RAVE:
Now, I posted this picture of my so-called “Spa Rave” on Facebook last night, and I’m here to clarify:
This glowstick-looking gadget is a High Frequency wand, a nifty ethetician’s tool that’s been used by spas since the 70s to help a wide variety of skin problems. How does it work? It works by creating thermal heat via oscillation, infusing enriched oxygen molecules (the spa’s version of ozone) into the skin. This kills bacteria, promotes circulation, shrinks pores, produces collagen and elastin, helps soften redness, heal blemishes and even exfoliate dead skin cells. It’s been known to shrink zits by 50% on the spot. The oxygenation process allows all those nutrient-rich products used in your treatment to penetrate deeper into your skin, which helps reduce wrinkles and signs of aging. High Frequency light has an immediate “lifting” effect, and after long-term use it can really serve as a powerful anti-aging ally. Best used over a thin gauze, it feels like static electricity to the touch, is safe for you, and is not painful at all.
Is this the most cutting edge spa technology out there? Not at all. As Lauren Jannelli pointed out on our Facebook page, there is LED Light and Microcurrent therapy (read about my Microcurrent Facelift here) – both of which offer even more dramatic results than a simple High Frequency wand. But for a non-medical facial, a little high frequency always makes for a nice add-on.
If you have any questions about High Frequency facials, please comment below!
And on that note – I hope you all get your party on this weekend… dance parties, spa parties and otherwise.