Does a microcurrent facial really lift your face?
Hidden inside the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle, is a boutique beauty bar that regular spa-goers swear by. Penelope and the Beauty Bar is a Seattle-favorite among many for their mani-pedis, lash extensions, sugaring, facials, body wraps, massages, bridal parties...the list goes on!
I had the pleasure of receiving their coveted "The Glow" treatment which combines a slimming and detoxifying body wrap with a facial and mircocurrent "non-surgical face lift", with which I added on a "Cool Lift" hyaluronic acid and collagen rejuvenation treatment - what a mouthful! Can you say MAKE OVER?! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
To be honest, I went into my spa day not entirely knowing what I was having done, but trusting the judgement of the professionals and their suggestions. After changing into a robe and slippers, I went into the waiting room where I was offered tea and water and was warmly greeted by my esthetician, Angelina.
We went into the treatment room and started the body wrap. After applying a thick coat of their Glow Mask cream all over my body, she wrapped me in sheets, towels, plastic wrap, and finally an infrared blanket that kept things quite toasty! While I was cooking like a nice baked potato, she started my facial. First cleansing, then toning and applying a mask, I was well taken care of, using incredible French skincare products!
We then moved on to the microcurrent "non-surgical face lift" as they call it. She told me in the beginning how this treatment is typically for an older crowd, but said we could do it for a few minutes on my 26 year old skin, just for the experience!! I'm glad we did because this part was probably my favorite! Using a conductive gel serum, she applied two little electric pads all over my face to stimulate the muscles into contracting - which was quite a weird feeling to say the least. Especially feeling all my forehead muscles contract, it was like a mini tension headache that quickly relaxed when she moved on to other areas. In a way, she was toning my face muscles, giving it a good workout!! 😆💪🏼
Moving on to the Cool Lift treatment, she turned on another machine that was a bit like a mini air jet. Simultaneously shooting oxygen and hyaluronic acid into my skin, I was left glowing with very plump, hydrated, and rejuvenated skin. Finishing up my facial with a few serums and moisturizers, we then hatched my cocoon which was THE MOST refreshing feeling, after baking away in a sweaty infrared blanket for over an hour. My body skin was tightened, moisturized, and truly glowing!
All in all my body wrap/facial combo was an incredible experience that I would do over and over again. I would highly recommend Penelope and The Beauty Bar to anyone wanting a true luxury experience - perfect for bridal parties, birthdays, special occasions, or even just to pamper yourself for a day.
As far as the microcurrent facial, I'd say that it really did work!! After doing some research, I learned that this is a treatment that has been around for almost 70 years, being used on patients with facial paralysis and Bell's palsy, but has only recently been adopted by the beauty industry. The results are pretty instant too, toning your facial muscles and truly lifting the entire face, which lasted all day for me! A few days later as I'm writing this, I can still see a difference in my skin tone and texture, though I'm not sure if it's entirely attributed to the mircocurrent, or more likely the facial experience as a whole.
The body wrap I had done, Angelina told me, is hugely popular among celebrities to get red-carpet-ready, and would be perfect for a bride or anyone prepping for a special occasion. I can certainly tell it made a difference in the overall tone of my skin and left me glowing and moisturized and feeling beautiful. ✨
As for now, I'm looking into buying an at-home microcurrent machine on Amazon 😆 I truly think it made a huge difference in my skin and am excited to visit Penelope and The Beauty Bar again for future treatments!!
Penelope and The Beauty Bar at the Fairmont Olympic, Seattle WA