I will say this: I love going to the spa. There is no more perfect indulgence for me than luxuriating for an hour or two while an aesthetician works her magic, polishing my skin, massaging my neck, rubbing my weary hands and feet. There’s a lot of variation, though, in the outcome of the service. A lot of times, I’ve gone into a facial expecting a deep cleaning and gotten a nice, relaxing hour, but no real change in my skin quality.
As soon as I walked into Facial Aesthetics Center & Spa for my Hydrafacial, I knew that wasn’t going to be the case. A fireplace was roaring, but there was no harp-heavy spa music, no lavender sachets, nary a motivational saying in sight. The East Greenwich space, which offers cosmedical services, had a clean, uncluttered, modernist aesthetic. Aesthetician Kerri Parks greeted me, and showed me to the treatment room. “This isn’t your typical facial,” she said. Instead, there would be a four step process using a machine that looked futuristic and scientific.
I laid down under a luxe down comforter, and Kerri got to work. The Hydrafacial would be delivered to my skin using a wand that felt a little bit like a tiny, wet vacuum. Basically, Kerri explained, it would suck out all of the impurities in my skin, and replace them with things to promote glowing skin. Basically, it’s a supercharged 30 minute facial that’s more effective than IPL, a skin-renewing laser treatment. “The Hydrafacial is my go-to service because I am able to treat a variety of skin types and conditions with no downtime,” Kerri explained. “And everyone loves the results.”
We went through the steps: cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration, all adding antioxidants to encourage cellular turnover, and super-hydrating Hyaluronic acid. I couldn’t believe how quickly the service went by, or how cool the machine was. I’m used to facials that put masque after masque, and oil after oil, and leave me goopy from head to toe when I leave. When I walked out of Facial Aesthetics, my skin was glowing. “I love my skin two days after this facial,” Kerri told me, and that I could expect to have about a month of enhanced skin benefits. I’ve definitely been seeing them: my skin is smooth and clear, in need of less heavy moisturizers than I usually use in cold weather. I’ve been confidently going with less makeup – sometimes even none at all. The next time my skin needs a boost, I’ll be back.
Facial Aesthetics Center & Spa
Locations in Wakefield and East Greenwich