[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”24″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]
We are t-minus 20 days until Andy and I tie the knot in Jamaica! In case that wasn’t pressure inducing enough, we leave for the island in only 17! About a month ago I realized how close we really were and started ramping up my beauty routine. I want my hair and skin to be in their best shape possible and that takes some preparation! Today I’ll be talking about the facial I got just yesterday at Silver Mirror Facial Bar, but in the future I’ll dive into my skincare routine and other steps I’ve been taking to get ready.
Silver Mirror Facial Bar is relatively new to the facial scene in New York. Two years ago the founder (who also founded Peach and Lily, and K Beauty website) saw a gap in the marketplace between spa facials that aren’t always very effective, and going to the dermatologist which can be serious and expensive. Silver Mirror prides themselves on being no frills and results oriented, so when they offered to comp my facial for my Beauty Countdown series, of course I was all about it!
Their 30 minute facials start at $80 with more targeted 50 minute facials starting at $125. I asked my aesthetician what their most popular service was and she said either the most basic “Signature” facial ($80) or the “Anti-Aging” ($135). However, my aesthetician also said that they guide their clients to the facial that is right for their specific skin concerns, and personalize each facial as they go. My blogger facial included a sampling of several different services that was both specific to my skin and gave a good overview of the spa’s offerings.
As soon as I walked in I was very impressed, the comparisons to Drybar rang true with a bright and clean interior. Chairs/beds line either side of the room with sheer curtains offering just a little bit of privacy. Everything is cream white accented with blue details (the paintings hanging over the treatment chairs, and the blankets draping the chairs themselves). I know they like to differentiate themselves from spas, but the environment was relaxing to me!
Once I laid down in the chair my aesthetician explained they focus on hydration and exfoliation through all of their treatments. Throughout the facial she explained what she was doing and answered any questions that I had. The sessions started with her placing a steaming device above my face and double cleansing. This was followed by a hot towel and more steam. From there she moved onto extractions, these were uncomfortable, but didn’t hurt. She explained to me that if they ever got too painful they were being done wrong. This was followed by a zapping device which helps clear the gunk off of your skin that she had just extracted. Next up was two different enzyme peels. She decided to do two only after confirming that my skin was up for it. Once again she told me what to expect, tingling and stinging but no burning. Throughout this treatment she kept checking in to make sure it wasn’t crossing the pain line.
The next few steps were my favorite out of the entire visit because she was using some pretty cool tools. She started by microneedling my face. This roller tool has tiny needles on it that allow the products she was about to use to more deeply penetrate my skin. It didn’t hurt at all, nor do you bleed, it really just felt like a light scratching on my face. Next up was another tool to allow products for more deeply penetrate, an ultrasound machine that she rolled and massaged over my skin. The last tool that was exceptionally cool and Silver Mirror is actually the only company in the US that can use it. It uses electric currents to make the muscles in your face contract. The way that she explained it was that you work out and flex your muscles in the gym, and this does the same thing for your face. This treatment is a favorite as part of the “Anti-Aging” facial as it helps with fine lines. As my skin isn’t mature, it really helped with firming up my jaw line and lifting my brow line. It was the weirdest twitching sensation, but somehow it was still enjoyable.
From there she put me under a light machine which pulsated red and blue to help brighten my face and kill bacteria. Finally I had an oxygen treatment where pure oxygen along with vitamins are misted onto your face. It smelled lovely and felt very cooling. She finished off the facial by applying serums, moisturizer, and SPF. I really liked that she wrote down instructions for me about aftercare and suggestions about my skincare routine. I was surprised to see that when I sat up and looked in the mirror my face already looked glowing. I’m used to it being a little irritated after a facial with extractions, and I thought all of the tools she used might aggravate my skin, but it was already glowing, firm, and moisturized, not red in the slightest.
Silver Mirror recommends coming in for a facial every 2-4 weeks. At $80 a pop that definitely isn’t feasible for everyone, but I’ll be keeping them in my back pocket for when I have an important event coming up, or for when my skin just needs that extra help. I do want to say that $80 is more than fair for the effective treatments you get, and is actually below market rate for a facial in NYC.
Overall I’m feeling a lot more confident about my skin’s condition for our wedding. Only 20 days to go guys!