BEAUTY – More than Skin Deep
Best Face Forward at Smooth
Synergy: The Cosmedix Purity
the first one to throw my hat in the ring for a manicure or a pedicure or
a pick me up hair trim, but when it comes to “treatments -” deep
scrubs, anything potentially painful or time-consuming, I have shied away.
You could call me a superficial spa lover.
But my recent foray into the land of skin treatments in the form of
a face-peel was anything but superficial.
Just the term face-peel seemed more serious than what I am used to,
but it is a routine upscale treatment and I knew that I would love the
scheduled my appointment at Smooth Synergy for their new Purity
Peel, one of the many in a line they offer by Cosmedix.
This particular peel was designed to penetrate excess oil to
correct skin conditions such as acne and enlarged pores, clear the skin of
blemishes and reduce inflammation, and exfoliate the skin. Wow – and I
thought a manicure was fancy!
adventure started with a pleasant conversation with Heather at Smooth
Synergy who advised that I do the face-peel “prep-kit” for
at least 10 days before my Purity Peel to prepare my skin and
improve the results of the peel. Ok,
serious right off the bat, but I complied so that I could maximize my
results. Heather was friendly
and very helpful and gave me instructions about how to prepare for my
peel, advising me that my skin might become sensitive as a result and
emphasizing that I should be very careful of the sun during this period.
As the days went by using the prep kit, my skin did, indeed, become
quite sensitive and even started to dry and flake a bit in some areas.
Heather had mentioned that this might happen.
I reminded myself that this was part of the process with a more
serious spa treatment and that my skin was going to look fabulous
arrived at Smooth Synergy for my appointment a bit nervous about the
Purity Peel I was going to have. I
met the friendly staff in the reception area, including the owner Nicole,
who gave me a tour of the immaculate facilities.
This was a different kind of spa – a far cry from the
superficial spas where I often get my manicures.
This was more like a doctor’s office meets private pampering
suites where they actually administered deep beauty treatments meant to
have lasting effects.!
were a handful of fully equipped private treatment rooms and a small cozy
waiting area with a trickling waterfall fountain bubbling in the
background. I learned that
Smooth Synergy, in operation for the past three and half years, is a full
service medically-focused spa with an extensive menu of deep beauty
treatments. I perused the long
list of treatments ranging from laser hair removal to fat reduction and
skin treatments, to acupuncture and massage.
The owner, Nicole, mentioned they had an onsite medical consultant
as well as their most up-to-date technology and treatments.
She pointed out some of their impressive equipment as we toured the
facility. I was in good and
extremely professional hands here.
met Beth, the aesthetician who would be administering my treatment.
She set me up with a cozy gown on a very comfortable heated bed in
the treatment room. Low
lighting and light music set the relaxing atmosphere as she went to work
first cleaning and preparing my skin for the peel.
My already sensitive skin was less-than-comfortable when she began
the process, though she informed me that this was common.
The peel itself was hot-hot-hot and felt like liquid fire on my
face. This was also quite
common, Beth explained, and handed me a personal fan to cool my face as we
let the peel work its magic for the next 4 minutes.
The fan cooled me sufficiently and it was no problem to wait out
the minutes, especially as Beth gave me a luxurious neck and shoulder
massage, one of the great perks of enduring this process!
It should be noted that in some cases, depending on skin
sensitivity, the peel might be left on for a longer period – your
aesthetician will evaluate your skin to determine what is best for you.
you have this done, let me say that the burning is expected, though I
would equally encourage you to stay in communication with your
aesthetician, letting her know how you are feeling throughout the process
and asking questions as they arise for you.
This communication makes the whole thing more comfortable if you
are a new at this and want to be sure that what you are experiencing is
normal, especially if it seems painful or unusual to you.
I might be a beauty wimp, but my motto is that it never hurts to
ask questions. These folks are
professionals so they won’t mind the peanut gallery comments and will
certainly try to alleviate any discomfort that you have if you let them
know about it! So after Beth
removed the peel she sent me home with a post-treatment kit and some
instructions. I was encouraged
to call if I had any problems or concerns.
to the next day…Uh oh…I expected some redness and peeling, but
wouldn’t have imagined the transformation my skin experienced over the
next 72 hours.
DAY AFTER – EXTREME dryness and tightness; some pain and heat;
several large dark brown areas on my face had formed and I deduced that
these areas must have been more effected than the rest of my face which
was mostly just red and dry. Folks
at work asked me if I had a sunburn, as it was pretty obvious to anyone
who knew me that something was definitely going on with my face.
I could not put on make up (i.e. foundation or powder) as it would
have taken on the texture and unevenness of my skin and made it look even
worse. I wished I didn’t
have to work or be seen by anyone that day, but I hadn’t planned for
this, so I was stuck and tried to make the best of it.
TWO – I could have made some serious cash in a remake of Night of
the Living Dead cuz I was SCARY and getting progressively SCARIER.
As the day went on, my face got browner and tighter and I felt like
I was wearing a mask that might crack off.
I just wanted it to fall off and be over.
I rang Heather at Smooth Synergy to check in as admittedly, I was a
getting bit panicky and had pretty much convinced myself that I was going
to look this way permanently. She
was great on the phone, asking me detailed questions about my face and
advising me to liberally apply the balm that had come with the
post-treatment kit. She
invited me come in for a follow up, but I elected to wait one more day.
She said she would call me the next day to check on my progress.
DAY THREE my skin was peeling off in huge hunks – totally gross
– but it was at least reassuring that something was happening and that
my body was doing its miraculous job of healing me, albeit unsightly.
Heather called, as promised and I told her about the peeling…oh
that’s right…it was a FACE PEEL –
my skin was SUPPOSED to peel off! Yes,
that’s right, layers of haggard, weathered, sun-damaged skin was
starting to peel off to reveal a brand new baby-skin layer that my body
had wondrously created. This
treatment had just inspired the skin’s process of doing this so I could
get a fresh start in one whole-face-she-bang. Heather and I agreed that I
should come in the following day so she could have a look and confirm that
all was well.
I arrived at Smooth Synergy on DAY 4, everyone there agreed that
the peel had been quite effective on me – more than usual – and that I
must have sensitive skin. They
were equally excited to see how I would look after all the skin had
finished peeling as they anticipated that the effects would be quite
dramatic. In the mean time,
however, they helped me along by giving me a follow up treatment to help
me shed some of the unsightly skin that I was carrying around with me.
After the treatment I was relaxed and already looked a lot better
– the luxurious moisture balm and steam massage I had received along
with the micro-current treatment had felt wonderful and had taken off a
lot of the peeling skin.
DAY 5, most of the skin was peeled off and I was nearly back to
normal. Starting on DAY 6,
I was well along my journey to looking better than I had before the
peel. My skin
progressively got more and more beautiful and glowing as the days
continued to go by. It is
smoother, fresher, softer and, dare I say, gorgeous.
I went to work with no make-up on and was talking to a co-worker
about the face peel; he agreed I looked great but added that it was
probably helped by the foundation I was wearing…he couldn’t believe it
when I told him I wasn’t wearing any!
line: the results look GREAT!
Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since my Purity Peel and I am looking
fabulous. I could get used
to this. I guess they will
have to get someone else for the Night of the Living Dead remake, unless
they want to cast me as the ingénue.
advised, this is Serious Beauty. Not
to be taken lightly - it’s a commitment, but the results are amazing.
You know what they say –
“no pain, no gain!” But
that is the difference between a deep treatment and having your nails
painted…working out to be in shape vs. wearing a dress you look good in
as long as you don’t take it off.
you are going to go for it, be sure to plan well and monitor your skin
and progress along the way. My
results were very dramatic due to my skin sensitivity so be sure to keep
that in mind if you have sensitive skin.
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more about Smooth Synergy
the Purity Peel at Smooth Synergy:
- Advise Smooth Synergy if you have sensitive skin so that they can be
aware of it and/or recommend the appropriate peel for your skin type.
They have a whole menu of peels so you might want to kick off your
experience with something mild if you have never had a peel before or if
you have sensitive skin.
your appointment before a long weekend or several days off so that you can
be sure that at the height of your peel you can lay low or alternately,
play a zombie in a horror movie. I
would try to carve out 3-5 days in hiding just to be safe.
-If you decide to do the
prep kit, you might want to also plan this for a time chunk when you
don’t have to look your best – no first dates or presentations to the
board as you might be a little dry, flakey or red as you use the prep
-Don’t hesitate to ask
questions and express concerns along the way and let the professionals at
Smooth Synergy know how they can make the experience more comfortable for
you. These folks are serious
about beauty and they want you to come out looking and feeling your best!
- Remember if you are happy with this or any other spa service tip at
least 15 - 20 %.
- Remember to tell them Spa-nyc.com sent you.
I didn’t used to know or care that you could actually exfoliate
wrinkles, but as time has started to take its toll, I am starting to look
beyond my regular regiment of superficial beauty rituals.
Hours in the sun and years on this earth can wear on the face and
that isn’t something that a haircut or manicure can help or even hide.
Smooth Synergy has a full line of some of the latest deep
beauty treatments worthy of consideration for anyone wanting to venture
beyond the superficial for a change.
This includes their suite of Cosmedix
Face Peels for some serious beauty that is more than skin deep (several