Perricone MD is a wonderful beauty brand and I very much enjoy using some of their products, as well as their Omega 3 and Super Berry with Acai supplements-clever beauty mixed with potent nutriceuticals. Recently Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone M.D. who is a board –certified dermatologist and world-renowned anti-ageing expert, joined forces with CACI, UK’s largest manufacturer and supplier of non invasive aesthetic treatment systems to create a wonderful facial that tones, lifts, rejuvenates and really changes your facial contours, even after one session. Dr Nicholas Perricone actually holds the opinion that: “The CACI Ultra is unrivalled when it comes to maintaining a lifted, firm and toned face and neck.”
I was invited by Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals team to experience the 45 minute facial in the privacy of the wonderful treatment room in Liberty’s of London ( this year Liberty’s really made a big push with their beauty department and treatments and it seems to be paying off in spades, with more structured product zones, interesting brands and experienced therapists ).
Amid the hussle and bustle of the roaring business on Saturday, I was taken by Giulietta, my facialist, to the treatment room and as soon as she shut the door behind us, the relaxed atmosphere and slightly dimmed lights made my slight nervousness dissipate-I have never had an invasive treatments and trying this high tech facial for the first time, I couldn’t help but wonder what the final result would be like.
Giulietta, who comes from Sardinia, a sweet, statuesque woman with clear, plump skin went through the questionnaire with me first ( making sure that I haven’t had any invasive treatments, like Botox or wasn’t pregnant ) and then explained the treatment to me ( as well as point out the machine and its attachments that she was going to use during the facial ), before she left the room to let me get ready (you need to take your jewelery and watch off ). When she came back a few minutes later, she placed a hair-band around my head, examined my face and started the facial with cleansing my face with Perricone M.D. Hypoallergenic Gentle Cleanser ( it is formulated for sensitive skin and is free from drying, stripping or irritating sulfates ). My face felt soft and residue free and then Giulietta gently wet my face with the cotton wool pad and started treating my face with CACI’s electric spatula, which acts as a gentle peel on your skin. You experience a slightly tingly sensation but within seconds you can’t help but relax further.
Once that part of the treatment was finished ( and time goes by without you really noticing it ), Giulietta took out the next gadget, which looks like a pair of kitchen tongs, metal and slightly rounded at the ends, that is connected to the clever CACI machine. Giulietta operates it like a clever wizard and she started by gently touching my face with the gadget, staying in each area for a little while. You feel a slight pinching sensation and get a quite strong metallic taste in your mouth ( which is normal and you shouldn’t worry about it ). Your skin gets rolled gently while it is stimulated with electric currents and Giulietta decides how strong or gentle they should be, so you get a very personalized approach each time.
Within a couple of minutes I could feel the blood rushing to the skin’s surface and my face started to feel warm. Surprisingly it all feels very relaxing and once I got over the initial metallic taste I almost drifted into a light sleep.
Your whole face gets attended to, even around the eye brows ( but not the delicate eye area ) and the hairline, after which Intensive Pore Minimiser ( a clever product that gently exfoliates your skin, refines skin texture and helps to tighten the skin, minimizing pore size ) was delicately applied all over. As neck line is very important and is included in the facial, Giulietta applied Firming Neck Therapy ( helps to increase skin’s elasticity ) followed by Cold Plasma Eye cream ( an extremely hydrating product for the delicate eye area that targets dark circles, fine lines, puffiness & loss of brightness ) and Cold Plasma cream all over my face ( formulated with a pioneering delivery system, this cream addresses the visible signs of ageing like enlarged pores, discoloration, uneven skin tone, dryness and loss of radiance ).
If you don’t want to go out with a bare face ( I don’t have such calms in general ) then you can ask your facialist to apply some No Make Up Make Up Perricone M. D. Products, which are No Foundation Foundation and No Concealer Concealer which are amazing multi-taskers-they protect your skin with non-chemical SPF 30, correct skin undertones, add luminosity, camouflage imperfections, nourish the skin with Neuropeptides and Vitamin C ester.
When Giulietta finished the facial and I approached the mirror I almost took a step back in amazement-my reflection showed a glowing face, with no blemish or irritation in site. My face looked firmer, with definitely stronger emphasised contours and plumper skin. I have frown lines on my forehead but even they looked like they were less pronounced-to be honest I have never had such an effect after a 45 minute facial. Interestingly the effect lasted for days and my skin felt suppler and more elastic and moisturized to the touch.
In general you are advised to have six to eight of those treatments, closely spaced to have a more lasting results, but I have to say that I was in complete awe of this facial that was both medical and nurturing, high-tech and relaxing and my face felt renewed and so pretty. I guess it just proves the point that you don’t have to have invasive treatments in order to look amazing. Great skincare and high-tech approach by the right beauty professionals can truly revolutionize how your face looks from your 30s onwards.