Ginnifer Goodwin is one of my favourite red-carpet celebs because she’s more than just pretty. She’s interesting. She makes marvelous choices when it comes to her wardrobe and beauty — remember this fantastic turquoise eye makeup? And she’s down with red-carpet-prep skincare, as she shows in the image below, which she tweeted the day before the Emmys.
The Beautygeeks team is fond of fabric face masks too, (Liza and I particularly heart Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Treatment Masks and Neostrata Moisture Rescue Sheet Masks), but when TIFF began, I opted instead for the Oxy Trio Treatment at Glow Medi Spa in Yorkville. I’m way older than Ginnifer, so I felt I’d need something more involved that would deliver results that might last a few weeks.
Glow Medi Spa owner and medical director Diane Wong is a steel trap when it comes to her client list. All I could find out is that many of Toronto’s more visible personalitiesÂ are fans of the Oxy Trio Treatment, which promises to “oxygenate” skin and leave it glowing for one to four weeks.
In short, the facial smooths skin and increases the blood circulation at the surface. It’s controlled inflammation. And it soon makes the complexion look glowy and healthy and young.
The facial isn’t the most comfortable. Expect occasional light stinging from the stimulating and exfoliating ingredients. And your skin will be really rosy when you leave. But the next day and maybe for four whole weeks, expect your skin to look wonderful. Mine did. I was so happy with my complexion that I cut a step from my routine: foundation.
I’ll book an Oxy Trio Treatment again, probably when I’m sick of life-sucking winter. Nicer skin will make me feel like I’m kicking winter’s ankle.
Now you can stop reading. The stuff below is just all the geeky details about ingredients and stuff.
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super-geeky Oxy Trio Treatment details
The Oxy Trio Treatment is categorized as a “medical-grade” facial. That means it’s not quite as pampering or relaxing as a spa facial can be. Instead it’s about quite active ingredients, and sometimes a little sting as exfoliating ingredients go to work. The first part of this one is an exfoliating mask that includes fumaric acid and niacin to get the circulation going. My skin was a bit on the sensitive side (and I’d accidentally exfoliated in the AM), so Gabriela started me off with a PCA Therapeutic Oat Milk Mask, a more gentle formula.
The second part of the treatment is the “detoxyfing” stage, a massage treatment that incorporates Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract, a yeast derivative that boosts the skin’s own detox process, says Dr. Wong.
The third part is all about stimulating oxygen circulation. The mask/massage features low doses of hydrogen peroxide, lactic acid, retinyl palmitate, salicylic acid and glycolic acid, which, Dr. Wong points out, are also great for treating and purifying acne-plagued skin. I can’t lie — I felt a bit of sting. But the final step in this part is a facial massage with a calming, antioxidant-rich hydrating gel, which soothed my skin very quickly.
I was warned my skin would probably be red after the treatment; it was. But I felt no discomfort post-facial, and the redness faded within a few hours. And in the weeks that followed, my complexion was smooth, bouncy, and — well, radiant. Without makeup.
My skin hasn’t looked that great since I was working out nearly daily, eating super healthily, drinking tons of water, and regularly getting a minimum of eight hours of sleep. I loved the results I got from this Oxy Trio Treatment. (I also love the Intraceuticals Oxygen Facials Madonna loves so much.) I’ll do it again in a few months.
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Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Treatment Masks, $29.99/5 masks at well.ca, or $34.99 sale for 5/masks + full-size serum at well.ca; Neostrata Moisture Rescue Sheet Masks, $40/8 masks at drugstores and neostrata.ca; Oxy Trio Treatment at Glow Medi Spa, $175.