The latest in facial trends seems to be the ever popular Fire and Ice Facial. At least in LA, I see it advertised everywhere, and it’s touted at the “Red Carpet Facial” that celebrities get before their big events. I did see Kathy Griffin at the Chelsea Handler show not long ago, but unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to grill her about her skincare treatments. Whether this particular treatment is actually one the celebs partake in…well who knows? And, I really couldn’t care less. I focus on results and choosing the best treatments for me and my skin. Celebrity endorsement not needed.
I signed up for one of these dreamy facials because of a recommendation from my esthetician. I had inquired about a doing a basic facial, and she explained that she wasn’t a big fan of facials, but that she did like this particular one. Intrigued, I asked for more information.
First, it was created by the company IS Clinical. If you’ve never used any of their products, I’d suggest you try them. They have a great reputation in the skincare industry and knowing their name was behind it gave the product some instant validity.
The facial is designed to resurface your skin, clean pores, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and brighten. It does this by using retinols, glycolics and vitamins A and B. It was described to me as similar to a mild chemical peel, minus the peeling.
Also, that there would be zero down time, and that my skin would exhibit an amazing glow and firmness.
There are two parts to the treatment that both involve a masque and may be applied on your face, neck and chest. The “fire” portion contains 18% glycolic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, malic acid, vitamin B3, retinol and antioxidants, including green tea extracts. This is applied to remove the very top layer of dermis. The masque is left on for about two to five minutes and can cause an itching, burning or a tingling sensation, or all three. The esthetician wipes the masque off and moves to the “ice” portion, which is a cooling (shocker) masque comprised of hyaluronic acid, green tea extracts, aloe vera gel, licorice extracts, rosemary extracts and grape seed extracts. The hyaluronic acid is a plumping agent, while the aloe vera of course soothes. This masque will be left on for about 5 minutes.
After the final cleanse, a moisturizer and sunscreen will be applied.
I’ve probably had around three of these in the last year or so. It feels like it accomplishes a noticeable amount more than a facial (as it should, given the ingredients it contains), which is why I think it’s better to consider it very mild chemical peel, without the peeling. This is not a foo-foo facial where you get a massage and drift off on a brief nap. Many women report some mild discomfort, but I can say that during my treatments, I have experienced zero pain. I found it to be very relaxing, and my skin looks fantastic afterwards.
What You Can Expect
For starters, a price tag of $100-$150. That is of course in the Los Angeles area, so it maybe cheaper in other places. Also, there can be some redness afterwards that will dissipate within a short amount of time. But if that’s something you’re worried about, don’t do it on your lunch break. As a general rule, if you have a big event coming up and have never done this, I don’t recommend doing it for the first time before your event. While this particular treatment has a very low chance of any adverse reaction, I think as a general rule it’s best to be 100% sure.
Be sure to curb your expectations. I do love this treatment. And I highly recommend it. But this isn’t the type of treatment that is going to turn the clock back ten years, especially after one time. It is a treatment that is not going to break the bank that you can incorporate into your skin care regimen that will, over time, improve the quality of your skin.
Six treatments are recommended for best results, in no less than four week intervals. And luckily, this is recommended for all skin types.