Day 20 of 30 Days of Healthy, Beautiful Skin: Hydrafacial at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

By Laura Janelle Downey

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I’m a self-proclaimed spa snob and I’m totally OK with that moniker. So when I choose to relax, I turn to one of the best in the business—The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. I went for the spa’s 80-minute Hydrafacial, but they also offer a 30- and 50-minute version as well. My therapist, Angela, took very good care of me. The treatment, which includes lymphatic drainage and LED red or blue light therapy in addition to a booster application, began with Angela cleaning my face and removing my blush and lip stain.

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In just four steps, which included a cleanse and exfoliation (think facial rejuvenation), a glycolic acid peel, extractions (performed on the T-zone area), and the application of an antioxidant- and peptide-rich hydrating solution (perfect for enhancing my glow), I was good to go. What I loved about this service is that Angela used a handpiece to apply serums like the Connective Tissue Growth Factor (CTGF) to my face. The CTGF reduces wrinkles and improves the overall health of the skin. Other options for boosters include products that work on minimizing the signs of aging and reducing sunspots.

For those who have never had this treatment, the handpiece glides over your face and it feels like a brush that is lightly scratching your skin. And the LED red or blue light therapy helps to increase cellular metabolism, repair damaged skin cells and prompt collagen growth. In turn, the skin’s texture, tone and elastin should improve after a total of six treatments (recommended once every four weeks).

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During this service, Angela also applied an oxygen mask to my face and while it was absorbing, she massaged my shoulders. It was divine! If you’re in need of giving your face extra hydration and you want to see a glow, book the Hydrafacial at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star sanctuary.

Details: 404.995.7526, 3376 Peachtree Rd. NE. Atlanta, GA 30326.

MandarinOriental.com/Atlanta/Buckhead/Luxury-Spa

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