Just over a week ago I stopped into, what I now believe is, one of New York City’s best kept secrets. White Tea Med Spa is hidden above a flight of stairs between Chelsea and the West Village and admittedly I was a bit apprehensive before entering the spa itself. I had an appointment to meet with their skin and body specialist Maria Rianna, for their new DNA “The Natural Facelift” treatment which was said to make me look 7-10 years younger. While at my age (which in the spirit of honesty is 27) I’m not terribly concerned with looking younger, I was completely enticed by the innovative techniques Maria would be using on my skin and eager to see what sort of difference it would make in my overall appearance. White Tea Med Spa is the only spa in NYC to offer the DNA CryoStem Cell Therapy facial and skin care line, and the Natural Facelift is a 100% natural, chemical, and preservative-free treatment that is combined with a animal-based (sourced from cow placenta from the South of France) stem cell serum.
After filling out an electronic form which helped to detail my allergies, my concerns, and current skin care routine I entered one of the spa’s treatment rooms with Maria, who went over my responses and took a look at my skin in order to best customize the upcoming treatment. Maria then left the room to allow me to change and comfortably get under the blankets on the table for the treatment to begin. Maria first explained to me that the stem cells, which are kept cold to ensure they don’t spoil, would deeply penetrate my skin and work to replenish and rebuild from the inside, out, and that I would see the best results and new skin cell growth six days after the facial. Once I internally got past the fact that something that came from a cow’s placenta was about to deeply penetrate itself into my skin, I began to relax and Maria got to work!
After cleansing and exfoliating my skin Maria used an ultrasound extraction method to gently and painlessly remove any build-up from my pores. Throughout this luxury facial I was able to experience microcurrent, which helped to temporarily lift my skin and move my face’s weaker left side up to the right side. I found microcurrent to be slightly painful but not in an unbearable way, however, if you don’t have a tolerance for pain and would prefer to skip having your muscles twitched by what feels like lots of little pins and needles, skip the microcurrent. I was also able to experience the spa’s newest hydro-microdermabrasion treatment which is much gentler on skin than typical microdermabrasion services. The treatment uses a powerful diamond tip to exfoliate along with serums on the skin and a vacuum massage. Maria then instructed me not to speak while she stepped out to get the stem cells, as someone’s breath can destroy the product, and upon coming back into the room and warming up the serum in her hands, she began to press the product into my skin allowing it to sit for 10 minutes and then massaged it into my skin so it could continue to work on rebuilding my own skin’s cells long after the facial had completed.
After I left the spa my skin felt very tight and a bit dry and I worried that maybe I took too far a step away from my usual run-of-the-mill facial treatments, though when I arrived home I realized that my skin was missing two blemishes it most definitely had earlier. What’s more impressive is what happened five days after the facial! As I was putting on my makeup in the morning I realized as I was applying blush that I had forgotten foundation. Now I have to tell you, prior to going to this treatment I felt I had a dull, uneven skin tone, a bit of hyperpigmentation, and some serious dark circles, and I felt it necessary to wear a full layer of foundation before going anywhere. So, for me to forget this step in a routine I’ve had for years, well, that was noteworthy. It’s now nearly two weeks after the facial and both my husband and mother have both noted my skin looks better than it ever has and I’m still not wearing foundation. So while I still think I look the same age, the innovative treatments that Maria used during my Natural Facelift genuinely replenished and rebuilt my skin and just as she predicted, I saw the results in full force after six days. I would recommend this treatment to anyone who wants to see a youthful, even-toned glow (that’s everyone right?!) and I can’t recommend booking a treatment with Maria enough, she is so unbelievably knowledgeable about skin care and all of the latest technologies available and makes you feel completely at ease and informed as you go through your service!
DNA “The Natural Facelift” 90 Minutes; $225 is recommended in a series to get the best results.