By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein
Mitin Drinin. It’s a Yiddish phrase I’ve sort of personally concocted to mean “randomly, or all of a sudden”. It’s also the phrase I’m currently using to help describe my broken-out jawline of late. There is absolutely no explanation for these now 3-month old eruptions on my skin. There is absolutely no obvious difference in my way of life or use of face products to account for the bumpy, prickly surface of my jawline. I wish I could figure out what’s causing this, because believe you me, I would cease use of such a hazardous product immediately. People are kind and say, “You can’t see it, especially because it’s basically under your jawline and your make-up does wonders to cover it up,” but that only mildly cushions the blow. The only solution is to seek refuge – and hopefully repair – at Sally Hershberger’s Face Place.
The Face Place has been the go-to skin care shrine of Los Angeles for 32 years. It is known for keeping the faces of such celebrities like Renee Russo, Sofia Coppola, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tom Cruise radiant, glowing and more importantly – young and flawless. But when Sally Hershberger – American style-guru and renowned hairstylist to the stars (Meg Ryan, anyone?) – approached the Face Place’s Paul Rogers and Tony Silla about developing a fantastic line of anti-aging skin care products, an unstoppable threesome was born. In addition to Sally’s two chic hair salons, not to mention her fashion line of denim-inspired jeans and t-shirts, Ms. Hershberger finally gave her clients an East Coast haven. Above her Manhattan hair salon in the trendy Meatpacking District, lies the New York edition of the Face Place, which just opened on May 28. This clean, white washed, modern atmosphere fit for a summer breeze or a brunch in the Hamptons provides the perfect respite for you and your skin.
The Face Place’s treatments as well as their skin care line of products are dedicated to a philosophy of detoxifying, clarifying, maintaining, replenishing, protecting and repairing.
Their facial treatment goes beyond the superficial surface cleansing typical to most facials. Heat (as opposed to sweat-inducing, pore-clogging steam) opens all pores, which in turn, get a deep manual cleansing. Skilled extraction techniques followed by the effective galvanic current sets this facial apart from all others. Once your face is given an anti-aging solution comprised of Vitamin C and Zinc, a hard leather mask, through which the current will travel, is placed on top of your face. The vitamin C helps to regenerate tissue, stimulate collagen production and act as an anti-oxidant. The Zinc is an anti-inflammatory to calm the facial tissue. When working in conjunction with the galvanic current (which feels tingly at first, but not at all painful), the ingredients achieve maximum penetration and effectiveness.
The Face Place facial, especially with the use of the galvanic current, is considered one of the original anti-aging treatments and is still one of the most effective. Added touches like keeping the feet elevated and placing hot towels under the shoulder blades made the entire experience both relaxing and rejuvenating. Camilla, my technician extraordinaire, was relentless in making sure her work was thorough. The two hours she spent working on my face showed me how dedicated the staff of The Face Place truly is.
I’m happy to report that my jawline definitely met with some overall improvement as well, but the trustworthy professionals at the Face Place recommended I see a dermatologist to ensure the safety and proper healing of my skin. They offered other helpful bits of advice like disinfecting my phone receiver and ruling out allergies, which can be relieved with the use of anti-histamines. The Face Place recommends weekly treatments the first month and then bimonthly treatments, in addition to the homecare regimen to achieve maximum anti-aging benefits, not to mention a clear complexion. And with one glance at Michelle Pfeiffer, who is three years shy of 50 for the record, clearly some trips to the Meatpacking district are worth it!