If one word could describe my experience at Nirvana Face and Body it would be, well, nirvana. Pure, uninterrupted, pampered bliss.
Last Thursday I got my very first facial (I know, I have been living under a rock). Contrary to your infamous face masks, steams and chemical peels— my facial was natural, clean and fabulous. With a more holistic approach, and techniques borrowed from Asian culture, Tenille at Nirvana works to repair the skin from the inside out— and I’m all about it.
When I walked in to my appointment, I was expecting a medical table or chair dressed up with white linen, some elevator music, a few face masks and lots of steam. What I got was the complete opposite, in the best way. When I got in to the room, there was a plush, heated bed waiting for me to cozy up in, and Tenille explained what we would be doing and why.
All the technical lingo kinda threw me, but it’s so important to be fully educated on what you’re doing to your face. After all, it’s your face.
The renewing facial that I got was a combination of a cleansing and enzyme exfoliation, LED light therapy and a Gua Sha facial massage.
The enzyme exfoliant is in lieu of your typical peel, and it turns out it’s actually better for you. Here’s how;
Chemical peels operate on the “destroy-it-to-repair-it” method by removing the protective layers of your epidermis in the effort to kick the dermis into repair mode and cause faster cellular turn over, which will boost collagen and elastin production. While this works short term, constantly damaging the epidermis will starve the dermis of much needed nutrients, ultimately making it thinner.
Think of it this way, an old person with thin, translucent skin and oodles of wrinkles versus a baby with a plump, youthful face. I’ll take the thick dermis, please.
Nirvana’s enzyme treatment works to attack surface level blemishes and dead skin, keeping the skin’s protective barrier healthy and happy.
After the exfoliation, I did a little (a lot) light therapy. LED lights use beneficial light rays that energize cells and stimulate the body’s natural process to increase collagen & elastin production, destroy acne bacteria, reduce inflammation, speed healing, and increase circulation. It’s bright, and warm, and feels like your face is in a tanning bed— except it’s actually really good for you!
I’m not going to lie, 15 minutes in to the LED light therapy treatment I was getting a bit restless (meditation and mindless relaxation aren’t really my thing), but I’d do it again in a heartbeat to reap the benefits.
Last, we did the Gua Sha facial massaging. Tenille uses a pure, natural jade stone to massage the face, neck and chest to help with lymphatic drainage. This power-duo (facial massage + lymphatic drainage) has a ton of benefits such as; stress relief, glowing skin, reducing pore size, acne and inflammation, better circulation, and detoxification. And, if you saw my IG stories, you already know that it makes your face a lot less puffy and swollen, which earns five freaking stars in my book.
Knowing what I know now about traditional facials versus the holistic approach, I can honestly say I won’t be going near a chemical peel any time soon (if ever). So, basically, my fancy facial blew my expectations out of the water!
If you’re local, I highly recommend checking out Nirvana Face & Body for an appointment. If you’re not, Tenille and her team have a curated line of natural, clean skincare products that are just as amazing as being there in person.