I have a confession to make. I’ve never had a facial treatment.
As the UV index rises with the summer months, proper skincare is increasingly important, especially for the face. With this in mind, I made my way to Westhampton to meet Blythe Payne, owner of More Than Skin Deep, a spa right on the water off of Dune Road that opened in 2013. As a New York State licensed esthetician, Payne scheduled me for a Microcurrent facial.
As I sat on the table, the waves crashing in the background with the electricity pulsing over my pores, it felt part New Age and part science fiction. I found the results to be unique. Immediately following the treatment my face showed sunspots and redness, as though all the flaws had been pulled to the surface. However, the next day my skin was plump and evenly toned, as though it was injected with moisture, and it remained that way for three days.
What is your background in skincare?
I have been doing holistic skincare since November 2013. I am a Certified Holistic Osmosis Esthetician and also trained on Tama Blue Onyx Microcurrent.
How long have you been at your location? When are you open?
I have had the More Than Skin Deep Spa at the Bath & Tennis Resort on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach for two seasons. I operate there from May to October and move to a Hampton Bays location November to April.
Describe what a MicroCurrent lifting facial is.
It is a facial modality that has been used since the 1950s. Microcurrent is a low level of electricity that mirrors the body’s own natural electrical currents. Using Microcurrent enhances the production of natural collagen and elastin, increases ATP production (which is the fuel of your cells), provides circulatory benefits, and assists in product penetration. The result is immediate firming, smoothing, and re-hydration of the skin while greatly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Microcurrent is also referred to as facial sculpting treatment. It can lift, sculpt and tighten any part of your face. This procedure is non-invasive. It does not wound or cause trauma to the skin.
What are the benefits?
It brings a luminous, youthful glow to your skin, no downtime, immediate results, painless and relaxing (most clients often fall asleep during the treatment), increases body’s natural production of collagen, softens the appearance of fine lines, smooths skin texture, increases ATP production up to 500 percent, improves muscle function and balance, increases blood flow and oxygenation bringing nutrition to the skin, increases lymphatic flow, detoxifies cells, increases hydration through increased ATP production, plumps the skin.
What makes this unique and why is It important?
As we adopt healthy choices by adding exercise to our daily activities, we need to be mindful of the 32 individual muscles in our face. Instead of injecting toxins and chemicals, ask yourself why not exercise those muscles naturally. Microcurrent treatment is completely natural, safe, and non-invasive, and allows your facial muscles to tone, rejuvenate, heal, and rebuild themselves. It’s a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation.
TAMA Microcurrent is a form of electrical massage that allows your face to attain better health naturally. Microcurrent is effective in re-educating the facial muscles to strengthen, lift, and tone. TAMA’s unique Multi-Mode Waveform stimulation provides simultaneous muscle toning and re-education, thus providing both short and long-term benefits.
What services do you recommend most during the summer months?
All of the services that I offer are not photo sensitizing and are good to do all year long. I recommend the Revitapen Facial for infusing the skin with serums and reducing fine lines and wrinkles and the Tama Microcurrent Lifting Facial for toning and lifting (exercising) the muscles of the face to get a more youthful appearance.
What is the most common misconception about skincare today?
The most common misconception in skincare today is that strong peels, laser, microdermabrasion, and microneedling will increase collagen and make you look younger. The result is that these harsh treatments make the skin go into a wound healing response, which is why the skin needs to produce the collagen to fix the damage that has been created.
Assaulting the skin only makes the skin look younger temporarily by plumping it during the inflammatory phase and returning back to its original, or even worse, state.
More Than Skin Deep is located at 231 Dune Road in Westhampton. Call 631-701-7178 or visit www.morethanskindeephamptons.com.