“It reeducates the muscles,” Valentina purred in her husky Russian accent as she pulled my cheek so high with a metal prong my chin started to tilt back towards her. She circled rhythmically along my lower cheek with the second prong. “This reeducation,” she continued, “teaches the muscles to lengthen (if contracted) or shorten (if sagging), and supports all of the secondary benefits seen from microcurrent.” Secondary benefits being: reduction in visible fine lines, lifting, improved firmness and tautness of skin. For the longest time, I never gave my facial muscles much thought, or any thought really. Who thinks about them when…

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ReFa Carat Review Best for: Firming, lifting and toning the facial muscles and skin; improving circulation and detoxifying the skin. How it works: The ReFa Carat is a handheld, wireless microcurrent device and facial massager created by the renowned Japanese company, MTG Co.,Ltd. The device has a built in solar panel on the handle where, when exposed to light, the low-level microcurrent is activated and transmitted between the two nodes. Each node has a 360-degree rotation and is capable of kneading the skin and muscles similarly to how an aesthetician would to stimulate lymphatic drainage and promote increase blood flow to the…

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Coming from a long line of aestheticians (mother, grandmother and great-grandmother), it’s no surprise Angelina Umansky, co-founder of Spa Radiance in San Francisco, is one of the most sought after skin specialists in the country with a clientele that reads like Vanity Fair’s who’s who (we’re talking – the Gettys and Michelle Pfeiffer #needisaymore). I sat down with Angelina to get answers to my burning skin care questions – How do I get rid of my neck bands? What can be done about crepey skin? Is the cult favorite, Biologique Recherche a nontoxic line and if so, which products do you recommend…

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