Fictionary is a column showcasing beauty-related words that don’t exist, but should.
I review aestheticians based on whether I see a difference post-facial (either immediately or not) but more importantly, whether OTHERS do. And after a two-hour + treatment with the fantastic Isabelle Bellis my skin gleamed in a way in which I wasn’t even familiar. Someone now compliments my skin nearly every day. Why? Because Isabelle facially profiled me and prescribed Joelle Ciocco products for me that suit my skin better than anything I’ve tried yet AND also gave me a list of foods to avoid and choose based on their respective acidity or alkalinity. Per her guidance, I’ve been consuming more cooked vegetables instead of salads and avoiding items on the acidic list, which includes, among others, berries, pineapple and plums. I’ve also investigated investing in a water ionizer system so I can simply up my alkaline intake via my drinking water.
From a product standpoint, the regimen she proposed is fairly simple. I love that the products are designed using almost obsessive compulsive detail to keep them antibacterial. Each liquid or cream is encased within the container in a plastic bag and includes a smaller cap on the pump before being topped with a larger air-tight cap. It’s like Fort Knox in there, ‘kay? The run-down:
La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray is used in the morning, instead of washing my face twice a day, which was drying it out unnecessarily, unbeknownst to me. Try washing your face only at night and see what diff it makes.
Joelle Ciocco Skin Defensive used in the morning and at night–has made a huge difference in my skin tone and tendency to break out, evidently from its ability to intervene in the Krebs Cycle, a scientific term I haven’t uttered since sophomore year Biology with Professor Yu.
Mat Reverser Correcting Treatment is a moisturizer which is totally unintuitive, as it doesn’t exactly make skin matte, but hydrates beautifully.
Heat Mask is the most important; I use it once a week to jump start my skin and get it, like, OPERATING in a way it hadn’t been previously. I put it on for 10 minutes and it makes my skin totally red, but it calms down within half an hour to reveal a glow I haven’t had since I rocked drugstore conditioner and invested in Mall Highlights.
The entire treatment (which includes extractions, bless baby Jesus) is a holistic wellness experience which includes breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and even a mini foot-rub. Most incredibly, part of the process includes Isabelle massaging the inside of your MOUTH with her (gloved) hands to stimulate the skin on your cheeks but it’s not as crazypants as it seems. And P.S., LOOK at her skin in the pic above. Wouldn’t you let her sell you oceanfront property in ARIZONA if she said it would make you look remotely like her? (thought so). I’ve been doing everything she suggested and my skin looks much better since I became an IB disciple.
Get involved, yourself:
60 East 66 street PH
New York, NY 10065
Disclosure: Treatment provided for editorial consideration. But it takes a lot more than another individual applying various creams and scrubs to my facial to curry MY favor.
So glad you’ve been happy with my recs! Unfortunately Joelle Ciocco products aren’t sold online and it’s totally irritating. They USED to be sold at Barney’s, not sure if they still are. The only place you can buy them as far as I know is at Isabelle Bellis’ place in NYC.
Hope that helps!
Amber, I’ve purchased products you’ve recommended before & have never been disappointed. You really peaked my interest in these Joelle Ciocco products, where can they be purchased?
Anon, thanks for pointing that out, but I am aware. I was using the word with a wink. 😉
Sounds like one heck of a facial! Just wanted to add another word to your fictionary…facialist. The talented lady that did your facial is an esthetician (or possibly a cosmotologist). Facialist is a made up word.
Need a facial desperately, looks like I will be visiting here..ASAP