Thursday, 6 September 2012

Mum Review: CACI Anti-Aging Facial

My Mum did enjoy her facial (and my rather invasive photography), she just refuses to smile in photos.  
I recently attended an introduction to CACI, a facial system which describes itself as a "non surgical facelift".  The system began life as a medical treatment to deal with facial palsy - electric microcurrents were applied to the affected muscles to restore muscle tone.  Now in use as a beauty treatment, a typical CACI facial involves a therapist using a machine to manipulate and re-educate all 32 facial muscles using microcurrent.  Some of its celebrity endorsers include Barbara Windsor, Dale Winton (eek) and Jennifer Lopez.

I was offered a complimentary CACI facial to experience the effects myself - but being a mere thirty, and having few lines and wrinkles (thankfully), I decided to pass the opportunity on to my Mum.  We trundled down to the very swanky Four Seasons Hotel to visit the spa, and my Mum was treated to a combined facial using ESPA products and the Ultimate CACI machine, which does microdermabrasion and hydration as well as microcurrent.  

She reported that the facial was lovely, with her therapist taking the time to explain products and techniques throughout in response to her questions.  I took photos before the treatment and after the treatment to see if the results were as impressive as CACI say (although, naturally, a course is recommended for the most dramatic effects).

I think I can see improvement even after the one session - even if I do have to look very, very closely (click on the photo to view it full size and high res).  Frown lines look more shallow, vertical lines around the lips look less pronounced, the skin looks overall brighter and more even, and I'm fairly sure that the cheeks look significantly smoother (which is backed up by my brother independently saying that my Mum's cheeks looked less wrinkly a few hours later).  Overall, it does look like CACI provides some skin-tightening, wrinkle-reducing effects as promised, even after a single session.  Even if the deeper wrinkles between nose and mouth and on the forehead seem the same as before.  My Mum's curiousity has been piqued to the extent that she's going to have a few more sessions at a local (less expensive) salon.  

Have you tried CACI?  Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure: Facial treatment provided free of charge for review purposes.


  1. Can't tell one way or the other about any wrinkle-reducing, but I love your mum's glasses!

  2. I'm now going for my 3rd session on saturday and I do recommend it. I'm 52 and (gladly) dont have too many wrinkles, however feel my skin a bit droopy around the bottom of my face, whats the word? Jowls, I hate the word!..and there is a definate improvement after I've had a session, which have been 3 weeks in between each one. Also my skin feels great and more toned all over, although I do worry that if I have the treatment constantly and then I stop, what would happen then...I'm in Glasgow and it costs £40 per session, though cheaper if you block book.

  3. I started having CACI facials about 3 years ago as I was looking for an anti-ageing treatment that would also help the slight paralysis I still suffered from on the left hand side of my face after I suffered from Bells Palsy in my 20's. When I googled CACI I found out that the micolift procedure had originally started out as a medical treatment to help stroke and Bells Palsy patients. I started off with a course of 10 and now have regular maintenance. I loved the results so much I bought my own Ultimate machine!!! A bit extreme I know but after 30 years of teaching I was looking for a change of career.I now run my own small beauty business in New Mills, Derbyshire offering CACI facials at more realistic, affordable prices. £35 for a CACI microlift facial!

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