|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.