I've had my fair share of fancy spa treatments, but none compare to the uniquely invigorating Iron Cream Mask Facial that I was treated to yesterday at Beauté Therapies Inc. of Palm Beach. This "Dermomagnetic" procedure is the signature facial of Dermophisiologique, an organic skin care line with roots in Northern Italy. Patented by Dermophisiologique in 1975, the iron mask treatment boasts results that are both deep cleansing and anti-aging. I'll walk you through the process, which is truly unlike any other.

After removing impurities and make-up from my face with a cleansing milk, the esthetician applied a cooling compress mask. As my eyes succumbed to a luxurious lotion set on top of them in lightweight pads shaped like flower petals, the aroma of a soothing essential oil mixture enveloped my entire upper body. I was so tranquil that I barely registered the drops of essential oils rubbed on my neck and relaxation points.

Refreshingly hydrated, my skin was then wiped clean and patted dry. The next step was the much-anticipated iron mask, a creamy emollient which the esthetician gently massaged over my face. A few minutes later, she handed me a mirror, revealing a grayish coating like a clay mask, but without kaolin's attendant drying sensation. The iron mask combines iron, lipids, beeswax, black cure oil, and zinc to create a magnetic field over the skin, stimulating a toning effect.

Poised with the mirror in hand, I watched as the esthetician rubbed my face with a rectangular block-Dermophisiologique's special magnet. Like a magic trick, the magnet transformed the gray solution on my face into a buttery-white hue as it lightly grazed the surface. What accumulated on the magnet, visible only up close under a strong light, was a minefield of miniature iron particles, along with blackheads and debris. If you've ever tried one of those Biore pore strips, the effect is similar, yet far more powerful.

Once the iron portion was removed, the beige-colored lower layer of the mask remained on my face for a few more minutes, allowing all the actives to be absorbed. The esthetician then swabbed my skin with a Dermomagnetic toner and remarked that my complexion was looking clearer. Much of the latter part of the facial was customized for my skin type, addressing sensitive, combination skin. The products used included Dermophisiologique's Crema Occhi Optyma, Leni-K Crema, and Lozione Occhi Optyma. My favorite was the finishing seaweed treatment, which shrouded my face, neck, and decolleté in a detoxifying, tingling veil of marine botanicals.

So, did Dermophisiologique's forceful-sounding iron mask fortify my face with youth and vitality? You bet it did. Not only did my complexion appear dewey and glowing, but my skin was visibly plumper. The many actives in the treatment both infused my skin with moisture and seemed to stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers under the surface. 24 hours post-facial, my skin is still basking in a renewed glow.

You'll have to visit Palm Beach (at Beauté Therapies Inc.) or Nantucket (at the J. Miller Salon) to experience the iron mask facial and to purchase Dermophisiologique products, though the company has plans to expand to New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Miami in 2009. I will be testing a selection of specific Dermophisiologique items, so stay tuned for future reviews.