It doesn't take much to persuade me to dash over to Atlantic City for the weekend. In the past few years, it shed a "seedy" reputation by incorporating cool boutique hotels, riveting nightlife, miles of slots (I'm a sucker) and terrific celebrity-chef restaurants. While there, I made a strong effort to visit the new Qua Spa at Caesar's Palace, which opened last May. It's been the buzz since it opened and finally gave spa enthusiasts a reason to look forward to the destination for pampering.
I loved the boutique, which carried unique grooming brands I was unfamiliar with (you'll see posts soon), and the spa itself was nicely removed from the lively pace of the boardwalk. I tried out the three "roman baths" and detoxed in the eucalyptus-filled steam room.
My esthetician, Mia, was young and just as excited as me about the facial she was going to provide. I opted for the cleverly named Pokerface, which is a favorite for the men. Furthermore, I was quite surprised to learn that some of the products used in the treatment were from the Gessatto
brand, which both Marta and I love. The facial started with their face cleanser (new since our reviews) and ended with Gessato's impressive eye cream.
Facials, as you know, help me chill out. The Pokerface, however, was so sublime that it actually put me to sleep. I find this a good sign. I woke up to the application of MD Skincare's Men's One Step Daily Facial Pads ($27), and with good reason. It was quite refreshing, the citrus-ish scent lingering. I liked it so much I had to check it out in the shop.
MD Skincare is a brand brought alive by Dr Dennis Gross, combining nature and science into his products, and originally created to battle skin cancer and prevent skin diseases. The line took off and flourished.
I think what's key about his products are they are mostly multifunctional. The One Step Daily Facial Pad is a testament to that assertion. It's main objective is to achieve maximum hydration after shaving, or even act as a "speed" facial in itself. The pads help treat razor bumps, ingrown hairs, breakouts and relieves inflammations after shaving. But it also helps moisturize and shrinks pores. It's basically like a face wash, after shave and astringent all in one. The key ingredients are green tea extract (chockfull of antioxidants and antibacterial properties) and glycolic acid, which is known to adjust pH in products and helps exfoliate. In the grand scheme of things, glycolic acid has a reputation of improving acne scarring and improves the skin's texture. Thousands of men and women get glycolic acid peels to beautify and correct. There's also hyaluronic acid in the pads, an extremely effective moisturizer agent. There are other goodies, like Vitamin C, apple extract and lemon extract.
Even though it's called Pokerface, I get it, but that's the last thing I have after this facial.
Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Ascorbic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Glycerin, Mannitol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Glycolic Acid, Triethanolamine, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Octoxynol-9, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Sodium Pca, Zinc Pca, Polysorbate 80, Sd Alcohol 40, Carbomer, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium Edta, Imidazolidinyl Urea.