The Elemis Power Booster Facial is a neat idea that delivers on its
promise. Elemis, a British maker of upscale spa products that tries to
maximize the organic and minimize chemicals and preservatives, has set
up shop in the cosmetic department of Bergdorf Goodman, complete with a
mini treatment room. And I mean mini. But, after only 30 minutes in
this compact space, I emerged feeling (and looking) as if I'd just had a two
hour facial and full body massage.

The procedure starts with an
examination of your skin. This is not left to a strong light and the
practiced eye of an esthetician. Instead you stick your head inside a
sort of pod, close your eyes as instructed and wait a few moments as
the Visia, as this contraption is called, takes six pictures. I was
prepared to conclude that this part of the Power Booster Facial might
be gimmicky to say the least. In fact, the quality of the pictures and
information rendered on a computer screen were surprisingly detailed.

I was diagnosed as having very good skin texture, UV spots (215 of them!
But then I call them freckles), very little bacteria, some blocked
pores and some dryness (due to the blocked pores preventing moisturizer
to penetrate). This information is given to the esthetician, who
accordingly modifies the range of products to be used during the facial.

A major contributor to the feeling that the Power Booster Facial packs a
lot of punch is the custom-designed massage chair. It really does stretch
and pummel your spine throughout the entire half-hour. There are 12 airbags inside this thing and six
of those massage and squeeze the legs. The sensation is powerful, but
not over-powering.

I won't go into too much detail about the products used by the
esthetician because some of them - for example a new collagen cream
that has quartz as an active ingredient - are intriguing enough to
warrant a follow up with more research. After cleansing and a mask
(that uses perfectly round jojoba beads), I was struck by a lovely
smell. It turned out to be moringa oil and rose in Cellular Recovery
Skin Bliss Capsules. Moringa oil, according to Elemis, has 1700% more
antioxidant power than evening primrose.

There are several Power Booster Facials to choose from. All (except for a 60 minute version) cost $55. Given how enjoyable the experience was, the quality of service and good results, I think that's pretty reasonable.