Carmel from Renew Spa
“The micro current massage is a natural face-lifting procedure.” Charlotte Sarkozy interviews Carmel from Renew Spa.
Charlotte Sarkozy When did your career in beauty begin?
Carmel O’Neill-Brady Twenty years ago, I started working with an anti-aging doctor, it lasted ten years, then I worked with several dermatologists and attended the Atelier Esthétique school. I opened The Renew Spa in 2004
CS What is your most popular face treatment?
Co-B The microcurrent massage, a natural face-lifting procedure. It uses our own body electrical currents. It lifts, tones, tightens the skin, increases the level of oxygen circulation in the face.
CS Please can you describe a session?
Co-B After cleaning your face, I apply some gel to facilitate the transmission of electricity from the machine (“The Miracle Machine”) to the skin. There are four different kinds of waves of current. I can increase the intensity of the current depending on your resistance. The current is transmitted through a diffuser that looks like a fork. I work 30 minutes on each side of the face.
CS Is it painful?
Co-B Not at all, quite the opposite, some clients fall asleep during the session!
About thirty of my clients come on a weekly basis. For example, if you come before an event, your skin will feel tighter with a nice glow.
CS What frequency do you recommend for better results?
Co-B You should start with once a week and after six months, you can come every couple of weeks for maintenance. About thirty of my clients come on a weekly basis. For example, if you come before an event, your skin will feel tighter with a nice glow.
CS At what age should a woman start this treatment?
Co-B Some of my clients with acneic skin start in their twenties as the treatment also kills the bacteria. I also have clients in their seventies.
CS And the treatment also work on the body?
Co-B Yes, it is the same machine but I use pads on the desired areas (thighs, buttocks, belly), it reduces cellulite, tones the skin, results in inch loss.
I eat oatmeal with goji berries and cinnamon or an egg. I make my own green juice* every day.
CS What is your beauty routine?
Co-B I drink hot water with freshly squeezed lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper every morning when I get up. I apply my antioxidant tightening gel before putting my ultra moisturizer serum, that can be used day and night. I eat oatmeal with goji berries and cinnamon (which increases metabolism) or an egg. I make my own green juice* every day. I drink wine in moderation, I don’t smoke, I avoid fried foods and white bread. I only eat organic meat and vegetables. I take multi-vitamins, fish oil and magnesium every day.
In the evening, I clean my face as soon as I get home. Every two days I use my glycolic firming pads on my face and my décoletté, they exfoliate the pore clogging dead cells and tighten the skin, then I apply my serum.
*Carmel’s green juice: 2 cups of coconut water, one bunch of kale, spinach, parsley, cilantro, an apple or a pear with the juice of one lemon, nutritional yeast and hemp protein with flax seed oil.
The Renew Spa
109 East 73th street apt #1B (between Lexington and Park avenue)
Charlotte Sarkozy has left France seventeen years ago and has been writing about New York since then. She loves healthy food, Ashtanga yoga, spinning and riding her bike in Central park.