Spa Pick

Drag­on­fly Ther­a­peu­tic Re­treat chis­els cheek­bones sans scalpel

Parents + Kids - - Editor’snote -

Drag­on­fly's ton­ing fa­cial

We’ve al­ways sus­pected that our an­ces­tors were dilly-dal­ly­ing in the queue for cheek chub when the jaw­lines were be­ing handed out, and as such any­thing that helps quell our pass­ing re­sem­blance to an age­ing tur­tle crossed with a ham­ster is good in our books. Un­for­tu­nately, we also have a deep dis­like of pointy im­ple­ments be­ing waved near our eyes, so a sur­gi­cal route to carv­ing out some cheek­bones is off the cards.

We’re not alone, as the de­sire to im­prove what your momma gave you with­out the help of a scalpel is soar­ing—and now, for the first time, a po­ten­tial so­lu­tion has landed in Bei­jing.

Drag­on­fly Spa has in­stalled a Venus Versa ma­chine, your one stop shop for aes­thetic tri­umph. Like a non-in­va­sive Swiss army knife of beauty treat­ments, this ro­botic ma­gi­cian claims to be able to re­move hair, re­duce cel­lulite, get rid of acne, zap wrin­kles and tighten and tone your skin – although hope­fully not all at the same time. Due to our afore­men­tioned less-thanchis­eled ap­pear­ance, we tried out the skin lift­ing fa­cial treat­ment.

The Venus Versa ma­chine bears a con­cern­ing like­ness to some­thing that you might find at a den­tist, but the ther­a­pist did a fan­tas­tic job of bring­ing a re­lax­ing, ther­a­peu­tic vibe to the fa­cial.

The treat­ment starts with a sooth­ing cleanse as the ther­a­pist sweeps var­i­ous po­tions and lo­tions across our face. Af­ter all traces of the day’s makeup and Bei­jing’s dust are cleared, and our nose is thor­oughly re­laxed (we never re­al­ized that our nose was har­bor­ing stress un­til it was melted away by the ther­a­pists ex­cel­lent sweep­ing mo­tions) our face is coated in a gooey slime and the ma­chine is revved up.

The skin tight­en­ing feels a bit like get­ting an ul­tra­sound on your face. The ap­pli­ca­tor pro­vides a con­trolled heat through high-fre­quency ra­dio waves, which pen­e­trate mul­ti­ple tis­sue depths, stim­u­lat­ing col­la­gen pro­duc­tion and blood flow. This is much more re­lax­ing than it sounds, and once we got used to it we even nod­ded off for a cou­ple of sec­onds (next time your strug­gling to sleep try ask­ing your part­ner to rub some mar­bles all over your sticky face—it’ll work, we prom­ise). The treat­ment ends with a face­mask and head mas­sage that en­sured we left feel­ing fully chilled out.

And the re­sults? Well, we’re not quite ready to chuck out the con­tour­ing set, but our skin was no­tice­ably tighter, smoother and firmer post­fa­cial and we felt like ditch­ing the makeup for a few days to show off our new­found glow. We were also told re­peat­edly how fresh and beau­ti­ful we were look­ing in the fol­low­ing week, even on a hun­gover Sun­day af­ter pre­cious lit­tle sleep. This kind of beauty tech doesn’t come cheap, but with celebs rav­ing over it and ev­i­dent re­sults, it could be a wor­thy in­vest­ment be­fore a spe­cial day.

Venus V Shape Face Lift­ing and Mois­tur­iz­ing Treat­ment ¥2180/60 min­utes.

Find it: B1/F, Kerry Cen­tre, 1 Guanghua Lu;朝阳光华路1号嘉里中心商场地下一层 B10

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