The Zero-Downtime Treatment A-Listers Are Lining Up For

Two days shy of her 37th birthday, FLARE's managing editor attempts to stop the clock with a cold-laser facial

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Is this why Cate Blanchett’s skin is so luminous? (Photo: iStock)

What do Anna Wintour, Cate Blanchett and Eva Longoria have in common? Killer skin—which is reportedly thanks, in part, to so-called “cold-laser facials.” So when I received an invite to try a cold-laser facial at The Freeze Clinic—which has two locations in Toronto, including a new one in the Consonant Skincare flagship—I couldn’t say yes fast enough. (That I was two days away from my 37th birthday was further motivation.)

I will preface this by saying I’m not super into beauty products or treatments—FLARE beauty department, cover your ears. I swear by Cetaphil cleanser and whatever moisturizer I can score on the cheap. I’ve had a few facials before, but I found the results unimpressive and the experience quite dullsville. When it comes to spa treatments, I’d rather have a procedure that actually feels like it’s doing something.

Enter The Freeze Clinic’s multi-tasking cold-laser facial, which is purported to regenerate skin cells, help undo sun damage, decrease fine lines, fight acne and tame redness. Over the course of the 75-minute service, I receive diamond microdermabrasion—which felt surprisingly gentle on my sensitive skin—a hydrating oxygen facial, cold laser with microcurrent (this step supposedly exercises facial muscles), a moisturizing collagen mask and a 500-beam cold laser panel, customized to subdue the natural ruddiness in my complexion.

“Some people tell us to turn up the microcurrent as high as it’ll go,” says the clinic’s co-owner Sachi Morris, who first fell in love with the procedure while living in Los Angeles. As it turns out, I’m not one of those people and have to ask for it to be dialed down. (It’s not insanely painful—it’s similar in scale to a rubber band constantly thwacking your skin, but I’m a grade-A wimp.)

At the end of the procedure, my face feels insanely smooth and cool to the touch, and looks surprisingly calm. (In other words, I have no excuse not to head straight back to the office.) I’m impressed, as I should be: the treatment costs $199 per session, and for best results, it’s recommended in a flight of three over a six-week period. That said, this is a treatment I’d try again—steep price tag and all—which isn’t something I’ve ever said about a facial before.