By my very nature I’m an incredibly logical and considered person; I approach everything I do by weighing up the pros and cons, trying to see the most practical outcome and questioning the facts behind any claim or decision. That’s why I’m always about what’s actually in a product to make it work, spend a lot of time researching claims and take care to provide a balanced and informed view to help you with your own decisions. I have an open mind, and in the last twelve months have been increasingly interested in ‘alternative’ therapies, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to understand exactly how everything works. I’ve been exposed to all manner of beauty treatments, therapies and slightly wacky ways to rejuvinate the skin in the last decade or so, but when I was asked to visit the SenSpa at Careys Manor to try out the SKN-RG Wave Facial (powered by sound waves!) my intrigue got the better of me. How on earth could frequency be used to give me glowing and younger looking skin?
Before we delve into the treatment itself, let’s start at the beginning. According to scientists the Earth expands and contracts subtly but continually, creating a steady sound that’s inaudible to human ears; first discussed in the 19th Century, we’ve been trying to record the sound (known as Schumann Resonance) since the 1950’s but only managed to do so for the first time in 2017. It’s not fully understood why this happens, but the links between it and human health have been proven on numerous occasions – it seems that we need this Schumann Resonance to be at our optimum health, and removing it can leave us all kinds of ill. (If you want to know more, this article is fascinating!)
So on a basic level, we know that sound can have a positive impact on our wellbeing.
But how does that relate to our skin?
“Inside the nucleus of a cell, our genes are arranged along twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called Telomeres, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide, and hold some secrets to how we age and get cancer.” (source) It is said that frequency can be used to ‘calm’ these Telomeres, therefore reducing the overall speed of ageing and increasing vitality at a cellular level. Are you still with me?!
The SKN-RG Wave Facial harnesses the power of this frequency through the use of sound played within the room, pitching forks used to create vibrations through the body and crystals created specifically for their energy properties. It sounds totally ‘out there’ and incredibly unique, and in all honesty it is; I’m used to having facials where they just kind of massage your face for a bit and pop on a decent face mask, but this was a whole body experience that left me feeling utterly relaxed and with skin so plump and fresh it felt like I was in a permanent ear-to-ear grin.
A completely immersive treatment, the SKN-RG Wave Facial provides a whole body experience that’s unlike anything else I’ve ever tried. The 90-minute session starts with a meditative mantra being played to calm the mind, body and spirit (think lots of ‘Ommmms’) alongside three powerful chakra crystals being placed between the feet, on the tummy and around the crown of the head. (These are recharged and ‘cleansed’ on a specially designed Wave unit too – so no attention to detail has been overlooked.) Tuning forks are then used on the body to balance and bring equilibrium, bringing with them a gentle sound and vibration that genuinely travels through your body. Alongside this there’s the usual cleanse, exfoliate, mask and tone with the SKN-RG products (which are created using the same frequency principles) but it’s the massage with quartz crystal rods to help lift the complexion and drain away any blockages (I was heavily congested in my lymph nodes and this helped hugely to clear them!) that really makes all the difference.
I find it incredibly hard to switch off and have never been one of those people to fall asleep mid-treatment, but I genuinely found myself drifting on quite a few occasions. The 90 minutes went incredibly fast, and what started as an intriguing way to spend a rainy Monday afternoon ended in me feeling rejuvenated and relaxed for the first time in weeks. Honestly I couldn’t tell you if it had anything to do with the frequency or if it was just a blummin good massage, but it was an hour and a half well spent.
A week later and I’ve had a few unexpected breakouts (which I was warned might happen,) but otherwise my skin is clear and fresh. I definitely don’t look younger just yet and I can’t say that I’ve noted any long-term impact on my overall wellness or appearance, but as a facial goes it’s one of the best ones I’ve had. The SKN-RG products, on the other hand, are a delight to use and will no doubt be making more of an appearance around these parts soon; they’re definitely a brand to watch.
So who knows: can frequency really be used to deliver glowing and younger looking skin? Stranger things have happened…
The is available at SKN-RG Wave Facial is available exclusively at SenSpa at Careys Manor (pictured below,) priced £115 for a 90 minute treatment. I was hosted as a guest of the spa.