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NuFACE treatments
The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles spa and the NuFACE device

What if you could exercise by laying down, closing your eyes and letting technology do all the work? We tried a device that does just that--for your face. It's called a NuFACE treatment, newly available at the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, and it uses a gentle dose of microcurrents to provide a mini face-lift.

Here's how it works: We reclined, then an esthetician passed an FDA-approved hand-held tool (originally made to treat facial paralysis) over our brows, cheeks and jaw line. We could feel low-level zaps of electrotherapy on our skin, which tickled and tingled beneath the device's two metal knobs. Our facialist explained the process was stimulating facial muscles and collagen production.

After one session, our cheekbones looked more contoured, jaw lines more taut, and skin more plump. The effects wore off gradually, but studies show that cumulative effects include lasting firmness as well as reduced fine lines and wrinkles (all that dermal stimulation adds up).

At the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, spa-goers get the regimen prior to red-carpet appearances. We opted for the 80-minute Fountain of Youth facial ($195) which combines a peel, mask, and hand-and-foot massage using the Priori Idebenone line, with swipes of the NuFace tool (which devotees can purchase to use at home for $350).

It may sound zany to some, but we predict after just one time, you'll be zap-happy.

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles; 213-743-8800 or

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