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Understanding your skin

One of the biggest things we do at Body Factory is care for your skin – both its appearance and its health. To understand our treatments, it helps to understand the structure of your skin. That means understanding not just its structure, but how its structure – and needs – change depending on which part of the body you’re looking at.

The skin’s three layers

The skin that covers every part of your body is made up the same three layers. First, there’s the epidermis, or surface layer. It serves as your body’s first protective barrier. Beneath the epidermis lies the dermis. It’s made up of connective tissue, and contains hair follicles and sweat glands. Then, there’s the hypodermis. It’s made up of still more connective tissue as well as fat.

How does skin vary across the body’s surface?

The most difference between, for example, the skin on your palms and the skin on your face is its thickness. That’s why some Body Factory treatments are only safe for certain parts of the body – a laser that lifts the most superficial layers of your facial skin would barely make a difference on your hands. And some parts of your body, like the thighs and abdomen, hold more fat in the hypodermis.

How is the face unique?

The skin on your face is made up of smaller cells than the skin on any other part of your body. That’s why so many Body Factory treatments are only for your face. It’s also why moisturizing is such a bigger concern when it comes to your face than any other part of your body. Smaller cells and a thinner membrane mean you lose water from your facial skin very quickly, allowing dry spots that lead to fine lines and wrinkles.

Of course, on the other end of the spectrum lies oily skin with problems like blemishes and blackheads. That’s because the skin on your face is also very rich in pores. This allows your body to release toxins and oil, which causes blemishes. And sometimes a simple facewash just won’t address these deeper impurities. That’s why so many Body Factory treatments are designed to be gentle enough not to harm the thin, porous skin on your face – but targeted enough to deeply cleanse your pores of these toxins.

Three signs of aging – and the Body Factory treatments for them

We all age differently. We all have different skin types and skin care needs. But here at Body Factory Skin Care, we also often see clients who are frustrated by the same handful of skin problems.

Luckily for our clients, that means we have safe, simple solutions at the ready! If any of these frequent skin issues are plaguing you, stop by Body Factory soon. We want to help because we believe there’s no reason to feel any way besides radiantly beautiful.

Dull, uneven complexion

Is your daily face wash just not enough, lately? Many of our clients come to us seeking help for an uneven complexion. Dark spots and blemishes come from sun damage and clogged pores – two problems a laser facial can gently and effectively correct. This quick procedure brightens and tightens your complexion. And, it removes dirt and bacteria deep in your pores that regular facials don’t stand a chance again. You’ll walk out feeling younger, brighter, and more confident.

Learn more about the laser facial.

Fine lines

Laughing, crying, soaking up sun – All normal parts of life, and all causes of premature aging. If you’re frustrated by thin lines developing under your eyes, on your forehead, or next to your mouth, we don’t blame you. Luckily, there are a handful of gentle Body Factory treatments that can improve those pesky lines. The right one for you might be our BioActive Peels.

By working with your skin chemistry, BioActive Peel treatments give you the same results as a chemical peel with much less discomfort and recovery time. Your BioActive Peel bring out the smooth, soft, bright skin beneath the surface and make you love looking in the mirror. In addition to fine lines, BioActive Peels can address acne scarring, roughness, dark spots, and more.

Learn more about Bioactive Peels.

Wrinkles and sagging

Fine lines are one thing, but wrinkles and loose skin are a different challenge entirely. If you’re noticing deep wrinkles and losing skin elasticity, consider a laser tightening treatment. It’s a great option for the surgery-averse – like a facelift, but so much gentler. By stimulating your body’s natural collagen production, our GentleMax Pro system fills out unevenness in your complexion, smooths out wrinkles, and restores lift and elasticity. Plus, it’s safe for all parts of the body.

Learn more about laser skin tightening.

The time you’ll save with Gentle Hair Removal

Did you know that the average woman shaves her legs 11,500 times during her life and spends $12,000 on shaving? And did you know that 80 percent of women who come in for Gentle Hair Removal treatments report that their body hair is gone after just three treatments? Gentle Hair Removal might be the key to erasing the inconvenience and expense from your life. Let’s take a closer look.

How does it work?

Gentle Hair Removal works by getting to the “root” of the problem – the root of your hair, that is. You see, hair grows in three stages. The growth stage is when the root of your hair is at its strongest. Gentle Hair Removal zaps your hair at its root during the growth stage. By doing treatments in spaced-out sessions, we’re able to catch every follicle during the growth stage, creating permanent results.

What makes it different from other laser treatments?

Standard laser treatments can be dangerous because they have different effects on different skin types. The same intensity laser might burn someone with lighter skin, or not work at all on someone with darker skin. To address this, we started using Intense Pulsed Light in the 90’s, a gentler option. But it turned out to be so gentle, it took as many as 12 to 14 treatments to work.

Gentle Hair Removal works on all skin types in just a few treatments. It works in a few ways. First, we classify skin type and choose the right laser setting to remove your hair without burning your skin. Then, Gentle Hair Removal targets growing hair – this makes it more effective over time. Finally, a built in Dynamic Cooling Device makes Gentle Hair Removal even safer and more comfortable.

How much time will it really save?

Recent survey data shows that the average woman will spend 72 days of her life shaving. That’s about 35 hours a year! With just three or four 22-minute Gentle Hair Removal treatments, you can reclaim that time and use it for yourself. Spend an hour a day meditating. Learn a language. Join a book club. We have the technology to remove the time and expense of removing unwanted body hair. Why not have your cake and eat it too?

Learn more about Gentle Hair Removal and schedule your first appointment today. 

Four ways to improve your look in 20 minutes

The weather’s getting warmer, the sun is shining, and it’s time to treat yourself. But maybe, like so many New Yorkers, you’re so short on time you don’t even know what your dinner will be tonight, let alone when you can squeeze in a spa treatment. Opt for one of these Body Factory Skin Care treatments that are so quick, you can get them done on your lunch break. After all, spring is coming – so you should add some spring to your step!

Say goodbye to dark circles with Eye Rescue

If a packed schedule and daily stresses are wreaking havoc on your lovely eyes, opt for a 20-minute eye rescue treatment. In less time than it takes to watch a sitcom, you’ll notice a major improvement in the area under your eyes. That way, when you look in the mirror, you’ll notice how vibrant the windows into your soul appear – not how tired you are!

Show your shiny complexion who’s boss with Oil Control

Do you struggle to keep your skin’s natural oils at bay? Get them under control while cleansing, smoothing, and purifying your skin. Body Factory’s Oil Control treatment takes half as long as your standard manicure, and it will save you from having to excuse yourself to powder your nose on your next dinner date.

Turn winter lips into summer lips with Lip Renewal

One of the most frustrating parts of cold weather is how flaky and chapped lips become no matter how often you apply balm. Why not get the soft, moisturized lips you want while also softening the fine lines around your mouth? Especially when it takes less time than the wait for a table at an average New York City brunch joint!

Give your hands the spa treatment, too, with Hand Repair

If winter is hard on your lips, it’s probably just as rough on your hands. And isn’t that a shame? After all, who doesn’t want soft, moisturized, ladylike hands? Whether you spend all day typing at a desk, folding laundry, or doing dishes, it doesn’t have to show. Drop in for a Hand Repair treatment and you won’t hesitate to reach for your sweetheart’s hand during your next walk in Central Park.

Oh, and by the way – These treatments are all just $50!

Eye Rescue, Oil Control, Lip Renewal, and Hand Repair are just four of our twelve Microzone treatments! Each Microzone treatment takes twenty minutes, costs $50, and targets one common skin problem for a quick fix. Find out more.

Botox myths, debunked.

Did you know that Botox can be used to treat migraines, bladder issues, and even underarm sweat? This nifty little injection has lots of surprising medical and cosmetic uses. It’s also widely misunderstood. We looked at some of the common misconceptions about Botox, and decided to set the record straight.

“Botox will fix all of my wrinkles!”

Wrinkles and facial lines fit into one of two categories: dynamic wrinkles, which result from facial movement; and static wrinkles, which are caused by aging. Botox works by relaxing the muscles that cause the facial movement that leads to dynamic wrinkles, like furrowing of the brow or frown lines. To treat static wrinkles and fine lines, consider a filler injectable like Juvederm.

“I won’t be able to smile.”

Some would-be Botox users are afraid it will paralyze their whole face, robbing them of the ability to show a range of emotions through facial expresses. But Botox relaxes only those muscles that produce deep wrinkles. You won’t lose the ability to smile, frown, or show any other emotion – You’ll just get rid of the frown lines on your forehead!

“It’s not safe.”

Botox has been approved for cosmetic use by the Food and Drug Administration since 2002. Since then, 11.8 million Botox procedures have been performed in the U.S. It’s very safe, and very common.

“It hurts!”

Injectables can be intimidating, but Botox causes only mild discomfort – and it’s over in an instant. With no recovery time, it’s a great option for the pain-averse. Much better than surgery, to say the least!

“Botox is my only option.”

Body Factory Skin Care offers three injectable treatments to address frown lines in the forehead: The well-known Botox, a similar option called Dysport, and additive-free Xeomin. Talk to a Body Factory technician, or your doctor, about which may be right for you.

“Botox lasts forever.”

Any injectable that minimizes frown lines on the forehead by blocking activity to nerves lasts somewhere in the neighborhood of three to six months. It’s quick, affordable, and relatively painless, so many choose to keep coming in. Which makes sense – one survey found that 92 percent of Botox customers were satisfied with the results!

“Only women get Botox.”

Plenty of men come to Body Factory Skin Care for Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin treatments, too!

How do laser skin treatments work?

Remove unwanted body hair, improve wrinkles and fine lines, tighten and rejuvenate your skin, or even erase hyperpigmentation, all with barely any discomfort or recovery time. Lasers are so gentle and effective, they seem like magic. Of course, they’re not magic, but technology. Let’s take a closer look at lasers – What they are, how they work, and why they’re able to solve so many common skin problems.

What are lasers?

Although lasers bring to mind futuristic imagery of ray guns and space suits, they’re actually pretty simple. Lasers are just extremely concentrated beams of light. Like flashlights, but orders of magnitude more powerful and precise.

What are they for?

For a while after the first laser was built in 1960, we thought they were neat but didn’t have much of a practical use for them. In fact, a truism among engineers at the time was that lasers were “a solution looking for a problem.” Since the 60s, though, we’ve found the problem a hundred times over. We use lasers to play DVDs, scan barcodes, perform surgery, and for safe cosmetic purposes from body hair removal and facials.

What procedures at Body Factory Skin Care use lasers?

Lasers are super effective and safe to treat a broad range of skin imperfections! The Body Factory Skin Care treatments that use lasers are:

  • Laser facials at the Hell’s Kitchen location. The precision of lasers allows us to target only the thin surface layer of skin, removing bacteria and dirt to reveal a brighter and cleaner complexion. The heat of the laser tightens and brightens skin, giving you a more youthful appearance. Lasers can also focus energy only on hyperpigmented areas, removing dark spots which are a typical sign of aging. And since laser facials are so precise and so gentle, you won’t require any down time for recovery!

Learn more about laser facials.

  • Laser skin tightening is a wonderful alternative to surgical interventions to address sagging, wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. The infrared laser treatment stimulates your natural collagen production, smoothing out the surface of the skin and giving you a soft, bright new look.

Learn more about laser skin tightening.

  • Laser hair removal is the quickest and most permanent way to remove unwanted body hair – and it’s 80 percent effective after just three treatments! Plus, our Gentle Hair Removal means less discomfort and better results for even the most sensitive skin.

Learn more about laser hair removal.

A beginner’s guide to injectables

Want to improve your look in a medically-proven way that requires minimal recovery time? Body Factory Skin Care offers 14 safe and effective injectable treatments. Check out this overview of each one to get a better idea of which injectable is right for your body and budget!

Minimize frown lines on the forehead

Botox is the most well-known injectable treatment to minimize frown lines between the eyebrows. Like your other options, its side effects and recover time are minimal, and it lasts up to three months. Learn more about Botox.

Dysport works the same way as Botox: By blocking nerve activity to the muscles that cause frown lines. Dysport may take effect more quickly than Botox, but otherwise, there’s not much of a difference. Talk it over with your doctor. Learn more about Dysport.

Xeomin also prevents those muscles in the forehead that cause frown lines from contracting. Unlike Botox and Dysport, though, Xeomin contains no additives. That means you may be less likely to develop a resistance to Xeomin over time. Learn more about Xeomin.

Restore facial contours and smooth out wrinkles

Juvederm corrects smile lines and lip lines around the mouth and nose. At $399 for a treatment, it lasts a full year. Learn more about Juvederm.

Juvederm Voluma works a lot like Juvederm, but instead of correcting wrinkles, it restores volume to your cheeks. It costs $749 for a treatment and lasts up to two years. Learn more about Juvederm Voluma.

Juvederm Volbella, like Juvederm, can correct smile lines around the mouth and nose. However, it can also improve lip fullness and plump out the hollows under the eyes. It lasts at least a year. Learn more about Juvederm Volbella.

Talk to your doctor about whether Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, or Vuvederm Volbella is right for you.

Plump out lips and improve facial volume – Without surgery

Restylane is one of our most versatile products. This FDA-improved treatment can add volume to improve facial contours, plump out the lips, and smooth wrinkles around the nose and mouth. You’ll experience mild side effects for about a week, then the treatment will last about nine months. Learn more about Restylane.

Restylane Lift, a variation on Restylane, is also FDA-approved. Like Juvederm Voluma, it adds lift and volume to the cheeks. Learn more about Restylane Lift.

Improve volume in the face and hands

Radiesse is a wonderfully versatile filler injection that can be used around the cheek bones, mouth, and chin. It can also re-plump your hands. Radiesse is also unique in that it stimulates your body’s natural collagen production. Learn more about Radiesse.

Novathreads are the first thread option to restore youthful face shape without surgery. They’re simply injected into the skin! Learn more about Novathreads.

Weight loss injectables

Lipotropic injections are a great option to optimize your weight loss plan. They arm your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to most effectively burn fat. Learn more about lipotropic injections.

Kybella injections are the only FDA-approved treatment that aid in the breakdown and absorption of fat below the chin. If you’re able to lose weight, but struggle to get rid of that stubborn double chin, they might be the perfect treatment for you. Learn more about Kybella injections.

What to expect after your CoolSculpting treatment

Do you have stubborn fat in certain areas that won’t go away regardless of how much you work out? Losing weight by dieting and exercising is generally great for your health, but it’s impossible to target specific areas of your body with lifestyle changes alone. That means you can run five miles every day, but even if you build up your thigh muscles, you’re no more likely to lose fat from your thighs than anywhere else on your body.

That’s where CoolSculpting comes in. Fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other types of cells, so the same cool temperature that eliminates fat cells will have negligible effects on your muscles and skin. This FDA-cleared procedure has helped countless Body Factory Skin Care clients get a new lease on life by safely removing fat from frustratingly bulgy areas of their bodies.

Think CoolSculpting might be a good choice for you? Read on to learn what to expect in the days, weeks, and months following your procedure.

The day of your appointment

You’ll drop into Body Factory for your appointment. During the procedure, you’ll feel cold, and some pinching or pulling sensations. But like other CoolSculpting clients, you’ll be able to relax, do work, watch television, read, or even get some shuteye. After your procedure, you’ll get dressed and walk right out the door – CoolSculpting is non-surgical, so it requires no recovery time!

The week after CoolSculpting

You’ll be on your feet, going to work, socializing with friends, and exercising as usual. You might experience some swelling, numbness, or bruising and decide to take an over-the-counter painkiller. But you’ll quickly forget about your CoolSculpting procedure and feel like things have returned to normal. That is, you’ll feel like things are back to normal until…

Three weeks after CoolSculpting

…when you will start to notice results! That’s right – Less than a month after your procedure, your body will have started flushing out the fat cells that your CoolSculpting treatment targeted. As time goes by, you’ll feel even more encouraged every day as you see changes take effect. Your look will keep getting better and better until…

Two months after CoolSculpting

This is when you’ll see the most dramatic results. With this wonderful change, you’ll feel even more confident. You’ll finally go out wearing that red dress that’s been hiding in the back of your closet for ages. You’ll feel motivated to keep dieting and exercising now that your body is finally cooperating. And your body will continue flushing out those fat cells until…

Four to six months after CoolSculpting

The changes you see will finally start to taper off, leaving behind a more ideal body shape. Confident and energetic, you’ll keep up your healthy lifestyle and feel as beautiful as you really are.

Treat yourself with a treatment under $200 from Body Factory Skin Care

Is it just us, or are the holidays particularly stressful for New Yorkers? No matter where you live, you have to do all the shopping and gift-wrapping and party-planning (and outfit-planning for all those parties) on top of your typical work and family responsibilities. But us New Yorkers also get to deal with the teeming crowds and schedules our home is known so well for.

If you’re recovering from a stressful holiday season, consider springing for one of these rejuvenating skin treatments from Body Factory Skin Care. All of them are $200 or less, so you’ll get bang for your buck along with a spring in your step.

Laser Facial

Pop into our Hell’s Kitchen location for a quick but extremely effective laser facial. Customers have said that the second after they finish a laser facial, they feel like decades worth of dirt, bacteria, and makeup residue have cleared from their pores. Other benefits include tighter, more dewy and youthful skin, improvement of unevenness in your complexion and dark spots, and skin that is softer to the touch. The facial itself is fast and non-invasive: You’ll simply relax on a table as we treat your skin with gentle lasers, then apply a soothing gel. A single treatment is only $50.

Find out more about the laser facial >>

HydraFacial

Want a facial, but lasers make you nervous? The HydraFacial treatment is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. It takes 15 minutes, has no recovery time (you can put on makeup and head out the door right after your face dries off), and costs just $149. The procedure, which customers have described as feeling like “a cool paintbrush running over their skin,” consists of exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, a gentle peel to loosen dirt from the pores, painless vacuum extraction to remove the dirt, and a deep hydration treatment. Try it out and watch fine line, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and oily skin improve within days.

Find out more about the HydraFacial >>

MicroZone treatment

Do you want to indulge in a skin treatment even though you’re short on time? Try a 20-minute MicroZone treatment. First, take a look at our MicroZone menu and find the common skin problem that’s been bothering you lately – from flaky, lined lips to oily skin or dark circles around the eyes. Then, a licensed skin care expert will quickly fix it! Each treatment is just $50, and at 20 minutes, you can get one done during your lunch hour.

Find out more about Dermalogica MicroZone treatments >>

Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion

There is something deliciously indulgent about getting a skin care treatment that uses diamonds. But don’t be fooled just because it sounds lavish – the Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion is very affordable at just $100 per treatment. And the benefits of diamonds go far beyond feeling fancy. Since diamonds are so much harder than crystal materials, most people experience none of the typical side effects of other microdermabrasion treatments, like redness, dry skin, or respiratory problems. Instead, you’ll just notice an improvement of skin problems like sun spots, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Find out more about Microdermabrasion >>