Beautiful skin... naturally!
Aside from his acerbic wit, EDGE Style Editor Jason Salzenstein is known for his glowing complexion... not to mention his complete lack of modesty. When there’s a new skin or haircare product that Jason loves, the entire office knows about it straight away- and the smart staffers take advantage of his eagerness to share grooming secrets, and are the first ones online - or in the boutique - to get our own bottle. Such was the case with The Body Deli.
As EDGE Publications’ Style & Travel Editor, I’m extremely fortunate; not only do I get to travel the world and share my fabulous finds with EDGE readers, I also get to try out tons of new products and treatments, oftentimes before they hit the shelves. Of course once in a while I get a dud (sonic cleansing wands, anyone?), and sometimes I have to take a pass (anything made from animal products, urea, placenta, or - yes, it’s been offered - semen), but for the most part I’m generally happy with the products that I decide to try.
I love testing new products, so even when I’m on my eighth moisturizer in a month, I’ll still read all about it, try it out myself (usually on one half of my face, with my normal - or perhaps another new moisturizer on the other), and then recruit someone in the office for a second opinion. That said, given the number of products that come across my desk each year - hell, each month - I do tend to get a bit picky, and it takes a lot for me to get excited these days. Every now and then however, I discover something that I love- that totally blows me away. Such was the case with The Body Deli.
I discovered the line by accident, through my facialist in Boston- Brad Duncan - whose Brad Duncan Skin Care holds the Best of Boston spa award, among others. Having heard of his near god-like abilities from friends, I managed to get an appointment- not an easy thing when you’ve got such a cult following. One of Brad’s specialties is the SuperFood Facial - an exclusive treatment from The Body Deli - and after learning about the line’s small-batch production process that uses raw and organic ingredients, I was sold.
Apparently I’m not the only one enamored of these products either. Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Lindsay Price and Robert Downey Jr. are all fans- as is my friend and fellow animal activist Alicia Silverstone. (And if it’s good enough for her, I’m there- have you seen her skin lately? FAB-U-LOUS!)
Kind of like a V-8 for your face, the organic fruits and vegetable in The Body Deli products are packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients- natural ingredients that simply work. I’ve left a spa after some facials feeling like I’ve got 14 layers of "stuff" on my skin- which always seemed a bit wrong; not so after the SuperFood Facial. All of the products are light and natural, so rather than feeling like I had product caked-on my face, my skin simply felt hydrated and refreshed- and I felt totally rejuvenated.
There are six steps in the SuperFood Facial, and with each one I felt better - and hungrier. From the Sage & Grapefruit Cleanser to the Blueberry Fusion Antioxidant Facial Scrub, each step is delicious! When you’re finished, your skin has been cleansed, exfoliated, toned, hydrated, protected and nourished- and at Brad Duncan Skin Care, you also get the bonus of a heavenly foot massage while the Radiance Enzyme Peel does its work. (The facial massage near the end came in a close second.)
EDGE readers who follow me on Twitter will remember how excited I was immediately after getting the facial- and how radiant my skin was for weeks after. I’ve since picked up a handful of products from the line, and smile every time I use them. Aside from doing wonders for your skin, they smell fantastic, feel great, and given their ingredients, just seem like the right thing to be using on your face. There’s something to be said for ingredients that you can both pronounce and recognize, rather than a list of crazy chemicals from who-knows-where.
As someone who’s had more than my fair share of spa treatments, the SuperFood Facial from The Body Deli definitely sits at the top.
The SuperFood Facial is a one-hour treatment for $150 at Brad Duncan Skin Care in Boston and other select spas nationwide. To locate one near you - and for more info on the complete line - go to www.TheBodyDeli.com
Jason Salzenstein is a writer and editor; design, image, and marketing consultant; and professional shopper. His work has appeared in numerous national and international publications and he has clients around the world. For more information :: www.JasonSalzenstein.com