Why Victoria's Secret models love this $275 facial

  • Soma Spa in Chelsea, NYC, is known for its $US275 Custom Caviar Facial that is popular among Victoria’s Secret models like Winnie Harlow, Candice Swanepoel, and Sara Sampaio.
  • Founder Vanessa Marc created Soma Spa to be an inclusive beauty space upon learning that many spas do not invest in equipment and treatments for women of colour.
  • We decided to try the caviar treatment for ourselves.

Following is a transcript of the video

Kyle: Today, I’m going to visit Soma Spa in New York City to try out their custom caviar facial.

Oh, she thick.

I don’t know much about this facial other than that pretty much every single Victoria’s Secret model gets it, and it’s got caviar in it, so it is very fancy. I’m going to try out this treatment for myself today and try to figure out why models like Romee Strijd, Winnie Harlow, Sara Sampaio all trust Soma Spa with their skin before big events.

Vanessa: I’m actually an upstart business, a young business owner. I’ve been really working on this for about two years, for the launch of Soma.

Kyle: Soma Spa has a deeper mission than creating gleaming skin for its clientele. Vanessa Marc founded Soma to be an inclusive beauty space upon learning that many spas aren’t equipped to treat women of colour.

Vanessa: Sometimes there’s just not places that can offer treatments because they may say, “Oh, it’s not great for your skin type,” or “We don’t know how to deal with your skin type.” So I was like, you know what, I’m gonna be that girl one day, just be able to cater to everyone and also be a woman of colour really also represented in this field.

Kyle: Before my treatment began, Vanessa took some time to assess my skin.

Vanessa: Just by looking at your skin type, I can see it’s congested, so we’re going to give you a little bit of everything.

Kyle: First step of my facial was to prep my skin by steaming open my pores.

Vanessa: How does that feel?

Kyle: Feels like a nice warm cloud taking over my face. Once steamed, Vanessa used what she called her special pore-sucking machine, also known as dermal infusion. The machine infuses skin with two serums: one salicylic-acid based to unclog pores, and a hydrating one to nourish.

Vanessa: How does this feel to you?

Kyle: It’s like a suction-cup snail moving across my face.

Vanessa: Yeah, it’s helping to suck out all the buildup while infusing you with the serum.

Kyle: Let me introduce you to my nightmare. This is my jar of face juice. The next step was mixing up my customised mask. Vanessa talked me through all the ingredients she chose to address my skin’s needs.

Vanessa: So I’m going to use the Egyptian rose, which is good for blemishes. It’s going to help with skin congestion. I felt like adding blemish caviar extract to the hyaluronic serum for hydration. I’ve used brightening complex to really give you radiant, hydrating, glowing skin.

Kyle: Oh, she thick.

Producer: Is it still gooey?

Kyle: Mm mm

Producer: It’s dry?

Kyle: Mhm

Kyle: The standard custom caviar facial includes the pore machine and the custom mask. But given my skin’s concerns, Vanessa also recommended a few upgrades like this blue LED therapy mask, which helps kill acne-causing bacteria and calm inflammation. My treatment was topped off with another add-on: a healthy dose of platinum-infused hyaluronic serum meant to detoxify and hydrate. My face looks like, smaller, tighter? It’s like I got a new jawline. It’s like, where did that come from? Normally I’m such a sensitive human that, like, if you look at me the wrong way, I will turn red and blotchy, and this has got to be, like, just the glowiest I’ve come out of a facial.

Vanessa: Soma is also an ancient Greek word, which means body. So when clients come in, they are getting an overall experience catering to the mind, the body, the soul with specific needs and focusing on what clients are looking for when they come in for treatments.

Kyle: So I just got my custom caviar facial, and after the experience, I think I actually kind of realise why all these celebrities and models flock to Soma for their skincare. It has more of a med-spa approach to its treatments in that you’re going to see actual visible results pretty immediately, and lucky for me, I noticed my results right away without a lot of irritation as well. So it’s different from other really fancy spas that you might find here in the city, where I think you’re paying hundreds of dollars for a facial that has a lot of fru-fru massaging and, like, scented lotions and oils. This treatment didn’t have any of that, but it did have results, and when I’m getting a facial, that’s what’s most important to me.

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