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Like many women, I’ve had my fair share of skin problems — uneven skin tone, unwanted breakouts and dry patches — basically everyday annoyances that I’d rather not deal with. In the vain attempt of achieving perfectly clear skin, I’ve tried just about everything from chemical peels (OUCH! Once I looked like a zombie for a week!) and microdermabrasion to dermaplaning and pricey washes, creams and lotions. Recently, I put my skincare routine into the expert hands of the ladies at Toska European Spa. Several months ago we featured spa owner Toska Husted as a FACES of Charlotte (you can read it here), and I was so impressed with how flawless her skin was as well as the high quality of the spa’s products and the fact that the treatments aren’t invasive or painful.

One of the treatments that intrigued me the most was the facial remodeling. At first glance, the name of the treatment is pretty scary — I even had a few friends look at me like I was crazy when I said I had an appointment to have it done. I had to convince them there were no needles or surgery involved in the process and that I would not come back looking like a different person. I’d read about it and researched it until I was blue in the face — and everyone from beauty editors at Vogue and NY Magazine to celebrities have been raving about the treatment and its benefits, like softening wrinkles and fine lines, defining cheekbones and an overall glow. They even use it on models before they walk the runways for Fashion Week in Paris. So, how could I not try it out?

Since I’ve been suffering from dry winter skin as well as really painful, inflamed breakouts (hello, stress!), Toska seriously had her work cut out for her — my skin was so bad she even mentioned the she wasn’t a magician before we got started. Luckily for me, she had underestimated the power of what I now call the magic machine.

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A look at the machine. Not so scary, right?

To start the treatment, Toska cleansed my face and put me under one of those harsh magnifying lights to take a look at my skin situation, which would have been intolerable had I not been under a heated blanket with spa music lulling me to sleep. (Don’t worry, I managed to stay awake, but only because it was for research.) Once your skin has been assessed, it’s time for treatment, which can vary depending on what your skin needs. For my issues Toska used three different masks and a cocktail of serums to take down my inflammation, draw out anything under the top layer of skin and, last but not least, hydrate my thirsty skin.

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Some of the serums used during the treatment | Image: Piper Warlick Photography

After all that, she brought in the big guns — the Biologique Recherché Remodeling Machine, which uses two sponge-covered electrodes to stimulate your skin. Sounds scary, but it doesn’t hurt one bit. Honestly, the pulsing is extremely soothing like a really great facial message — I can see how it would be addicting!

SB TIP: Toska warned that there would be a slight metallic taste in my mouth during the procedure from the electrodes, but it wasn’t anything I would have probably noticed had she not mentioned it.

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The sponge-covered electrodes used during the treatment | Image: Piper Warlick Photography

For my treatment, Toska focused the sponges mainly on my cheeks and chin, where my annoying breakouts had pretty much taken over — because the treatment also kills bacteria. For those without pesky breakouts, the treatment is usually used to tone and sculpt facial muscles to give you the look of a lift without going under the knife.

While I dreaded my facial ending, when it did I was in awe at just how different my skin looked, and thank goodness it did. Right after my treatment I had to pull a Clark Kent/Super Man move that consisted of changing quickly, getting dolled up and hurrying off to a media dinner with other journalists and PR professionals from around the country — all that to say, I needed to look good and feel confident (which is all we ever want as women … am I right?!). Thankfully there were immediate results from the magic machine that helped me get through the evening. Unlike other facial treatments that usually leave you looking red and irritated, facial remodeling left my skin hydrated, glowing and more evenly toned — so even though my breakouts weren’t completely gone (remember it was only a few hours after treatment), they were definitely less inflamed, not as red and easier to cover with makeup. Though I only had one treatment, I have to say facial remodeling lives up to the hype. I can only imagine how great skin looks after several treatments. If you have the extra money to spend (remodeling starts at $245), it’s definitely something worth trying.

Toska European Spa is located in the Historic Dilworth Neighborhood at 1419 East Blvd., Ste. M, Charlotte, NC 28203. Spa hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on facial remodeling, visit


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