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    Updated on Jan 6, 2020. Posted on Dec 15, 2019

    I Got A Facial That's Like An Alternative To Botox And Here Are The Results

    The DMK Enzyme Masque uses a “reverse osmosis” effect which is similar to how our kidneys purify blood.

    Greetings. I'm Krista and, just like you, every day I get a little bit older.

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    I just recently started taking my skincare routine seriously and now that I'm seeing noticeable benefits from it, I've been looking into other ways to keep it looking ~youthful~. Like, sleeping on an "anti-aging" wrinkle pillow:

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    You can learn more about the Sleep & Glow pillow on their website. They cost $159.

    And now, I've discovered a facial that is supposed to be like botox without the needles. The DMK Enzyme Facial is being called the Game of Thrones facial on Instagram because it makes you look like a White Walker from the show...

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    ...I mean, I see the resemblance:

    I really wanted to know was how this facial was different from other "anti-aging" facials, so I started doing some research. The DMK Enzyme Masque uses a “reverse osmosis” effect which removes toxins and fluids from your skin. It is the same as the process used to purify water, and it's also how our kidneys purify our blood.

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    I also discovered numerous celebrities get this treatment regularly, including Angela Bassett, Minnie Driver, and Bethenny Frankel.

    So I decided to experience it for myself. Inside, account manager Laura Hernandez performed the facial on me at the DMK headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California.

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    After my face was cleansed, a sebum soak was applied. "Our sebum soak spirals into the pores of your skin and loosens the sebum to make it rise to the surface, so we can extract it without causing any trauma or any pigmentation on your skin," Laura told BuzzFeed.

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    Next, an exfoliant was used on me. Laura explained, "The exfoliation method we use pulls water levels from the new cells underneath your skin. It blows up all the dead cells that sit topically on your skin from not exfoliating regularly. It's going to make them detach and pop off of your skin. Our exfoliation method is great for hydrating and plumping the skin."

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    Then, the enzyme masque was applied to my face and neck:

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    "The enzyme therapy masque stimulates the mitochondria in your skin, stimulating the collagen factory to make sure that it's making the collagen properly. It's bringing oxygen directly from your lungs to your face to make sure that all the cells are living longer and doing what they're supposed to do. It also gives you lymphatic drainage to detoxify your skin," Laura said.

    To do its magic, the masque had to sit for 45 minutes. It started hardening right away and I legit could not close my mouth.

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    With every passing minute, the masque got tighter and tighter and I could actually feel my skin pulsating.

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    IT WAS VERY CREEPY AND HARD TO RELAX. But also, I kind of liked it because it felt like it was deeply penetrating my skin like it was supposed to.

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    And, just for dramatic effect, here is me and a White Walker:

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    After a long 45 minutes, it was time to wash the masque off. It took a while because it felt like it was glued to my face – kind of like when super glue dries on your fingers.

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    But once it was off, my skin felt amazing. I actually had some of the mottling that happens due to the increased blood flow in your face from the masque.

    After the masque, came a transdermal infusion, which is basically where they apply a cocktail of the skincare products they feel your skin needs.

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    "DMK's home prescriptive products have transdermal delivery, meaning they sit on the voids of your skin for up to eight hours and, as the cells in your skin need that nutrient, they go into the voids and they grab it. We only use ingredients that your skin recognizes. None of our products are going to just sit on top of you skin and plump it up and make it look shiny. Our ingredients actually penetrate the skin," said Laura.

    After the entire experience, I felt rejuvenated and my skin felt amazing. This was a totally unlike any other facial I've ever experienced and, although I didn't notice a life-changing skin transformation, it definitely felt like my skin got the thorough deep-cleaning it needed. DMK's scientific method of rejuvenating the skin is definitely something that I can see being beneficial long term.

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    To find a DMK-certified clinic near you, visit their website.

    Note: DMK Skincare performed this service free of charge.