First there was whale sperm in hair conditioner (and whale vomit in perfume). Then came snake venom in face creams to help with wrinkles. And now there's a facial that seems almost tame in comparison: It uses finely ground iron particles and a magnet to draw out your skin's imperfections and exfoliate. A little odd, but hey, it's not snake venom. Former Tracie Martyn esthetician Ildi Pekar recently added the Iron Mask facial to her treatment menu to revitalize, clean, and firm the skin.
Pekar mashes up iron, black-currant oil, zinc oxide, and beeswax into a gray paste, which is applied to your face. It doesn't dry to feel tight or stiff like clay masks. She then takes a block-shaped magnet and rubs it all around to suck out any excess dirt, oil, and sweat — and the iron. It doesn't hurt, but you do feel a magnetic sensation around the nose, and a slight pins-and-needles feeling. It's surprisingly relaxing, even if it feels like a weird science project. Being skeptics by nature, we had Pekar show us the dead skin and blackheads dangling off the magnet to prove that it isn't just a useless gimmick. Repulsive, yet effective. So much so that extractions were barely needed. We may even do it again.
$200 at Ildi Pekar Skincare (315 Madison Ave., at 42nd St., 26th fl.; 212-682-6080).
Most Viewed Stories
How Angelina Jolie Won the First Big Battle in Her Divorce
25 Famous Women on Being Alone
It’s Time to Get Over Your White Feelings and Start Taking Action for Black Lives
22 Intimate Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe
Everything We Know About Brad Pitt’s Plane Incident
Jaden Smith on the Many Subtle Flavors of Water
Taylor Swift’s Squad Begged Kim Kardashian for Mercy
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Unveiled Their Baby on Instagram
Gigi Hadid Fought Back Against a Creepy Stranger Who Grabbed Her
The 6 Best Denim Shops on Etsy
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Beauty FeaturesEmma Watson Helped Make A Short Film to Inspire You, Ladies
Jump those hurdles. Swing from a chandelier.Get Gender-Free Fashion Delivered to Your Hotel Room
Best room service ever.Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis Are Having A Girl
It’s yet another reason to be #NeverTrump.The Newsroom Meets Mad Men in the First Trailer for Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt
Revolt away, girls.Arrest Made in Pippa Middleton iCloud Photo Hack
The hacker reportedly offered The Sun and The Daily Mail 3,000 pictures for a large sum of money.The National Nightmare Is Over: Kim Kardashian Will Vote for Hillary
She’s with her.Dolce & Gabbana Was an Italian Lovefest
The theme was Tropico Italiano.Watch the Salvatore Ferragamo Livestream
Enjoy!Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Unveiled Their Baby on Instagram
Her name is Dusty Rose Levine. Awwww.Beyoncé and Tina Knowles Did A Normal Mother/Daughter Thing
Houston’s Solid Gold Beauty Supply received the Queen Bey herself.
The Brangelina Divorce Machine marches on.North West Is a Pretty Great Flower Girl
Brides, prepared to be upstaged.The Kids From Stranger Things Are Hanging Out With Nicolas Ghesquière
Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo hit up Louis Vuitton’s HQ in Paris.A ‘Cagney & Lacey-Esque’ Police Drama Is Currently in Development at ABC
Bring. On. The Female. Detectives.Kylie Jenner’s Getting Sucked Into Tyga’s Debt Problems
She’ll have to answer questions under oath in the latest lawsuit against him.Lauren Hutton and Gigi Hadid Make the Best Intergenerational Model Pair
It was a major moment.Your Basement Gym Is No Match for These $10 Million Wellness Amenities
The two superstar brokers of Million Dollar Listing New York fame discuss.The NFL Is Taking Steps to Recruit More Women
It’s part of a major push for gender equality.Obsessively Testing the Best White Jeans to Wear All Year Round
When it comes to white denim, the only rule is that it should flatter you.Hotel Counts Sensual Framed Photos of Jeff Goldblum Among Its Amenities
A true luxury.