If you’re looking for an instant pick-me-up, the CACI ULTIMATE treatment may be for you. I recently visited the City Street Spa – a true oasis on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht – to test the treatment.
The CACI machine was created over 15 years ago and can be used to reduce lines, blemishes, acne, scaring and sun damage. The machine looks a bit like it has two metal lobster claws – don’t worry, they don’t bite – which are used to poke and stretch your skin in different ways. First, a micro-current running through the prongs tells your muscles to lift and tighten. The current also plumps out deep lines and redefines contours, while stimulating cell regeneration.
The CACI machine then uses LED photo-rejuvenation (the same science used in hospitals on burn victims) to even skin tone and minimize scarring. Blue light is soothing and calming, while the red light stimulates collagen production and tissue healing.
Sound amazing? The only downside to the CACI is that one treatment will give you results for about three days – a great investment at just €48 for a 30-minute express facial. For the ultimate effects,try a full ‘cycle’ of treatments (10 in five weeks), which should have more obvious effects. While a package of 10 90-minute anti-ageing treatments will set you back €1278, a one-time treatment can still be a great pick-me-up before a wedding, party or special event.
After a 60-minute CACI non-surgical facelift, my skin had a glowy, dewy look. The masque treatment was cooling and left my skin feeling oxygenated and moisturized.
If you’re after a relaxation treatment, skip the CACI and opt for a classic massage, facial, body wrap or aromatherapy. Next time I’ll book an hour in the unique O2 Bubble, a chamber filled with purified air that’s free of pollutants, contaminants and diseases.
The City Street Spa is located in a stunning canal house at Prinsengracht 764. Calming turquoise walls and gorgeous décor contribute to the relaxed atmosphere. Editor’s note: mani-pedis include the use of an iPad, so you can surf the web while you’re pampered.
Text: Lydia Parafianowicz