Nu Skin

Jul. 2 2009, Published 6:36 a.m. ET

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Beyond his perma-scowl that comes from nine weeks of listening to Sanjaya-hopefuls singing, it's the unwrinkled appearance of Simon Cowell’s nearly fifty year old face which is up for scrutiny. So when his former girlfriend admitted on television that she had given Cowell a "face machine" for the past Christmas, our ears here at perked up! 

The machine in question is the Galvanic Spa System II from nu Skin. We ventured to Saffore's salon in West Hollywood to try it out. Without an accompanying facial this is not your total pampering experience.  It's more like an experience out of Star Trek or the Jetsons with a futuristic humming device (the galvanic) rubbed along the face and two gels each playing a different role. In short: the first uses charges to push the dirt out and the second uses charges to keep the ageLoc while the attendant places a hand on an exposed piece of skin to "ground the current."

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Click here for photos of the system and the store.

Improving the circulation is a big factor which is why the nu Skin people suggest the system (and attachments) for everything to hair loss to bruises. Our technician talked about healing a bruise on Mickey Rourke's leg that he got while filming. Even the Wrestler was apparently very impressed.

Does it seem too UFO to be true? The nu Skin people ask their customers to judge their own results, even stopping the procedure half way through to compare the sides. While we weren’t blown away with the difference, it was only when we were full-face accomplished that we got the results which were hard to argue with -- two unprompted comments over post-galvanic drinks on our healthy glow. While we chalked it up to water and sun, the nu Skin people insist this is typical of the post-spa experience for about 48-hours after a session. They say a legion of other celebs are using the system regularly to keep the look going. Simon Cowell may be beauty’s next trendsetter!

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The Galvanic Spa System II can be purchased for $350 at Saffore's (including a supply of both gels) and Saffore's offers 45-minute solo treatments for $75 .



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