Yes, you can now book the cult-favourite facial workout beloved by model Bella Hadid and Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague at the first FaceGym studio in the southern hemisphere, permanently located at MECCA’s George Street flagship.
The British-born brand, founded by entrepreneur and journalist Inge Theron, is known for its ‘rigorous’ facial workouts (more on that below) that combine high-tech devices (expect radio frequency and frozen CO2) with whipping, knuckling and pinching movements (pain-free, don’t worry!) to instantly sculpt your cheeks and jawline – and leave you with incredibly tight, lifted skin. Want to know more before you take your face to the gym? Ahead of the opening of FaceGym’s debut Australian studio, we spoke to the first certified FaceGym trainers in the southern hemisphere – MECCA education team members Georgi Strachan and Natasha Khoshmashrab – who travelled to London to learn the moves from the brand’s elite trainers. Here's everything you need to know, including what your skin is actually in for when you book a FaceGym workout.
Facial massage 101
It’s all in the hands
The brand’s rise to fame has a lot to do with the unique combination of cutting-edge devices, skincare and massage manoeuvres. But, according to both Giorgi and Natasha, the transformative power of the ‘workout’ lies in your hands. “Your hands are your strongest tools; it’s not just about the formulation, but also how you apply it to enhance its efficacy; and training and consistency will deliver the desired results,” says Giorgi.
The one tip that really stuck with Natasha? “Pressure, pressure and yes… more pressure!” she says, adding, “The tension our face holds can creep up on us until it becomes our norm – but introducing pressure when massaging the face can create the biggest difference to your skin and appearance.”
Hard work pays off
Signature moves, down under
Take your workout with you
Captivated? Intrigued? Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Sydney (sigh) for the full FaceGym treatment, as the at-home range is exclusively available in-store and online at MECCA. From the vitamin C gel branded as ‘Liftwear’ to that curious little red ball, this is far from any skincare routine you’ve tried before. What should you start with? Giorgi recommends the Hydrating Active Roller: “This is the perfect introduction to active ingredients and microneedling. The crystallised shape of the ingredients increases the absorption of the actives, but it is virtually pain-free when applied – a win from me!”
The Active Blast, a concentrated seven-day collagen treatment, is another innovative product that Natasha says is equal parts efficacious and satisfying to use. “Type 3 collagen is encapsulated in spheres and freeze-dried to ensure stability. Once blended with a water-based serum (try the Hydro-Bound Daily Hydration Serum), the spheres dissolve and com bine with the serum to promote skin brightness and resilience!”
And that red ball…
mThe Face Ball – what does it do and how do you use it? Well, it’s just like a yoga ball – but for your face. Explains Giorgi, “The weighted Face Ball is designed to release tension, aid with lymphatic drainage and increase circulation. Use it before applying your hydration products.”
Giorgi reveals it’s become her go-to for tension release and muscle stretching. She presses and scoops the ball over her brow area and under her cheek bones for extra lift and shape in the mornings. “You can also roll it over your jaw if you hold a lot of tension from teeth grinding and over your chest to help jump start your lymphatics in the morning!”