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Worth It? I tried Meghan Markle's favorite facial, which massages the inside of your mouth

A crazy-sounding skin treatment that your friend swears by? An all liquid diet your mother-in-law is urging you to try? A restaurant that takes 2+ hours to get to (without traffic), but apparently has the best food north of the Mississippi? We're trying out a new series called Worth It - where we try out stuff that you're wondering may or may not be worth the effort/money/time/etc. you're considering putting into it. Have something you'd like us to try? Email with your rec.

Folks, I let a massage therapist get all up in my mouth. Why on earth would I do this? Because look at Meghan Markle. I need that "Markle Sparkle" in my life! The Princes is a vocal supporter of the Intra-Oral Massage (also referred to as a Buccal facial massage) and it's gaining popularity, big time - including here in Seattle.

As of this posting, there is only one massage therapist certified in Seattle to give the Intra-Oral Massage -and that's Jennifer Young of Penelope And The Beauty Bar inside Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The treatment is $199, and involves a deep massage of your entire face, even massage the inside of your mouth! It supposedly strips all negative emotions, to reduce the appearance of stress on your face.

Before the facial began, my face was cleansed, exfoliated and massaged with quick upwards strokes that almost put me to sleep. After the outside of my face was massaged, it was time to massage the inside. I said "Ahh", Jennifer put on some surgical gloves, and got to work on my cheeks, lips and jawline - all from deep inside my mouth. I will say, the anxiety I felt about this portion of the service was REAL. I mean, it's inherently super awkward, there's no getting around it.

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But it wasn't as invasive as I anticipated, not even close. And this particular portion only lasts 10 minute of the entire service. Don’t worry, this is nothing like a trip to the dentist. It is surprisingly very relaxing, I promise.

I walked away from the facial massage with plumped-up skin, a less tight jaw and an easement on the headache I walked in with. The most excruciating part of this experience were the photos that resulted, as you can see - so embarrassing.

Penelope & The Beauty Bar says other benefits of this service are:

  • Restores natural posture of the face
  • Improves micro circulation and the appearance of the skin
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin production
  • Drains inflammation and swelling from the tissues
  • Relaxes facial muscles
  • Lifts and tones muscles and smooths fine lines and wrinkles
  • Natural rejuvenation for the face

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To fully relish in the benefits of this service, it's recommended that you go six to eight times in a row (once a week for 6-8 weeks.) This will help build the muscle memory. After that, plan on getting the service once a month.