Spa treatments by purpose
Where to relax, recharge, detox, soothe winter skin and more.
Mon Jan 23 2012
Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon: European Facial with Vitamin C add-on
320 E 52nd St between First and Second Aves (212-758-1065, mariobadescu.com). Facial $65, add-on $35. TONY deal Mention TONY when booking to receive a free manicure with your facial (available Mon--Thu 10am--4pm) through Feb 13.
To begin the spa's signature treatment, my specialist, Angie J., directed a steam machine at my face to soften my skin and detoxify my pores. While I slackened under the warm air, Angie administered a thorough face cleansing with Mario Badescu's Enzyme Cleansing Gel and a circulation-amping neck, chest and shoulder massage. Then came a swift, take-no-prisoners series of extractions by hand, followed by a soothing mask to comfort my skin. After the mask dried, she gently cleaned my face and applied the Vitamin C add-on, an ultrahydrating, collagen-stimulating treatment to relieve my cold-weather--ravaged face. As a result, my skin was the cleanest, smoothest and most moisturized it has been in months.
Best part: The spa offers a free posttreatment consultation, which any client can take advantage of.
Why it's worth it: This methodically attentive procedure is one of the best facials for its moderate price.—Anne Bauso
Faina European Day Spa: Clay Souffle Chocolate Mint Body Scrub
315 W 57th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, suite 402 (212-245-6557, fainaeuropeanspa.com). $70. TONY deal Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment for 20 percent off all treatments (Mon--Fri appointments) through Feb 29.
I've been blessed with itchy, dry skin (thanks, Mom), so I was stoked when my technician, Barno Yosefi, explained that the natural sugar cane in this exfoliating scrub would remove dead cells and leave me with smoother skin. The delicious-smelling concoction, safe for those with sensitive skin, was rubbed gently all over my body.
Best part: A steamy shower after the treatment and subsequent massage with moisturizing, vitamin-rich lotion were unexpected extras.
Why it's worth it: My entire body felt baby-soft, and I didn't have the slightest inclination to scratch.—Elizabeth Denton
Ohm Spa: Ultimate SpaRitual Manicure
260 Fifth Ave between 28th and 29th Sts, seventh floor (212-845-9812, ohmspa.com). $45. TONY deal Mention TONY when booking for 20 percent off this treatment through Feb 29.
Winter weather is harsh enough on my hands without the added cuticle peel that comes from using too much acetone and cheap nail polish. The solution: a manicure that uses products that are free of DPB, formaldehyde and toluene. My technician, Ada Zhou, started out the session by shaping my overgrown nails and pushing back my cuticles. She then massaged my arms and hands using lavender cream, wrapped my forearms in plastic and snuggled them in a hot towel. After painting my nails, Zhou sat me at a UV drying machine, then stuck my hands in waxy paraffin gloves and let the treatment soothe my dry skin.
Best part: Afterward, my hands felt soft and smooth, and my nails were painted to perfection.
Why it's worth it: It's a manicure, massage and paraffin treatment all wrapped into one chemical-free session.—Rebecca Fishbein
Shade Bar Spa and Salon: Organic full-body spray tan
36-05 Ditmars Blvd between 36th and 37th Sts, Astoria, Queens (718-278-7893, shadebarspa.com). $55. TONY deal Mention TONY when booking for 10 percent off a spray tan or any other treatment through Feb 9.
A 30-minute visit to this salon replaced my January paleness with a beautiful, natural and healthy glow. To begin, my tanning pro, Tricia Bisbee, had me wipe myself down with wet towels to remove any residue from products like lotion, deodorant (it turns green) or body oil. Trisha lightly misted me with an organic-beetroot-based tan formula (which is applied to achieve your desired level of darkness), artfully creating natural, all-over layers. She also buffed around my wrists, nails and ears, to prevent harsh lines, before blasting me with a hairdryer. I gradually turned more bronze over the next ten hours and awoke the next day to the prettiest, non--Oompa Loompa tan.
Best part: Not needing to apply makeup for a week: My face and skin looked great with their built-in concealer, bronzer and blush.
Why it's worth it: The tan lasts five to seven days and is perfect before special occasions or simply as an antidote for the winter blues.—AB