In a New York Minute: Clarins Le Petite Facial at Bloomingdale’s
This express facial at Clarins Skin Spa inside Bloomingdale’s will have you—and not your wallet—feeling lighter.
Tue Aug 13 2013
Clarins Skin Spa
Between the aggressive salespeople and assaultive perfumed air, the battleground that is a department-store cosmetics floor is about the last place we go to relax. Yet this half-hour facial—which takes place inside an enclosed treatment room beside the Clarins counter on the ground floor of Bloomingdale’s—managed to leave us feeling rejuvenated after a particularly hectic day. Jazzy renditions of popular songs and a thick sliding door block out the din beyond the candlelit pod, where you’ll change into a strapless wrap robe and settle in to a heated bed. Although there are no extractions, you’ll receive a cleansing, exfoliation, and a mask using a mix of Clarins’s retail and professional plant-based products. Since there’s a focus on lymphatic massage, everything from the chamomile toning lotion to the newly launched, wrinkle-reducing Double Serum is pressed rather than rubbed into the skin. Not only is the service remarkably calming and effective considering its speed, but it’s also a steal—especially for newbies, who get the treatment for half off. Clarins Le Petite Facial, $40 (first-time customers $20), at Clarins Skin Spa, Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave at 59th St (212-705-3985, clarinsusa.com)