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.



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  • Clarins Skin Spa

  • Clarins Double serum, $85

  • Clarins Toning lotion with chamomile, $22

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,

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