Best facials in NYC
Step inside the ornate golden doors of the historic Waldorf Astoria hotel to find the Guerlain Spa, an oasis of white marble, silver ceramic tiles and private rooms as large as some New York apartments. The treatments are as luxe as the surroundings: the Radiance facial includes deep cleansing and a soothing face mask. Plus, you'll get to experience the exclusive Guerlain facial massage technique—it's said to improve circulation and help the skin heal. $150 for one 50-minute facial
It’s no surprise that one of the best facials in the city comes from Sisley Paris, the high-end skin-care brand that relies on botanical extracts and essential oils in its natural, ultra-effective products. Pop into the brand’s flagship boutique in the West Village for a personalized treatment using their super-luxe line. $99 for one customized 60-minute facial
The classic European facial has become the industry standard for maintaining a healthy complexion—and for good reason. First, an aesthetician will clear out the pores with a combination of steam, exfoliation and extraction, then finish it up with a calming mask. Red and White Spa uses Dermalogica products, a favorite of skin-care professionals and beauty editors alike. Visit the Upper East Side location of NYC spa chain to score an impressive deal on their signature treatment. $39 for one 50-minute facial
Before your facial starts at Dorit Baxter, you'll slurp a shot of liquid collagen, said to boost skin elasticity from the inside out. Then, you’ll meet with a skin-care specialist to choose the best type of facial for your complexion: anti-aging, brightening, detoxifying, hydrating or calming. Plus, you get to end the visit with a tension-busting massage. Does it get any more relaxing than that? $89 for one customized 50-minute facial and one 50-minute massage
Talk about a bargain: this Midtown spa offers two hours of pampering for just under $100. Once you settle in for a traditional European facial, all your cares will melt away. And that’s just after one treatment—when you’re done with the massage and body scrub, you’ll be totally blissed out. $99 for one European facial, one 25-minute Swedish massage and one body scrub
Founder Angela Jia Kim uses all natural and organic ingredients at her holistic West Village spa to get results. You'll also see the influence of Korean beauty products, widely considered to be on the cutting edge of the industry, in spa offerings like the hot and cold hammer facial. The anti-aging facial also combines two trendy treatments—microdermabrasion and a fruit enzyme peel—to help smooth out fine lines and bring a radiant glow to your complexion. $119 for one 60-minute facial
She’s known as the aesthetician to the stars, and with a roster of clients that includes Karlie Kloss, Julianne Moore and Naomi Watts, it’s easy to see why. The draw? Joanna Vargas’ Triple Crown Facial, which involves a diamond peel, microcurrent technology and blasting the skin with oxygen to reduce puffiness, smooth out fine lines and sculpt the jawline. With such legendary results, it’s not cheap—the hourlong facial will run you $250, and much more if you want to be treated by Vargas herself. Facials start at $250
This plum-hued Soho spa gives off a comfy-chic vibe, and facial newbies who might be intimidated by more pretentious boutiques will feel right at home. Choose from a variety of treatments, like the hourlong Boot Camp facial to really rein in problem skin, the 30-minute Escape mini-facial or the dark circle-busting For Your Eyes Only treatment. Haven Spa also offers massage, full-body wraps and scrubs and nail art. Facials start at $60
Elizabeth Arden opened the first of her now-legendary Red Door Salons on Fifth Avenue more than 100 years ago, in 1910. Today, there are more than 30 Red Door Spas around the world, but the beauty obsessed will want to book a facial, massage or pedicure at the iconic original location. The spa offers a wide range of skin treatments, including anti-aging facials, a deep sea mineral mask and even oxygen infusions. Facials start at $85
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