An Academic Facial-------
School is officially in session at the new Dermalogica Academy. Its first undergraduate university in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood is dedicated to furthering the skincare brand’s commitment to education—and the environment, it would appear. At a whopping 6,000 square feet, the space is completely LEED-certified and paperless (students use iTouch, iPhone, and iPad decks instead of loose-leaf sheets and pencils). While the news that there will be hundreds more meticulously trained Dermalogica skin therapists out and about is exciting (anyone who has experienced the thoroughly amazing facials offered in the brand’s “skin pod” at its Soho outpost will understand), even more exciting is the fact that starting in September, the general public is invited to enjoy said services for a fraction of the usual cost. Students perform the treatments (availability depends on enrollment), which means they come at what is, by New York standards, a bargain price: $50 for full-hour and $20 for 20-minute MicroZone versions. It also happens to be conveniently located a few short blocks from the Altman building, so should you be in between shows and in need of a complexion pick-me-up come fashion week, you know where to go.
Dermalogica Academy, 140 W. 22nd St., (212) 243-3000, www.dermalogicaacademy.com.