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Somme-thing For Everyone


Being the good investigative reporter that I am, I try as many beauty products as possible—for better and often for worse. A recent obsession with natural oils left me broken out like a teenager (during fashion week, no less!), and similar blunders have occurred with lipstick (bubblegum pinks do not flatter my skin tone). But there are certain things I keep coming back to because of pure performance. Somme Institute is one such line. Rooted in Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5), a formulation of five highly engineered vitamins (A, B3, B5, C, and E) bound to proteins, the range is capable of reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, repairing sun damage, evening skin tone, treating acne, and improving skin texture—and it works on all accounts when used over time, better than anything else I’ve come across in all my years on the job (no joke). It is for this reason that I booked an appointment at the Oscar Blandi Salon last week, for Somme’s Vitamin Infusion Facial. The brand introduced its spa treatment last fall, but a winter that left me with some lingering pigmentation issues made the service’s promise to lighten dark spots a must-try now. In addition to clinical-grade formulations of standouts from its famed five-step regimen, which includes a nourishing cleanser, gentle exfoliant, vitamin C-infused serum, and a moisturizer fortified with vitamin A, the service boasts a truly stellar facial massage (I actually fell asleep during mine—it was that good) to defuse puffiness and redness, and a soothing pumpkin mask to stimulate collagen re-growth. When I walked out of the tiny treatment room, slightly dazed from those few moments of blissful unconsciousness, my skin was clear and glowing—so much so that for the first time in a good long while, I didn’t feel the need to reach for my concealer before going out in public. I gleaned a little piece of exciting news while I was in there, too: the delicious-smelling, self-warming pumpkin enzyme mask that finished off the facial will be getting the retail treatment this summer. Until then, click here to find a participating spa near you.

Somme Institute Vitamin Infusion Facial at the Oscar Blandi Salon, 545 Madison Ave. at 55th St., NYC, (212) 421-9800,

Photo: Courtesy of Somme Institute