Ten Seasonal-Transition Spa Ideas For A Fresh-Faced Fall-------
The end of summer is nigh—a harsh fact we discovered this week when we turned our Moleskine calendar page to find August staring back at us. And though summer may be flying by at an astonishing rate, the season’s effects on our hair, skin, and feet—broken and brittle, spotty and splotchy, dry and callused, respectively—have been just as speedy about making themselves apparent. But there’s a spa treatment for that—all of it. Here, the latest treatments designed to address all of your summer-born beauty woes.
What: The Sweet Cream Pedicure
Where: Spa Merge, 102 W. 57th St., (646) 484-4104, www.spamerge.com
Why: Merge’s newest pedicure is pretty sweet—quite literally. Using products by the Texas-based organic brand Farmhouse Fresh, the 60-minute treatment starts with a foot soak in the scent of your favorite ice cream flavor (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, black cherry, coconut cream), then segues into an exfoliating vanilla scrub and chocolate leg mask. Finally, gams are moisturized with a steady stream of sweet cream body milk poured from a carafe. Should all those sugary scents leave you craving some edible confections, the pedicure comes with a gratis bowl of ice cream to enjoy while you get pampered.
What: Biologique Recherche Remodeling Facial
Where: The Peninsula Spa, 700 Fifth Ave., (212) 956-2888, www.peninsula.com
Why: In a match made in beauty heaven, the French luxury skincare brand Biologique Recherche has set up shop, or rather, spa, in one of New York’s best digs: the Peninsula Hotel. The new 60-minute Remodeling Facial exfoliates, hydrates, and uses micro-current technology to reshape and lift—a serious boost for skin weary from too much time in the sun.
What: Red Island Ritual
Where: Decleor at the Lanphier Day Spa, 20 West Ave., Darien, CT, (203) 656-4444; www.lanphierdayspa.com
Why: Fans of Decleor will be pleased to learn that the aromatherapeutic brand has finally bestowed New York—all right, Connecticut—with its very own spa. Unsurprisingly, it’s worth the Metro North ride—particularly for its newest end-of-summer menu addition. The Red Island Ritual is inspired by Madagascar and incorporates products from Decleor’s aptly named Relax Intense collection. Thirty minutes of exfoliation using a blend of essential oils, fruit powders, and spices is followed by a 30-minute massage using its signature aromatic balms and an acacia wood massage roller.
What: Advanced Marine Biology Facial
Where: La Prairie Spa, the Ritz Carlton, 50 Central Park South, (212) 308-9100, www.ritzcarlton.com
Why: Any treatment that involves a head massage gets high marks from us; throw in a foot massage and we are basically in heaven. Both show up in La Prairie’s blissful new Advanced Marine Biology Facial. Lest you forget this is a marine-themed treatment, you are splayed out on a warm water-filled Hydramat, which besides feeling totally awesome, also relieves back tension. In addition to plenty of the brand’s Advanced Marine Biology products, you can also expect a soothing cold stone facial massage and a hot stone version for hands and feet.
What: Kérastase Fusio-Dose Treatment
Where: Butterfly Studio Salon, 149 Fifth Ave., 2nd fl., (212) 253-2100, www.butterflystudiosalon.com
Why: Kérastase has a particular knack for whipping up totally luxuriating hair treatments, and its latest version doesn’t disappoint. Called Fusio-Dose, it is perhaps the most customizable offering yet: After examining hair dryness, color sensitization, strength, and overall density, your stylist will concoct, or, ahem, fuse the ideal formula for your particular hair needs. And should the issues, like ours, be multifaceted, boosters can easily be added to the treatment.
What: Purifying Back Treatment at The Cornelia Spa
Where: The Surrey, 20 E. 76th St., (646)358-3600, www.corneliaspaatthesurrey.com
Why: Many a spa devotee was remiss to see the Cornelia Spa shut its midtown Manhattan doors a few years back. Good news though; it’s back and at a very covetable address, namely the Upper East Side’s Surrey Hotel. Everything on the new spa menu is highly bookable, but the ideal end-of-summer panacea is the purifying back treatment, which addresses the dry skin, clogged pores, and yes, blemishes that come after months of sun, sweat, and sea.
What: Red Door Oxygen Infusion Facial
Where: The Chatwal, 130 W. 44th St., (212) 764-5900, www.reddoorspas.com
Why: There is a new red door in town and it’s at the Chatwal hotel in midtown. The legendary Fifth Avenue spa just opened its second New York space, bringing along all of its signature high-performance skincare treatments. At the top of that list is its Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Facial, which just so happens to be Madonna’s go-to skincare secret—and it’s not hard to see why: The instant replenishing, glow-inducing effects of the service’s collagen serum blasted with pressurized oxygen does wonders for a dry, tired complexion.
What: Firm, Baby, Firm Facial
Where: Available September 1 at Bliss Spas nationwide, (877) TO-BLISS, www.blissworld.com
Why: Making good use of Bliss’ brand-new Firm, Baby, Firm Serum, this results-driven facial is geared toward skin that’s, well, feeling and looking pretty down. The uplifting comes thanks to a combination of microdermabrasion, soothing masks, and a microcurrent-driven light therapy that boosts collagen and addresses muscle tone.
What: The Ultimate Body Restoration
Where: Kiehl’s Spa 1851, 157 E. 64th St., (888) 772-1851, www.kiehls.com
Why: If you really want to give your body a head-to-toe reboot, this treatment is the one for you. The two and a half hours of total euphoria include a customized sugar or salt exfoliating body scrub, a slathering of the brand’s Restorative Argan Treatment, a mummy-like parafango wrap, then a 60-minute massage. Drool.
What: Moroccan Red Clay Treatment
Where: Available September 1 at Cecilia Wong Skincare, 224 Fifth Ave, 3rd fl., (917) 596-5206, www.ceciliawongskincare.com
Why: The holistic facialist created this natural treatment especially for sun-damaged skin. Besides the star ingredient, Moroccan red clay, she uses a mix of cherries and yogurt to hydrate the skin, followed by a lymphatic massage and a soothing once-over with a cool jade roller.