Joanna Vargas Looks On The Bright Side-------
As a general rule, I usually never book anything, particularly of the social variety, post-facial. Because, you see, I have the skin of a tweenage girl: hyper, highly irritable, and sensitive to pretty much anything that crosses its path. During most facials, that means that even moderate extractions will leave me red and inflamed for many hours—except when I log my facial time with Joanna Vargas, the brains behind the skin-transforming LED-light bed (for which she recently acquired a patent), and the woman responsible for many aflawless celebrity visage (Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, et al.). The latest addition to her menu of services is tailor-made for winter-weary complexions. “After winter, I feel like people’s skin looks like they’ve been in a cave for months, just really dull,” says Vargas. “So I designed the berry brightening facial to address that.” When I put myself in Vargas’ able hands for some focused un-dulling, my own skin was cavewoman-esque, with a smattering of sun damage courtesy of a long-weekendjaunt to Tulum. The facial began with a duo of peels—a diamond peel, then a blueberry peel designed to detox, remove impurities, and boost circulation, thanks to an infusion of paprika, which causes a mild burning sensation. This is followed by a rejuvenating facial massage with strawberry oil, a blueberry-strawberry soy mask that Vargas gingerly paints onto the face to simultaneously exfoliate and shrink pores, a dose of LED light therapy and a hydrating blast of oxygen, and, finally, an application of a few of the lovely products from her own upscale green skincare line (my current favorite is the hydrating cream). Ninety minutes later, my skin looked dewy, taut, glowing—and, I’m happy to report, not the slightest bit red. Mission accomplished.
501 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2011, NYC; $250, www.joannavargas-skincare.com.