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Everything’s Coming Up Roses at Cecilia Wong



Thirty uninterrupted minutes? A precious commodity in my pre-fashion week world. So when faced with the choice of a fourth viewing of the 30 Rock pilot or the chance to repent for some of my summer-skin sins at the hands of a pro, I’m inclined to go with the latter.

Enter Cecilia Wong’s Rose Power Peel.

Wong, who opened her eponymous spa in New York’s Flatiron District in 2009, takes a strictly holistic tack to skincare that’s at once simple and luxurious. It’s earned both the salon and her all-natural skincare line a loyal following.

Upon arriving (faintly grimy and fatigued) at her Fifth Avenue space, I was greeted by the enviably dewy Wong, and soon settled into a quietly chic treatment room. After a gentle cleansing, she slathered on a luscious, freshly made rose yogurt peel with a heady (in the best way) scent. Her antioxidant-packed proprietary blend also boasts doses of vitamins A, C, D, and E. Post-peel, Wong used a cool jade roller to lightly massage my skin. I’ll confess to having drifted off during a few minutes of LED therapy. The brilliant light (also available as a solo treatment) spurs collagen production and cell regeneration, and generally leaves skin looking better. Next up? Used in conjunction with soothing aloe gel—a little oxygen therapy, delivered via a steady stream. As the final step, Wong applied a velvety, balmlike hyaluronic acid serum to plump and hydrate.

By the time I was off the table, my formerly sun-parched skin was clear and glowing in a way it hasn’t been in months, summer transgressions all but gone. And that sure trumps an umpteenth viewing of 30 Rock.

[If you can't make it to the salon for a treatment yourself, keep an eye out for Wong's rose toner, due out in late September.]

The Rose Power Peel Facial is available from October 1-November 30 at the Cecilia Wong Skincare Salon, 224 5th Avenue, New York, NY,

Photo: Getty; Courtesy of Cecilia Wong