August 21 2014

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The Fab Five: Fall Facials



Autumn is all about renewal. In the style realm, that usually means a complete overhaul—or, at the very least, a switching over—of your closet to reflect the new season’s falling temperatures, while in beauty, there is a lot of refreshing going on: bouncy new haircuts, moodier hues of lipstick and nail lacquer, and maybe even a warmer, spicier scent than what you were donning in the summer months. Skincare, too, usually gets a reboot, with hydration becoming a more central focus. I think it is precisely that seasonal change that these five New York spas had in mind when designing the latest facial treatments to hit their menus.

Dermalogica BioActive Peel

The beloved skincare brand’s first-ever chemical peel is as unfussy and results-driven as its signature products. The BioActive Peel is focused on resurfacing the skin, curbing inflammation (even that caused by acne), and addressing hyperpigmentation using a biphasic peel approach. The biggest difference between it and more traditional chemical peels, though, is that Dermalogica’s version boasts minimal downtime—a major bonus.

$125 to $150, available at Dermalogica spas in New York and Santa Monica, Calif., nationwide rollout to follow;

Kiehl’s Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Facial

To accompany the fall launch of its potent lifting, firming, contouring, and re-texturizing wonder moisturizer (Super Multi-Corrective Cream), Kiehl’s made it the star of a facial at its eponymous New York spa. A godsend for the listlessly complexioned—the treatment includes a bit of microderm, then micro-current and LED stimulation, and, of course, the slathering on aplenty of the aforementioned moisturizer.

$195, at Kiehl’s Spa 1851, 157 East 64th Street; 888-SPA-1851;

Joanna Vargas Holiday Refresher Facial

We are not shy about our love for Joanna Vargas’ skincare wizardry, and she has long proven to be indispensable when a complexion reboot is in order. And her latest limited-edition facial is focused on just that. Designed to infuse a bit of life and light into dull skin, it includes a thorough lymphatic drainage massage; a micro-current treatment; an anti-inflammatory red currant, pineapple, and lemon mask; and, naturally, many of Vargas’ own products, like the intensely moisturizing Daily Hydrating Cream.

$250, or $400 for an appointment with Vargas, Joanna Vargas Salon and Skin Care Sanctuary, 501 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2011; 212-949-2350;

Savor Organic Pumpkin Enzyme Facial

At Savor, a petite gem of a spa in the West Village, natural products and treatments are front and center. And to transition skin from summer into fall, the ingredient of choice couldn’t be more seasonally appropriate: pumpkin. The core of the spa’s latest facial, pumpkin enzyme is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and, when applied to the skin, has a brightening, glow-inducing effect.

$165, Savor Spa, 327 West 11th Street; 212-304-2887;

Aire Ancient Baths Natura Bissé Vitamin Boost Facial

If you have yet to discover the magic that lies beneath a quiet Tribeca street at Aire, a subterranean maze of thermal baths (shown above), go. Go now. Especially because your rejuvenating soaks can be followed by a citrus-driven facial using cult-favorite Natura Bissé products. Designed to reinvigorate and restore luminosity to the skin, Vitamin Indulge or Vitamin Boost treatments are available. Both include ninety minutes of the thermal bath circuit, followed by a massage, then facial (the former option lasts forty-five minutes longer).

$180 to $240, Aire Ancient Baths, 88 Franklin Street; 212-274-3777;

Photo: Courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths