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July 30 2014

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Get Skin Worthy Of The Big Screen For Less Than You’d Expect

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JoannaVargas

As far as beauty editors go, I consider myself an anomaly. Blow-outs are not my jam, and I rarely have patience to sit for a spa treatment. The notion of being confined to a bed with steam blasted onto my face is just not my idea of a good time. Call me crazy, but I prefer something speedy that produces visible results. Enter Joanna Vargas. It’s no secret that this aesthetician has worked some serious skin magic on everyone from the fashion set to celebrities. But for $50 and with 45 minutes, what would the woman who recently prepped Emma Stone for Spider-Man actually do for me? (As part of Spa Week—beginning today and ending October 20—Vargas is offering her Power Peel or Tone Up body treatment, a favorite among Victoria’s Secret models, at this affordable rate.)

After opting for the Power Peel with high hopes that it would cure my fashion month-ravaged complexion, I expected an abbreviated version of the $175 experience. But the reason that Vargas has the reputation she does is that she doesn’t skimp on service—ever. I received the works, starting with diamond peel microdermabrasion. “It gets all the airplane off,” said Vargas. (Much needed after nearly a month of traveling.) Next, my skin was cleansed of impurities with her Vitamin C Face Wash and treated to a detoxifying blueberry and paprika mask. I was left under collagen-boosting LED lights—eyes covered—for twenty minutes, then topped off with a steady stream of repairing oxygen and slathered with her Daily Serum. It was swift yet effective—leaving my face so soft and glowy I was afraid to touch it. “Your skin looks like Michelle Williams’,” she said. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but the finished product was enough to convince me that wonders can be done in under an hour. I could very well get used to this.

Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary 501 Fifth Avenue, #2011, New York, NY (212) 949-2350; www.joannavargas.com

Photos: Courtesy of Joanna Vargas

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