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April 18 2014

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Clay Nation

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beautyAfter a recent excursion to Martha’s Vineyard, a friend with an impeccable eye for beauty trends told me that she observed beachgoers slathering themselves in clay from the brightly colored Gay Head Cliffs. (Side note: These steep ridges are attached to one of the few nude beaches left in the U.S.). While incorporating clay into beauty rituals is not a new phenomenon—Cleopatra is said to have used it to preserve her complexion—it made me think of the many options that don’t require a ferry or a flight to this Massachusetts island in order to receive the benefits of the natural substance.

Two of my favorites: The Ageless Clarity White Clay Treatment Mask from Nuance Salma Hayek contains kaolin (a soft white clay), lemon extract, and camphor to detoxify, exfoliate, and soothe sensitive skin. And Clayspray, a brand that recently arrived Stateside from Spain and includes a range of white- and red-clay emulsions for your face infused with super-moisturizing macromolecular hydrogel. My go-to for toning down T-zone shine and eliminating impurities: Clayspray Mattifying Red Clay, a blend of collagen-boosting silica, healing magnesium, and circulation-improving iron. Plus, its airtight container ensures this formula never dries up. While I’m all for breaking the mold and taking on a beauty adventure, I’ll go for one of these at-home options over stripping down to my birthday suit outdoors any day.

Photos: Courtesy of Poke PR; Nuance Salma Hayek; Clayspray

Clay: Molding the Gym-Spa Hybrid

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In today’s fast-paced environment, the idea of the “one-stop shop” is increasingly appealing—even Wal-Mart, whose systematic trouncing of small business is definitely contemptible, astounds with its centralized coffers of toilet paper, socks, Little Debbie’s, face moisturizer, and hunting gear. Like our Middle American brethren, New Yorkers are after a similar kind of multitasking environment, albeit one where camo jackets and tackle boxes are replaced by free-motion circuit training equipment and an on-site acupuncturist. Enter Clay, where gym, spa, organic café, and general health and wellness concepts come together under one roof deck (which has outdoor treatment rooms, BTW). Tucked away on the second floor of a storefront on 14th Street, Clay has everything you need to soothe your body, mind, and spirit; a quick Pilates class can be combo’d with a bikini wax, Green Tea Active Peel, and organic fruit smoothie (with boosters) for the road. There’s also full concierge service, so on the off chance that you should actually need to purchase some ammo for a weekend hunting trip, that too can be arranged.


Clay is located at 25 West 14th Street. For more information, call (212) 206-9200.