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Joanna Vargas, The Skincare Brand


Fellow Joanna Vargas acolytes, it’s officially time to rejoice: The queen of the naturopathic facial is debuting her very own line of skincare products tomorrow at Anyone who has had the good fortune of experiencing a treatment at the able hands of Vargas appreciates her uncanny ability to leave skin dewy and glowing without a hint of irritation or redness—a feat that just so happens to be the goal of her eponymous product range as well. The four-piece, entirely natural collection features what are, according to Vargas, the building blocks for a radiant complexion: a Vitamin C face wash, Daily and Rejuvenating Serums, and an Enzyme Mask—all of which contain galactoarabinan, an extract derived from the larch tree that speeds up cell turnover, traps moisture, addresses fine lines, and makes skin firmer. Vargas has tested them extensively on her very discerning clientele, which includes Julianne Moore, Rachel Weisz, and Revlon artistic director of makeup Gucci Westman, who was so impressed, she started stocking them in her own makeup kit. Since getting our own preview, we’ve become borderline obsessed with the Daily Serum, which is inspired by Vargas’ own love of juicing and is packed with leafy greens and an appealingly faint aroma of cucumber. Using it in between appointments feels akin to having your own Vargas facial at home.

Photo: Courtesy of Joanna Vargas

A Spa For All Seasons


Today’s forecast in Manhattan? Sunny! New Yorkers are finally getting a break from the rain and humidity that has besieged the city for the better part of two weeks, and we’re not the only ones who have taken notice. Spas and salons across the city are converting into “summer-ized” menus, featuring treatments using seasonal ingredients and others focused on readying your skin for overexposure to that giant glaring fireball in the sky (missed ya, big guy). Here, our ten favorite local beauty-themed ways to ring in the season.

What: Made-to-Order Hair Treatments
Where: Sam Brocato salon
Why: The stylists at this popular downtown salon are literally cooking up a solution to summertime hair woes, combining green-market ingredients with Brocato’s own products to create results-focused hair masks. Our favorites are the frizz-fighting Humidity Buster, made with ripe avocados, and the Lifeguard, which uses papaya, pineapple, and banana to repair chlorine damage.
How: $35 each; 42 Wooster St., NYC, (212) 334-3777,

What: Active Peel Facial
Where: The Peninsula Spa by ESPA
Why: The Peninsula’s new clinical-grade facial uses lactic, glycolic, and alpha-hydroxy acids as well as marine extracts to pack a powerful antiaging punch that hydrates, removes dead skin cells, and addresses fine lines. Good news for temperamental summer skin.
How: $250 for the 60-minute active peel facial and $350 for the 90-minute antiaging active peel facial; 700 Fifth Ave., NYC, (212) 956-2888,

What: Refreshing Body Polish
Where: Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza
Why: Available exclusively at Caudalie’s Plaza location, this full-body exfoliation stars a homemade version of the line’s merlot scrub (a fresh one is made for each treatment with brown sugar, grapeseed oil, mint, lotion, and its patented firming concentrate) and is followed by a refreshing Vichy shower. The 20-minute quickie is an ideal self-tanning precursor.
How: $85; 1 W. 58th St., NYC, (212) 265-3182,

What: Back to Front Facial
Where: La Prairie Spa at the Ritz Carlton
Why: Sad but true: Bacne is a reality for many men and women, particularly during the steamy summer months. This deep-cleansing, hydrating, and exfoliating treatment starts on the back and shoulder area, then turns to the face. The ideal way to ready skin that has been hiding beneath many layers for months.
How: $270 for 1.5 hours; 50 Central Park South, NYC, (212) 521-6135,

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Joanna Vargas Is Seeing Red


Those who never, even in those most misguided crystal bindhi- and frosted tips-wearing college years, set foot inside a tanning bed will likely feel a bit anxious about skincare guru Joanna Vargas’ latest innovation. But outward appearances aside, her LED (light emitting diodes) contraption shares nothing in common with the more familiar and dangerous UV varieties. Light therapy has been used in the medical community for over a century, and powerful LED technology has already been employed by organizations like NASA to speed up wound healing and muscle regeneration. The goal of Vargas’ patent-pending Jetsons-esque device, though, is an aesthetic one. Created in alliance with Chicago-based company Norlux, the safe, cellular activity-triggering light lifts and tones the skin, increasing elasticity and collagen production, and can be used specifically to address cellulite, stretch marks, acne, and sun spots. The treatment can be purchased on its own or as a packaged deal that begins with a gentle cleansing and crystal microdermabrasion before you slip into the bed for 20 minutes, after which you’re treated to a soothing, super-hydrating oxygen application that leaves your skin glowing and dewy. From personal experience, we can say that being inside the coffinlike contraption can be kind of jarring at first, but you quickly get used to it. In fact, you might even nod off; there’s something surprisingly comforting about dreaming of a clearer, more radiant complexion while surrounded by a bright scarlet, infrared glow.

Joanna Vargas Salon Skin Care Sanctuary, 501 Fifth Ave., ste. 2011, (212) 949-2350,

Photo: Courtesy of Joanna Vargas

Detoxification Now, Sloth Later


Too much. Those two words could accurately describe most people’s behavior for the majority of the past few months. Too much booze. Too much food. Too much time spent immobile on the sofa. But with a New Year comes new motivation to make up for all that overindulgence. Here, expert tips, ideas, product recommendations and spa destinations for detoxing in 2011—and getting your body ready for the rigor of the Fall shows. New York fashion week commences in T-minus 30 days.

Joanna Vargas Goes Bigger


The draw at Joanna Vargas’ shoebox-size salon on the 7th floor of 501 Fifth Avenue was her Triple Crown facial, not the atmosphere. But this week the skincare guru moved on up to much more spacious digs on the building’s 20th floor. The new salon boasts light-filled treatment rooms and a large reception area, which will feature complimentary antioxidant-packed juices and an extensive product wall showcasing hard-to-find organic skincare lines like Eminence, ILA and Phyts. The design, which Vargas dubs “art deco with a dash of 1940s Hollywood regency,” includes a treasure trove of flea market finds like gilded mirrors, sparkling chandeliers, and an oversize vanity with a three-way mirror. But if the decor has received an upgrade, the treatment menu has remained much the same—why mess with perfection? There are some new developments on the horizon, though. We hear that Vargas is expanding her LED light therapy prowess, and will also introduce a new massage therapist specializing in lymphatic drainage (she claims the aesthetician can make you look and feel ten pounds lighter in a single session). Perhaps most exciting is the imminent launch of Vargas’ own natural-minded skincare line. Add to that extended hours until 8pm five days a week, and a 2011 visit would make the perfect addition to your new year, new you resolution list.

Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary, 501 Fifth Ave., Ste 2011; (212) 949-2350.

Photo: Courtesy of Joanna Vargas