17 posts tagged "Joanna Vargas"
If Joanna Vargas told me to rub marshmallow Fluff all over my face to revitalize my skin, I would do it—and why wouldn’t I? Every facial treatment or bit of skincare advice I’ve ever gotten from the naturally minded, New York-based facialist has been pure gold. So when Vargas first introduced me to Eminence Organics, the green skincare line from Hungary that has been around since 1958, I quickly got hooked on products like its Tomato Sun Cream, Strawberry Rhubarb Exfoliant, and Probiotic Masque. As of this month, there are two new items in its already massive cache for me, er, you to enjoy. Both are centered around recovery and rejuvenation, which is fitting considering many of us are struggling with the drying winter weather (and the maleffects of post-holiday indulgence): The Herbal Recovery Oil is a rich, hydrating concoction of ylang ylang, clary sage, and olive oils that I’ve been slathering on at night for renewing effects in the morning, and the Cornflower Recovery Serum, which is bolstered by sea buckthorn and chamomile extracts, is soothing, nourishing, moisturizing, and lightweight enough for everyday wear. I’ve been using them in tandem with the hope that together, they will help me ride out the rest of winter 2012 and its fluctuating temperatures. So far, so good.
Eminence Organic Herbal Recovery Oil, $76, and Cornflower Recovery Serum, $58, www.eminenceorganics.com.
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 www.joannavargas.com. 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.
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, www.sambrocatosalon.com.
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, www.peninsula.com.
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, www.caudalie-usa.com.
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, www.ritzcarlton.com.
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, www.joannavargas.com.
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.