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.—Fiorella Valdesolo
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.
What: Sandal Ready Mani/Pedi
Where: The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental
Why: There’s no more indulgent place in the city for a mani/pedi, in our humble opinion. The pampering, holistic-minded 70-minute ritual shares little in common with your local joint—and even comes with a complimentary pair of Havaianas flip-flops so you won’t smudge your new polish job in a pair of covered wedges.
How: $150, available Monday-Thursday; 80 Columbus Circle, NYC, (212) 805-8800, www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork/spa.
What: Supreme Clean facial
Where: Spa Merge at the Hilton
Why: Think of it as a total detox for your face. This 75-minute deep-cleaning facial uses LED light therapy, in addition to extraction and exfoliation, to vacuum out pores and add vitality to sallow city skin. It’s a great pre-vacation remedy for clogged complexions.
How: $185; 102-108 W. 57th St., NYC, (646) 484-4104, www.spamerge.com.
What: Evolv Spray Tan
Where: Completely Bare
Why: A very bearable spray tan, the new formula at Completely Bare goes on warm, comes with a built-in conditioning system that moisturizes and balances color, and, best of all, has zero odor.
How: $75; for locations see www.completelybare.com.
What: Grapefruit Lime Pedicure
Where: Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa
Why: Known for its seasonally changing pedicures, the cozy Tribeca nail salon’s latest treatment buffs with a lime sugar scrub (lime is antibacterial and addresses muscle soreness), then massages feet and legs with a grapefruit lotion. Mmmm.
How: $68; 222 W. Broadway, NYC, (212) 925-5441, www.sweetlilyspa.com.
What: Firming Facial
Where: Joanna Vargas
Why: We regularly spread the gospel of Vargas, and her latest treatment addition is yet another reason to do so. The firming facial is based around the cell-regenerating açai berry, and is designed to dramatically boost elasticity and get rid of fine lines. Yes, please.
How: $250; 501 Fifth Ave., #2011, NYC, (212) 949-2350, www.joannavargas.com.
What: Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Glow
Where: Great Jones Spa
Why: Is there a more quintessential summer scent than coconut? We think not. And it’s the star of the latest head-to-toe treatment at Great Jones. A coconut milk and oil massage is followed by a pure cane sugar exfoliation, and nut oil application. Skin will be super-moisturized, glowy, and smell ridiculously amazing.
How: $150; 29 Great Jones St., NYC, (212) 505-3185, www.greatjonesspa.com.
Photo: Courtesy of The Peninsula Spa by Espa