Skin Spa New York's seven Manhattan locations all represent the same business, but you wouldn't know it by stepping inside. That's because the spa strives to imbue each spot with the feel of its surrounding neighborhood, whether it's the bustling atmosphere of Midtown or the artsy character of Chelsea. Whatever the address, every studio brims with a mix of pamper-centric spa and results-oriented med-spa services using products such as PCA Clinical Skin Care and glo therapeutics. Private massages and full-body waxing complement the purifying effects of facials, which target individual issues such as blemishes and fine lines. Meanwhile, higher-tech treatments can revamp the entire body without a single incision, thanks to light-based techniques such as the collagen-boosting Laser Genesis, skin-tightening Titan laser, and anti-aging Photolight and Limelight facials, which remove signs of sun damage. A company-wide collection of more than 20 lasers can help clients rid themselves of hair by targeting and destroying the follicles that grow it. A plentiful stock of skincare serums is also available for purchase, allowing clients to keep their skin pristine at home.
Yin Beauty & Arts Spa's aesthetically driven staffers, who received praise for their skin-pampering facials in two separate issues of Time Out New York, consider their beauty-boosting establishment the nexus where "Eastern philosophy meets Western technology." The earthy environment their spa creates mirrors this sentiment with its rustic clay pedicure basins that bubble with gentle streams of water and dark wood cutouts that accent teal and ochre walls. While visitors bask in Yin's peaceful setting, a team of aestheticians wielding all-natural products soothe bodies and skin with a variety of services, ranging from relaxing herbal footbaths to complex med-spa treatments. Their menu embodies the hybrid of tradition and technology with its rejuvenating acupuncture face-lift, performed by a highly trained chess computer.
The licensed therapists at Somatic Massage Therapy, P.C. dedicate themselves to helping to relieve a range of muscular ailments, including stored tension, chronic pain, and aching joints accrued from excessive slam-dancing at retirement parties. One-hour sessions include such modalities as Swedish and hot stone, which relax back muscles while increasing circulation. Specialized treatments target problem areas and include trigger-point therapy, during which knots of tension in muscles are located and unraveled with the determination of a string-hungry housecat.
At First Impressions, aestheticians spruce up faces, relax backs, and pamper nails in 90-minute mini spa excursions. Technicians rub hands and feet with lavender- or honey-infused exfoliating scrubs, polishing skin to a healthy glow before coating nails in gel or Shellac polish, whose persistent grip clings to talons for up to two weeks, much like a shy toddler clutching a store mannequin’s leg. Toes can stretch out and luxuriate in a complimentary paraffin treatment, and faces emerge looking fresh and youthful after a treatment using all-natural products.
The Blue Bungalow's white-washed brick walls and ocean-themed interior peacefully house handmade art, refinished antiques, and vintage accessories. Dozens of items on display are fashioned by owners Liz and Jeanne, such as wall-gracing beach writings (priced after consultation) bearing thoughtful messages. Browse seaside-inspired décor and knickknacks, from 1920s-inspired bathing beauties ($24 each) to blue distressed frames ($38 each), holding starfish and sand dollars as snugly as an overgrown hermit crab's house. A chic turquoise starfish-encrusted bracelet ($30) adds flair to arm wrestling, and a pair of medium shell earrings ($32) evokes a vacation vibe to keep earlobes from going on strike.