The exuberant exfoliators at Royale European Skin Care wipe out no-good skin cells with thorough multistep treatments that leave epidermises enlivened. The go-to spa facial polishes peeper chrome with a basic cleansing, a pH balancing, and a moisturizing mask finish ($84), and the intense glow advanced facial targets dry, sensitive, or oily skin types with an aromatherapy-based remedy ($94). The warm algae wrap treats trunks by blanketing bodies in vitamin-rich seaweed smoothies for 25 minutes to detoxify and hydrate hides ($99). Guests sip tea in the sitting room between services, relaxing before rooting out unwanted follicle flowers with full face ($40) or Brazilian bikini ($55) waxing services. Stop being mistaken for squiggly-mouthed emoticons with the hydrating lip treatment, which rinses out wrinkles and reshapes kisser contours ($15).
Downtown Banya looks and feels like an old-world bathhouse, but it's blessed with some distinctly new-world amenities, including a bistro that serves dumplings and beer and spa services such as massages and facials. The main draw is a sauna composed of two rooms—Russian and dry. A third-generation Russian stove maker crafted the Russian sauna, which has a low-humidity environment that allows temperatures to soar higher than they could in other types of saunas. The wet sauna, meanwhile, dangles the prospect of aromatherapy—clients may buy herbs in the lobby and waft them throughout the room so that no one will question why their hair smells like chicken fingers. After they’re done loafing around the sauna rooms, clients can dip into cold pools that help the skin maintain elasticity. Or instead, they can sink into a warm jacuzzi equipped with a flat-screen plasma TV overhead.
The holiday head-to-toe treatment soothes and revivifies the weary with a 75-minute parade of indulgences, using Dermalogica skincare products. You get your choice of a one-hour body massage tailored to tender torsos or tough ones, or a thorough, nuanced facial featuring zone-by-zone skin analysis. Massage therapists follow either option with a suite of sumptuous treatments, including an aromatherapy scalp massage and relaxing hydrotherapy on the coddled client's face, neck, and feet. Foot reflexology triggers an array of body-wide responses, including transformation into a duck, and a sugar and salt scrub on feet and lower legs leaves skin smooth. Those choosing the facial will finish their session with LED light therapy, used to influence new tissue growth and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The rich, spicy aroma of complimentary chai tea accompanies visitors throughout their journey into sartorial luxury, and bottled water and Epsom salts accompany them on their way out. Walk-ins are welcome at a new beginning.
While clients relax under hot stones or aromatherapy oils, licensed massage therapist Brittney Younger is hard at work tracking down muscle knots and tension. She devotes full concentration to each of her 16 types of massages because she realizes that no two bodies are identical and that tension can occur in unassuming places. As a result, she provides custom trigger-point, lymph-drainage, and myofascial-release therapies during 60- or 90-minute sessions.
Spa In The City’s beauty professionals do just about everything there is to do in the spa and salon arena. In addition to traditional services (among them, haircuts, waxes, and massages), the specialists ramp up the volume and length of lashes with extensions. Applied one by one, the faux threads nestle alongside natural lashes to create a dynamic yet airy effect. Cosmeticians further enhance facial features with custom-blended mineral foundation, powder, or blush. After devising the perfect blend of colors to match your skin, the specialists keep the recipe on file so that it can be reformulated when you run out or your body double gets sunburned. Spa In The City's personnel also staff an adjoining boutique full of beauty products, gifts, and jewelry.