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The expert techs at Kris Nails deftly shape fingernails and toenails, paying special attention to the cuticle, in preparation for applying one of their traditional lacquers or long-lasting Shellac polishes chosen by the client from an impressive inventory of colors. The nail salon also adheres to strict sanitary guidelines, using only hospital-grade implements such as disposable buffers.

21021 Horace Harding Expy
Oakland Gardens,
NY
US

Moisturizer: A Recipe for Supple Skin

A cocktail of different ingredients is needed to soothe dry, scaly skin. Find out how they work in Groupon's guide to moisturizer.

Oily skin is generally considered a beauty problem?but in fact, oil is a major ingredient in making our skin look its best. A coating of natural oils secreted by the pores typically protects the outermost layer of the skin, a thin sheath of cells called the stratum corneum. But when there's not enough oil, the cells dry out and shrivel, causing flaking, roughness, and wrinkles. Moisturizers aim to make up for this drought by locking water molecules into the skin.

The simplest moisturizers are occlusive agents such as petroleum jelly, which form a physical barrier to keep water from escaping. Though great for rough elbows and chapped lips, occlusive agents are usually too greasy and heavy to be used on the face. Instead, commercially produced moisturizers often feature emollients such as lanolin, which flow into and fill the spaces between cells to make skin look suppler and smoother. Some emollients are oil-based, and form a protective coating similar to occlusive agents, but for skin that's already oily, a lighter, water-based emollient can work without leaving behind greasy residue.

Another common ingredient, humectants, attract moisture from the air and keep it bound against the skin; glycerin is an especially popular option. Humectants are especially important for aging or extremely dry skin that doesn't produce enough moisture on its own. Besides these skin-softening substances, many moisturizers will also include specialized ingredients, such as a sunscreen that blocks UV rays or vitamins intended to even out skin tone and make up for not bathing in enough vegetable juice.

An important consideration, especially for oily skin, is whether or not a moisturizer will exacerbate acne. Although some products bear the label "noncomedogenic"?from comedone, a scientific term for blackheads and whiteheads?the truth is that most modern facial moisturizers will not clog your pores. Instead, the most important consideration should simply be how it feels on your face.

160-28 Baisley Blvd
Queens,
NY
US

Soft rose-pink walls enclose Le Clique Hair Salon's elongated space, which is filled with trained hairstylists who transform 'dos with Wella hair dye, Brazilian keratin hair-straightening treatments, and precision cuts. Scalps sprouting curlicues and wavy pi symbols can relax during a Brazilian keratin or Moroccanoil hair-smoothing treatment. Elsewhere, the salon's laser specialist also helps tame hairs with the Beamax machine, which removes any unwanted strands during 15- to 60-minute sessions that blanket skin in heated laser energy. Le Clique also caters to its clients’ needs by providing a free parking lot, an assortment of complimentary refreshments, and salon assistants who are available to run errands for the client, such as grabbing them a bite to eat during treatments.

168-7 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows,
NY
US

Luxuriant mani-pedi stations, towering bamboo stalks, and slate-blue walls help create a soothing ambiance at Breezy Nails & Spa, Inc. There, visitors can feel free to treat themselves to a variety of spa services. Nail technicians draw from a kaleidoscopic collection of more than 200 different nail polishes?including glow-in-the-dark varieties?to pamper fingers and toes, incorporating everything from aromatic green tea to olive oil in more indulgent treatments. A massage therapist kneads away muscular tension using specialized bodywork modalities, and the spa's aestheticians perform facial treatments that make skin appear more youthful and radiant whether they're extracting impurities with steam or stimulating collagen production with high-frequency ultrasonic technology invented by Dorian Gray.

84-32 164th Street
Jamaica,
NY
US

LMZ Nails and Spa may be new to the beauty world, but its staff is not. The experienced beauty professionals transform clients with services that include mani-pedis, waxing, and facials. Amid shelves of shellac polish and hair-removing waxes, free consultations help clients choose which services will help them look their very best before job interviews or hours spent running back and forth in front of the same traffic camera.

47-7 Francis Lewis Boulevard
Bayside,
NY
US

The technicians at Elegant Nails & Spa place great emphasis on not only maintaining but improving the health of nails and skin through the use of high-quality products—including dozens of OPI polishes and UV gels—alongside strict hygiene standards. Staff members offer each client one-on-one attention from a small number of manicure stations in coordinating creams, taupes, and mochas as well as pedicure chairs that feature built-in footbaths, massaging backrests, and a tin-can telephone connected to a neighboring chair. A short list of spa services centers on deep-cleansing facials and Swedish or deep-tissue massages.:m]]

4567 Bell Blvd
Bayside,
NY
US