Dr. Brad Katchen—Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and Stanford trained dermatologist—oversees a team of professionals at SkinCareLab who perform advanced, up-to-date pampering and beautifying spa services. Highlighted in Vanity Fair, Katchen imports beautifying techniques from France. Eight different facials each target a range of dermal malcontents, from the seaweed-mask-powered hydrating facial’s moisturizing effects to the softening power of the energizing facial. On top of skin-centric remedies, the spa also provides full-body waxing services, multiple types of massage treatments, and nailcare services.
MessLook Hair Salon & Beauty Spa cofounder Charles Lam has racked up more than two decades of hair experience in three locales: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and his current base, the United States. In a 1,000-square-foot salon, he and his team recreate the international styles Lam assimilated on his travels, transforming heads with cosmopolitan cuts, highlights, and specialty treatments such as Japanese straightening. The studio’s services extend beyond hair, though: Lam’s cofounder, Josephine Xu, is an aesthetician and makeup artist. She and her staff can rejuvenate faces with treatments powered by vitamin C, caviar, or lasers. They also can buff fine lines and age spots from skin with microdermabrasion, whose ultrafine crystals would otherwise have to adorn the rings of newlywed mayflies.
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.
At Essential Spa, the only essential requirement is that clients relax. The space aims to serve as a retreat from the bustle of city life, offering treatments that pamper guests from head to toe. Swedish or warm stone massages ease aches, while mani-pedis rejuvenate hands and feet worn out from hours of typing. A variety of facials cleanse the skin with natural ingredients such as ginseng, seaweed, and tea tree oil. But an emphasis on enjoyment doesn't mean the spa eschews advanced methods—body wraps employ microwaves and heat to smooth out cellulite, and permanent makeup applications enhance natural beauty with lasting pigments.
The epidermal experts of Skin Station possess the skills and professional products required to banish almost any skin imperfection they encounter. Clients can browse a menu of more than 30 facial treatments to find the one that best targets their face's unique issues, then bask in even more individualized care as aestheticians tailor each regimen to suit their skin type. Serums from Clarins Paris, Dr. Oasis, and G.M. Collin delve deep into tissues to hydrate, heal, and break up bacteria house parties, and more advanced treatments, ranging from chemical peels to 24-karat gold facials, forge speedy results. For the rest of the body, waxing services go hand-in-hand with LHE hair-removal treatments to leave skin smooth and fuzz-free.