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.
When Dr. W. Mark Warfel was in high school, his talent as a sculptor earned him a scholarship to art school. In addition to learning the finer points of color and composition in his studio-art classes, he pursued a premed degree. After college came medical school, followed by multiple residencies, and today he's a plastic surgeon with his own practice.
Dr. Warfel's background, like the baking-soda volcano Michelangelo glued to the Sistine Chapel, represents the intersection of art and science. He uses what he learned in both fields to craft new looks for patients. He also continues to refine his techniques to ensure safe, minimally invasive procedures. His face-lifts, for instance, leave smaller scars than ones using traditional methods. Patients can also opt for nonsurgical services, such as laser skin resurfacing, to achieve fresher, more youthful-looking complexions with little downtime.
Sunlight filters in through Scandalous Hair Studio & Spa’s two walls of windows, illuminating the intimate boutique so that it stands out amid the other neighborhood stores. Perched on the corner, the all-purpose salon and spa greets visitors with an exposed brick wall that gives way to a row of styling stations where stylists pace around salon chairs as they plan out customized haircuts and color treatments.
Just a few yards away but a world removed from the lively bustle of the salon floor, aestheticians stationed in private treatment rooms cultivate glowing complexions with Wilma Schumann skincare products. Among the most popular spa services, aromatherapy massages melt away stress, and European facials fight signs of aging, acne, and embarrassing face-plant dives off the Eiffel Tower.
Red Clover Massage and Medi Spa's staff members rely on both traditional bodywork treatments and modern cosmetic technology as they help rejuvenate clients. The licensed massage therapist seeks out signs of tension in muscles and then unfurl the knots by employing various techniques, including Swedish, deep-tissue, medical massage, and aromatherapy. To help counteract the skin-ravaging effects of time, the licensed medical esthetician offers anti-aging facials and microdermabrasion treatments, which can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and pigmented blemishes. Meanwhile, clients looking to shorten their morning makeup routines can enlist the staff's permanent makeup services, allowing the estheticians to use permanent pigments to fill in brows, add eyeliner, or replace eyelashes with miniature fiber optic cables.
Most popular services: Chemical peels, radio frequency fat reduction
Brands Used: Rosa Graf, Skin PCA, Dermed, Matrix, Wilma Schumann
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
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Only the latest and most sophisticated technology is in use at Body Factory Skin Care, where the staff draws on FDA-approved laser technology to remove hair. Along with laser hair removal, the skincare center also beautifies clients with with noninvasive facial treatments such as microdermabrasion sessions and 20-minute microZone facials that extract gunk from clogged pores and add extra moisture to skin before trips.