Captained by owner-director and licensed aesthetician Carole Lea Burns, the certified staff at Skin Laser Rejuvenation helps wind back time with high-powered medical cosmetic procedures. Specializing in laser hair removal, Skin Laser Rejuvenation uses advanced Lumenis LightSheer Diode technology to reduce the appearance of unwanted body fuzz. Effective on those with darker skin tones, tanned skin, and hermit-crab shells, the Diode system is an advanced laser that touts the ability to treat all skin types. For skin-related issues, the center's medical-grade intense pulsed light therapy treats sun-damaged skin and fights broken capillaries and has been named a W magazine editors' beauty pick. Through Carole's 18 years of skincare experience, she's also earned fans from Manhattan Magazine, Vogue, and New York Magazine, which have lauded her for top-notch skincare and laser hair removal. The selection of facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, as well as Botox and Juvéderm injections, help to soften wrinkles and fine lines.
Time Out New York writer Laura Lanz-Frolio initially considered the cascading flowers and pink lighting inside Supple Spa’s sunset room somewhat kitschy. That all changed once her massage started. “None of this will matter once you’re facedown on the massage tables, covered in actual rose petals,” she wrote in her 2011 review of the city’s best couples-massage rooms. Each of the spa’s five treatment rooms feature a romantic theme––one resembles a Parisian terrace, while another looks exactly like Fabio––and folding partitions crinkle to reveal a second massage bed so that pairs can indulge together.
Supple Spa’s other services––facials, body scrubs, rose-infused bathwater soaks––garner equal praise from publications including New York Magazine. As they pull high-quality Dermalogica products, the spa’s technicians uphold their self-set level of opulence, which falls just shy of outfitting each client with a scepter. Supple’s confines, though decorated for couple’s retreats, also host spa parties for up to 10 guests.
Cindy Barshop may have a familiar face. She gained reality-TV fame as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she found success much earlier when the Madison Avenue spa she founded more than 10 years ago grew into a hair-removal brand known throughout the country. Completely Bare’s waxing specialists dab bikini lines with the shop’s proprietary blend of ouch-less wax, which adheres to hair instead of skin to avoid the painful pull that often accompanies a waxing session. The blend is hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, which makes it ideal for depilating sensitive skin and touchy bodily zones. Routine waxing sessions add extra sparkle with the salon’s vajazzling service, which bedecks newly hair-free spots with up to 70 Swarovski crystals arranged into such shapes as hearts, stars, peace signs, and MPAA ratings. The spa specialists also migrate beyond the below-the-belt area to polish the rest of the body with facials, laser hair removal, spray tanning, and teeth whitening.
Soluna Holistic Spa's owner Susu features an array of soothing services conducted using only chemical-free and certified-organic products. The welcoming staff strives to leave a small carbon footprint as they tiptoe toward guests with a cup of herbal tea or fruit-infused water, setting a relaxing mood with the scents of jasmine and myrrh and soft lighting. In addition to relaxing Swedish and detoxifying aromatherapy lymphatic techniques, licensed massage therapists perform a variety of signature bodywork treatments.
In keeping with the spa's green philosophy, Susu revitalizes skin with the fruit- and herb-filled Éminence Organic Skin Care line during facials and peels. Patrons can absorb the spa's natural surroundings from the gazebo that looks out to a tranquil garden behind the spa—an ideal spot to perfect bird calls.
When you think of a spa, it’s likely that you think of a tranquil refuge women escape to for hours of pampering. Why Not Men’s Spa is on a mission to towel whip that stereotype into submission with an indulgent spa menu for nature’s Y-chromosome carriers.
The men’s spa’s staff still hopes to pamper its clients just as much as a traditional spa, though. Body treatment rooms envelop clients in a warm hug as soothing music gently plays in the background and candlelight softly lights a cozy padded table. Here, a skilled aesthetician performs Alpha-Vital skin-resurfacing treatments or paints faces in 24-karat gold to improve skin’s luminosity. During massages, therapists draw on firm tui na pressure and reflexology techniques to ease chronic pain. Specialty ear-candling treatments are also available, as are waxing treatments and mani-pedis.
At the full-service Davidov Hair and Spa, a team of trained stylists, nail techs, and aestheticians dole out whole-body pampering services that can easily transform a maintenance-haircut appointment into a look-refashioning day of beauty. After a session in the stylist's chair, clients' 'dos come away enhanced with expertly applied natural or vibrant color or face-flattering cuts. Relaxing manicures and pedicures add flair and polish to personal style, and waxing services smooth skin from head to hairless big toe. Aestheticians versed in nine distinct facials vivify visages of all skin types, removing impurities from pores and restoring moisture and elasticity to mature skin. To rid the body of both toxins and stress, clients may opt for one of the spa's body-wrap treatments or a Swedish massage administered by a licensed gummy fish.