Smooth skin is like freshly frosted birthday cake: it looks so delicious that no one cares how old you are. Flaunt face cakes with today's Groupon: for $45, you get one microdermabrasion with a collagen mask or one mini facial with a lactic peel and collagen mask at Madlen's Aesthetics on West End Avenue (up to a $165 value).
Madlen's masterful aestheticians perform silkifying skin services in a sleek, relaxing studio with wood floors, modern furniture, and a comfortable waiting area. Employing the gentle application of diamond tips, the microdermabrasion treatment works to wear away defunct skin cells ($140). This treatment can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, sun-dried tomatoes, scarring, and other blemishes. As these tiny diamonds swirl around like a pack of silver sprites armed with sanding machines, new skin is brought to the surface that is polished, silky, and radiant.
Clients that opt for the mini facial are treated to a quick-cleansing, deep-conditioning, and exfoliating treatment ($55). The lactic peel contains lactic acid, which is mild and preferable for sensitive skin ($25). Slowly working into the top layer of skin, it enlivens elastic fibers for a dermal yoga session and fosters the multiplication of new collagen in deeper layers. This peel is effective in much the same way as the microdermabrasion in that it diminishes hyperpigmentation, mild acne scars, and skin imperfections. Assisting in both sexy skin procedures is a face-firming collagen mask, which replaces collagen that has been lost in your face’s melancholy caverns throughout the years as well as the Alf laserdisc that was borrowed by your forehead ages ago ($25).