New York: Facials
501 Fifth Ave. 212-949-2350
Regular price: $250 for 60 minutes ($150 more with Joanna Vargas)
InStyle deal: $200/$320
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2013 InStyle Beauty Black Book Pick
Within minutes of arriving at the small spa opposite the main branch of the New York Public Library, our veteran tester realized “this wasn’t going to be one of those relaxing facials where you can zone out in near darkness.” Nope. Vargas offers serious reshaping facials in her brightly lit offices. Take her Triple Crown version, for example: The pro employs high-tech gadgets, like a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion tool that removes dead skin cells via suction. To tone the face, there’s a microcurrent device, which emits electric pulses to rev up circulation and flush away fluids for an immediately firmer look. After one side of the face is done, the results are easy to see. “One cheekbone appeared to be sitting higher—the other cheek looked bloated and undefined,” said our reporter. A stream of oxygen all over the face delivered a refreshing finish to the experience.
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