West Village Health & Beauty
327 West 11th St., West Village, New York City
Founder Angela Jia Kim incorporates the Korean beauty rituals she grew up with into every therapy, focusing on thorough cleansing and massage for “mul-gwang,” the Korean concept of luminous, dewy skin. The Skin Clinic facial is an over-the-top session of peels, LED lights, microcurrent, and ultrasound to firm and sculpt. During the Champagne Couture treatment, microdermabrasion removes dead cells, while antioxidants derived from champagne are applied to skin, along with a radiance-restoring fruit enzyme peel. You walk out with soothed, happy, noticeably improved skin. (Bonus: The spa hosts a Korean beauty master class.)
41 Perry St., West Village
Sadie Adams’s unique therapeutic approach is designed to help clients tease energy and vitality out from within. Her technique stems from her studies in anatomy at the School for Body-Mind Centering and in Ayurveda and yoga therapy at the Ayurvedic Institute. She founded Take Care Face & Body in New York City and recently opened a second location, Take Care Center for Body Mind Regeneration, in Santa Monica. Adams combines science, ancient wisdom, and intuitive awareness to support physical and spiritual healing. Her therapies include microcurrent facials, a restorative therapy that stimulates marma points on your face, promoting deep relaxation and healing throughout your entire body.
Integral Yoga Institute NYC
227 W 13th St., West Village
This beloved neighborhood center for spiritual nourishment is connected to one of the best health-food stores in the West Village. Varied yoga classes take place in sun-filled studios, all with gorgeous wood floors—the vibe of the place is more beautifully rustic than polished: Yoga and Qigong focuses on harnessing energy to your advantage, while Yoga for Arthritic and Chronic Pain teaches self-soothing techniques.There are also incredible workshops (topics range from eye health to the importance of eating seasonally to how to how to give a Thai massage), and the wellness spa offers cranial therapy, acupuncture, myofascial release, spiritual counseling, and more—and there’s an excellent book alcove-boutique that sells blankets, stones, mats, and grounding yoga paraphernalia.
238 W. 10th St., West Village
CAP stands for "clean and pure," which describes everything you'll find at this tightly curated shop in the West Village. The gang's all here as far as clean beauty brands go—they carry Kjaer Weis, Odacité, Tata Harper, and a great selection of dusts and potions from brands like Moon Juice, Four Sigma Foods, and Urban Moonshine. They're also known for excellent facials—for a holistic anti-aging package, look at the CAP Lift, a series of facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatments that takes place over several weeks.
315 Bleecker St., West Village
This family-owned beauty company was founded in Bordeaux, so their entire approach to beauty is grounded in a less-is-more, great-skin-first approach that feels very French. They're famous for a menu of super-relaxing facials—which can be selected to target anti-aging, radiance (and correcting), firming, moisture, and detoxification—but their New York boutiques also offer three body treatments, like a Bordeaux-inspired vine wrap. We're also partial to their express facials, which, at just a half hour, can easily be squeezed into a lunch break; pretty clutch for their new, office-convenient location in the Financial District .
346 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village
In a city flooded with Duane Reades, this neighborhood pharmacy is a standout. The pharmacists are the friendliest around and know their stuff, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice. You’ll also find great alternative health products, cosmetics, and vitamins.
34 Gansevoort St., Meatpacking District
The haircuts here are expensive, but it is a worthwhile, once-in-a-lifetime treat. Orlando Pita and his staff have created the looks behind many a fashion show, editorial shoot, and ad campaign: In other words, they know what they're doing, and will arguably give you the best cut of your life.
23 Jones St., West Village
Jin Soon Choi, the fashion world's go-to for nails, has taken her tiny nail (and wax) salons to the next level. Each mani and pedi is more like a mini spa treatment for your hands and feet, with a menu of massages, essential oil and hydrating treatments to choose from. Her technicians are great, the space is lowkey, and blessedly low-tech (no vibrating massage chairs, here), and she has a five-free line of polishes, too (goop did a collab with her). There are also locations on the UES, in the East Village, and Tribeca.
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