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Raquel New York
86 Walker St., Floor 6, Tribeca
Hidden on the top floor of a charmingly old building in Tribeca is this sleek skin studio (the elevator opens directly into an airy, high-ceilinged, all-white oasis), where Raquel Medina-Cleghorn’s roster of famous clients go for sculpting, high-tech, skin-reviving facials and body treatments. Medina-Cleghorn employs ultrasound, intra oral massage, microchanneling, LED photobiomodulation, and more to bring skin to life. She herself is a calming presence, and her tattoos and personal aesthetic are striking (her background in fashion and styling is obvious). When you walk out, the difference in your skin is noticeable.
Marina Massage Therapy
409 W 48th St., Hell’s Kitchen
Sought after for her lymphatic drainage massage that models and actors swear by before big events, Baratashvili has been practicing body work for almost 40 years. The native Georgian studied acupuncture and massage in China, worked with the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi to ensure the dancers felt strong and fluid, and now tends to her roster of clients in New York City, Greenwich, Conn, and the Hamptons. Her method is intuitive—her hands can exert break-you-in-half pressure or flutter ever so gently; her treatments for face and body feel utterly heavenly—and the way she sculpts, eases fascial tension, and invigorates muscles is truly incredible.
The Skin Lab Augustinus Bader
29 Greene St., 6th Floor, Soho
You will without a doubt leave feeling and looking completely rejuvenated. The Skin Lab evokes a ramped up version of what you feel slathering on The Rich Cream (or any other totally amazing Augustinus Bader product) - luxurious, refined, and completely innovative. Located at the intersection of indulgence and science, The Skin Lab is complete with the classic Augustinus Bader blue, copper detailing, and the most high tech facials. You start off with a skin consultation with an expert and choose your preferred treatment. We love the Ultimate Facial which combines customized skincare picks, exfoliation, micro current, oxygen therapy, ultrasound, and LED - all completely tailored to your skin’s needs. Even better, they have a three treatment approach to help you find the best route for your glowiest skin ever.
Le Parlour
245 Fifth Ave. Ste 12, 3rd floor, Nomad
This Black- and woman-owned spa is known for its almost-unbelievable results, whether you’re getting a basic microdermabrasion or a more serious laser treatment. The secret? The staff personalizes a plan for every client, to tackle truly any skin issue. It’s sleek and modern and filled with high tech tools in a way that feels very French (the founder was inspired by her time living in Paris). You leave with clearer, smoother skin and more informed about skin than ever.
Ora Acupuncture Studio
9 E 4th St., Noho
Ora makes acupuncture (and cupping and facials) feel incredibly luxurious. The cozy brick and clean-lined marble interiors are punctuated by an impressive wall of shelves full of healing herbs and tonics. The 75 minute acupuncture facial starts with a health assessment and facial mapping, so the aesthetician can customize the facial, which always includes some combination of acupuncture, gua sha, microcurrent, lymphatic massage, and an adaptogenic tonic. You leave noticeably sculpted—and glowing from the inside out.
Aman New York
730 5th Ave., Upper East Side
A giant indoor lap pool set about with cushy chaises is where you wait for your treatments at this sleek, chic, Bergdorf- and Central-Park adjacent hotel and spa. They offer just about everything: Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling, total health resets with functional doctors, sessions with visiting wellness leaders, special “Banya Houses” where couples or groups can spend the day getting treatments together, access to plastic surgery services, vitamin and NAD infusions, cryo-therapy, and much, much more. The Advanced Aman Facial, which uses all Aman products specially made in Japan, combines ultrasonic exfoliation, electric muscle stimulation, face and scalp massage, cryo bulbs, a marine mineral mask, and Aman x 111Skin Nourishing Gold Algae hydrogel face and eye masks for the glow of your life.