Above image courtesy of Georgia Louise
Much like finding a great colorist or stylist, finding a great facialist is an intimidating task. After all, it is our face that we’re talking about and after experiencing some traumatizing facials in my day, I don’t trust my face to just anyone. For me, a facial is less about the relaxation process (although it usually is!) and more about the skin maintenance process. I want the facialist to do what I can’t do at home-extractions, micro, and all the bells and whistles. Give me all of it! Whenever I’m lucky enough to get one, my skin literally glows for weeks. I need less makeup (if any at all), fewer skincare products and I just look so much better.
These places are not cheap and I do apologize for that, but I can promise you, I recommend each of these places with full blown confidence. These are not frilly facials, but the real deal. Truth be told, I’d rather skip buying a pair of shoes or a handbag and invest in great skincare maintenance. With that being said, I am currently working on a part two to this series that will feature places that won’t break the bank.
Just keep in mind, if you’re planning to get a facial before an event, make sure you get it a couple of days prior. It’s likely that you’ll be red for a few days, but your skin will look its best by day 2-4.
Where: South Village (382 West Broadway; 212-300-4111)
How Much? Erno offers a yearly membership for $4,200, allowing members to come in every 3 weeks. For a facial a la carte, the cost is $425. For those who choose to go the membership route, you’re also able to pay in installments. Another amazing perk, with each membership, you get three Bespoke Facials to gift to someone else.
I had a facial at Erno two weeks ago (some of you might have caught it on instastories) and my glowing face was reminded of why I love this place so much. My appointment began with a skin analysis and then the facial was customized based on my specific skin needs.
I walked in with hormonal breakouts all along my jawline (a horribly annoying issue I’ve been plagued with since I stopped breastfeeding) and after a microdermabrasion treatment and a light peel, my facialist took the time to meticulously clean out my congested pores to prevent any future breakouts and finished it with hyper frequency an oxygen treatment and LED light therapy.
Star Product: Erno Laszlo White Marble Double Cleanse Duo and White Marble Essence Lotion
Interior design & photos courtesy of: Claudia Giselle Design LLC
Where: Upper East Side (30 East 67th Street, fifth floor; 212-861-1007).
How Much? A facial with Aida is $640; with another associate it’s $300-$450, depending on what facial you choose.
Aida Bicaj was my first foray into “fancy facials” and it was the start of something dangerous (in the best possible way). I discovered Aida shortly after I discovered Biologique Recherche P50, after reading that she primarily uses the Biologique line throughout the entire treatment. After that bit, I also found out that it was Jenna Lyons favorite place and I was further sold. It was after leaving my first appointment, that I began to understand why some women become obsessed with skincare maintenance that goes beyond their at-home routine. An appointment with Aida herself is a small fortune (these days, it’s over $600!!), but since that visit, I’ve seen her other associates and have been equally as impressed.
Star Product: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970
Where: Midtown East (501 Fifth Avenue @42nd street; 212-949-2350
How Much: A facial with Joanna is $500; with one of her associates, it’s $250-$300, depending on what you choose.
After years of hearing the hype, I finally treated myself to their signature Triple Crown Facial after hearing Keiko rave about it. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than having a friend you trust, especially in the skincare department, be the guinea pig. After I left, I understood what the hype was about. The Triple Crown is a micro-current facial that enhance the contours of your face, drain puffiness and enhance elasticity. It’s basically a non-invasive mini facelift.
Star Product: Joanna Vargas Euphoria Face Mask
Images courtesy: Georgia Louise
Where: Upper East Side (114 East 71st Street; 212-472-1400).
How Much: $600+ dollars (and a heck of a long wait list) for Louise herself, or $300+, for one of her associates.
It’s the combination of state of the art technology and holistic methods that make Georgia Louise an industry and celebrity favorite (hellooo Emma Stone). All of her treatments, tailored to each clients specific skin needs, will naturally lift cheekbones and brows, de-puff and soften fine lines through multiple high tech devices from microneedling to micro-current.
Star Product(s): Georgia Louise Signature Line