March 8, 2017

Treat Yourself: The Best Luxury Facials in New York City

 

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.

 


Erno Laszlo

Best Facials in NYC - Erno Laszlo

Best Facials in NYC - Erno Laszlo

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


 Aida Bicaj

 Best Facials in NYC - Aida Bicaj

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

Joanna Vargas

Best Facials in NYC - Joanna Vargas

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


Georgia LouiseBest Facials in NYC - Georgia LouiseBest Facials in NYC - Georgia Louise

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

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22 comments

  • sasa

    It looks amazing:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Beautiful! Merci for sharing these wonderl places for beauty facials. 🙂

    ❤LA BIJOUX BELLA❤ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Laurel

    Hi would you please include prices of all these services? Do they have websites I can peruse? I understand that you love their facials, how about their products? Do you feel they pushed their products just to sell? Do you actually use their products? What did they recommend for a skincare routine? (Same as yours?). Sorry for the 10000 questions, I feel the same I invest in my skin more than a good handbag or shoes. So I’m heavily interested in this post. Once I cut dairy out of my diet, my skin has never glowed as much. A mixture of healthy eating and diet are big!!!! Thank you so much for being so forthcoming and sharing. xoxo

    • Helena

      Hey Laurel! I just updated all with prices. Hope that helps! Also, each place is linked above (if you click on the name above each photo).

      I never find them to be pushy with their products. I use a wide range of products, some from the above companies and some others.

      xo,
      Helena

  • Megan

    Alright between this post and a recent post by Caroline Hirons I am convinced. I have never had a professional facial (didn’t want to drop the cash and become an addict), but here is a facialist here in Dallas I have been dying to try. I have made the appointment.

    Wish me luck!

  • Lauren

    I agree, it’s so hard finding a great facialist. Love all the sound of these tho! x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • Kathy Mannino

    I have had the SAME issue with jawline breakouts, but (unluckily for me) mine started when I was just two months pregnant and has YET to clear up for a long period of time! The things we do for our children…

  • Kimberley

    Any readers have a suggestion for a facialist in Boston?

  • Mireia

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

  • Wholl

    These look so cute! I love the color x , thanks for sharing xxx You will like to see more fun from here.

  • Aria Di Bari

    All of those places look amazing, I have to check about these!

    http://ariadibari.com

  • Alexa williams

    I love a good facial! Thanks for all the recommendations. I’ll be sure to check them out the next time I’m in NYC! ❤️

  • Alexa williams

    I love a good facial! Thanks for all the recommendations. I’ll be sure to check them out the next time I’m in NYC! ❤️

    http://www.muselifestylestudio.com

  • CER

    Maybe I need to try Joanna Vargas again, but I found it to be completely over-hyped! I really love Ling Skincare. There are two locations, but I’ve only been to the Union Square one. They are on the more affordable end of the spectrum – I’ve spent anywhere from $300-$500, depending on what I was having done. I’ve seen multiple aestheticians and they are all EXTREMELY thorough. Really worth checking out! They keep later hours, so it’s great for an after work visit.

    • Helena

      Hi Cer,

      Oh! Never tried Ling but will definitely put them on my radar.

      And sorry to hear your experience at JV wasn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. If you give them another shot, ask for Liz!

  • cheryl

    Anyone have facial recommendations in SF or Santa rosa/ napa area?????

  • Stick War

    So chic and effortless! It’s so you! Love the trench!
    xx

  • Kim phAm

    Love your rêsrch

  • Briana

    The Erno Laszlo membership is such a great deal! But, Aida Bicaj’s space is probably the most beautiful place I can imagine getting a facial.

    Briana
    http://www.youngsophisticate.com

  • MICHAEL

    Looks so Beautiful!!! Definitely Worth it!

    KANTILAKI JEWELERS
    http://KANTILAKI.COM

  • Deelisa sacco

    Loved the article- so inspiring to read about wonderful aestheticians offering treatments clients benefit from & adore. Thank you. Warm Regards, DeeLisa ps Federico Lupo is my friend & stylist😘🌴

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