I love a great spa treatment. In fact, one of the last times I made a New Year’s resolution it involved having regular spa treatments, as part of my overall wellness goals. Even though I have a pretty extensive at-home skincare regimen, it’s a good idea to incorporate regular professional treatments since the products available to spas are often stronger and more efficacious that what is available to consumers. Recently, I had the opportunity to try a Lightening Peel at Skin Bar NYC.
Despite the Columbus Day Parade gods conspiring to make me miss my appointment (closed streets, regulated street crossings (for those not in the know, that means not being able to even walk across the street at many intersections), dodging lost tourists and bobbing in and out of practicing parade participants), when I entered the spa I immediately felt relaxed. After completing a form regarding my general health, prescriptions, allergies, etc., my aesthetician, Jessi, led me back to the treatment room.
She started the treatment, by applying a cleanser to my skin, followed by a “degreaser”, to remove any trace oils from my face. She then began inspecting my skin to see if there were any special concerns, areas to avoid, etc. I was pleased when Jessi advised that my skin was in very good condition, balanced, but perhaps a but dehydrated – a very accurate assessment. She also asked me several questions about what types of lasers, peels, etc. I may have had in the past and how my skin reacted to them.
Based on my specific skincare concerns, Jessi mixed a custom peel that included retinol, kojic acid and plant-derived stem cells to help with anti-aging. The peel stayed on my face for 5-7 minutes. During this time, Jessi fanned my face to both ensure my comfort and to also help activate the peel. She then applied a neutralizer, to “deactivate” the peel, followed by a vitamin C hydrating mask. While I relaxed, Jessi left the room momentarily to get a hot towel to wrap around my face. The treatment was capped off with a relaxing hand massage, a hydrating SPF and some lip balm. Before departing Jessi reminded me to not exfoliate my skin for the next five days and wear SPF.
So far, I have seen some mild peeling around my mouth (as Jessi predicted), since that is an area of the face where there is a lot of movement (from talking). Looking forward to seeing my final results in a few days. I would highly recommend Skin Bar NYC. The staff was friendly, professional and efficient. I’m already trying to figure out when I can get back to try out one of their “Forever Young” (anti-aging focused) treatments like a Photo Facial.
FYI, Spa Week, the semi-annual event when hundreds of spas, fitness and wellness facilities, from across the country, make select full-service treatments available for only $50, takes place October 17-23 (next week!). Skin Bar NYC is one of the participating spas.
Disclaimer: I received this treatment for free. However, this in no way obligated me to write about the experience. As always, the opinions expressed in my posts are my own.