When I was in NYC for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the original Mario Badescu spa in Midtown East at 320 East 52nd Street, 2nd Avenue is the closest cross street.
The spa is located in the same space is always has been, but they have been taking over more space in the building as it becomes available, so it’s a bit spread out, but there is always someone to show you the way. Each aesthetician moves between two private rooms during your visit – as you are steaming, she is applying a facial mask across the hall, that sort of thing. Trust me, you never wait longer than your treatment for your aesthetician to come back in and finish your facial.
I had the European facial, which features a through cleansing, a steam, extractions, and at least two masks typed for your individual skin. It was comfortable, relaxing, and I left feeling like my face had never felt better – and the extractions didn’t hurt a bit. Nor was my face red and puffy when I left (which has happened many, many times at other spas).
A standard facial will only cost you $65 (how is that possible in NYC? They are more expensive here in Virginia Beach, and not nearly as good), and you can add on treatments such as a seaweed treatment ($35), a ginko-collagen treatment ($30), or an alpha peeling treatment ($20), among many others. You can find the entire list of add-on treatments on their facial page.
My aesthetician recommended the Vitamin C treatment, which is full of anti-oxidants and excellent for preventing the signs of aging. While I don’t have many visible signs of aging, I’m most interested in keeping it that way. My skin looked noticeably brighter, and I took home the Vitamin C Serum and the Rose Hips Mask to keep the goodness coming. Reviews of those will be posted soon.
If you’re in the city, and are interested in fantastic skin care, call the Mario Badescu Spa at (212) 758.1065 to schedule an appointment. I promise you that you simply will not regret it.
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