The Best Facials In NYC, According To Us
Get your pores cleaned like a NYLON editor
Unless you are Arya Stark, you will only get one face in this life. That face will be with you through the good times and the bad—and unfortunately, all that tends to show up on your skin. As editors in New York City, we spend our days squinting at computer screens and our nights staying out way too late, neither of which leads to the glowing complexions we'd like to post on Instagram. So it should go without saying that we A) take our skin-care routines very seriously and B) tend to outsource our skin care to professionals. Turns out, most of our editorial team has a secret go-to facial or a new favorite that they turn to when things get a little rough around the edges.
Ahead, we're revealing our favorite spots to hit up when we need help with our, um, spots. Click through for our beauty secrets, spilled.
Photo courtesy of Joanna Vargas
"Joanna Vargas's Triple Crown Facial is the kind of treatment that beauty editors and celebrities alike whisper to each other about. Collagen and elastic production are stimulated using microcurrent technology, which causes a kind of nonsurgical facelift–no, really. The aestheticians who do this treatment will sometimes show you when they're halfway done so you can see the difference it makes, and it's truly mind-blowing. I've done this a couple of times when I'm feeling particularly haggard and it gets rid of fine lines, makes my eyes look wider, and my skin overall brighter and clearer. Despite the sciencey sounding name, there's nothing scary about this treatment—it feels really nice. Basically someone just very slowly rubs a two-pronged metal thing (okay, a very fancy microcurrent machine) over your whole face, and it feels like a massage. If looking tired is your skin-care concern, I can't recommend this enough." —Gabrielle Korn, digital editorial director
Photo courtesy of Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa
Photo courtesy of Dangene
"I first went to see Samantha Wright at Dangene in 2014 when my skin decided that I was to suddenly develop severe adult acne. She convinced me not to go on Accutane, and after a few sessions, she also convinced me to put her in charge of my face. Samantha is the only person who has been able to get my acne under control, with a strict product regimen that I always regret deviating from, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, oxygen treatments, light therapy, and the most thorough extractions you can imagine. Make no mistake: This isn't a spa in the traditional sense. Facials here aren't what you'd call relaxing; the extractions are so intense that it can be quite painful. And you don't leave looking so hot, either—this is a long-term solution, not an immediate results sort of thing. But over time, what they do here really does clear up your acne, and if you use only what they tell you to, it'll stay clear. Samantha also taught me a lot about how to take care of my face on my own, which involves not picking at it, ever. That was hard for me, but now that I rarely to never try to pop my own zits and go to Dangene regularly, I pretty much only break out when I have my period or am really stressed." —GK
Photo courtesy of Skin Laundry
Photo by Talia Levinas
Photo courtesy of NY Dermatology Group
"The Triad Facial at NY Dermatology Group is the closest thing to magic that's ever happened on my face—very, very expensive magic. This quick three-step facial involves microdermabrasion, a laser, and a chemical peel, and I walk out of the office looking like a yoga-loving vegan who gets eight hours of sleep a night and doesn't sweat the small stuff (I am none of those things). It also, as promised, improves the quality of your skin over the course of a few days, so while day one is amazing, by day three you're pretty much ready for anything. Because this short treatment is pricey, I reserve this for special occasions, like New York Fashion Week, but it's totally worth it. It's really hard to find a facial with instant results; usually, you're kind of red or puffy or, at the very least, a little too dewy with some sort of fragrant oil, but not so with the Triad. A ton of celebrities do this right before the red carpet, so don't just take it from me." —GK