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At Salon Blue and Spa in Mineola, the (Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

At Salon Blue and Spa in Mineola, the Organic Passion Fruit Peptide Peel ends with a neck, shoulders and decollete massage. (March 27, 2013)

Rejuvenating facials at Long Island spas


After a loooong, cold winter, it's the right time for a refresher course -- we're talking about your face. Skin gets dull, congested and D-R-Y during the colder months, and a facial is a wonderful rejuvenator.
But there's a lot going on in the world of skin care, and it seems that the days of the very basic facial are virtually extinct. So to learn about some variations on the theme, we went under the steam, the stone, the cream and, eeks, even the razor. And besides the relaxing, pampering experience (some more relaxing and pampering than others), the greatest benefit of all is beautiful, healthy skin.

A series of Aveda products are on display
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A series of Aveda products are on display at Spa Adriana in downtown Huntington where a customer's particular facial is determined by whatever Chakra card the customer chooses. The cards symbolize different states of mind such as grounded, harmony, nourished and intent. (March 19, 2013)

Esthetician Eva Gruosso stands in a treatment room
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Esthetician Eva Gruosso stands in a treatment room at Spa Adriana in Huntingon Village that uses Chakra cards to determine facial treatments. (March 19, 2013)

Chakra cards with words such as grounded, harmony,
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Chakra cards with words such as grounded, harmony, nourished, and intent, are laid face up in front of a series of Aveda products at Spa Adriana in downtown Huntington. (March 19, 2013)

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At Spa Adriana in Huntington, patrons pick one
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At Spa Adriana in Huntington, patrons pick one of about seven Chakra cards that determines their facial type. The cards are labeled with words such as grounded, harmony, nourished and intent. Esthetician Eva Gruosso holds the card for Harmony. (March 19, 2013)

At nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset, esthetician
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At nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset, esthetician Janneth Naula wraps hot towels around a client's face before starting to remove the masque in the 60-minute Fitness Facial for Men. (March 27, 2013)

At nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset esthetician
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At nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset esthetician Janneth Naula gives a customer the 60-minute Fitness Facial for Men that includes a gentle shoulder, head and neck massage. Final touches, after warm towels and removing the masque, are moisturizer and eye cream. (March 27, 2013)

At nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset, the
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

At nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset, the Fitness Facial for Men costs $110 and takes 60 minutes. It begins with a thorough cleansing, then various applications for nourishing the skin and to exfoliate it, and is followed by a hydrating berry masque. (March 27, 2013)

Red Hots Day Spa in Rosyln offers a
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Red Hots Day Spa in Rosyln offers a facial treatment called "Shaving Face Plus o2," which centers on "dermaplaning," in which a special razor with rounded edges is run over the skin for exfoliation. (March 19, 2013)

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Owner Elaine Bezold gives the Shaving Face Plus
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Owner Elaine Bezold gives the Shaving Face Plus o2 facial to a client at Red Hots Day Spa in Rosyln which includes a neck and face massage. (March 19, 2013)

At Red Hots Day Spa in Rosyln, one
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At Red Hots Day Spa in Rosyln, one of the steps toward the end of the Shaving Face Plus o2 treatment is the running of a high-frequency wand over a client's face to soothe the face and help increase the absorbtion of the creams. (March 19, 2013)

Owner Elaine Bezold pampers a client at Red
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Owner Elaine Bezold pampers a client at Red Hots Day Spa in Rosyln while she waits in the lounge for her treatment where patrons can wait there before and after treatment with healthy snacks and tea available. (March 19, 2013)

At Salon Blue and Spa in Mineola, the
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

At Salon Blue and Spa in Mineola, the Organic Passion Fruit Peptide Peel ends with a neck, shoulders and decollete massage. (March 27, 2013)

At Salon Blue in Mineola, an esthetician wraps
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At Salon Blue in Mineola, an esthetician wraps a cold towel around a client's face after the final masque is removed which cools down the face. (March 27, 2013)

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The Organic Passion Fruit Peptide Peel at Salon
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The Organic Passion Fruit Peptide Peel at Salon Blue in Mineola includes a scalp, neck and shoulder massage that is administered while the masque is setting. After the masque is removed, the face is wrapped in a cold towel. (March 27, 2013)

At Salon Blue in Mineola, an esthetician swabs
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At Salon Blue in Mineola, an esthetician swabs on an organic passionfruit peptide peel. Later in the treatment she'll apply a soothing organic masque with chamomile, aloe, green tea calendula, and olive oil extract. (March 27, 2013)

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