Winter doldrums have set in — your face feels like sandpaper and it’s time for a little pampering. And why not? A number of top beauty spots are offering good deals on facial treatments that will lift your spirits and brighten your mood (along with your skin).
“February is an ideal time to invest in your skin,” says Marissa Waller, the owner of Aurum Rose, a “clean beauty” boutique in Cold Spring Harbor dedicated to natural beauty products. “You can start to undo all the damage and dehydration from the long winter months” and look forward to the seasonal weather ahead. Nothing like a little help from your friends, adds Elaine Bezold, co-owner of Red Hots Spa in Roslyn. “The winter is rough on skin and a good facial can really help rejuvenate.” Best news of all? There is no downtime with any of these treatments, so you can go right back to work or off to the world.
MICROCURRENT FACIAL, Cold Spring Harbor
THE DEAL $125 (regularly $150) during February; 60 minutes
WHERE Aurum Rose, 143 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor; 631-498-6222, aurumrose.com
Tucked inside the second floor of this whitewashed historical building is the ultimate treatment room, awash in pale pink with a view of the woods that feels like you’ve been transported to an exclusive European spa.
The newest add to the shop, which specializes in natural makeup and skin-care products, is The Lift, a microcurrent facial that involves two antennae-like wands (negative and positive with a current running through them) and conductive gloves with metal threads to stimulate facial muscles.
The goal is muscle re-education (as in, lift) or muscle relaxation (fine line reduction). After cleansing and adding skin-specific serums, wands are swizzled over strategic points on the face and neck. You’ll feel the buzz — if you’re sensitive, know that the frequency is adjustable.
The shocker, ahem, comes at the end, when aesthetician Chris Byrnes reveals before and after shots that should actually show some lift, although a series of these treatments are recommended for a cumulative effect.
VITAMIN ALGINATE MASK FACIAL, Woodbury
THE DEAL $75 (regularly $150) during February; 50 minutes
WHERE Become MedSpa, 8285 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury; 516-224-4850, becomemedspa.com
In this serene, jewel box of a spa, you can get a vitamin fix — for your face. Suited for all skin types, the mask is designed to increase the skin’s vitality, reduce redness, calm the effects of acne and restore that coveted glow. Pre-mask, vitamin A and C are massaged into the face for smoother, healthier-looking skin.
The cooling mask, made out of alginate clay powder (a compound that includes marine algae) goes on as a thick paste (even over your eyes) and peels off in one piece. And, ahhhh, while the mask sets, you get a relaxing massage on your neck and arms.
ECLAT COCOON HOT STONE FACIAL, Port Washington
THE DEAL $100 (regularly $120) during February; 50 minutes
WHERE Beautyfluff Cosmetics and Spa, 95A Main St., Port Washington; 516-767-7778, beautyfluff.com
At this popular storefront beauty oasis, relax during this Zen facial treatment, offered only in winter. The process starts with an aromatic face compress and includes a warm mist with five essential oils.
There’s a vegetable exfoliation, an intense hydration mask and a warm stone massage for the face, neck and collar area along with a contouring mask and an aromatic “awakening” when it’s over. A perfect timeout for stressed individuals — and seasonally stressed skin.
THE DEAL $175 (regularly $199) during February; 30 minutes
WHERE nuBest Salon and Spa, 1482 Northern Blvd., Manhasset; 516-627-9444, nubestsalon.com
For folks who are busy, busy and don’t have an hour or more to luxuriate, the HydraFacial is the quickest gig in town. In a mere 30 minutes, this machine’s magic wand (a hand piece) acts as a skin stimulator, vacuum and delivery system of nutrients. It cleanses, exfoliates and extracts — literally suctioning off blackheads and other imperfections (no pinching).
This package includes lymphatic drainage, typically an add-on, said to leave the skin ultra-plump. It’s efficient and done in the confines of nuBest’s spa, but it’s machine-based, so don’t expect the soothing hands-on touch you get at a regular facial. When it’s over you, can actually look at a tube filled with all the liquid bad stuff that came off your face (yuck).
FIRE & ICE GLO FACIAL, Roslyn
THE DEAL $95 (regularly $150), $95 during February; 50 minutes
WHERE The Spa at Red Hots, 1500 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn; 516-484-8267, redhotsspa.com
Sensitive types who need healing for dry, delicate, dehydrated skin will appreciate the tranquil spa environment here along with this treatment, in which all the products are gluten-, fragrance-, dye-, nut- and paraben-free.
The facial includes a gentle cream cleanser that features aloe vera, a calming flower mist steam, and a hibiscus flower enzyme mask (tingling represents the fire). There’s an ice plunge for the face to reduce inflammation and puffiness, an essential oil facial massage and a blast of medical grade oxygen.