- On the skincare calendar, fall is the time to reverse summer's ravages. The East End boasts cutting edge facials designed to remove all that nasty solar damage and sun block (which builds up in pores), pump up the moisture volume and put the bloom back on lackluster cheeks. Below are some of the facials offered by East End Spas:
Naturopathica Holistic Health
Located at Red Horse Plaza, 74 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, 631-329-2525,
Plant Stem Cell Facial $175: In a time when anti-aging techniques include being injected with one's own stem cells, it's refreshing to discover a low tech version: plant stem cells. Who knew? As part of the rebranding of the Naturopathica brand last spring, the Plant Stem Cell Facial was introduced to the spa (and will be available for retail in November). The procedure is a lushly layered botanical cocktail of breakthrough "Naturoceuticals" certified by ECOCERT.
Lovely Estonian esthetician Marina starts with an aloe cleansing gel (to balance the pH level) and jojoba bead exfoliant for a gentle dermal polish. An appropriately autumnal pear/fig mask, that smells good enough to eat, breaks down old skin and draws moisture into thirsty cells. Derived from Echinacea and yellow butterfly bush
to stimulate new cell growth and slow cellular aging, the stem cell serum penetrates into cell membranes with the help of an ultrasonic wand. Several vitamin potions later, a black currant moisturizer and micronized zinc oxide sun block finish the luxe treatment. Scrumptious.
East Wind Spa & Studio
The downstairs spa at East Wind Spa & Studio has 15 treatment rooms including two "couple suites."
Located at 5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 631-846-2339, www.EastWindLongIsland.com
BioOrganique Facial $135: On the outskirts of Riverhead near the Tanger Outlets is a humongous hotel catering to weddings. The downstairs
spa has 15 treatment rooms including two "couple suites." Its signature facial, comprised of products from G.M. Collin, is fit for a bride (and the rest of us). This summer, the spa introduced the Collin BioOrganique line for a plant-packed experience. First you are cleansed with a nourishing blend of orange water and avocado. Next, the rice and tapioca in the Gentle Exfoliant refines skin tone. The main event is the Energizing Mask made of Barbados cherry, a free-radical busting antioxidant, tomato to restore the skin's barrier function and pumpkin seedcake to smooth its texture. While the mask activates, esthetician Megan delivers a hand, arm and neck massage. If you upgrade your facial, you get a foot massage too. To help you face the elements, Megan applies a "normalizing" gel of retinol-like sea fennel and beech tree bud to provide a natural defense. That's not all. Afterwards, you can hang up your robe and loll about in the steam room. A true antidote to the season's chill.
E Day Spa
E Day Spa proprietor says "The most important part of your regimen, "is exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation."
Located at 154 Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays 631-723-3200, www.edayspaandsalon.com
Dermalogica's ChromaWhite TRx Facial $120: If you can have an out-of-body experience during a facial, then the one at E Day Spa comes close. Proprietor Elaine Campbell-DeVito
, the 'E' in the spa's name, won't let even a reporter talk during the treatment. And that's a good thing. Because, for an unearthly length of time while the products do their thing, she massages the upper body while all that can be heard are the celestial strains of harp music.
A devotee of Dermalogica, a "results-driven" product line she discovered when it cleared up her own adult acne, her signature facial is the company's ChromaQWhite TRx, a skin whitening and brightening system incorporating Oligapeptide-34 (a safe hydroquinone-like substance) to slow melanin production, thus reducing age spots and other pigmentation. For sun-damage, she recommends a weekly series of six. The exfoliant contains both salicylic and lactic acids in a high dose (30 percent) to promote cell turnover. "The most important part of your regimen," she says, "is exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation." The result: skin that's positively luminescent.
Blue Sage Day Spa
Dermalogica is a "results-driven" product.
Located at 140 Pike Street, Mattituck, 631-298-4244, www.bluesagedayspa.com
Anti-Aging Facial $90: Most people fall asleep during the massage portion of the facial at Blue Sage Spa. "And that's a compliment," says esthetician Pam Dunn
. It's no wonder. After encasing your hands in warm mitts, she employs a soft touch to give a massage so thorough it includes the scalp. "Massage is key to skincare," she says. "It stimulates blood to bring nutrients to the face." She advises clients to massage product into their skin at home. The motherly Pam is full of take-home tips. She's a believer in washing your face twice: once to cleanse off the "day" (makeup, environmental debris), next to cleanse the skin itself.
The signature facial here is also by Dermalogica: their anti-aging treatment. The exfoliant is thermally-activated - satisfyingly hot - with physical (magnesium crystals) and chemical (lactic acid) components to set the stage for the vitamin and antioxidant-enriched serum and mask to follow. The treatment products are available for purchase. And clients are reminded to pat them carefully around eye with ring finger. Thanks, Pam!
Treatment room at Ananas Spa.
Located at 71 Hill Street, Southampton, 631-287-9099, www.ananasspa.com
Yonka Advanced Optimizer Lifing & Firming Facial/Ananas Oxygen
/Serum Facial $200: This special customized treatment is not for claustrophobes. Combining the Optimizer treatment by Parisian skincare company Yonka with oxygen, which is meant to work like water to hydrate the skin, it's designed to combat wrinkles and lift the skin. While an oxygen tank audibly pumps like a heartbeat, a mask is placed over the face. A few deep breaths (No, you don't get high), and deep relaxation overcomes you.
Marina adeptly paints on an aromatic plant-based gel "gommage," then peels it off in one stroke. The bracing toner is redolent of cypress and rosemary. Once skin is primed, on goes an emulsion of five essential oils including thyme and highly hydrating geranium. The oxygen mask goes on now, the better to ease ingredients into the epidermis. The climactic moment comes when Marina applies an herbal infusion emitted through an oxygen wand, a favorite of the spa's movie star clientele. Move over Gywneth.
So indulge and enjoy with rosy cheeks and a healthy glow!