Brighten Your Skin For Spring With Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas: Berry Brightening Facial
Gotham Magazine recently featured my spring facial and two other spa treatments to bring your face back from the dead of winter and rejuvenate it.
3 Treatments to Refresh Skin for Spring
From a medispa to a celebrity facialist to an at-home peel, here’s how to rejuvenate skin.
CELEBRITY FACIALIST: Joanna Vargas’ Berry Brightening Facial
Spring is prime time for fresh fruits, so it naturally follows that celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas uses them in her new berry brightening facial. Expect everything from an exfoliating blueberry detox peel with paprika, to a strawberry-infused face oil, to—the pièce de résistance—a mask that uses strawberries, rhubarb, grape seed oil, blueberry juice, soy, and raspberry juice to disinfect, combat free radicals, and give skin a healthy dose of vitamins. A diamond peel, cleanse with Joanna Vargas Vitamin C face wash, LED light therapy, oxygen treatment, and a finishing touch from Vargas’ signature serums and daily hydrating cream round things out.
Vargas—who is responsible for the glowing skin of Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Karlie Kloss—thinks this facial is especially applicable to New Yorkers who emerge from a less social winter and want to literally show their faces again at dinner and drinks. “After a long winter, skin can look dull and grey almost,” explains Vargas. “This facial helps to completely resurface and rejuvenate the skin and make people look like they want to start reconnecting with friends again.” As for a take-home tip, Vargas suggests revving up your exfoliating regimen. “I have all my clients sleeping in my exfoliating mask overnight. After a good night’s sleep in the mask, you wake up fresh-faced like you just had a facial,” she says. $250. 501 5th Ave., #2011, Midtown East, 212-949-2350
MEDISPA: Skin Chaperone’s Milk Peel
Milk always does a body good, and with Skin Chaperone’s Dermaceutic milk peel, it’s used to rejuvenate your face. Founder and owner Misha Yomtovian especially recommends the lactic acid-based peel for dry post-winter skin. The 60-minute treatment—which includes a cleanse, light extraction, skin analysis, and hyperbaric oxygen—is so gentle that customers will experience glowing skin, a reduced appearance of fine lines, and smoother texture with no downtime.
Post-facial, Yomtovian curates a personalized take-home goodie bag of products tailored to your skin type and the time of year. Highlights include items from Skin Chaperone’s signature line like the VitaGlow Anti-Aging Daily Sunscreen and the HydraGlow Collagen Repair Serum, which includes no less than 500 cups of green tea in one bottle. $175 for facial, $125 for kit, $300 total. 201 E. 65th St., Upper East Side, 646-823-0576
AT-HOME: Exuviance’s Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10
If you can’t squeeze in an appointment with a pro, or just want to give it a go yourself, Exuviance’s Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 will help re-energize your face for spring by sloughing off winter skin and protecting with powerful antioxidants.
Although it’s gentle enough to use every day, the peel is formulated with 10% citric acid, which exfoliates dead skin cells, neutralizes free radicals, and helps prepare skin for moisturizer and serum absorption. Plus, the one-step process is easy—wipe the kit’s provided facial pads over your face every morning, then immediately follow with your usual skincare routine. Results are seen immediately and increase after eight weeks of constant use. $65. Available at ULTA stores nationwide and neostrata.com