Being a self proclaimed recessionista, and as a Native New Yorker I have to admit I hate paying retail for anything. From my shoes, to clothing, if it has a sales ticket on it, I can’t resist it. And My recent trip to TriBeca Med Spa was not different. As a working mother and entrepreneur, I barely have time to get the laundry done but I do try to make it a priority to visit the spa every once and a while. And thus I logged on to New York Spa week for their Fall Spa Week Event and signed on for some discount spa services.
On my first visit to Tribeca Med Spa I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the space. The waiting area was tranquill and the staff was extremely accommodating. For my service the owner offered me a facial, with black head extraction (God Knows I needed it) and because of the discount (which she kindly extended for me because they were booked up for the Spa Week Special) the service that usually cost $150.00 cost me only $55.00.
Now I will have to warn you they have a strict 24 hour cancellation policy with no charge but if you don’t show up you will be charged a fee of 50% of the service. So it would have cost me $75.00 to cancel a $55.00 service, however when I needed to reschedule the service the day before they were immediately accommodating and even squeezed me in right away. The owner explained that they are usually booked and have a normal waiting list of up to 30 days and I can see why.
The esthetician that did my facial diagnosed my skin (fyi I am normal but oily in the t-zones nose forehead and chin) and she also gave me some tips on how to maintain my skin between treatments which she said at the minimum should be at least done quarterly, since the season changes wreak havoc on skin. Since most bacteria can clog pores she suggested that:
I wash my face with a wash that has alpha hydroxyl acid. Acids of any sort are useful in helping to exfoliate the skin because they break apart the proteins (lipids) that hold skin cells, particularly dead skin cells, together. Salicylic acids are most often found in treatments for acne, but there are some skin creams on the market that use very mild concentrations to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, pimples, and blemishes.
Another important thing is to use toners (which fyi I never do). But no matter how you clean your face the toner gets all that cleansers miss.
Keep your hands out of your face. Since most of the things that clog our pores is just pure nastiness.
Wash day and night.
Make sure you remove all of your make up daily. This is self explanatory.
Clean make up brushes and utensils.
Throw away all disposable items (sponges and puffs) you can buy them at the drug store on the cheap but the more expensive brushes should be washed ever 2-4 weeks. There are plenty of cleaners that you can use to make this happen. But if all else fails you can use a good shampoo. Although Make Up Guru Sam Fine says he washes his make up brushes with dawn. And some says let it air dry but the debate is still out on that.
Since I am a woman of a certain age, she suggested that I make sure to exfoliate with a gentle scrub once a week. Since as you age your skin turn over isn’t as quick as it was when you were a youth you need to help it along.
So needless to say she used their skinceuticals cleansing cream on my face which is an exfoliating cream cleanser, for normal skin and a toner. And they made my face feel soo good after a steam that I could not resist, To purchase it. But You don’t have to come to New York to give great face.
Check out spaweek.com in your area to see if you can schedule your self a pamper party of your own.