The staff of Allure magazine are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest facials and skin treatments. Their reporters go incognito to bring us reviews of the top beauty treatments from coast to coast. Here, we highlight two major east coast cities – Boston and New York – and focus on the most affordable facials these stealth reporters discovered.
If you go to Skoah Boston and are lucky enough to get your treatment by Laura Small, who goes by the title of “skin-care trainer,” you are in for a treat. Laura serves up a decadent trio of all-natural masks, extractions and pampering that includes a heavenly shoulder, hand, and foot rub, leaving you with a squeaky-clean, and glowing, complexion.
Facials start at an affordable $45 and up. Currently, Skoah Boston is offering a Spring Facial for $75 designed to prepare your skin for summer.
Skoah Boston is located at 641A Tremont Street in Boston. Contact them at 857-350-4930
At Bella Santé Salon, Anne Perkins begins by wrapping you in a relaxing heated blanket. She then works a papaya-enzyme scrub into your skin before extracting any blackheads. After coating your face with a hydrating serum, she treats you to a blissful 20-minute massage of the face, shoulders and feet. By the time you are done, not only will you look and feel fabulous, you will be relaxed enough to tackle the infamous Boston traffic. Treatment as described by the Allure team was $90.00. Currently Bella Santé Salon is offering Wellness Week Specials.
Bella Santé is located at 38 Newbury Street, Boston. Contact them at 617-739-8888
New York, New York
If you are really working on a tight budget, consider visiting the Dermalogica Academy – one of the leading educational institutions for skincare. They offer skin treatments and waxing services at greatly reduced rates. All services are performed by skin therapists in training under the direct supervision of a Dermalogica Academy Instructor. Facial treatments are only $50.00, but they offer a range of affordable (and sometimes free) services such as a free face-mapping service – a five minute professional consultation that reveals your skin’s past, present… and healthiest future.
Dermalogica Academy is located at 140 W. 22nd Street, New York. Contact them at 212-243-3000
Not expecting an affordable facial in New York City, let alone at Bergdorf Goodman? Well here you can get their signature Elemis Skin Radiance Facial for only $55.00 in a private treatment room. Treatment begins with an analysis of the skin followed by a cleansing with papaya enzymes. Skin is then toned, exfoliated, slathered with a moisturizing mask, and smoothed with an anti-aging eye treatment. Allure stated that the ‘facial itself was fantastic, but it was the reclining, Shiatsu-massaging chair on the neck, back, shoulders, and legs that made the service so impressive’.
Bergdorf Goodman is located at 754 Fifth Avenue, New York. Contact them at 212-872-2821
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