There are many ways to treat your skin. Here are a few.
How tired is your skin? An excess of sun, hydration deprivation, forced-air heating, even air conditioning, all work to make even the most fussed-over skin appear tired—and not very nice to touch, either. The cure? Perk up your exhausted flesh with local spa treatments to soothe, brighten, and rejuvenate.
A facial is a good place to start. Cat Ianelli is the founder of Farm Couture, a line of handmade skincare products Ianelli concocts herself. FaceWhip, her signature product made with organic goat’s milk, previewed last summer at the Westport Farmer’s Market.
By appointment only at KD Studio in Katonah, Ianelli administers her custom facial, an over-the-top treatment of exfoliation, extraction, steam, and a double layer of her own mask made from French clay and lavender-infused honey. An application of Ianelli’s firming serum boosts circulation, and she follows that with a pressure-point massage for the face, neck, earlobes, shoulders, arms, and décolletage. Afterwards, your complexion glows and looks a decade younger; you may even feel a little faint from pleasure. Ianelli was the former resident esthetician at the Bedford Post.
Book 60 or 90 minutes with her at KD Studio, or call 914-456-6463 to schedule a house call.
Alicia Favata, a licensed esthetician at Bellava MedAesthetics (bellavaspa.com), is offering clients two summer pamperings, the Body Salt Glow and Shirodhara massage, an Ayurvedic treatment.
Using ingredients resourced from Pevonia Botanica, a trusted name in beauty products favored by estheticians around the world, Bellava’s Body Salt Glow has Favata scrubbing down your naked body with a blend of sea salts, mineral salts, and essential oils. The tingling scrub sloughs off dead skin, removes impurities, and stimulates circulation. After leaving you to rinse off in a warm shower prepared for you right in the room, Favata next massages your entire body with more aromatic oils. After the treatment, every inch of skin is rendered as silky smooth as a baby’s.
The Shirodhara treatment is not for the timid. As you recline in a darkened room on a table, your head positioned over a stainless-steel bowl, a stream of heated Indian oil is steadily dripped just above and between your eyebrows, the chakra point also known as the third eye. At first, you may feel as though you’ve signed up for the spa version of Chinese water torture. Soon enough, however, you slip into a pleasantly hypnotic state, as this chakra point is said to be the seat of human consciousness. Later, the oil is massaged into your hair and scalp and there is a warm-oil foot massage. A bonus of this addictive, if messy, service is for weeks after, your hair will be as luxuriant and smooth as if it’s been Keratined.