Joanna Vargas Salon
Last week I visited celebrity skincare facialist Joanna Vargas' New York salon at 501 5th Avenue. Vargas, one of the most sought out estheticians and experts in the beauty industry today, combines technology with plant-based ingredients to deliver flawless, immediate results to "celebrities, supermodels, socialites, editors, and women who simply want the best for their skin."
I received the Triple Crown Facial (60 minutes / $250 or $550 with Joanna) which is one of Vargas’s signature facials. The treatment combines microdermabrasion, microcurrent, and oxygen-infused therapy to "refine, lift, and tone your skin" and drains away puffiness to reveal a more sculpted, contoured face (and we know that's all the rage right now.)
The salon itself is extremely bright, modern, and well-kept. My room had a boudoir vibe, with a vanity mirror and dainty trinket box for my jewelry, as well as a sitting area and posh wall art. The natural lighting was a welcomed addition, however I usually prefer to have my treatments in a warmer, darker setting.
The facial was relaxing and thorough. My facialist was young, beautiful, and knowledgeable. She pointed out my problem areas, addressing all of my concerns (age spots? acne? sun prevention?) and offered an extremely gentle touch, even during extractions. I left with clean, glowing skin thanks to the collagen and elastin production (two vital proteins for youthful and glowing skin) that the facial promises. The only con about this salon is that they are product-pushers. They make you feel a little bad about not purchasing the $85 serum that they recommend taking home with you. Other than that, I felt like a celebrity!