Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Keeping Pretty in New York City

I have always be an advocate of the facial and get one religiously every month. I believe in the ‘prevention is better than cure’ theory and think that investing this time and money in my skin will be more than worth it in the long run.

 I think it is especially important to take care of your skin when living in such a busy and dirty city. Lack of clean, fresh air and being in such close proximity to many pollutants can take its toll on your skin, especially when we experience extended heat waves and high humidity. It is important to get rid of the dirt and build-up of sweat and sun cream that can clog pores and cause various skin ailments.

Taking time out from the fast-paced city we live in is also incredibly important. A facial is a relaxing and calming experience that allows you to unwind and take a break from city life. The only downside are the extractions (spot-squeezing!), which is something I hadn’t experienced in the UK, but who said looking good was easy!

Since moving to New York I have been searching for my perfect facial, one which suited both my skin and budget. There is no shortage of spas in the city and over the past couple of years I have tried many of them from upscale to budget. While many of the upscale spas provide excellent treatments, they often come with a hefty price tag, which doesn’t make it a long-term option. I have tried cheaper options, but the level of service wasn’t great and had no urge to go back.

 After hitting the Internet with the search ‘best facial in New York City’ I came across ‘Pretty Please’, which had excellent reviews and reasonable prices. I went online to book an appointment, and although I was disappointed to find a 3 month waiting list, I thought it must be good!

 All of the treatments at ‘Pretty Please’ are created and performed by the owner, Jennifer Haley Rasa, who has over 15 years’ experience in the industry, seven of which have been focused on facials. The treatments take place in a beautiful room located in a high rise in Flatiron. Jenn is sweet and welcoming and I felt immediately at ease and relaxed. She went through the entire treatment before-hand so I knew what to expect.

The Eminence products used are all natural and organic. They also smell divine and feel great on the skin. My favourite product was the spicy paprika face scrub/mask that tingles and feels like your face is pulsing. I felt as if a layer of old had been taken off to reveal fresh new skin underneath. You are constantly pampered throughout the treatment and are never left alone in the room. While the mask is on you get a wonderful hand and arm massage as well as a one on your head, back, shoulder and face. Most importantly my face looked great afterwards, my skin was glowing and felt soft and supple.

The treatment was amazing and as I lay there during the massage I thought to myself, at last I have finally found the perfect facial. I booked my next two appointments that day and am looking forward to them already.

After my treatment I was chatting with Jenn and asked her for some tips on skin care between facials in the summer. She gave me these amazing tips to share with you:

 1. Exfoliate away all the dead skin cells and grime from the day with a daily exfoliator. I like to use a rice powder from Eminence Organic Skin Care called Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant.

 2. Detox and mask!! We must detox the skin to release all the pollution and congestion that enters are skin through these hot summer months. I like to use Spices like paprika and stinging nettle. My favorite products to use are the Hungarian Herbal Mud Mask for acne prone Skin and Eight Greens Phyto Mask with paprika to avoid any breakouts and kick the skin back into shape! Once we get the bad out we must put the good in but use an appropriate mask to fill those pores with some nutrients and vitamins.

3. Lastly you must were your SPF!! It should have at least 30 and contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to get both UVA and UVB protection! The sun can do a lot of damage to your skin and cause premature aging, hyper pigmentation and skin cancer! We must protect our skin. Also trying to avoid the sun from the hours of 10-2 are a sure way of staying protected from those harmful rays. That's when they are the strongest! So wear hats, umbrellas and stay in the shade during those times of the day! :)

Pretty Please offer an array on treatments starting at $55 for the mini facial. I had the classic facial which lasted an hour and was $93. For more information visit http://www.prettypleaseny.com/.