Will it be hydrating or oxygenating? New York aesthetician Andrea de Simone gives us the rub on face-saving facials.
Basic (or European)
This classic treatment is the foundation for all other facials. During the hourlong session, your face is cleansed, massaged, and exfoliated with a scrub, while steam is used to open pores. Next: extractions of blackheads and pimples. Finally, you’ll get a toner and a soothing mask.
Works best for: Any skin type (oily, dry, or normal).
Beauty benefit: Removes impurities, leaving you with more radiant skin.
Keep in mind: This is a good overall cleansing, but if you have specific skin issues, a specialized treatment is a better choice.
Your best bet for deep exfoliation, this soothing 30-minute treatment starts with cleansing and toning. Next, a glycolic serum (nonirritating alpha hydroxy acids) is applied to your face, followed by a hydrating mask.
Works best for: Brides battling acne or who have hyperpigmentation problems (do it monthly).
Beauty benefit: Improved texture and coloring, and a reduction of fine lines.
Keep in mind: After a peel, your skin will be supersensitive to sunlight, so slather on a high SPF sunscreen.
The focus of this facial is extractions—and these alone can take up to 30 minutes. Afterward, an astringent is applied, followed by a face massage and a mask to reduce inflammation.
Works best for: Those with large pores or oily skin.
Beauty benefit: Helps prevent pimples for a smoother complexion.
Keep in mind: Extractions can leave your skin blotchy for up to 48 hours, so factor in healing time when booking this facial.
H2O and vitamin serums are sprayed onto the skin during this gentle treatment that takes an hour or more. The goal? To increase your skin’s ability to absorb more oxygen (which hydrates) and eliminate toxins. A face massage and an exfoliating mask are included in the session.
Works best for: Every kind of skin type.
Beauty benefit: The payoff—a superdewy complexion and temporarily firmer skin—is immediate.
Keep in mind: The results last only about 48 hours.