So you're planning a wedding... and you have the dark circles and stressed-out skin to prove it. Your skin could desperately use a bit of TLC, but finding the perfect facialist is kind of like finding the perfect mate: a lot of trial and error. Skip the guessing game (and painful extractions) and turn to any of these NYC beauty pros so you can reach your glowy skin goals.
A lot of the time facials feel like a luxury — where you need to carve out a few hours from your day to get pampered. Heyday, which is like a blowout bar concept for facials, is meant to fit into your busy daily routine with a 30-minute (plus a 50- or 75-minute option if you have more time) skin therapy session that you can easily squeeze in during lunch at their central location in Flatiron. With reasonable prices (starting at $60), a simple menu, and a wide variety of natural, organic, and hard-to-find brands, we're clearly excited for this fresh step in the spa world. "In order for facials to really be effective, you want to see a professional regularly — not just a one-off appointment you make a couple days before you walk down the aisle," says Adam Ross, Heyday C.E.O. And thanks to their flexible hours (they open as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 10 p.m. on weekdays), this next-generation spa makes it possible.
The anticipation of bridal portraits and close-ups have most brides-to-be on a Game of Thrones-like pursuit of obliterating pores, and facialist Joanna Vargas' celebrity-approved Oxygen Purifying Facial gets the job done. Her all-organic and delicate approach will cost you upwards of $250 for a senior aesthetician and $500 for Joanna herself — but when you emerge with noticeably brighter, smoother, #nofilter-needed dewy skin, it's hard to really argue with the radiant results.
This Hungarian aesthetician started her craft by studying chemistry in Budapest, and she takes a holistic approach to skincare — inspired by her country's magical healing thermal springs and spa treatments. Pekar really believes in the idea that a facial isn't a one-size-fits-all, taking the time to customize your experience to your specific needs, which has clients like Miranda Kerr coming back for regular appointments. "For brides, we always recommend starting a facial regimen about six months before the big day, starting with LED light therapy that helps tone skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and scarring," says Pekar.
Some New Yorkers pop into this newly relaunched Soho spa for the celebrity sightings alone, but one experience with the "80 Minutes in Haven" facial and you'll equally be feeling like a star yourself. This pampering massage blasts away pores just in time for those wedding portrait closeups. And with the spa's loyalty program, it makes it easy to score major discounts when you're amping up your facial schedule as you get closer to the big day.
You can Seamless your dinner and Uber your transportation, so why not bring facials directly to your home? All it takes is downloading the Ritualist app to book an on-demand 60- or 80-minute treatment, and it turns even the tiniest of NYC apartments into a veritable spa-like experience. After an initial consultation where the aesthetician addresses your key skin concerns and desired results, he or she creates a bespoke beauty cocktail by preparing the brand's in-house line of organic products. At $120 for a 60-minute facial, it's well worth the price tag for the convenience.
Even if you weren't born with Gisele-like waves or Karlie Kloss' mile-long legs, a model-worthy glow, however, is possible with one of Ling Chan's hydrating facials. Her treatments have become somewhat of a pre-runway ritual for models like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and while she no longer takes on new clients, she personally trains each aesthetician on her staff for months before they're allowed to perform any of her facials. For your pre-wedding-day game plan, add Ling's Hydration Replenishing Facial to the list. "Proper hydration not only minimizes the risk of breakouts when the big days comes, but proper moisture also has the added benefit of making your wedding day makeup go on smoothly and last a lot longer," says Chan.