We all know it can be exhausting to live in New York City. Making time to check in with yourself can be extremely difficult, and making your wellness a priority can sometimes feel like a chore. Every now and then, it’s important to take a deep breath, rest, and maybe even put on that hydrating facemask that’s been sitting in the bottom of your drawer for three months.
Although Manhattan is arguably the busiest city in the world, it also offers some of the best doctors, hairstylists, and spas around, and recovering from a tiring few months looks different for everyone. So, if you want to treat yourself to a spa day, visit a renowned dermatologist, or replenish your makeup supply, don’t worry. We’ve narrowed down Manhattan’s bevy of top beauty and health specialists just for you.
From Bergdorf Goodman’s renovated salon graced by Hillary Clinton and Judi Dench, to Reviv IV Hydration Therapy for body recovery, to Beauty Counter in SoHo, there are endless ways to make sure you feel healthy mentally and physically in the Big Apple. Without further ado, here's our guide to the best spas and beauty salons in NYC.
51 Prince St., beautycounter.com
Dedicated to only using safe, clean products, Beautycounter boasts a list of more than 1,500 items that will never be seen on its ingredient lists. The brand also advocates for stricter regulation in the personal care industry.
82 Orchard St., christinechin.com
Known affectionately as “mean Christine” for her supereffective extractions, Christine Chin attributes her success in the beauty realm to Asian beauty techniques.
INSIDER’S TIP Her Chin Facial is a deep, pore-cleansing treatment and includes the CCHIN technique for removing skin tags.
EUROPEAN WAX CENTER’S UNLIMITED PASS
71 Broadway, waxcenter.com
Everything from Brazilians to facial hair removal is available as often as needed with this pass; one payment covers the service for the entire year.
DR. PAUL J. FRANK
1049 Fifth Ave., pfrankmd.com
Specializing in the latest technology for face and body rejuvenation, as well as fat removal, Dr. Frank’s minimally invasive techniques are renowned throughout New York, and his therapeutic skincare line, PFRANKMD, cleanses, protects and treats any skin type.
138 W. 10th St., jectnyc.com
This spa serves up a variety of smoothing solutions; volumizers for areas that need lifting, defining or subtle plumping; and six boosters, a collection of skincare services from customized facials to microneedling meant to renew the skin.
INSIDER’S TIP The shop’s bright pink wall is perfect for before and after pictures.
REVIV IV HYDRATION THERAPY
127 E. 56th St., Floor 6, revivme.com
These lactic acid flushing and hydrating treatments help the body recover from a night out or get ready for an intense workout.
INSIDER’S TIP Add a vitamin B12 booster shot for even better results.
THE SALON AT BERGDORF GOODMAN
754 Fifth Ave., bergdorfgoodman.com
Visited by the likes of Hillary Clinton, Judi Dench and Martha Stewart in its past life, the famed Salon at Bergdorf Goodman has started afresh, post its massive renovation. Longtime customer Carol Nappi stepped up as its new owner and has reconstructed the salon menu to offer luxe treatments such as scalp massages and aromatherapy before fashionable and ageless haircuts.
SHOU SUGI BAN HOUSE
337 Montauk Highway,Water Mill, N.Y., shousugibanhouse.com
This Hamptons getaway focuses on education, massages, hydrotherapy, skincare and more as part of its holistic living approach to health.
INSIDER’S TIP The best dishes from the kitchen are warm sunchoke soup, and pan-roasted duck egg with foraged greens, among others.
960A Park Ave., sobelskin.com
Dr. Howard Sobel’s EmSculpt uses high-intensity, precision-focused electromagnetic energy to trigger muscle contractions for fat loss and muscle fiber growth.
501 Fifth Ave., joannavargas.com
For facials that reshape and refine, Vargas uses all-natural ingredients in her L.A. and NYC salons. Her 90-minute Twilight Facial combines microneedling, cryotherapy, radio frequency and her patented RevitaLight bed technology.
INSIDER’S TIP Vargas recently launched individual face masks to get a taste of her signature treatments at home.
2 E. 15th St., the-well.com
Fusing the benefits of Western medicine and the wisdom of Eastern healing, The Well offers a full-service spa, organic restaurant and vitamin bar, reflexology lounge, yoga and meditation studio and private training.
INSIDER’S TIP The Well offers a membership that includes weekly curated programs and monthly one-on-one sessions with a health coach.
DR. MATTHEW WHITE
800A Fifth Ave., Suite 502A, dmatthewwhite.com
A Harvard Medical School-trained surgeon and international authority on facial aging, Dr. White specializes in ensuring that the neck up looks as youthful as the patient feels.
CECILIA WONG SKINCARE
122 W. 26th St., Suite1201, ceciliawongskincare.com
Wong’s Sculpt and Empower facial provides both immediate and long- term results.This 60-minute facial uses a microcurrent to firm, tone and lift facial muscles to reduce puffiness and contour the cheeks and jawline.
INSIDER’S TIP The three- minute peel mask maintains the glow in between appointments.
20 W. 22nd St., wthn.com
Experience the 2,500-year-old, traditional Chinese medicine either by opting for an individually curated treatment for the entire body or
by choosing a specific procedure to focus on stress, muscle weakness or skin problems.
INSIDER’S TIP WTHN has its own herbal line, so be on the lookout for concoctions such as Run the World, one of the stress formulas.
Photography by: Fredrika Stjarne for Shou Sugi Ban House