August is national wellness month, and as one of the hottest summers in memory draws to a close, we could use a bit of R&R to reset before the fall festivities commence. We’ve rounded up our favorite spas, wellness centers and aesthetics brands to have you looking and feeling your best as we head towards the hustle and bustle of fall.
Photo courtesy of ALCHEMY 43
40 E. 21st St. / 917.970.3743 / Website
Conveniently located in Flatiron, ALCHEMY 43 is an aesthetics bar that provides specialized cosmetic micro treatments that will leave you looking and feeling your best, all while being undetectable. Each micro treatment is designed with the philosophy that the best work goes unnoticed, meaning your friends and family will wonder what changed in your routine without ever realizing you’ve had work done. The three most popular micro treatments are Botox, lip enhancements and cheek filler, and the before and after photos speak for themselves. Stay tuned for their second NYC location on the UES opening this fall.
photo courtesy of exhale spa
Multiple locations / Website
This internationally recognized spa and fitness brand is your one-stop shop for all things wellness thanks to their extensive offerings. With three NYC locations to choose from, exhale provides incredible spa offerings, including their NoMad location’s new recovery menu that includes cryotherapy, infrared sauna, compression therapy, lymphatic drainage (pressotherapy), salt therapy, AccuFit, icoone roboderm, cryo Tshock and more. In the market for an incredible facial? Try exhale’s fully customizable experience to give your skin exactly what it needs.
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25 W. 28th St. / 212.404.8400 / Website
Walking into this spa feels like leaving NYC entirely, as the immersive environment instantly transports you away from the heart of Manhattan. Custom Augustinus Bader facials, treatments featuring ESPA products and wellness happenings for women, men and mothers-to-be are just the start of all that this 6,800 square-foot spa offers within its eight treatment rooms, luxurious steam rooms, saunas, 24-hour fitness center and private relaxation lounges. Our recommendation? Indulge in a full day of R&R at one of the most luxurious spas in all of NYC.
photo courtesy of Rockaway Spa + Hotel
108-10 Rockaway Beach Dr, Queens / 718.474.1216 / Website
Get out of the city for a few hours and make your way to Rockaway Spa + Hotel to indulge in the outdoor heated pool and treatments at the newly opened spa. Curated facials, body treatments and massages are available at affordable prices, making this the perfect spot to indulge in multiple treatments. Be sure to take advantage of the daily fitness classes and enjoy a meal at Margie’s, the delicious on-site restaurant, while you’re there!
photo courtesy of Silver Mirror Facial Bar
Multiple locations / Website
This one is for the facial addicts out there (guilty!). Silver Mirror is a dedicated facial bar that provides only customized, results-driven facials to fight skin concerns such as aging, acre, dryness, hyperpigmentation and more. Silver Mirror’s premium machines use technology such as LED, electric muscle stimulation, high-frequency and more to deliver results quickly and safely. While services such as hydradermabrasion and light chemical peels are usually expensive add-ons, they are included in Silver Mirror facials, ensuring you don’t have to make any compromises when it comes to your skin.
photos courtesy of Skin Laundry
Multiple locations / Website
For the guys and girlies on the go, there’s no better and more efficient way to get the glowing skin of your dreams. Skin Laundry offers 15-minute laser facials with zero downtime at four NYC locations, meaning you can drop by a clinic and get amazing skin any time, regardless of where you find yourself in the city. The medical-grade lasers rejuvenate your skin cells, boost collagen production, and improve clarity for transformative results customized to your skin’s needs. Not to mention, the brand’s line of advanced skincare will take your at-home regiment to the next level. We recommend joining one of their membership programs for the best results at discounted rates.
photo courtesy of the Spa at Equinox
33 Hudson Yards / 212.812.9200 / Website
The Spa by Equinox Hotels at Equinox Hotel New York offers some of the most advanced treatment options on the market today, including inter-modal, multi-treatment experiences, cryotherapy, infrared sauna, NutriDrip IV drips, quantum harmonics sessions, massages, bodywork, skin therapies and more. The spa recently unveiled new icoone roboderm treatments, available for the first time at The Spa by Equinox in partnership with Skin Science Solutions, which offer painless and non-invasive facial and body rejuvenation through innovative cellular technologies. The spa has also developed pairings that blend the icoone tech sculpting offerings with Biologique Recherche manual sculpting treatments for optimal regeneration. The result? Sculpted, beautiful skin that leaves you looking youthful and refreshed.
Photo by Debora Francis
129 Roebling St, Brooklyn / 718.388.4788 / Website
There’s a reason celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian swear by acupuncture, and our favorite provider in NYC is Sandra Chiu of Treatment by Lanshin. Chiu has built herself quite the cult-following, resulting in a waitlist for her facial acupuncture rejuvenation and facial gua sha rejuvenation. It isn’t hard to see why, as her over 20 years of experience as an acupuncturist, herbalist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner makes Chiu truly the best of the best. We recommend hopping on the waitlist ASAP and shopping the brand’s curated selection of skincare products.
photos by Kris Tamburello
2 E. 15th St. / 646.560.8080 / Website
If you haven’t tried this NYC wellness staple yet, get ready, because The Well is about to become your newest addiction. Offering tons of wellness services such as health coaching, IV therapy, functional medicine, acupuncture, breathwork, mindful movement and vibrational energy healing, as well as gorgeous retail and even organic and sustainable food, The Well gives you all the tools you need in order to become the best version of you. The brand’s summer all-access package is the perfect way to give yourself a reset and includes unlimited mindful movement and meditation classes, cellular hydration & energy boost IV vitamin therapy drip to help treat heat exhaustion, access to state-of-the-art amenities and more all at $350 through September 5th.
While there is no shortage of businesses to choose from when it comes to self-care in NYC, these tried-and-true favorites are guaranteed to give you the R&R you deserve. Happy unwinding!