by Julie Davis
The official start of party season kicks off on Thanksgiving. Family gatherings, holiday parties, class reunions, New Year’s Eve—it’s the time of year when we want to look our most radiant. Lucky for us, several local spas share the same sentiment, offering facial treatments that transform your skin into a softer, smoother, more luminous version of itself—instantly. (Some spas even offer special holiday and introductory pricing.) Think of these complexion-perfecting services as a well-deserved gift to yourself.
The CACI Non-Surgical Face Lift at the London Spa
Straight from London, where she worked her youth-boosting magic on the British elite (royals and celebrities among the many), Teresa Azzopardi has brought her skincare expertise state side. The London Spa offers a menu of exclusive European treatments, but the one that has women-in-the-know booking regular appointments is her CACI facelift—a non-surgical, anti-wrinkle treatment.
How it works: facial muscles are lifted through gentle stimulation, which helps to increase collagen and elastin production (the building blocks of the skin). As a result, lines and wrinkles are noticeably minimized, even after one treatment. Says Azzpoardi, “I call this the Princess Diana facial because this was one of her favorites.”
The London Spa, 119 East River Road, Rumson
The Milagro Spa at the Atlantic Club has long been a go-to for women who faithfully care for their skin. It remains a top spot thanks to a recent addition to the menu—the Winter Bright facial. This 50-minute treatment targets dull, dry and aging skin with the power of vitamin C, which is known to help boost collagen production and protect against environmental damage.
After a deep cleansing, which includes exfoliation and extractions, clients are treated to a digito-pressure massage, a technique similar to acupressure. “You use your fingers to press on certain pressure points in the face and it feels amazing,” says Carly Immen, marketing director for Milagro Spa. The facial finishes with a hydrating mask and other moisturizing vitamin C treatments that leave the skin refreshed and reawakened.
Milagro Spa at the Atlantic Club, 325 Maple Avenue, Red Bank; 1904 Atlantic Avenue, Manasquan
The Natura Bisse Facial with Glycolic Peel at Wisteria Beauty
Walk inside CoCo Parì, past the racks of designer clothing and up the zebra print staircase, and you’ll find a true oasis—the Wisteria Beauty spa. Calming music, soothing scents, and two of the areas most seasoned estheticians are waiting to give your skin the ultimate gift: the Natura Bisse Glycolic Peel Facial. “After one treatment your skin is literally glowing,” says esthetician Tara Dayan. The treatment starts with a basic cleansing, followed by two deep purifying masks. Next comes the magic—the glycolic peel. It thoroughly and effectively removes dull, dry skin from the face and neck to reveal a healthy, youthful luminosity. “This is the perfect treatment to get before a big night out because the results are immediate,” says Dayan.
Wisteria Beauty, 17 Broad Street, Red Bank