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May 9, 2022

Know someone who needs pampering? PR Icon Bec Wilson tells us where to find the best beauty treatments in NYC

by 
Talya Benjamin

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Working in the gifting industry and living in New York, I am so often approached by people asking: 'I want to buy a gift voucher for my [friend/mother/sister/partner], which salons are best for beauty treatments?'.

This is a worthwhile question, since there is such a vast range of options in New York. Whether you're purchasing a gift voucher for a facial, massage, or manicure, you want to be sure that the lucky recipient of your pampering voucher is getting the best experience possible.

It's one of those questions that a simple Google search will not solve. You need advice from someone who knows the industry inside out; who lives and breathes beauty. Someone who has been to most of the best salons in New York, and has experimented with some of the trendiest treatments available. Someone who frequently rubs shoulders with the very people who lead the beauty industry and who has become friends with some of the best salon owners in the city. And I know the very person; Bec Wilson.

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Bec is a Global Communications Consultant and Publicist with over 14 years experience representing leading beauty brands. Throughout her career she has launched some of the world’s leading beauty brands including Charlotte Tilbury, OUAI Haircare, Victoria Beckham Beauty, Glossier and r.e.m. beauty by Ariana Grande. She has also worked with many of the industry's leading experts including top Dermatologists, aestheticians, manicurists and more.

Bec shared with Dennis her top picks for beauty salons in New York across all the classic giftable treatments, including facials, massages and manicures.

Best Salons in New York for a Facial

Rescue Spa 

Address: 29 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003

Price Range: $$-$$$

What to get: Fix-It-All

Why this is a great gift:

The Fix-It-All facial at Rescue Spa is the ultimate New York facial for a total skin reboot. Perfect for someone who likes nice things but doesn’t treat themselves to facials, or is having problems with their skin and doesn’t know where to start. A lot of brides also have this treatment in the lead up to their wedding so it’s a great gift for a newly engaged friend! It’s customized to your skin’s needs and usually entails extractions, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy and more. You leave with glowing skin that continues to feel healthier in the days to follow.  

Keep in mind:

The estheticians often recommend products they have used which tend to be expensive. Don’t feel pressured to purchase and ask if they have any samples for you to try at home! They usually have minis they can give you that allows you to continue to experience the spa-quality products without the investment. 

Purchase a gift voucher or book a service here

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Madalaina Conti Synergistic Skincare

Address: Private address provided upon reservation. 

Price Range: $$$

What to get: Qi Facial 

Why this is a great gift:

A great gift for someone who loves skincare and likes to discover the latest treatments and salons. Madalaina Conti’s treatment room is in a private residence so it feels uber exclusive and special. She is the only person to offer this unique facial inside the US! The treatment features tiny gold micromagnets that are applied to the skin in custom patterns to create an electromagnetic matrix that allows cells to communicate better with each other. The Qi facial works to improve skin function with immediate results, leaving the skin looking younger, bouncier and glowy with reduced puffiness.

Keep in mind:

A great treatment to be paired with some of her add-ons including targeted radio frequency. She is also the best brow expert in New York! 

Purchase a gift voucher or book a service here

Credit: Madalaina Conti

Face Gym

Address: Multiple Locations in NYC 

Price Range: $-$$$

What to get: Signature Sculpt

Why this is a great gift:

A great gift for someone who is always on the go and never has time for themselves, but has a big event or life-moment coming up. The Signature Sculpt is only 35 minutes, and is perfect for depuffing and contouring before a big event, after a long flight or big night. Quick and efficient! 

Keep in mind:

This is not a spa-like facial experience. The music is loud and the space is high-energy, so keep that in mind if you’re gifting someone who is looking for R&R!

Purchase a gift voucher or book a service here

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Best Salons in New York for a Massage

Spa de La Mer at the Baccarat

Address: 28 W 53rd St Floor 2, New York 10019

Price Range: $$$

What to get: Deep Tissue Massage 

Why this is a great gift:

The best massage and spa experience in New York City. The therapists are experts at tailoring the treatment to your needs and focus areas, the products used are luxurious and hydrating and the entire experience feels special. Perfect gift for someone who deserves not only a great treatment but also a morning or afternoon to themselves unwinding, relaxing and switching off from the world. Worth every dollar! 

Keep in mind:

As a guest of the spa you have access to the hotel/spa pool, however you need to make a reservation to gain access so make sure you do so when booking your treatment. And pack a bathing suit!

Purchase a gift voucher or book a service here

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Spa de La Mer at the Baccarat

Ricari Studios 

Address: Currently in Residence at the Mercer Hotel, 147 Mercer Street, New York, 10012

Price Range: $$$

What to get: Focus Body (95 minutes)!

Why this is a great gift:

Ricari is every celebrity's secret to red carpet preparation. They are renowned for the best lymphatic drainage massage that also firms skin and evens skin tone. The treatment features Ricari’s signature ICOONE draining technique, as well as infrared therapy and aromatherapy. Perfect for pre or post travel, event preparation, body contouring or workout recovery. 

Keep in mind:

You will need to put on a body stocking as part of the treatment so be prepared for that!

Purchase a gift voucher or book a service here

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Ricari Studios

Bathhouse 

Address: 103 N 10th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Price Range: $-$$

What to get: Full Body Massage 

Why this is a great gift:

A great gift for someone who needs an escape from the chaos of the city for a few hours. Bathhouse have a number of thermal pools, steam rooms and saunas for you to unwind and switch off. Their full body massage is a cost-effective add-on to your experience and a great gift to a friend who has a busy life and needs to fill their cup. Also a great gift for couples! 

Keep in mind:

Pack your bathing suit for the pools, sauna and steam room!

Purchase a gift voucher or book a service here

Bathhouse

Best Salons in New York for a Manicure

Vanity Projects

Address: 99 Chrystie St 2nd floor, New York, NY 10002

Price Range: $$

What to get: Gel Manicure with Simple Nail Art 

Why this is a great gift:

Perfect for your creative friend who wants to try nail art for the first time. Vanity Projects is one of the best salons in NYC for a variety of nail designs and effects. They do everything from normal varnish through to gel with and without design, apres gel tips, acrylics and more. They also do nail art pedicures!

Keep in mind:

Check their Instagram @vanityprojects for Inspiration and their monthly special nail design! 

Purchase a gift voucher or book a service here

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Vanity Projects New York

JinSoon Spa 

Address: Multiple locations in NYC 

Price Range: $$

What to get: Breath of Milk and Honey Pedicure or Normal Manicure 

Why this is a great gift:

JinSoon is an industry favorite due to their attention to detail and calming salons. JinSoon is perfect for someone who is looking for a good mani/pedi but is looking for a slightly elevated experience. They have an incredible selection of both normal and gel polishes too! 

Purchase a gift voucher or book a service here

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JinSoon Spa Tribeca

Rainbow East Nail and Spa 

Address: 179B Church Street, New York 10007

Price Range: $

What to get: Pedicure 

Why this is a great gift:

A good quality, no-frills pedicure in downtown New York. A great gift for a friend who is preparing for a long overdue vacation and needs some extra help prepping for it. They do the best dry skin removal so your heels and feet are ready for sandals. They also do an amazing 10 minute back massage while your nails dry so add some extra $ to the gift card to cover this additional treat. 

Keep in mind:

Make sure to book ahead as it gets very busy! 

Purchase a gift voucher here

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Rainbow East Nail & Spa

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A little love from Dennis

We all need a bit of pampering from time to time, but we don't always feel comfortable splurging on ourselves. This is why beauty treatments make such a cherished gift - either as a gift voucher for someone to use in their own time, or to go together and share the enjoyment of the experience.

A massage, facial or manicure can be a particularly thoughtful gift for a busy parent, someone who has been going through a particularly draining time at work (think: raising funds for a startup, finalizing an acquisition, or experiencing issues with a major client), or even someone going through a breakup or divorce. If you're close with the person and want to spend some quality time together, you can add to the experience by taking them out for a drink, brunch or dinner before or after the treatment. Sounds dreamy.

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June 1, 2022

Know someone who needs pampering? PR Icon Bec Wilson tells us where to find the best beauty treatments in NYC

Whether you're purchasing a gift voucher for a facial, massage, or manicure, you want to be sure that the lucky recipient of your pampering voucher is getting the best experience possible. With such a vast range of options in New York, we brought in the expert to guide us through which salons are the best and why.

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