Looking for the best facial in town? Head right to Mario Badescu, a full-service salon which is tucked away in a nondescript apartment building on East 52nd street. Founded in 1967 by Mr. Badescu, who was a Romanian-born chemist and cosmetologist, the one-room facility gained an instant following eventually expanded into the 36-room salon it is today. It's sensibility, however, is still 100% European, and when you come in for a treatment, often if feels like you're visiting a day spa abroad.
The European Facial, $65, is without a doubt the finest, most thorough facial you'll find in New York City. It begins with an fabulous detoxifying steam, followed by a gentle cleansing, full extractions and an individualized treatment mask selected specifically for your skin type. All procedures are done using Mario Badescu's exceptional products. You'll also get a mini massage, and for an extra $25, you can have a pedicure done at the same time.
In fact, you can select from an entire menu of amazing facial add-ons (which vary in price from $20 to $40), such as a Vitamin C Treatment, a Ginko-Collagen Treatment, a Marine Collagen Treatment and more.
After your facial is finished, and you emerge with a glowing, fully cleansed face, a product expert will help you select an at-home skin care routine that will keep you looking your best in between visits. The best part? You'll leave with a bag of unlimited free samples, which can include everything from masks to moisturizers.
Mario Badescu also has a fabulous, full line of skin care products, which you can purchase at the spa or online. It contains everything from cleansers to toners to acne products to night creams, all of which are astonishingly affordable for such superior product.
The entire Mario Badescu experience is simple, sophisticated, affordable and effective. There's no unnecessary, ostentatious displays of luxury, yet you'll feel completely relaxed and properly pampered. You are getting an old-world, high-quality approach to skin care that few spas truly offer.
Mario Badescu Skin Care
320 E. 52nd Street (between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY, 10022