IN NEW YORK MAGAZINE
In the Blink of an Eye (APRIL, 2013)
Special Feature » by Terry Trucco
Want to relax or revive fast? The city's top salons and spas stand ready to serve with streamlined treatments that offer instant gratification. No one knows who originated the term “a New York minute.” But this fabled nano-moment—or as Johnny Carson put it, the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn—describes the local pace with breathtaking precision. Small surprise the city that never sleeps is a splendid place for health and beauty treatments designed to relax, rejuvenate and primp on the quick. Just call first, as most places require, or strongly recommend, appointments.
Other facials use oxygen as the go-to ingredient to provide that “instant face-lift” effect. At Janis Chakler Skin Care (850 Seventh Ave., Ste. 406, 646.436.3518), an intimate studio tucked in a Midtown West Manhattan office building, the 75-minute Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial features extractions, an enzyme treatment and massage before the main event—an application of oxygen under pressure that delivers a hydrating serum to the skin with a spray nebulizer. “The lightweight oxygen delivers the ingredients deeper into the skin,” owner/aesthetician Janis Chakler explains. Clients often come in for just the 45-minute oxygen portion, known as the Oxygen Boost. “You look brighter and hydrated, and makeup goes on flawlessly,” Chakler says. “I do it on myself when I’m going out.” The effects last for several days.