At many local Clarins counters, there’s a secret you may not know… behind a back door lies a mini spa! I stopped at Bloomingdale’s in New York this morning to see for myself.
Now, it’s no secret that the best time to hit Bloomies is 10 a.m.: No crowds, freshly restocked merchandise, and free reign of the store. The same is true for a spa appointment at Clarins. After all, some of the world’s best shopping lies right beside the counter, and you’ll definitely want to take advantage of it after your service.
So, at 10am sharp, I met my aesthetician at the counter, and I was in luck: Clarins National Spa Education Manager Taryn Johnston was on duty today, and would be performing my facial herself. “The facials at Clarins are a little different,” she explained, as she slid open a glossy white door behind the counter to reveal a hidden treatment room. I never knew what was tucked away right inside the store, but this “secret” room was completely private and I was excited to see what was so different about the facials here.
We proceeded to discuss my goals and pick the best of the three treatments offered: moisturizing, anti-aging, or brightening. Since my response to those options was “yes, yes, and oh, let me think… yes,” Taryn customized my treatment to hit all three.
The one-hour facial included a lot of high-powered serums, including the new Double Serum, which I recognized by smell. [Fun fact: Clarins apparently did clinical studies on the effects of using this product during facials, and found it reduced the volume of wrinkles by 30% in one treatment.] Then, after two types of exfoliation, Taryn applied a wrap mask that forms a rubber-like, solid mold when it dries. This is “a big night out mask great for when you need extra firming and brightening,” Taryn told me. Then came the big surprise: massage!
It turned out that the main thing that makes Clarins facials different is massage. And a lot of it. The therapists are trained in techniques like lymphatic drainage for your face, and other European massage modalities for your scalp, neck, arms, and shoulders.
I’m a big fan of massage (as I should be — this is Spa Week, after all!), so that made this facial twice as nice. For a full hour of all that, $50 is a pretty fabulous pricetag.
Click here to find a Clarins spa near you participating in Spa Week from April 15-21. 11 locations in Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom stores across the country have their treatment beds made and waiting for you! Take advantage of a spa service here while they’re just $50.