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By Gillian Weeks


There are two phrases that should never be joined in a single sentence: “stagnant fluids” and “your face.” Andrea DeSimone of Suite Retreat uttered that unholy coupling while I was lying face-up on her massage table, her fingers goopy with some complexion-saving salve. I imagined a network of sludge deposits just beneath the surface of my skin and tried my best not to run for the nearest chemical peel. DeSimone, a former protégé of Jo Malone, explained that these stagnant fluids are to blame for my less-than-perfect skin, but that a little lymphatic drainage massage could get those liquids flowing like the Hudson – though hopefully minus the industrial pollutants.

DeSimone developed this technique after years of experimenting with her own skin. As a teenager, she struggled with cystic acne, and later developed eczema and allergies. The solution was not dermatologists and pharmaceuticals, but facials and lifestyle changes. Acne-free and even-toned, she now preaches her gospel to anyone looking for a facial upgrade, or at least a soothing touch.

Like any critical spa-goer, I’m a skeptical customer. I don’t buy into any floral-scented balm that crosses my path, nor any witch doctor wielding a mud masque. DeSimone, however, is the real thing. A week after my lymphatic massage, I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my skin. Call it coincidence, call it placebo; all I know is that that I’ve laid off the concealer and claimed a little radiance. Stop by Suite Retreat to break the ice on your own stagnant fluids.

Andrea DeSimone at Suite Retreat
124 East 40th Street, Suite 803
Between Lexington and Park

Originally published February 2007
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