By Candice Sabatini


Along with chocolate, I adore berries; they’re such lovely things to eat. Whether dipped in chocolate, floating in a pretty drink or nestled under a dollop of fluffy whipped cream, I always think of them around Valentine’s Day. Not only are they good for you when eaten, but many skin care products contain berries because of their antioxidant properties.

I recently had a berry good facial…..okay, it was actually more like wonderful….at Joanna Vargas Skin Care that made my skin glow. Located in an office building in midtown, this small skincare boutique is a cozy little gem…..a lovely oasis… our concrete jungle. Decorated in feminine colors, and scented with candles I entered a cocoon of serenity and left the world behind.

Joanna understands combining technology with nature and to that end offers an approach that she says “offers the best of all beauty worlds using leading edge technology along with the finest organic skin care products.” A facial should not only be a wonderful and relaxing experience, but there should be results. My facial consisted of a diamond peel Microdermabrasion, which gently exfoliates, and stimulates collagen and elastin production, using a diamond tip wand that won’t irritate even sensitive skin. Afterwards, a cleanser made with blueberry soy cream was applied, followed by a blueberry detox peel. Her touch was magic as she applied product that put me in the zen zone. Then a wash of calming Chamomile water before applying a raspberry mask and I was in heaven, and happily only half way through. Joanna gave me a face, neck, head, shoulder and upper back massage that immediately transported me from Manhattan to nirvana. Even my hands and arms were moisturized and massaged. Additional treatment consisted of applying oxygen infused with a serum of green tea, vitamins and aloe, and then lastly a Vitamin C serum with peppermint to calm skin. Final treatment was moisturizer by Phyts which is super oxygenating for the skin.

When I was ready to leave, my skin looked wonderful, really refreshed, even toned, plumped and gorgeous, and Joanna told me that as the products and treatments did their work, my skin would look even better days later. She was right!

While this is a perfect treat for Valentine’s, having beautiful skin is something to strive for all year. Let Joanna, or one of her wonderful estheticians do something special for you. Other facials include LED light therapy and microcurrent therapy, along with services such as body massages, waxing, and sunless tanning,

Joanna Vargas
Joanna Vargas Skin Care
501 Fifth Avenue
Suite 707
New York, NY 10017

Originally published February 2010



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