By Leslie Rice Hart

Exhale is a beautiful wellness day spa with two locations in NYC, one in Los Angeles and others scattered throughout the country. The philosophy of the spa is transformation through the mind body connection.

One of Exhale Spa’s specialty services is the 60-minute Power Facial, designed for those who need to tighten, firm and lift the skin. Claudia, the esthetician for my face transformation, explained that she tailors the facial to each individual with a complete analysis of the client’s skin; I was no exception.

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The first step is cleansing the skin with the appropriate Sonya Dakar cleanser.
Applied next is the Dakar anti-oxidant green tea peel to exfoliate, refine and smooth the skin’s texture reducing fine lines and wrinkles and stimulating new cell growth.

Claudia opted for the Actifirm Peel for me, a more appropriate exfoliate for my skin.
Actifirm Enzyme Cellular Peel renews the skin, producing a smooth, fresh look without irritation or drying caused by other peels such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids.

Micro currents and the Cool Light Laser, firm, tone and stimulate skin tissue without excessive heat or scarring. The laser plumps the skin, improving tone and elasticity and provides lymphatic drainage, which assists in eliminating toxins. The laser also works in diminishing discoloration and acne.

My skin was visibly firmer and glowing when Claudia finished. I was impressed at how my skin had transformed from drab to fab in just one hour. If you’re attending a special event, this is the facial for you. The Power Facial is $250 and worth every penny.

Exhale Spa also offers healing treatments and has locations in Bridgehampton, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and soon Dallas. For more information at

Originally published June 2006
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