By Patricia Wersinger

Last month, I was invited by Babor, the luxurious German Skin care company, to The Plaza Athenee Spa in the Hotel Plaza Athenee on the Upper East Side. Babor was founded in 1955 in Aachen, Germany by Dr. Michael Babor. The innovative skin care and cosmetics line is represented in over 60 countries and is a favorite at resorts and 5-star hotels.

I was greeted at the spa by Elsa Zamora, an esthetician and representative of the Babor line to receive an exclusive HSR de luxe Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment. Elsa explained that this facial contains the new HSR Telovitin active complex known to promote cell vitality and fight free radicals.

The soothing surroundings of the Plaza Athenee and the superior treatment I received made this one of the most exquisite experiences I have had. After enjoying a cup of herbal tea in a suite inside the spa, I comfortably stretched out on the treatment bed that was lined with luxurious cotton muslin. My face was cleansed with HY-OL, the first step in the Babor’s two-step cleansing system. It was combined with a phytoactive appropriately customized for my skin type. A rich vitalizing mask was left on for one minute after that to allow the esthetician to inspect for areas of concern. After she noticed that the area around my lips and on the sides of my cheeks were dehydrated, she exfoliated my skin with an enzyme peeling. It was applied with a brush, emulsified with water and left on for 10 minutes. A wonderful facial massage helped release all the tension in my face allowing my skin to embrace the HSR de luxe Serum.

I was so relaxed and drifted off until I was brought back to consciousness as Elsa began an intensive decongesting and detoxifying massage using the HSR de luxe Cream Rich. Next, she smoothed the HSR Lasting Lift Face and Décolleté Lotion on my face, neck and décolleté. The Ultra Comfort Modelage Mask was then applied on top of the mask. The mask heated up and hardened, further allowing the active ingredients to penetrate my skin. (The mask was later removed like stage prop and given to me as a souvenir to take home). Elsa concluded the facial with the HSR de luxe Anti-Aging Cream and Eye Cream.

As a special addition, I got to experience the Babor Face Design Collection, which is infused with their signature lifting complex. Thanks to my facial, I did not need a lot of make up — just a touch of eye shadow and mascara for the eyes, some mineral powder and the Perfect Skin Illuminator for some color. A little lip gloss completed the look.

My experience was a true journey of relaxation and 180 minutes later, I left with luminous and youthful looking skin. I will definitely be making another trip to The Plaza Athenee Spa at the Hotel Plaza Athenee.

Babor extends the following exclusive invitation to readers. During the entire month of May (5/1/11-5/31/11), visit the Plaza Athenee Spa at the Hotel Plaza Athénée and celebrate Mothers Day! Be one of the first in the city to experience the new Babor HSR de luxe Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment. Or, indulge in the classic HSR Extra Firming Treatment. Receive an exclusive deluxe Babor gift with the purchase of any of a HSR product. Book your appointment today by calling 212.606.4675 and mention

Originally published May 2011
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