7 Quick Beauty Fixes To Upgrade Your Spring Look!

Bright new bag, check. Pleated maxi skirt, check. Summer wedges, check and check (yes, you needed two!). You've pretty much got your spring shopping list in the bag, but have you thought about prepping your winter-weary body for some sunning and funning? Nope? We thought as much! So, give us major loving—we've anticipated all the prettifying you'll need to get yourself super fresh for the balmy season and made a handy makeover list that includes some of the best beauty spas in NYC. With a round-up that includes a heavenly body scrub to fierce fuzz removal, trust us, you'll be the one raising temperatures and causing heat (or shall we say hotness?) strokes in no time.
Advertisement
Click through to see seven ways to beautify yourself for spring!
1 of 7
SCALP TREATMENT:
Phytopolleine Treatment at Julien Farel Salon

We're just as obsessed about our locks as you are, but sometimes scoring an amazing mane takes more than just slapping on products. Get to the root of the problem, literally, with a Phytopolleine Treatment ($100) at Julien Farel, which recently opened a satellite salon inside the swanky Setai Hotel on Fifth Avenue. Made of 100% pure plant extracts, this is one veritable salad of herbal goodness (lemon, sage, rosemary, cyprus and eucalyptus)—the treatment is antifungal and antimicrobial, all the better to cultivate a mane of healthy strands. Phytopolleine is applied pre-shampoo, and after a leave-in period, a stylist shampoos it out with a potion specific for your hair type. Think of it as an antibiotic for your scalp, balancing it so it's neither too oily or too dry. But hey, we're more interested in the results: an invigorated head of hair that looks and feels strong and shiny. No wonder tennis ace Rafael Nadal is a big fan.
Julian Farel at The Setai, 400 5th Avenue, 4/F (near W37th street); 212-613-8720.
2 of 7
TEETH WHITENING:
GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device

We've talked about Dr. Jonathan Levine's amazing gadget before, but we love him so much we just had to give him another shout-out. Glo works like the whitening systems you'll find in your dentist, but it's quicker, and you can do it in the comfort of your own home—no more traumatic dental visits! It delivers light optic technology direct to your choppers via a mouthpiece you use together with whitening gels that treat your teeth front to back. People are still complimenting us on our pearly whites—all the better to show off our favorite orange lippie!
Jonathan B. Levine and Associates, 923 Fifth Avenue (corner of 73rd Street and 5th Avenue); 212-734-6111. For more information about the GLO Device, visit GLO Science or call 855-GLO-5976.
Advertisement
3 of 7
LASER HAIR REMOVAL:
Completely Bare

If you think permanent hair reduction is a worthy investment (trust us, it is!), your big bucks and fuzzy self will be in good hands at Completely Bare. Backed by ten years of experience and a highly-trained staff, this high-tech spa is also equipped with an arsenal of modern machines that will zap off and keep off those annoying hairy areas in due time. The five different methods they use (ranging from Diode, Yag, and IPL systems) ensure that you, regardless of your hair color or skin tone, are defollicled for good. We recommend a six package deal.
Completely Bare, 103 5th Avenue, 4/F (between 17th and 18th streets); 855-366-6060.
4 of 7
FOOT TREATMENT:
Spirit of the Beehive Paraffin Wrap at Jin Soon Hand And Foot Spa

While it's tempting to pop into one of the dinky nail salons that offer $16.99 mani/pedi services to save some dinero, the oncoming sandal season means your feet deserve extra love. Hop on the 6 train to get your footsies pampered at the Upper East Side outpost of Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa. Owned by Jin Soon Choi, a backstage veteran at shows like Oscar de la Renta, Vivenne Tam, and Rebecca Taylor, as well as the go-to technician for celeb shoots over at Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Allure, the spa is a relaxing oasis for people who don't mind spending a bit more for heavenly pampering. And the extra TLC you'll receive is well worth your hard-earned bucks. Be prepared for lengthy lavishing when you try the uber hydrating Spirit of the Beehive, which locks in moisturizer with a three-layer paraffin wrap ($60 for feet). Finish off with an extra callus treatment ($15) to get your walkers as smooth as a baby's behind.
Jin Soon Hand And Foot Spa, 421 East 73rd Street (between York and 1st Avenue); 212-249-9144.

Photo via GloboMaestro.
5 of 7
BODY SCRUB:
Basic Purification Program at Juvenex Spa

We know you're itching to shed your winter layers, but before you let the sun hit your bare skin, make sure to get rid of the dull, dry flakes that prevent you from glowing like a sun-kissed chick. Juvenex Spa's Basic Purification Program starts with a Jade Journey, where you'll begin the process of de-stressing and detoxifying in an array of saunas and tubs. You then move on to an invigorating Korean-style salt scrub, a stimulating shampoo and conditioning treatment for the hair, full body cleansing, and a gentle facial to cap it all off. You pretty much get the whole shebang, and at $115, it's actually a fantastic deal. Ladies get exclusive access to the spa from 7 a.m to 5 p.m while couples are welcome from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Juvenex Spa, 25 W 32nd Street, 5/F (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue); 646-733-1330.
6 of 7
TANNING:
California Tan AutoBronzer at City Sun

Spring means tons more sunshine but all those bright rays don't necessarily equate to a golden tan, which may be what you're really after. If your vacation days don't give you enough time to go on a beach vacay, your best bet is an indoor toasting courtesy of City Sun. Owner Jan Meshon recommends building a base tan so your glow stays on longer. It takes about five sessions to get a good base, and that means going every two or three days so you don't fade as quick as jeans soaked in bleach. Services start at $19 for a 15-minute basic session on their tropical tanning bed, a price that's affordable even for the thriftiest tanner. If you prefer to go faux (we do!), step into their California Tan AutoBronzer ($39 for a session), which sprays you with a streak-free tan in less than a minute. As a special for Refinery29 readers, City Sun is offering a 2 for 5 promo: buy two premium sessions and you'll get three more thrown in for free when you mention Refinery29. The premium level includes some amazing sunbeds and the AutoBronzer spray tan for you to choose from. At $78 (plus tax) for five sessions, it's a tan-tastic deal we can't wait to get ourselves.
City Sun Tanning, 50 East 13th Street (between Broadway and University Place); 212-353-9700.
Disclaimers: Must be 18 to use sunbed. Only 1 special package per customer. Cannot be combined with other offers.
7 of 7
WAXING:
The Beetweeny at Bliss49 Spa

Whether you Love Lady Gaga's look or not, when it comes to grooming down-under, you gotta admit she's on the right track, baby. If you're gaga over her barescaping, get yourself to Bliss for their trademark Beetweeny ($50), which takes off more than your regular bikini wax, but stops short of a Brazilian full monty. And at Bliss, there's literally no beating around the bush—their waxing is performed by expert technicians who make sure to keep it quick and relatively pain-free. Their famous brownie buffet also scores major, well, brownie points, bites of which will definitely make you forget about post-wax downtime.
Bliss 49, 541 Lexington Avenue (in the W Hotel); 877-862-5477.
Advertisement

More from Beauty

Watch

R29 Original Series