CHILL OUT

These al­ter­na­tive treat­ments to look­ing and feel­ing bet­ter are on the cut­tingedge of cool.

Where New York - - August - By Joni Sweet

Spas with frosty treat­ments to keep you beau­ti­ful.

New York is an un­de­ni­ably awe­some place to spend the sum­mer months. Who can ar­gue with long, sunny days loung­ing in Cen­tral Park, breezy nights sip­ping cock­tails at rooftop bars and week­ends filled with out­door con­certs and events? Chill­ing out takes on a mean­ing of its own, though, when it comes to 21st-cen­tury beauty treat­ments. From frozen saunas and subzero body cham­bers to chilly mas­sages and anti-ag­ing fa­cials that prac­ti­cally freeze time, here are the spa ex­pe­ri­ences that you won’t have to sweat over.

TRA­DI­TIONAL TREAT­MENTS GONE ICY

The soar­ing tem­per­a­tures out­side make cold ver­sions of stan­dard treat­ments the hottest thing on the spa scene right now. To get in on the trend, look no fur­ther than Haven Spa. The Green­wich Vil­lage spa (with a twin­kle-light loung­ing area) uses cold packs in tar­get ar­eas of the body in its 90-minute Tourist Mas­sage, along with a heavy em­pha­sis on vig­or­ous foot and shoul­der rubs, to soothe trav­el­ers’ most com­mon aches. And if you’ve found your skin look­ing less than radiant from the harsh heat and sun, the chic spa’s Fire and Ice fa­cial will re­ju­ve­nate it with a warm and tingly resur­fac­ing mask, fol­lowed by a fa­cial mas­sage us­ing bulbs filled with icy wa­ter to stim­u­late cir­cu­la­tion.

The Cor­nelia Spa at The Sur­rey takes a sub­tler, yet no less pow­er­ful, ap­proach to cool­ing guests down. Ev­ery body treat­ment, like the Cham­pagne & Pearl Su­gar Glow body pol­ish, ends with the Up­per East Side spa’s “Sig­na­ture Cool­ing Ca­ress,” in which guests are draped with a cool­ing neck towel and pre­sented with a sor­bet amuse-bouche. Not that you need an ex­cuse for a frozen treat in this weather!

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