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Best of New York 2014 • Health & Self

Best Hot-Stone Facial

  • Energy Lift Facial at Ling Skin Care

    12 E. 16th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-989-8833

    Lots of spas feature hot-stone treatments. But it’s not just any old basalt rock that Ling Chan, a 30-year veteran of East-meets-West skin care, uses for her latest service ($195 for an hour): It’s the tourmaline gemstone, believed to be the highest-energy-producing crystal in the world. As you lie on a warmed bed in a candlelit room, Chan preps the skin with pore extractions and various peels before massaging the face’s acupressure points with the tourmaline; thanks to a proprietary heating machine, the stone emits an infusion of natural energy (negative ions and far- infrared rays), said to detoxify the cells. Regardless of what goes on under the surface, you’ll leave with a glow that lasts for weeks.

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