Daily, by appointment only
B, D, F, V at Broadway-Lafayette St.; N, R, W at Prince St.
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Though Elena Rubin only offers two varieties of facials—a customizable two-hour treatment, and an abridged 50-minute version—clients have a range of unique options from this holistically-minded aesthetician, who works out of a wellness center that she opened in a Soho office building, which she shares with Reiki masters, accupuncturists, and the like. Rubin’s signature facial is both relaxing and results-driven, beginning with a few rounds of breathing and a foot massage. Skin is then thoughtfully examined, and unlike other experiences where one can feel as if all of their flaws are exposed, Rubin points out both the good and the bad about her clients’ skin. Her extractions are painless (no, really), and the ingredients in each product, most of which come from her own paraben-free line, are thoroughly explained. Treatments are on the pricier side, but what are usually thought of as “add-ons” like peels or high-frequency wands, are complimentary.
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