After nearly two decades in the skin-care business working for pros like Brad Johns, Yasmine Djerradine, and New York's hometown dermatologist Dr. Zizmor, facialist Shyou Hung opened her own Thompson Street shop, where she works solo on a clientele of uptown devotees, models, and beauty editors. Offered on their own or with cleansing and mask, the anti-aging, firming, and lifting treatments utilize electric micro-current technology, light therapy, and microdermabrasion, while the basic acupressure facial focuses on deep cleaning (read: Extractions can hurt). Customization is key to Hung's technique—she creates masks to suit each client's needs, and individualized attention dictates every part of the spa experience—but the highlight of any facial is undoubtedly the heavenly accompanying full-body massage delivered by an assistant. Anti-cellulite ultrasound body treatments are also popular, and the salon sells a sampling of some of Hung’s favorite products by lines like Jan Marini, Valmont and Hanna Isul. With its colorful tropical-flowered linens and the sweet scent of papaya lingering in the air, the single treatment room feels like a cabana in Bora Bora; be sure to check out the blue sky ceiling mural before closing your eyes.
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