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Recovery Plan

I overdid it during the holidays, but I’m too busy to take a break. How can I fake a weekend in St. Barts?

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If there’s any place equipped to handle people in a rush, it’s New York. Aida Bicaj, whose electronic lifting facial is typically 75 minutes and $250, offers a special half-hour version (629 Park Ave., nr. 65th St.; 212-772-6968), and Bicaj claims even 30 minutes can do wonders. “You’ll look like you slept fifteen hours” is how she describes the effects.

Completely Bare (765 Madison Ave., nr. 65th St.; 212-717-9300) does more than remove hair. Their Epi Polish ($185) stimulates collagen with pulsed light: Fifteen minutes to baby-bottom skin.

At Simply Spa, sessions are bought by the hour rather than the service (104 W. 14th St., at Sixth Ave.; 212-647-8919). You can buy an hour and fill it with any combination of services: massage, facial, nails. It’s up to the technicians to multitask, and they will: One might fix your fingers while the other plunges your pores.

Try a spray tan. At Faux Glow (30 E. 60th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-355-8552) or Paul Labrecque (171 E. 65th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-595-0099), a quick coat of brown eliminates that partied-out pallor.

If you’re staying home, dig into your makeup drawer. Start with Lancôme’s resurface peel, to slough off the dead stuff, or Tracie Martyn’s Enzyme Exfoliant. Eye masks can make you at least look rested—Awake, Estée Lauder, and Chanel all make good versions. If you’re feeling really puffed up, cool one in the refrigerator before applying. Once you’ve cleared the surface, a spot of Trish McEvoy Skin Luminizer reflects the light for a little shine, but go easy. Nothing says “I’m running on empty” like an oily sheen.


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