You Clean Up Nice!
A six-step manscaping primer.
1. Beat the Beer Gut
Gyms are a snore. The hour-long Warrior Fitness Boot Camp (29 W. 35th St., nr. Sixth Ave., third fl.; 212-967-7977) is modeled after Marine training, so you’ll burn blubber in a variety of ways: sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, jumping rope, rope climbing, free weights, running, and even tire hopping (the facility houses a twelve-station obstacle course). Hesitant grooms can try out three sessions for $60, but co-founders and former Marines Alex Fell and Ruben Belliard recommend three straight months, with three to four sessions per week, for hard-core results.
2. Eliminate Acne
The acne-reduction treatment at Nickel Spa for Men (77 Eighth Ave., at 14th St.; 212-242-3203) involves the Galaxy machine, which uses a spectrum of light and radio frequencies to kill pore-clogging bacteria on your face, chest, and back. The $130 session lasts 45 minutes, during which spagoers can expect a hot pinching sensation. (Word to the pain-intolerant: Nickel suggests a minimum of five sessions, spaced out every three to four weeks.) For age spots, spider veins, or rosacea, there’s also a rejuvenation treatment with the Galaxy machine ($220 a session; buy five sessions and the sixth is free).
3. Prettify Your Mug
Of all spa treatments, the cucumber-eyed ladies-who-lunch facial may be the biggest threat to a dude-bro’s masculinity. Enter the ultra-baller 24-karat–gold mask facial at Dyanna Body & Nail Salon Spa (40 E. 21st St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-995-2355). The tightening-and-brightening treatment takes one hour and starts with an exfoliating cleanse and steam massage, followed by gentle fingertip extraction and, finally, the heavy metal: For $85, you get a 24-karat-gold pigment powder mask; for $100, a gold-dipped foil facial chased by the aforementioned powder treatment, and the confidence of Kanye.
From the Summer 2012 New York Wedding Guide