By: Anne M. Raso
What sets the Ink Spa at the Ink48 Hotel apart from the numerous and fabulous hotel spas in midtown Manhattan? Two words: FREESTYLE FACIAL! This 50-minute facial (priced at a reasonable $125) is as customized as a facial can get and features not only Kerstin Florian products fragrant with the scent of lavender (it's the line commissioned by the Kimpton Hotel chain and is featured in all their spas across the globe) but massage on the hands, feet and chest while peels and masques are doing their magic. Facialist Karalyns Schuck makes grand efforts to address every issue your skin is having with treatments that exfoliate, renew and finally, add a youthful and dewy look that some clients have probably not seen since they were 16. From the beginning of the treatment, where Schuck used Kerstin Florian's rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk to the Clarifying Exfoliating Scrub to the Rehydrating Neroli Water spritzed onto my face at the very end of the service, I gleefully inhaled the most wonderful all-natural "aromatherapy" while getting every cell on my face renewed. Schuck does the traditional steam during the FREESTYLE FACIAL as well, followed by gentle extractions. Manager Suzanne Owen is proud of the fact that the spa staff created the FREESTYLE FACIAL themselves and notes, "It gives us an opportunity to analyze the skin and customer the perfect treatment."
The Ink Spa is streamlined, modern and full of sunshine thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. There are modern spiritually-oriented statues, exotic teas, luxurious terry robes and rubber sandals that work the pressure points on the soles of your feet. Clients are welcome to relax in the posh locker room or in the front office with a cup of tea or bottle of water, and walk out with generous samples of Kerstin Florian products to use at home. I just had to find out why this particular line of skincare chosen for Ink Spa when there are so many with a "green spin" these days. Owen states matter-of-factly, "We chose KFI for the quality of ingredients and their organic approach to skin care."
For more info on the Ink Spa, go to ink48.com; phone number 646-572-7440.