Looking to mix up your beauty routine? It should come as no surprise that New York City is home to a few spa treatments that are anything but ordinary. From bird-poop facials to bathtubs of red wine, here’s a list of some of the city’s most bizarre beauty offerings.
The tushie rub
If you want to give your bum a little lift, the Fanny Facial at Smooth Synergy Cosmedical Spa is the place to do it. The treatment first kicks off with a detoxifying scrub to cleanse and exfoliate the derriere. Afterward, your tush is hooked up for microcurrent therapy. (Lifting and toning is the name of the game here.) The final result of the mix of positive and negative compressions is a smoother, tighter booty. Run by a husband-and-wife team at a sleek new location on the east side, Smooth Synergy is a one-stop-shop for injectables, laser hair removal and more.
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The bird-poop facial
The Geisha Facial at Shizuka New York Day Spa cleanses and rejuvenates the skin with a little help from some bird poop (nightingale droppings, to be precise). Before you scurry away, owner and celebrity facialist Shizuka Bernstein assures that the droppings are purified and clean. It’s also mixed with rice bran for optimal exfoliation. The treatment wraps up with an antioxidant green tea collagen masque. When all is said and done, Bernstein says the glow the bird poop leaves behind is well worth it.
The red wine soak
Nothing helps you wind down like a nice glass of red wine. Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca elevates this idea to a whole new level. The highlight of their Red Wine Ritual consists of a private, 30-minute soak in warm red wine. Imported from a winery in Spain, the wine is said to be especially hydrating – making it ideal for dry skin. It’s also packed with antioxidants to block the skin’s aging process. Following the vino bath, patrons can enjoy a 90-minute, four-handed massage performed with grape seed oil. The Red Wine Ritual is offered for both singles and couples.
*Price: $500 on weekdays, $550 on weekends
The caviar facial
What could possibly be fancier than caviar? The beauty experts over at Cornelia Spa at The Surrey offer a positively luxurious treatment called the Reparative Caviar and Oxygen Quench. The 90-minute facial leaves skin plumped, tightened and supremely hydrated. Using a pumpkin-papaya enzyme to eat up all the icky stuff on your skin, facialists at Cornelia then dish out the royal treatment – a nutritive masque literally made out of caviar. This is followed by a super-hydrating oxygen masque, plus a massage with champagne shimmer body serum. As if that weren’t enough, the pampering continues with more caviar (this time for eating), along with a glass of Prosecco. It’s pretty much the classiest spa treatment ever.