207 E 14th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.733159 -73.986481
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Great Spa with Friendly Staff and Consistent Results – I have very acne-prone and sensitive skin that I've been dealing with for ten years. I don't like taking medication and was delighted when I found Essential Skin Care Spa three and a half years ago. Since then, the skilled estheticians at Essential have really made a difference in my skin. My esthetician, Madeline, is so friendly, kind, and gentle. I usually go every two to three months for an Alpha Chemical Peel and/or Microdermabrasian. I always see results that last up to two weeks. I wish I could go more often; but, I simply can't afford it. The prices are reasonable. I recommend purchasing a "package" of services to save money. But, be careful because these ladies certainly know how to up sell! I'd definitely recommend Essential to a friend. It's affordable, effective, and not pretentious.
Wonderful first time experience at Essential. – A close friend of mine referred me to this place at Union Square before. But I never had a chance to visit. It's online special offered by Essential got my attention finally. I went in for 60 mins Antiwinkle treatment. I've been reading their reviews online which are quite mixed. People are complaining about the staff pushed the sales too much. So I was kinda worried they were going to do that to me. But apparently they took the advice and responded to that. During the whole 60 mins service, I was only politely asked once about whether I'm interested in getting the recommended skin care products I should at home. I got this profession brand "Skin Element" facial wash and toner which I never heard before. I've been using them for two weeks, it's quite effective on my skin.
The whole facial service was quite pleasant. The girl serving me seems to know what she's doing. I relaxed and dozed off. Check out their special deal like I did. It would save some money. I think I will go back again for something else. I like this place.
Spare yourself, your skin and money – last i went, i got a microdermabrasion facial. they obviously didn't know or care (or both) in what they were doing. immediately after the session, they pushed me to sign up for their package that requires an upfront installment payment.
the girl at the reception had a calculator at hand trying to bargain with me. i felt like i was at a flea market and felt more stressed leaving than when i came.
afterwards, my poor face peeled off scales of dry skin for the next 2 months. it was so bad people were commenting.asking if my skin was ok. there's a no refund policy and i was so upset i couldn't even get myself to pass by there for months.
it was my third time at the skincare and each time had been progressively worse treatment and customer service. NEVER AGAIN.
spare yourself, your skin and wallet and go where you'll be treated well.
you deserve it.
Great for your money – I have been a loyal client to Essential Skin Care for about a couple of months now. I came in with acne and splotches on my face that I just wanted to go away. They gave me: 6 Microdermabrasion with Facial, 6 alpha peel, 6 lightening treatments, 4 high frequency, and free herbal masks for like 1200 bucks. I know it sounds liek a lot but do the math, usually salons charge you 200 for micro!
I did around 4 treatments without using their products and did not get much results. However, their products work (especially the ones with glycolic acid). But don't get the ones you don't need. Just get a cleanser, toner, and medicated acne lotion. They are VERY pushy about giving you everything.
With products you will be spending some more. So maybe my 1200 became almost 1400. Still a good deal for what I got. My skin looks great now. So I really recommend them.
Awesome – I have only been there once, but I plan on going back again and again. I went last week for microdermabrasion and a peel. I got a lot for my money and the staff was great. I have major skin problems such as clogged and enlarged pores and acne. I've only had one treatment and I noticed a major difference. I highly recommend this spa.
Gets Results – Before going to Essentials, I had never had a facial. I didn't have major acne, but I wanted to take care of some blackheads on my forehead and nose that I couldn't get rid of with over the counter products. I went to Essentials for the first time in December 2007 for a facial that was advertised for $40. I ended up leaving with a package for 5 more facials and a ton of very expensive product. At first I walked out feeling like I was crazy to spend so much more money than I originally planned, but after seeing how much clearer and brighter my skin looked, I knew I made the right choice. What really hooked me was when I ran out of the product and went back to using the over the counter stuff, the blackheads came back right away. I will admit that they do push you to purchase more, but you just have to know what you want and be firm. I have had a couple of facials already and I only need to go once every couple of months, as long as I follow my skincare regimen at home. I recommend Madeline. She's knowlegdable, efficient and friendly.
Cheap pricing, inconsistent service, persistently pushing products – I went there for a facial and was really happy with the service. (Maybe because they want to reel you in). I was asked if I want to buy a package of 6 treatments and I agreed because it was a good deal. Just be aware that during facial they will asked you if you want to purchase additional service for example cold cream to put on your face for additional charge and you can say no. I try several different girls and some are better than others but there is this one girl I hate. Unfortunately I can't remember her name. She persistently pushed products to me and ended buying them and regretting it. I returned some of them on my next visit which happen to be my sixth and never return ever since. My advice is you can try them because they service are not that bad but just be strong not to fall prey on anything ang everything they push you to buy.
Right place for acne and scar treatment, recommend it. – I started to come for facial treatments at Essential Skin Care in April 07. I have to say, my acne problem bothered me for a very long time and I could never find something, or some treatments that would really solve this problem util I came here. After only 2 treatments my acne were all gone and I could start doing microdermabrasion starting the 3rd visit to treat my acne scars. Two more sessions down, my skin looks radiant and I haven't even finish my package yet. Essential Skin Care really solved my skin problem. THANK YOU!
Essential Skin Care v.s. My Educated Guess – I came across the Essential Skin Care after leaving the office of a licensed Dermatologist and ventured in out of curiosity. I asked the receptionist about treatments for acne scars and she quickly suggested micro-dermabrasion. Through her broken English she suggested a complete package of approx. 6 laser treatments to even out my skins' scars. I was very surprised at the prices esp. because I'd just priced the same treatment for thousands of dollars at a doctors office. This place was obviously not run by doctors. I've done much research on the effects of dermabrasion on dark skin and it's NEVER recommended but she said it wouldn't be a problem. Micro dermabrasion can leave dark skin discolored and blotchy. Red flags and my gut feeling says not to risk it. After she again attempted to sell products I asked for an exfoliation mask and she sells me a 'wash'. I leave with their business card in hand but uneasy feeling inside. I use wash at home and find the harsh micro beeds in their exfoliating creme scraping my face. If anything using it will damage my face but I will show it to my professional and lisenced Dermatologist next week. After reading the other reviews I'm glad I wasn't willing to save money on a laser treatment that in the long term may leave me looking worse . My suggestion in this and any case is to do as much research on a clinic/doctor or product before investing your money or risking your health or saftey.
One of the best in New York City! – Essential skin care does some of the best facial in New York City. I highly recommend the facialist , Dorothy. I had many treatments from her over the past few years including facials and microdermabrasion and glycolic treatments. She is very gentle and is extremely thorough and detail oriented! Excellent service given. Unlike some of the prvious customers listed, I've never had anyone there push products for me to buy. I highly recomend trying this salon for a facial.
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