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Skin-care steal at SoHo’s Dermalogica spa

How Dermalogica zones in on your face.
How Dermalogica zones in on your face.

Gretchen Smith, a facialist at SoHo’s Dermalogica spa had me at stratum germinativum. Besides using Latin to explain where skin cells are born, Smith spoke the language of common sense. “We can’t treat your anti-aging concerns until we examine your inflammation and redness, which might be causing them,” she said, slathering me with Dermalogica Gentle Soothing Booster, which has become my steady companion. (Turns out my natural skin tone is more milky maid than blushing bride.)

I discovered Smith during Dermalogica’s 60-minute signature Face Mapping facial ($110), given in a private spa “pod.” The method borrows from Traditional Chinese Medicine by seeing your face as 14 zones, which can be analyzed then individually remedied. (In my case, a deep cleansing of my nose and chin—zones 7 and 12, and a redness-reducing mask for my cheeks—zones 5 and 9.)
MicroZone treatments at Dermalogica SoHO
But for just $35, you can get a targeted 20-minute MicroZone treatment, if you’re willing to sacrifice some privacy. Flash Exfoliation, Eye Rescue, Rapid Spot Clearing, and three more results-oriented services are given salon-style out in the shop. “You know how spas always say you can’t get results in 20 minutes?” says, the Smith with the kind of candor that inspires trust. “Well, we can.”

Dermalogica Signature Facial with Face Mapping
($110 for 60 minutes), MicroZone treatments ($35 for 20 minutes), 110 Grand St., btwn Broadway and Mercer, 212-219-9800,

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