I tried “the best facial in NYC” – it’s $1000 and so luxurious

I love getting facials. In my opinion, there really is no better self-care option out there. Facials not only give me a built-in amount of time to not stare at a screen and try to relax, but they also provide tons of skin benefits that make the treatment really worthwhile. My facials typically fall on the more affordable end of the spectrum (I have bills to pay!), but when I received an invitation to try “the best facial in NYC,” which comes with a whopping $1000 price tag, I was immediately intrigued .

This facial is from none other than JTAV Clinical skin care, a luxury skin care clinic in Manhattan. Founded by Joie Tavernise, a NYC-based skin expert and medical esthetician, JTAV’s signature facials are completely tailored to each person’s individual needs. Unlike many facials, JTAV facials combine clinical equipment with proven facial techniques, making them a unique experience.

That said, there are a few things you can typically expect from a JTAV facial. Usually, Tavernise will deep cleanse, exfoliate the skin with a Hydrafacial, dermaplane, extract clogged pores and use LED lights. Depending on your needs, Tavernise will also use Laser Genesis therapy for tone and texture, Clear + Brilliant for more extreme tone and pore size issues, or intense pulsed light for hyperpigmentation.

The experience itself felt like a mix between a relaxing facial and an appointment with a dermatologist. Tavernise seemed to know more about my skin than I do (and even saw some places I may have overpicked). Each step felt methodical and results driven, and I felt like I could ask questions as she went along to gain a better understanding of the process.

My skin is typically pretty clear and leans dry, but lately I’ve been experiencing a lot more breakouts than usual thanks to stress and hormones. I let Tavernise know this and she made sure to adjust my facial accordingly, targeting problem areas while still making sure my skin stayed hydrated.

Honestly, the best part of the facial is that Tavernise (aside from the clinical equipment) used a lot of skin care products that you can buy and use at home – which is great for those of us who can’t splurge on the price of a facial of our rent. I asked Tavernise to walk me through our entire facial, including all the products she used. Read on for the full breakdown straight from Tavernise herself, not including the laser treatment and LED light treatment that Tavernise uses to even out tone and texture and help alleviate breakouts.

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