We’re four weeks out and the race is on… not just to find the perfect dress and hat, but to troubleshoot any nagging complexion imperfections. Just in time: Fast-acting skin services that will banish breakouts and get your skin glowing in time for your first photo-op.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones who rely on radiance-boosting facials, spray tans and full body exfoliations to put their best face forward for big events. “The week before Derby is prime time for skincare services,” says Kelli Campbell, owner of Joseph’s Salon and Spa. “It’s easily our busiest week of the year. Everyone walks in exhausted and walks out beaming.”
After all, most skincare services have benefits beyond glowing, great skin: They’re a much-needed moment of pure pampering and relaxation during the crazy-busy days before our big event. “If you can find forty-five minutes, it’s the one thing you should add to your week before Derby,” says Dr. Sarita Nair, medical director for Body RX.
We’ve tried out dozens of facials and fast skincare treatments around town. Here are the ones that delivered the most visible results—healthy, hydrated, glow-y skin— right away.
Skin Fix: FaceTite
Where: A Woman’s Touch
6400 Dutchmans Parkway
Price: $3500 for either face or body
FaceTite and BodyTite are both minimally-invasive surgical skin-tightening treatments that can instantly tighten up skin on the lower face, neck or body. There’s a one-week recovery period, but, after that, the treated area is taut, firm and rejuvenated.
Skin Fix: Organic Spray Tan
Where: JOSEPH’S SALON AND SPA
3938 Dutchmans Lane
If you’re looking for a believable, all-over glow— without chemicals— the Sjolie spray tan is for you. Application includes all-over exfoliation and takes about thirty minutes. Over the next few hours, you’ll develop a beautiful golden tan that looks like the real thing.
Skin Fix: Oxygen facial
Where: Body RX
601 S. Hurstbourne Parkway
This miracle facial brightens skin; softens fine lines, evens out skin tone and improves texture and tone. It’s the soothing, quick fix that will transform your complexion after a long, cold winter.
Skin Fix: Anti-Acne Back Facial
Where: Massage Envy
4600 Shelbyville Road, 502-895-2007; 1025 Veterans Parkway, Clarksville, IN
Price: $107; $77 for first visit
After this sixty-minute facial and mini massage designed to target acne flare-ups, patchy skin and roughness, you’ll not only have smooth skin that’s ready for that strapless dress, but you’ll feel light as a feather and tension-free. It’s just what you need to feel ready for the next few frantic weeks.
Skin Fix: Thirty-minute Facial with Vitamin C and Retinol Booster
Where: J Michael’s
4121 Shelbyville Rd
This sybaritic treatment combines facial massage with deep pore cleansing plus a complexion-brightening cocktail of vitamin C and retinol. Leave looking luminous—with fewer visible fine lines, even skin tone and baby-smooth texture.