Inside the Erno Laszlo Institute in New York City. (Photo: Erno Laszlo)
New York is practically founded on clubs, enticing little havens that offer promises of exclusivity and access. There are the Yale and Harvard Clubs for those who bleed Ivy, the Metropolitan Club caters to midtown executives brokering deals on the racquetball court, and for the denizens of downtown, Soho House or Neuehouse are the places to see-and-be-seen. But what about a club for your skin? One where you could pop in anytime to fix certain ailments, say a gigantic pimple before a black-tie gala, or a troubling skin spot that appeared out of nowhere? These days, certain top-notch skincare facilities are offering membership programs geared towards on-going maintenance. They believe that a facial once every few months is not enough and that proper skincare should involve regular monthly or even weekly visits.
“Goals simply cannot be achieved through one-off facials,” says Dangene Enterprise, the founder of the famous Dangene Institute at the Core Club. “Our philosophy is that we want to take care of the skin on your entire body and help you achieve your goals, long-term. Whatever it means to you to be your perfect self, at any age, that is what we build a customized program around.”
The waiting room at the Dangene Institute (Photo: Dangene Institute)
Dangene’s membership packages range from $5,400 per year all the way up to $39,000 for intense, daily treatments. Those treatments can include laser to help reduce fine lines and sunspots by stimulating collagen, or non-laser programs like skin rejuvenation treatments that repair and renew skin quality and texture by eliminating growths and skin tags. The process begins with a full body consultation, during which a practitioner examines every square inch of skin for color, texture and veins. A program is then specifically tailored to the client’s schedule to treat and eliminate every imperfection.
“Determining the skin condition and goals of each client comes first and foremost in creating a customized membership package which then determines the price,” says Enterprise.
The lobby of the Erno Laszlo Institute in Soho. (Photo: Erno Lazslo)
The iconic Erno Laszlo Institute in Soho offers yearly memberships as well as one-off facials. The classic package at $5,000 provides unlimited treatments and a $250 product credit. The Hollywood package at $8,000 adds in a car service and complimentary passes for friends. There are no add-ons or menu options. It’s simply an all-inclusive option for one yearly rate.
Depending on each client’s needs, skin therapist Suzanne Price and her staff develop a schedule, ranging anywhere between once a month to once a day for severe acne or rosacea. And then there are the clients who love a good glow and will pop in for microderm abrasion or a mask. “We believe in consistent care and that tackling any issue, like anti-aging or acne, takes constant attention,” says Price. “It takes maintenance to get beautiful skin and we offer all of that under this one umbrella.”
But sometimes, the best part of a club is its exclusivity. At Bergdorf Goodman, the Natura Bissé spa functions like a hidden, word-of-mouth gem, where loyal fans of the Barcelona-based skincare brand line up to receive the magic potions that promise to reverse any unsightly ailment. The outpost joins the brand’s spas in five star hotels throughout the world and offers its coveted time slots to friends of friends and those who will happily spend $730 on its Inhibit-Tensolift expression line corrector. In celebration of Beauty Lovers Day last Thursday, the brand introduced Diamond Rose Ritual, a face and body treatment that exfoliates and lifts. A limited edition Diamond Absolute Damask Rose Body Oil was also for sale. It comes rich in omegas 3 and 6 to repair the skin and reduce stress levels. Now, where do we sign up?