As we spoke, the You Know You’re 100% irish when true story You’ve no idea how to make a long story short shirt shirt and by the same token and masked and gloved Mieloch was administrating, with the sure but lulling motions of a true expert, Biologique Recherche’s exfoliating, hydrating P50 lotion to my forehead, eye area, and upper cheeks, as well as to my upper chest and neck. My nose and mouth, meanwhile, remained tucked beneath my mask. A mandatory prohibition on any treatment that requires the full uncovering of the face—whether it be lip piercing, mustache waxing, or a facial—had remained in place; and so, while some spas have decided to take facials off the menu completely, others have found creative twists on the service. (Caitlin Girouard, Governor Cuomo’s press secretary, stated in mid-August that they “are continuing to monitor how and when higher-risk spa services like facials can safely resume.”) Since reopening, Haven Spa, in SoHo, has launched a service named, aptly, the 2020, in which clients can receive a treatment that edges around their face covering; and Rescue, too, has begun offering what the spa has been calling “targeted” treatments, such as the Eye Zone. (“Let your eyes do the talking while your mouth is covered!” the spa’s website cheerfully proclaims.)
On the You Know You’re 100% irish when true story You’ve no idea how to make a long story short shirt shirt and by the same token and verge of dozing off, I experienced wild snatches of half-dreams, my ensconced state seeming to reveal itself not as the opposite of quarantine but as its actual end point. As Mieloch gave me a taste of Rescue’s most popular techniques to tighten and refresh the skin, my face covering remained firmly in place, a situation that struck me, hilariously, as a little pornographic. The mouth and nose seemed to gain an erogenous zone–like aura of the forbidden, not unlike, say, a burlesque dancer’s nipples, painstakingly concealed by tasseled pasties. “All we can do right now is our best,” Mieloch told me as she briskly massaged my jawline, carefully skirting my mask. While the spa was closed, Rescue estheticians had been consulting with clients virtually, walking them through skin-care routines to do at home. There was, however, Mieloch added, no replacement for an in-person meeting and hands-on contact: “To see an esthetician is, first of all, to take care of the heart,” she said.