Elizabeth Arden’s just moved their signature red doors down a few blocks, to the top floor of the Salvatore Ferragamo building at 663 Fifth Avenue (at 53rd Street).
The 21,000 square foot space houses a salon, spa, cafe, relaxation library, multiple infinity pools, saunas, steam rooms and a 2,500 square foot penthouse terrace. Though the physical changes should attract more people—and hopefully a younger, hipper crowd alongside the salon’s legion of loyal customers—they’ve added new treatments, too. We hopped on the phone with Cornelia Zicu, (she founded the Cornelia Day Spa and is the new Chief Creative Officer at Red Door) to find out what those seeking relaxation in midtown Manhattan can expect to find behind the red doors.
Zicu’s favorite treatment is the Oxygen facial. “An infusion of minerals and oxygen is pressed into your skin with a technology we created with scientists in Australia,” she says. The machine used in the treatment purifies the air before “spraying it onto the face, followed by double oxygenation and then pressing it into the derma.” Zicu swears it’ll make your face look like “it’s come off a long vacation.”
When you’re done with your face, Zicu recommends chocolate. But don’t eat it, it’s most detoxyfying when it’s on your body. Red Door’s created an exclusive machine that mimics cupping—the Eastern medicine that got its 15 minutes of fame when stars like Katie Holmes and Gwyneth Patlrow showed off round circles on their backs—and uses chocolate within the machine. ”It has high lymphatic benefits for your face, neck and body,” Zicu says. “Chocolate—and coffee—eliminates the extra liquid in your body that’s making you look puffy. And it doesn’t just offer beauty results, but wellness, too.”
Other treatments make use of ingredients like cactus, which is a great anti bacterial and white tea, a strong antioxidant. Zicu added, “Because this is like a resort, we’re really focused on bringing the garden experience inside the spa.”