82 Orchard St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.717855 -73.990275
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Great skin care, hard sell on the products – I had a facial with Christine herself at the recommendation of my medical dermatologist, who said "she will get your face cleaner than anyone." Once at the salon, Christine convinced me to get microdermabrasion as well.
Christine has a reputation for being no-nonsense and she is - she will tell you what kind of skin you have, what you've been doing wrong and how she can treat your skin problems. She won't sugarcoat anything, and she does name-drop her celebrity clientele. Having said that, she was honest and competent and not mean or intimidating at all.
The microdermabrasion was one of the most aggressive ones I've ever had - she went over the same spots again and again and I was sure I would escape with raw, scraped skin. As a woman of color, I would be hesitant to trust another aesthetician with this level of abrasiveness, but Christine is a master (I was reassured on this by my doctor). The microdermabrasion was followed by a soothing facial but with aggressive extractions - not painful but she went after everything. I was amazed when I had only minor peeling after both procedures and my skin has looked and felt amazing since.
The only negative was the hard sell on products at the end. I do love her mild toner, but her assistant and the young woman at the desk both pushed the rest of the product line (firming serum, daily serum, retinol lotion). None of the prices are outrageous for a celeb skin line but I hate coming out of a facial and having to battle with the front-desk staff about buying products.
Having said that, when I called a few days later with a question about use of one product, they had a record of when I'd been in, what I'd purchased, who I'd seen and notes that Christine had taken from our session. Impressive.
Verena is amazing – Verena is the best aesthetician I have ever had, hands down. I came to her 8 months before my wedding and asked her what I needed to do to have the best skin of my life. She suggested a six-week rotating schedule of micro + facials, facials, and back again. By the time my wedding rolled around, I was getting regular compliments on my skin tone and smoothness, and plenty of comments about how I don't look my age (and what woman doesn't love THAT?) :)
Verena is kind, thorough, and dedicated to giving you the best results possible every time you see her. She will spend as much time with you as necessary to get it right: she never cuts a single corner, never makes you feel rushed, and also does a wonderful job of respecting your budget and not over-selling the spa's products and services.
She has become a friend over the course of the last year, and I genuinely look forward to seeing her every time I go in.....which is saying something, given that it's true what they say about the facials here...but no pain, no gain, ladies! ;)
ultimate zit zapper !!! – I had heard about this spa through many professionals of my industry but was reluctant to go because I am not a big fan of "celebrity-hot spots" ...
Until this past Spring - I was recommended to Verena and have been returning to her specifically on a regular basis. I have very reactive skin an many things make my skin break out (even weather change!). Verena is the most thorough facial expert I have ever encountered !!!! No joke !!! No zit stands a chance with her and... And she has the abiolity to extract really deep, yet always gently and without torturous pain ! I find that she is also very knowledgeable about skin and can articulate easily what goes on, what to do and not do ! Since I have been going to her my skin is turning around literally ! And it's not because I sleep more or travel less ! It is utterly and totally the results of her cleansing and extracting skills ! I have an appointment scheduled with her next week and I am really looking forward to it ! My skin positively glowing and happy each time and in between appointments keeps its balance in spite of my over indulgence! Go Verena !
Verena at Christine Chin Spa – I periodically suffer from severe cystic acne, and for the last six years, I have visited the Christine Chin Spa for facials when my skin gets out of control. The first time I went, I saw a facialist named Sammy, and was blown away by the results. I had never experienced such rigorous cleansing. It took several consecutive facials, but it absolutely changed my skin and my life. I no longer felt like a victim of bad skin. Sammy stopped working at the spa though, and over the next couple of years I saw different facialists, but there was no one in particular that i would ask to see more than once. The extractions were good of course (it's Christine Chin Spa afterall), but as funny as it may sound, I didn't feel any personal connection. Finally, a year ago I returned to the Spa with a particularly bad case of acne. I was getting married in a couple of months, and really needed an SOS. I have to say it was the absolute best facial I have had at Christine Chin. Again, it took several facials, but Verena completely turned my complexion around. I felt like she took the time to see my extractions through to a point where they were really going to effectively heal my skin. She explained the process of how the skin heals itself, and also the reasoning for using the different types of products that Christine Chin offers. I actually had been irritated in the past by other facialists that had encouraged me to buy different things- but this time I actually took a chance and tried several items (which is not characteristic for me at all). Half a year later, I now only use Christine Chin's moisturizer, toner, and blemish gel. I am a skeptic when it comes to expensive beauty products, and use many other generic items, but absolutely will not buy anything else for my face. I highly recommend Verena if you are selecting a facialist at Christine Chin. I also recommend the Perfect Hydrating Cream...it's really and truly perfect!
Good place but can be $$$. – I have been doing my eyebrows with Christine for a couple of months now and she does a great job of explaining what needs to be done to your eyebrows and how eyebrows should be. Christine is very detailed in her work and I recommend her. However, I do find that she takes off too much hair leaving my eyebrows really thin and I constantly have to fill in my brows. Christine has fixed my eyebrows and now they are both straight with an arch the only set back is that she left me with little hair and my eyebrows are now thin. I have also tried a facial here but not with Christine. Verena did my facial and she did a good job cleaning my face but I do not think that the facial was worth 120 + tax + $40 a mask that she recommend. Grand total of 166 + tip is not worth a facial here at least not with Verena. I felt that the previous place for $ 72 dollars did almost the same exact job for half the price. I would recommend Christine for eyebrows but be aware she likes to take out a lot of hair.
Christine is the only one there who will clean ur face 100% – I booked an appointment with Verena... so i can save some money, because Christine is expensive... I regret... Verena left my skin 50%clean... I had to go home and clean my pores myself... hopefully won't get any zits....:(
An outstanding experience! – I have sensitive skin, and am very careful with facials. I can honestly say that my facial with Christine was the best I have ever had. Her extractions are virtually painless, she was extremely nice and very patient in explaining options for my skin. I left with a glowing face and virtually no redness at all - it was a fantastic experience. Christine and her staff are fantastic, and I am thrilled to have found them. If you care about your skin, this is the place to go.
Best Brows!!! – My brows have never looked better!!! Christine is a genius with wax and tweezers.
What a wonderful experience! Christine began with a consultation in front of the mirror to discuss exactly what she was about to do and how she envisions my eyebrows (honing in on what areas need to be grown out and not touched). She then explained how the desired look would match my face perfectly..I felt as though i was getting a haircut!
She spent much time pefecting my brows and i can honestly say they have never looked better. Definitely worth the $. My friends immediately noticed my "new look". I'm hooked!
The Best!!! – I have been to many of the so called "Best Facialists" in the city, but no one compares to Christine Chin. Not only is she amazing at exctractions, but she understands all types of skin and can tailor products and services for your exact skin type(without pressuring you buy all of her products! (She even reccommends other products not in her spa if she thinks it is what you need, which is unheard of!) . When I first started seeing her, my skin was a mess! And I had been going regularly to her downtown competitor (let's just say the place starts with an L...) I am a true devotee to Christine, and after one time with her you will be too!!! I would never get a facial anywhere else in the city. She is even amazing at eyebrows!
Quick, clean, phenomenal products! – It's all business at the Christine Chin Spa - if you're looking for a spa that promises you everything but doesn't deliver on anything, this is not your spa! BUT if you don't mind the straight-up, matter of fact-tone of the receptionist for the price of beautiful skin that lasts for months on end - this is the place to be! One facial is worth about 6 or 7...or rather a lifetime and my editor friends are fanatic about the results!
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