Health & Beauty - Editors' Picks
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SkinCentre Advanced Medical Aesthetics
Hartsdale (914) 949-6200
You can get anything from a facial to a facelift (and just about everything in between) at this full-service skincare clinic. Of course, there are the medical-grade products like Retin-A and topical serums that are more effective than over-the-counter lines. Then there’s the full gamut of skin rejuvenators: facial peels; lasers to correct sun damage, even out pigment, tighten pores, and eradicate spider veins; and plastic surgery from partial to full face lifts. What’s more, it’s all under the direction of Dr. Joseph Sozio, a cosmetic and laser surgeon. He and his staff of physicians are physically in the office (not just “on call”) for best results—and complete peace of mind.
Aqua Laser & Aesthetics
West Harrison (914) 337-3700/(914) 202-3154
If you’ve got an issue with skin or hair, Barbara Campos and Nina Vuljevic have a laser to deal with it. Their not-so-ouchy elōs lasers use radio frequency to do their magic: zapping away broken capillaries and age spots, taming cellulite, reducing unwanted hair. The end result? A newer, fresher-looking you.
Pace University’s Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health Fitness and Recreation Center
Pleasantville (914) 773-3275
It’s not just the hours that we love (open until midnight during the school year) but how can you not love the facility? A gymnasium with three basketball and volleyball courts, an elevated indoor track, a collegiate swimming pool, a weight-training and aerobics center, a dance facility, and men’s and women’s general locker rooms—can anything beat that?
Tattoo and Piercing
Big Joe & Sons Tattooing & Piercing
White Plains (914) 644-8222
This family-run and -owned shop is one of the oldest tattoo studios in the county. Owner Adam Kaplan, Big Joe’s oldest son, has 27 years of experience using the human body as a canvas.
Pre-Workout Protein Boost
Big Apple Smoothie
White Plains (914) 997-7700
You certainly don’t have to be training for a marathon to enjoy the all-natural smoothies at Big Apple Smoothie. The smoothies—with names like “The Olympian,” “The Hulk,” and “The Venice Beach”— will fuel your body and delight your taste buds with all-natural blends of fresh fruit, supplements, and fruit juice. They are completely customizable (add however much and many supplements like flaxseed oil, L-Glutamine, whey protein, antioxidant blend, etc. you like). And if your Herculean self craves more, just grab a nutritious wrap, panini, salad, or soup—all made in-house.
Dance Class Selection
Josie’s International School of Dance
Ossining (914) 432-8502
Gotta dance? Here’s the place for salsa, ballet, Argentine tango, zumba, flamenco, hip-hop, belly dancing, swing, classical Spanish dance, Kindermusik—the list goes on; it’s like the U.N. of dance schools. All classes are available at both beginner and intermediate levels. The offerings make for such happy feet that even owner Josie LaRiccia, who teaches several classes herself, takes lessons from her hand-picked instructors, right alongside the rest of the students.
Hip-Hop Dance Instructor
Debralyn Press at Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists
Sleepy Hollow (914) 909-5070
For tip-top hip-hop lessons, look to Debralyn Press, who’s been dancing for more than 36 years and teaching for 20. She takes hip-hop as seriously as classical dance forms like ballet, hiring instructors who have choreographed for Ludacris and danced with Janet Jackson. Today, SHPA—a not-for-profit that moved to a new 3,500-square-foot studio last year—has its own company of teen hip-hop dancers, and students even perform a one-of-a-kind hip-hop version of The Nutcracker each year.
Strata Health Club
West Harrison (914) 694-4656
For $32, get your body into beach shape in a month at Strata Health Club, with no commitment! The one-year-old, 7,300-square-foot facility has brand-new Atlantis, Life Fitness, and Sports Art equipment and offers massage services, nutritional counseling, yoga and cardio classes, plus personal training packages as reasonable as $75 per session.