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March 30, 2010

The 30-Minute Upper East Side Shopping Break

Chantecaille, Barneys New York

On the fourth floor, Chantecaille Energy Spa offers a half-hour version ($75) of its 90-minute Energy Lift facial. All the same steps (minus extractions) are condensed into the shorter time frame: cleansing, exfoliation, neck massage, drainage, and a mask. Alternatively, choose the 35-minute Lymphatic Drainage ($95). An electronically powered suction cup is run over a target area of the body to increase circulation and remove toxins. At 660 Madison Ave.; 212-833-2700; barneys.com.

Elemis SpaPod, Bergdorf Goodman

Duck behind the Elemis counter in the subterranean beauty department for a 30-minute SpaPod Power Booster facial. The skin is recharged and brightened while you lounge in the SpaPod, a heavenly chair that measures your spine length and body weight (don’t worry—you don’t have to look at the results) and gives a massage tailored to your body type. The zenlike room provides a much-needed respite from the bustle of shopping. $55. At 754 Fifth Ave.; 212-753-7300; bergdorfgoodman.com.

Cellcosmet, Saks Fifth Avenue

Head up to the ninth floor for an Intro facial by Cellcosmet, a Swiss skincare line that uses cellular technology to revitalize skin and prevent premature aging. The Cellcosmet professionals believe that daily care is more important than the occasional strong facial, and this 30-minute treatment highlights the basic products—like toner, exfoliant, and moisturizer—that can be incorporated into an everyday routine. Complimentary with any purchase. At 611 Fifth Ave.; 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com.

Frédéric Fekkai, Henri Bendel

Stop by Frédéric Fekkai’s flagship on the top floor for reflexology ($75) with Marina Kulikov, who’s been at the salon since it opened almost 12 years ago. Catch Pretty Woman or Breakfast at Tiffany’s on the flatscreen TVs as she combines pressure-point therapy with a foot massage using shea butter. If you have another half hour, add on Le Peel ($90), a gentle alpha-beta facial that uses MD Skincare products and is finished with Chantecaille moisturizer. At 712 Fifth Ave.; 212-753-9500; fekkai.com.