Look Your Holiday Best for $200 or Less with these affordable skin services
By Elizabeth Harris

The holiday season brings joy, but it can also be a difficult time to feel good about yourself. All of the sugary treats, festive cocktails and often cold and dry weather can leave your skin looking and feeling rough. Fortunately, Slow Coast Spa, Posh Facial Esthetics and Essence Skin Clinic, all located in Rochester, have services for $200 and less that will help you look and feel your best for all of your holiday gatherings.  


Slow Coast Spa is a studio medspa with a variety of services that provide corrective skin restoration with sustainable results. They are located in Sola Salons on South Broadway in Rochester. Andria, the owner, suggests stopping in for some Botox to improve the look of wrinkles and smooth out your skin. This quick procedure entails just a few needle pokes but will yield big results. 

Another option is an IPL Photofacial to help rejuvenate your skin. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, uses light to target specific problem areas on the skin and even out your skin tone. Too much sun over the summer months? This treatment will help reduce sun damage and help give you a healthy glow. 


Posh Facial Esthetics, located at Shoppes on Maine in southeast Rochester, is a medical spa that offers a wide range of treatments. Owner Stephanie and her team picked their favorite treatments to get you ready for the holidays. Their first suggestion, the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, is just $175 and will yield skin that is fresh and clean. SilkPeel exfoliates the skin and then patient-specific solutions are applied. This is quick and noninvasive with immediate results. 

The second treatment suggested by the Posh crew is the Illuminize Peel. This one is great for anyone looking to clear up a breakout. The Illuminize Peel shrinks the pores and gently exfoliates the skin. Either will leave you with fresh, beautiful skin. 


Essence Skin Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester. Jennifer and her team offer luxurious skin care and beauty services, and their goal is to help you achieve optimal skin health. The first treatment suggested by Jennifer, costing only $135, is Microdermabrasion. In a single treatment you can smooth out rough winter skin and reduce the look of fine lines. Other things to look forward to are tighter skin, smaller pores and no downtime at all. 

If you notice a little “peach fuzz” on your face when you look in the mirror, you might want to consider Dermaplaning. This treatment uses a medical grade scalpel but is completely noninvasive. The scalpel is used to scrape across the surface of the skin, almost like shaving. This will get rid of your dry and dead winter skin and leave your skin looking refreshed and smooth.


There are some important questions to ask and things to keep in mind before having any treatments done. The great thing about these six treatments is there is really no downtime at all and you will see results very quickly. That means that you could stop over your lunch break to have these procedures done and head right back to work. That’s not the case with all treatments. Be sure to ask if you will need to take time off of work or strategically schedule around a big event.

You can always ask to see pictures of what you will look like once the procedure is done. Ask if there is any swelling or bruising. Also, it’s important to check how often you might need to stop in for touch ups. 

Look good, feel good. That’s the goal. Taking some time for yourself over the holidays is just as important as finding the perfect gift for your significant other or having a perfectly decorated tree. It’s amazing how great healthy, glowing skin can make you feel.

Elizabeth Harris is from Rochester and works full time for the American Cancer Society. She also teaches dance and does wedding coordination in addition to freelance writing.