Aqua Studio made a huge fitness splash two years ago when it opened in Tribeca as New York City’s first spin-in-the-water studio.
Since then, it’s stayed afloat thanks to gorgeous French founder Esther Gauthier, whose chic je ne sais quoi has contributed to keeping the studio cool and relevant among the fashion and wellness cognoscenti. (She’s a former fashion industry photo producer.)
The spa aspect is especially apropos, since Gauthier says working out in the water for 45 minutes is actually great for your skin and beauty routine. (Again, she’s French, so you have to believe her.) “Because the water keeps your body cooler, you’re not turning red like you would on land,” she says, “and since it’s a salt pool, your skin feels really soft after.”
To keep those beauty benefits going, Gauthier, a champion of organic eating and beauty, stocks the studio’s locker room, and her own beauty cabinet, with luxurious, all-natural products.
Here’s what she’s using in her out-of-the-water beauty routine right now. —Jamie McKillop
2. Sonya Dakar Blemish Buster ($29) I read about this on Goop once, and she [Gwyneth Paltrow] said this was a lifesaver when you have a red carpet and your skin isn’t happy. It’s from a Los Angeles facialist, and I always have one in my bag. It’s the one thing you always want to have. It’s all-natural and good for very sensitive skin. Put this on and it really calms your skin down.
4. Aesop Resurrection Duet Hand Wash and Hand Balm ($123) This just smells so good. The smell and the packaging are beautiful. The rosemary is what makes it smell so good.
For more information, visit www.aquastudiony.com
(Photo: Charles Billot)
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