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There’s a reason why the L. Raphael facials offered at The Four Seasons Hotel New York can run anywhere from $295-$1100: they’re incredibly personalized, and insanely high-tech. As I learned firsthand on a visit to the spa, the experts there spend time getting to know your skin history and needs, then tailor treatments to include the most appropriate elements, which might include a mix of oxygen blasts, diamond vacuums, caviar extracts, and white truffles. The results were clear—I immediately saw a different in skin tone and hydration—and they continued for days, later supported by my personalized prescription of L. Raphael products. The only problem was the inability to travel with these pricy, precious bottles (I do carry-on only) to help my skin when it needed it most. Enter the L. Raphael Jet-Set Travel Kits, launching in December.
As I learned after my treatment, it was personal experience that led Ronit Raphael to the skincare world. Following severe results from a mishandled treatment she had as a young woman, Raphael was motivated to study esthetics and dermatology, and then open cosmetic medical centers in her native Israel, eventually growing them to over 20 locations. Later, she applied that expertise to the spa world, opening a state-of-art, seven-floor Temple of Beauty in Geneva, and results-driven spas in five-star hotels like Montage Beverly Hills, and the Hotel Martinez Cannes, along with the Four Seasons New York. “I went all over Europe to look at spas and realized they live in the past, but I am the future. I have the technology,” she explains. And a big part of that technology comes in the form of the high-end products that were created especially for her treatments.
Launching in time for holiday travel, the kits allow travelers to enjoy the brand’s signature Swiss-perfected, active ingredient-powered skincare while on the go. Choose from two curated options: The Perfection Travel kit features products that help protect and repair mature skin from sun exposure, extreme cold and dehydrating air travel, while the Ultimate Travel Kit targets the first signs of aging with products that enhance collagen production and lift and tighten the skin. Featured products include the Smoothing Ultimate Cleanser, the Perfection Eye Cream, and the Proactive C Serum. Until the travel kits come online, you can also find holiday gift sets ($549-$920) and plane-friendly Power Cure C Treatment masks ($1,494) available now.