Luxurious spa treatments from around the country
By: Carla Snuggs
We love the summer sun, but it can definitely leave our skin feeling parched, thirsty and dehydrated. We searched for luxurious spa treatments that help treat sun damaged skin after a long dry summer. From lavish body wraps and hydrating facials to bronzing pedicures, here are some of the best summer spa treatments from coast to coast. These lush spa treatments will have your dry skin feeling refreshed, soft and renewed.
St. Tropez Pedicure, Salon AKS
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A unique take on the salon’s Signature Pedicure, Salon AKS in New York offers clients a new way to look and feel their best with the new leg tanning St. Tropez Pedicure. The service takes place in Salon AKS’ custom-designed pedicure sinks that are made of copper, a natural element, known for its healing properties such as increased energy and blood flow, so it’s perfect for summer.
Using St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, the leading luxury self- tanner, to provide a healthy, natural, bronzed glow that enhances all skin tones, this pedicure improves legs’ luminosity and delivers an ultra-even tan. St. Tropez products contain a patented Aromagaurd technology that masks the smell of self tanner up to 70%. The oil-free formula dries in just seconds and does not rub off or stain your clothing.
First, the technicians exfoliates the legs and then applies the St. Tropez Self Tan Optimizer Body Moisturizer with a special focus on your knees, ankles and dry spots so these areas don’t get too dark. Then, using the mitt applicator, the bronzing mouse is applied in a downward motion to ensure evenly-tanned, streak-free legs. The Gold Skin Illuminator is then applied as the final touch to add a glowing dimension to the tan.
St. Tropez Pedicure
75 Minutes, $95
689 5th Ave, 10th Floor
New York, NY
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The HydraFacial™ resurfacing procedure thoroughly cares for your skin, providing detoxification, rejuvenation, and protection. The HydraFacial™ is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The procedure is soothing, moisturizing, non-irritating, and immediately effective.
The HydraFacial™ helps all skin types and targets sun damage, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone/texture, dry or dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles, oily and congested skin, and enlarged pores, says Angee Smithee, Spa Director of Spa Avania at Hyatt Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ.
Step 1: Cleansing & Exfoliation: Dead skin cells are removed to reveal healthy new skin.
Step 2: Acid Peel: This gentle peel helps loosen dirt and debris from pores without irritation.
Step 3: Extractions: painless, automated extractions use vortex suction to clean out pores.
Step 4: Hydration: Antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid are Vortex-Fused™ to nourish and protect.
Step 5: Protection: The HydraFacial™ Daily Essentials™ help maintain and protect your results.
The HydraFacial™ is located in thousands of doctor’s offices, spas, and resorts throughout the U.S. and internationally. To find a provider in your area, visit www.hydrafacial.com and click on “Find a Provider”. On average, the HydraFacial™ is priced around $150 – $175.
Kenwood Wine Wrap, Kenwood Inn & Spa
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Inspired by the natural bounty that surrounds the Kenwood Inn & Spa in Kenwood, California, the signature spa treatments harness the power of the grape, using it to restore and rejuvenate the skin while reducing stress and providing nourishment and serenity.
The Kenwood Wine wrap treatment is a combination of a wrap and a massage and is great for deeply hydrating and detoxifying the body, and stimulating the circulation system. Anyone looking to treat sun kissed skin to a gentle exfoliant will love this service in the summer.
It begins with a full body brush for circulation to get blood flowing, followed by an application of a luscious blend of detoxifying clays, antioxidant-rich red wine extract, stimulating rosemary hydrosol and a combination of fragrant essential oils.
The guest is wrapped for 20 minutes, while receiving neck, shoulder and scalp massages. The treatment concludes with a hydrating application of Kenwood’s signature Grape Seed lotion consisting of moisture-rich Chardonnay oil, Riesling oil, and red wine extract.
Kenwood Wine Wrap
80 minutes, $175.
Kenwood Inn and Spa
10400 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
Wine and Roses Body Treatment, LaBelle Day Spas
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For skin that has been damaged by the summer sun, CEO and LaBelle Day Spas & Salons founder, Bella Schneider suggests LaBelle day Spa’s Wine and Roses body treatment. The Wine & Roses Body Treatment starts with a crushed grapeseed exfoliant. Next, a warm clay and lavender body wrap along with a heavenly scalp and foot massage. Then, a luxurious massage with Champagne Body Splash and a soothing application of luxurious moisturizers with grapeseed oil and rose extract. This treatment is great for both detoxifying and smoothing sunburned skin.
Wine & Roses Body Treatment
LaBelle Day Spas
233 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
High Heeler Treatment, Spa at Mohonk Mountain House
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In the summer, women (and men!) wear more open-toe shoes, sandals and flip flops to both show off their feet and let them breathe more, so common foot complaints come from this type of footwear and the natural swelling and sweating of the feet that comes with summer heat.
Susie Ellis, President, SpaFinder Wellness, Inc. explains that issues with feet due to summer heat can range from cracked heels to corns and calluses and worse. People with the minor issues associated with tired, sore feet can benefit from this type of treatment. High-fashion women, often in cities, who suffer in stilettos, as well as those who wear constricting footwear, unsupportive ballet flats and flip-flops on a daily basis, would benefit as well.
The “High Heeler” treatment at the Spa at Monhonk Mountain House in New York is the perfect remedy for dry, cracked feet. The High Heeler treatment begins with a peppermint-based scrub to exfoliate the calves and the feet. The spa guest receives a massage that involves pressure points and stretching of the feet and calves that lasts about 35 minutes. The High Heeler treatment is great for the heels, feet and overall musculature of the feet and calves.
High Heeler Treatment
50 minutes, $120
Spa at Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, New York 12561
B Custom Couture, Privé Salon
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B Spa Bar’s anti-aging facial. B Spa Bar, located in the Privé Salon at the Soho Grand Hotel, is now providing an innovative and indulgent facial called the B Custom Couture that utilizes the power of LED light therapy to combat aging and help keep skin healthy all summer long. The B Custom Couture facial is perfect for sensitive skin, sun-damaged, dry, dehydrated skin or mature and stressed skin. The facial is ideal for almost everyone since it is customized for each individual guest. When you get the B Custom Couture they will order a separate facial kit which includes your own personal peel, serums, activating solutions, complexes, masks and creams.
Founder and President of B Spa Bar, Diana Seo, breaks down the procedure step by step:
“After cleansing the skin thoroughly, uses her custom Piori® dermal peel to remove the dead cell layers effectively. This peel is designed to deeply exfoliate the skin and increase its natural ability to hold moisture. Then I analyze the skin under the magnifying lamp while face mapping (pinpointing what ingredients to use for the three different areas). Some areas might need a brightening serum for the hyperpigmentation and other areas might need a soother repair complex for the redness and dilated capillaries. Next, I administer either the ANSR: BEAM or ANSR: HALO depending on the clients’ needs. The LED light therapy is used for either clogged pores, blemishes, wrinkles, lines and uneven texture and tone.
I then customize a unique 7-layer mask which includes ingredients that are free from parabens and artificial fragrances. They include organic aloe, a chocolate Ayurvedic Tamarind herbal mask, anti-aging pomegranate/mangosteen cream with Ginger and Ginko, Priori’s Replenishing mask with pro vitamins, lactic compounds, grapefruit extracts, DNA Caviar, New Zealand stem cells, Primrose oil, Avocado oil, wheatgerm, green tea, etc. Before I remove the mask I use the ANSR: BEAM or ANSR: HALO for additional LED light therapy, if necessary. The ultimate designer facial helps skin become visibly smoother, firmer, younger looking and brighter.”
B Custom Couture
75 minutes, $348
B Spa Bar
At Prive Salon in Soho Grand Hotel
310 West Broadway
New York, NY