Whether you’re a seasoned spa-goer or new to the idea, it’s hard to disagree with the fact that winter is when your skin needs the most TLC. The bitter cold and ultra-dry outside air (and indoor heating!) strip away nourishment and moisture, leaving you feeling parched.
Furthermore, the season tends to be a time of year when we’re emotionally taxed, leaving you ripe for a little relaxation. A pampering, nourishing winter spa treatment that will make your skin and your spirit happy may be just what you need. We rounded up six spa offerings from across the country that are not just seasonally-inspired (warming chocolate scrub, anyone?), but completely indulgent. Keep reading to discover them — and, when you’re ready, book one and schedule yourself for a little “me time.” These treatments are bound to make you feel pampered and relaxed, mind, body and soul.
The Spa: Aji Spa℠ at Wild Horse Pass®
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Why You Should Book: Tucked against Phoenix’s Gila River, you’ll find the Aji Spa at Wild Horse Pass. The spa is known for its authentic Native American healing treatments, which makes sense since it’s co-owned and operated by the Pima and Maricopa tribes. This winter, the spa's team put together an extravagant Spiced Solstice Wrap & Massage. The 80-minute indulgence begins with a hydrating body wrap that blends hydrating shea butter with a soothing blend of cinnamon, clove, and sweet orange essential oils, and then continues with a stimulating scalp massage and refreshing cranberry mist. This is followed by a relaxing massage using warmed body butter. At the end, you can bask in your new glow as you sip on a cup of warm cinnamon orange rooibos tea.
The Treatment: The Hangover Facial℠ ($150)
The Spa: IN-GLO℠ Med Spa
Location: New York City, New York
Why You Should Book: No matter what kind of hangover you might be battling — one caused by travel, too much fun, or just general post-holiday malaise — a luxurious facial is one way to practice a little seasonal self-care. IN-GLO’s The Hangover Facial is a multifaceted treatment that detoxes, infuses intense hydration, and stimulates collagen production for a bright, lifted, nourished complexion. After gently cleansing, a mangosteen enzyme peel is applied and a hand massage is given while the peel works its magic. Next, an Endermologie® Face machine is used to stimulate lymphatic drainage, which is followed by a hydrating mask that utilizes a bespoke cocktail of serums and moisturizers.
The Treatment: Home for the Holidays Warming Ritual℠ ($150)
The Spa: Color Up Therapeutics℠
Location: Denver, Colorado
Why You Should Book: If you’re in Colorado, you’re practically obligated to partake in a treatment that makes CBD the hero ingredient. Color Up Therapeutics — a CBD wellness center — offers precisely that via their Home for the Holidays Warming Ritual. It begins with a CBD foot bath as you enjoy a hot cup of CBD-infused hot cocoa. After a 15-minute meditation, it’s time for an American-meets-Thai-inspired facial. Your skin is cleansed thoroughly with a CBD wash, and then pampered with an illuminating mask. Next, a Thai herbal poultice comprised of cinnamon, lemongrass, eucalyptus, and camphor is used to massage the face, stimulate lymphatic drainage, and improve circulation. To complete the ritual, an exfoliating and nourishing pumpkin mask is applied, followed by a chilled quartz facial massage that refreshes skin before you head on your way.
The Treatment: Gemstone Facial℠ ($150)
Location: Chicago, Illinois & Kalamazoo, Michigan
Why You Should Book: Gemstones and jewels get a lot of attention during the winter season, both in terms of gift-giving and even in the colors we wear. Treat yourself by pampering your skin with gemstone therapy. Elina Organics utilizes this unique form of treatment in their Gemstone Facial. The 75-minute session uses the powers of diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and gold to nourish, correct, and hydrate. It starts with a deep cleansing and steaming, followed by extractions to clear plugs and gunk, then a gemstone peel. Afterwards, a series of customized elixirs made from organic plants and minerals are applied, followed by a gentle face massage using polished gemstones. You can also opt to add crystal-free diamond microdermabrasion to your treatment for $20.
The Treatment: Warming Chocolate Scrub M.E.℠ ($100)
The Spa: Haven Spa℠
Location: New York City, New York
Why You Should Book: Haven Spa is known for its eclectic and colorful menu, and this winter’s seasonal specials offer more of the same. If you’re in town, drop by for their delicious chocolate Scrub M.E. body therapy, a 45-minute treatment that utilizes rich cacao, cane sugar, organic sunflower seed oil, macadamia nut oil, and organic shea butter to exfoliate, tone, and hydrate. If you want to linger, double down and go for the chocolate pedicure ($80), which offers all the goodness of their Classic European pedi, but is kicked up a notch with chocolate ingredients and a warming mask.
The Treatment: Champagne Wishes & Caviar Creams℠ ($195)
The Spa: Verabella®
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Why You Should Book: This luxe facial offered by Verabella is a pre-red carpet favorite for celebrities such as Kristen Bell, Denzel Washington, and Vanessa Hudgens. After cleansing, a mixture of champagne, silica, lemon, silk powder, grapes, and other natural ingredients are applied to the skin to gently exfoliate. (If you’re wondering why champagne, it’s because bubbly contains an ingredient called polyphenols that help exfoliate skin while giving it a boost.) Next, soothing grapeseed oil and aloe vera are massaged into the skin, which are followed by a caviar sheet mask. Caviar infuses the skin with nourishing omegas, vitamins, minerals, and proteins — and all that goodness is sealed in with paraffin to allow for maximum penetration.
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