From school dropoff and pickup to running a household, moms are constantly busy taking care of everyone else. Unfortunately, that often means they are so busy taking care of everyone else that they neglect to reward themselves, which is why we love the idea of treating them with a luxurious service or treatment they’ve been eyeing or could benefit from but wouldn’t necessarily splurge on themselves.
From collagen-boosting facials to detoxifying salt scrubs (and a good mix of trendy, innovative treatments along the way), read on for some inspiration (and visit this new booking service to explore more options in the NYC and LA area for your gifting pleasure).
- Microcurrent Facial
Celebrities and beauty editors alike sing the praises of microcurrent treatments. These facials use a mild electrical current to stimulate the skin and facial muscles, promoting collagen and elastin production, as well as a tauter, more sculpted look. Experts say you can typically expect to see these results — along with smoother-looking fine lines and reduced facial puffiness — after just one session. Dubbed the “Pilates for your face,” this 50-minute facial ($225) at SB Skin™ in Manhattan’s Flatiron District couples microcurrent with cleansing, light exfoliation, and LED light therapy.
- Facial Cupping + Gua Sha
While traditionally used on the body to help stimulate muscles, facial cupping has been getting more attention for its ability to increase circulation and leave skin appearing more radiant. This exclusive 40-minute treatment ($290) in NYC’s Shellie Goldstein Acupuncture™ opens with facial cleansing and mild exfoliation, followed by 30 minutes of cupping and Gua Sha. The latter is a very trendy, ancient Chinese Medicine remedy that involves moving a smooth crystal over the skin in firm strokes to help boost lymphatic flow and reduce puffiness. The treatment isn’t only oddly soothing, it helps tone and lift the skin and underlying tissue for a firmer, more youthful appearance.
[Editor’s note: If you take blood thinners, talk to your doctor before booking these treatments.]
- Swedish Massage
Few things convey utter relaxation like a Swedish body massage. This 50-minute version ($90) from Soho’s Skin Spa® targets superficial muscles in sweeping motions to leave mom feeling truly zen.
There has been a lot of buzz — along with a good amount of misconceptions — surrounding the CoolSculpting treatment. This non-invasive treatment freezes fat cells in treated areas to the point of death, destroying the treated fat cells for good. The results: slimmer thighs, midsection, upper arms, and more, all depending on which of the nine FDA-cleared areas you are getting treated. If your mom has maintained a healthy curiosity, offer to setup her consultation and, if she’s a candidate, her first session is on you (and be sure to supply her with this handy list of things to know about CoolSculpting before she goes). Looking for a provider near you? Consult with our team of trained aesthetic specialists.
[Editor’s note: The CoolSculpting treatment is a non-invasive fat-freezing treatment that effectively reduces fat in certain self-proclaimed “problem spots” in the submental and submandibular areas, thigh, abdomen, flank, and upper arm, along with bra fat, back fat, and underneath the buttocks (you know, those bulges that just won’t go away, regardless of how much you sweat it out on the treadmill). While it isn’t a weight loss solution, fat-freezing can reduce pouches of fat. As with any procedure, there are risks and side effects, so talk to your doctor to see if it’s right for you.]
- Infrared Sauna
Infrared saunas have been rising in popularity as a way to detoxify your body and boost overall mood (and have also been linked to benefits such as pain relief and increased circulation). Start her out with a 55-minute session ($40) — Shape House® has locations in both Los Angeles and New York.
- Hair Treatment
For many women, their hair is their crowning glory — so give the queen in your life a little upgrade. Maybe she’d love a nourishing Kerastase® mask treatment ($40 for 30 minutes) from Salon Ziba® on NYC’s Upper West Side, or a luxurious deep-cleansing scalp treatment ($100 for 45 minutes) in Los Angeles’ Beverly Grove™. We also love the idea of treating mom to a blowout ($49 for 30 minutes) at Glam + Go™ in Santa Monica ahead of Mother’s Day brunch or an upcoming occasion.
- Herbal Salt Scrub
Exfoliating (as long as it’s not overdone) is the best way to rid skin of dead cells for a softer, smoother, and more vibrant surface. The 30-minute treatment ($168) at Chuan Body + Soul Spa™ near New York’s Bryant Park also incorporates warm oils and herbal salts. Aromatic essences like mint and ginger enhance circulation to leave skin glowing, polished, and nourished.
- Cosmetic Injectables
This is another one of those gifts that is best received when someone asks for them in the first place. If your mom has been hinting at wanting to try injectable wrinkle reducers and/or fillers, offer to set her up with a consultation (and join her!) to see if she’s a proper candidate. You’ll also want to make sure she asks her provider these five questions before moving forward.
[Editor’s note: Injectable wrinkle reducers temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face, including the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet. Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, both injectable wrinkle reducers and injectable fillers have potential risks and side effects. Talk to a doctor to see if they’re right for you. And learn more now by chatting with a trained aesthetics specialist now.]
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CoolSculpting® is an Allergan-owned non-invasive fat reduction treatment.
CoolSculpting® Treatment Important Information
The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen and flank (love handles), along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for weight loss.
Important Safety Information
The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.
Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions including recent surgery, pre-existing hernia, and any known sensitivities or allergies.
During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment.
Rare side effects may also occur. CoolSculpting may cause a visible enlargement in the treated area which may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction.