Winterize Your Skin!

by Sammi Richardson

What do you picture when hearing the word “spa?” Most would envision muscle-relaxing massages, rejuvenating facials and a chance to de-stress and relax without interruption. Most would agree that it sounds like pure bliss! Considering wintertime can be so tough on skin, it’s a great time to look at rewarding yourself to a spa treatment. We’ve rounded up some of our top natural spa picks from around the country for you to check in to for your next day of pampering.
Facials are certainly a popular service offered at spas. A facial would be just the thing for exfoliating dead winter skin and leaving you with a fresh, glowing face. Comfort and Joy Spa in Fairfax, VA is a completely green spa, which offers all natural spa treatments—one  I’d like to mention to you in particular is their organic wellness facial. This is a chemical-free facial that would be a fantastic winter treatment. The treatment provides you with a skin analysis, deep cleansing, steam, exfoliation, extraction, a nourishing mask, massage, toner and moisturizer.  What makes this facial different is that the products used for the service are 100% all natural and contain no fillers. Comfort and Joy uses Epicuren and Suki Naturals, which offer all-natural ingredients such as sugar cane and pumpkin seed.  You can take comfort in knowing that you’re being pampered with safe and natural products! (Comfort and Joy Spa, prices range from 30 minutes/$65, to 90 minutes/$175.)
Massages are extremely relaxing and could be the perfect answer for de-stressing and unwinding. Not to mention a massage can be extremely moisturizing and provides key hydration for your entire body. Susan Ciminelli Day Spa in New York City uses products that are made from the purest ingredients on earth to nourish and detoxify your skin. The most common and basic massage offered at Susan Ciminelli is the Swedish massage. This massage uses exotic oils in combination with gentle pressure and long kneading strokes to soothe aches and pains and relive stress and tension from the body. The essential oils used at this spa are all natural and therapeutic for the body and soul. The spa uses a few different oils, but their most popular one is jojoba oil, as it helps regulate moisture and restructures the skin. The spa even has its own Susan Ciminelli Body Silk if clients prefer a moisturizer over an oil. This luxurious body moisturizer is loaded with skin nutrients and anti-oxidants. It hydrates, nourishes, protects and leaves your skin feeling younger and fresher than before. The main active ingredients include almond oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera, bee pollen, seaweed and chamomile. (Susan Ciminelli, prices range from 30 min/$80 to 90 minutes/$200.)
If you’ve never had a body scrub before, I highly recommend one. Natural Body Day Spa is a spa which has locations in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Kansas. Natural Body Day Spa says it all in the name—they offer a variety of natural treatments. The body scrub specifically consists of lemongrass and bamboo paired on a foaming, exfoliating scrub, which assists in aromatically brushing away calloused or flaky skin on hands, feet and body. Lemongrass is known for its healing skin properties and skin rejuvenation. Bamboo contains silica, which  helps the body absorb essential minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. You might want to follow the body scrub with a massage that includes lemongrass ginger oil. Afterwards you’ll be left feeling scrubbed, polished and like a million bucks! (NaturalBody, prices range from 60 minutes which includes a mini massage/ $120, or 90 minutes which includes a full body massage/ $150.)

It’s important to keep your feet moisturized at all times—especially during the winter. You may think that you only need a pedicure in the summertime, but really it’s essential to regularly keep your feet hydrated throughout the cold season. Studio M Salon and Spa in Palm Springs California offers a fantastic spa pedicure. The treatment utilizes an organic and hydrating blend of herbs to soak, exfoliate, hydrate and moisturize feet! The ingredients used in the pedicure are eco-friendly, vegan and are free of artificial dyes. That is one more thing to say “ahhh” about. (Studio M Salon and Spa, 35 minutes/$40.)
As you can see, there are many natural spa treatments to choose from. The hardest part is deciding which treatment you’d like to book first! Let us know what all-natural spa treatments you’ve come across in your area.

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