Along with winter comes a fair share of cosmetic annoyances, including dry, flaky skin. While slathering yourself with lotion every day will help, one of the best things you can do for yourself (or someone else!) is to purchase a moisturizing or exfoliating spa treatment. Many spas have winter-specific treatments that draw inspiration from holidays and traditions, and these are the most indulgent of all. Read on to discover several noteworthy winter spa treatments from some of America's best spas. If you can't make it to one of these destinations, ask if your local spa has a similar treatment. Then again, you can always whip up a do-it-yourself treatment at home!
If harsh winter air is making your skin dry and irritated, the Peppermint Stick Moisturizing Facial from The Spa at Canyon Oaks will fix you right up. This Waco, Texas spa combines moisturizing ingredients and natural peppermint extracts for a pampering facial that's perfect for the colder months. In addition to moisturizing your skin, it also helps to eliminate fine lines and sun damage. Plus, the cool peppermint extracts smell as festive as a candy cane. Can't find a spa with a similar treatment? Pamper yourself at home by exfoliating with a facial scrub, then blend a drop or two of peppermint oil with your favorite moisturizer. Spread the moisturizer over your face in a thick layer and let it sit for a half hour. Finally, wipe off the excess moisturizer and enjoy the clean, tingly feeling!
What could be more soothing during the winter than a hot toddy-themed spa treatment? The Inn at Bay Harbor in Bay Harbor, Michigan is obviously onto something, as their Hot Toddy for the Body treatment combines all of the best fragrances of winter with incredibly luxurious treatments. Clients start with an exfoliation scrub that's infused with cinnamon and vanilla, followed by a Chai mud mask and scalp massage. Finally, a vanilla bean lotion application finishes the experience. You'll smell just like grandma's kitchen on Christmas morning (and hey, that's not a bad thing!). Can't make it to northern Michigan? Search for moisturizing products infused with cinnamon, vanilla or clove extracts to recreate the experience at home.
In Hershey, Pennsylvania, The Spa at Hotel Hershey offers up some choco-licious treatments that are perfect for Valentine's Day and winter in general. The spa's Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Treatment is the most luxurious of them all, combining two treatments into an hour and a half session. Clients start out with a Strawberry Parfait Body Scrub for smoothing and exfoliation. After that, they experience the Chocolate Fondue Body Wrap, which combines warm spa mud and cocoa essence for a treatment that's aromatically and sensually pleasing. Talk about pampering! If you're nowhere near the town of Hershey, treat yourself to a spa-like session at home with The Body Shop's Strawberry Body Polish, then finish up with their Cocoa Butter Body Butter.