10 Best Spa Treatments in the U.S. -- Recreate Them at Home
Winter escape not in the cards? No worries, we've brought signature skin care spa treatments from the country's most indulgent havens straight to you
Built on the deep-blue waters of Lake Mohonk in 1869, this grand 267-room Victorian castle is one of America's oldest family-owned resorts. The spa boasts a unique mountaintop setting and celebrates all that nature has to offer.
The Treatment: Signature Elements of Nature: Shawangunk Grit Mineral Body Treatment, 80 min. $170
This ritual begins with a restful hydro-tub massage to melt tension. The skin is then gently exfoliated with the spa's signature "Shawangunk Grit" (minerals combined with hydrating botanicals) to leave skin silky and soft. A rich body cream with soothing rosehip and plantains is gently warmed and poured over the body for a relaxing massage. A guided power nap completes the treatment.
The DIY version: To replicate the renewal at home, Spa Director Barbara Stirewalt recommends making your own "grit" scrub. "Mix together a handful of Epsom salts, your favorite body oil, and a small portion of a dried herb (lavender or rosemary are suggested). Gently rub this mixture onto your body in a circular motion before stepping into the tub to soak with our Rosemary Mint Bath Collection, $22 at the spa she says. "In your post-treatment at home, take some time for yourself -- listen to soothing music or choose a favorite book." Stirewalt suggests The Three Minute Meditator by Nina Smiley and David Harp, $14.95 (at the spa), which she says is "an almost 'instant' way to hone your personal meditation and relaxation skills."
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