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
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, FL
Miami's only five-star spa boasts a luxurious treatment menu that specializes in traditional Chinese medicinal therapies.
The Treatment: Customized Holistic Facial, $210
Beginning with a facial assessment to determine your skin type, a therapist selects products to create a facial experience tailor-made to your skin's needs.
The DIY version: While it's not the same as having someone do it to you, Spa Director Osa Mallo says that their facial is easy to recreate at home. Here's how:
Step 1: Cleanse your skin using a hydrating cleanser that won't over dry.
Step 2: Tone your skin with a refreshing toner that will finalize the cleansing and prepare your skin for the next stage.
Step 3: Exfoliate (once a week for oily, twice for dry skin) using a gentle exfoliant to assist in removing dead skin cells, revealing a more radiant glow.
Step 4: Remove the exfoliant with a damp hot towel and, depending on your needs, follow by applying either a hydrating or firming mask. Leave it on for about 20 minutes (she recommends enjoying one of the three Mandarin Oriental's 'Oriental Wisdom', $20 spa CDs in the meantime).
Step 5: Remove the mask with a damp warm towel and gently massage in a great hydrating moisturizer using an upward motion.
Step 6: Find a good eye cream and, for best results, apply it in a circular motion using your ring finger. The spa recommends Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy PreVious Eye Contour Lifting Gel, $170 (call 305-913-8332), because "it reduces dark circles and puffiness while treating fine lines and wrinkles."
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