10 Best Spa Treatments in the U.S. -- Recreate Them at Home
A summer vacay 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 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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