Sun prevention is key, but we’ve all been in the not-so-skin-healthy situation where we’ve overdone a day at the beach. When a slathering of aloe just won’t cut it, try one of these targeted spa treatments that tackle UV overload—some also help skin that’s been sun damaged for decades—so your skin doesn’t have to suffer.
Santa Monica Solace
The stunning hotel duo of Shutters on the Beach and Casa Del Mar is almost as much of a Santa Monica staple as the world-famous Ferris Wheel. When a day lounging by the Pacific leaves you parched, opt for One the Spa’s (that’s Shutters relaxation outpost) signature beach facial, Chill Out, a results-oriented calming complexion cure that soothes the most sensitive skin types through nourishing botanicals. For a full-body fixer, head next door to Casa’s Sea Wellness Spa for their after-sun saver, the Citrus Drench. The 60-minute treatment is specifically tailored to provide intense, deep hydration and free-radical fighting power using crystallized honey, shea butter and orange juice.
The Skin Reverser
Anyone with sun damage will feel instantly rejuvenated walking into the spa at Mandarin Oriental Miami, where waterfront views and three stories of relaxation greet you. The spa’s Time Reversal facial uses engineered vitamins by the Somme Institute, which nourish in order to repair sun damage, reduce fine lines and discoloration, and treat moderate to severe cases of acne. A cold stone facial massage and a luxurious hand massage complete the treatment. Arrive 45 minutes early to use the steam and sauna.
South Beach Body Fixer
It goes without saying that a day on South Beach involves some serious time clocking in under the sun and no one makes that order quite as easy as The Setai, Miami Beach. The pools (complete with super-comfy day beds) are paradise and the turquoise water on display at the beach is beautiful. Sign up for the spa’s VOYA Organic Seaweed Bath if you need that extra boost of relaxation and rejuvenation in between sundown and a night out on the town. The steam and soak will leave you feeling totally renewed.
The Specialty Service
Still don’t have sunscreen application down to a science? The Maldives’ One&Only Reethi Rah has your solution. The Sun Spa Esthederm service starts the day with a consultation with your very own therapist, who will prepare your skin for sun exposure, applying and reapplying sun cream, according to your skin type (yes, they’ll stay by your side during your poolside lounge)—plus, they can recommend an after-sun treatment that will benefit you most after the sun goes down, which is included with the service. Decadent, perhaps, but anyone who has ruined a day or two of vacation by being sunburned will swear by it.
Reno’s Royal Treatment
Reno may be the desert city where you can gamble your cares away, but at the Atlantis Casino, Resort and Spa you can relax them away as well. The hotel spa features water treatments including Jacuzzi’s, personalized shower experiences and a cold-water pool. Anyone looking for sun prevention should book the Purify and Protect facial. A combination of essential oils, antioxidants, biomineral clays, Swiss organics and sun filters ensure that your skin is ready for the sun’s harsh rays.
The low-key luxurious nature of the Virgin Islands’ Caneel Bay will have you lounging on the resort’s secluded beaches for hours. Nurture your tender skin after a long day in the sun with the spa’s Aloe Vera Wrap, which includes a relaxing neck and foot massage while aloe soothes the body (for the total experience, opt to have the treatment in one of the oceanside cabanas).
The Calming Facial
Perched on the edge of the “Tongue of the Ocean” in The Bahamas, Kamalame Cay is a private hideaway unlike any other—and the three miles of white sand shores that run the length of the island are just what the body and soul ordered to re-center, relax and rejuvenate. When you’ve relished in it a little too much, schedule the Sun Repair Facial, a 60-minute curative ritual designed to treat sensitive skin conditions with soothing extracts of German chamomile, oatmeal and calendula.
Rocky Mountain Cure
When a long hike in the Rockies calls for a little relaxation, head over to Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. All of their spa treatments begin with an Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary, which guides you through hot and cold temperatures, two pools, a shower and steam treatment. Give your skin the ultimate sense of hydration and renewal with the Ginger PeachCure. A blend of ginger, orange peel, raw sugar jojoba and honey is used to buff your skin. After washing off the scrub with a Swiss shower rinse, enjoy a Swedish massage and body wrap using ginger butter (ginger helps reduce redness, acne and improves circulation). A neck, shoulder and scalp massage completes the bliss.
As if the hydrotherapy and hammam treatments offered in LeSpa’s 5,000-square-foot oasis at the Sofitel Los Angeles aren’t enough, opt for a poolside massage in your own private cabana on the upper pool deck. Your choice of a 50- or 80-minute massage comes complete with the application of a soothing after-sun treatment and a champagne toast.
The sun at St. Martin’s La Samanna can be strong (your best bet is to reserve a bamboo cabana for the day—it comes complete with skin-care products, sunscreen, loaded iPods and a wait staff), and when the beautiful beaches beckon you a little too much, schedule the spa’s 50-minute Sunburn Rescue. Through a 100-percent pure aloe wrap, it works to restore the skin and infuses it with moisture. Plus, the spa provides some take-home amenities to treat your skin for several days.
Cyntra Clemencia-Gabay, assistant manager of the Hyatt Regency Aruba’s ZoiA Spa, knows that a glowing tan isn’t always the only thing her guests bring back with them from lounging out in the serene sun for a little too long. As a result, she created and shared with us a recipe for a locally grown aloe lotion that’s sure to cool your skin off after a day under UV rays.
- 1 cup aloe gel
- 1 tbsp. soy lecithin
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup beeswax
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
- 3 to 5 drops essential oil
Stir together aloe gel and soy lecithin. Next, heat olive oil and beeswax on stove top until the beeswax melts into the oil and allow it to cool to room temperature. Combine the beeswax and oil mixture with the aloe gel and soy lecithin then add jojoba oil or sweet almond oil and stir. Finally, add three to five drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour lotion into a glass container, cover tightly and store in the refrigerator.
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