The Best Skin-Saving Spa Treatments
Sources (clockwise): Jade Mountain, St. Lucia; Four Seasons Costa Rica; The Omphoy
Have the summer months done a number on your skin? These skin-saving treatments help take you from sun-ravaged to radiant.
The Serious Skin-Reviver
Vitamin C facials are standard; vitamin C full-body treatments can be harder to come by. The unique 60-minute Camelback Signature Body Wrap at The Spa at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ, sets the bar high for what it means to be a truly head-to-toe skin-reviver by starting with a free radical–fighting full-body citrus scrub, pure orange scalp treatment and the application of a vitamin C serum to both the face and body, followed by a plumping vitamin C lip treatment.
The Hydration Helper
Addressing multiple skin issues, the rejuvenating Hydra Facial machine at The Spa at the beachfront Omphoy Ocean Resort, was designed for all skin types. The 30-minute Basic HydraFacial experience includes a deep cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and hydration, to leave skin glowing and radiant. The 90-minute Ultimate HydraFacial version incorporates LED light therapy to address hyperpigmentation and redness as well as bacteria-causing breakouts.
The After-Sun Savior
Promising intensive sun repair that's guaranteed to give your skin a glow, the 60-minute, seven-step Princess Pan Dei at Pan Dei Palais' Valmont Spa in Saint-Tropez uses a mix of ultranourishing collagen and DNA botanical extracts to soothe skin (with a concentration on sensitive, and often-neglected, areas like the neck, eyes and lips) that's experiencing the toll from too much sun. This hotspot, along with the likes of Brigitte Bardot, helped make tanning fashionable, but the spa’s recent emphasis on "after-sun" beauty, is, according to the spa, the most popular aspect among the treatments (even more so than massage) currently on the menu.
The Skin-Tone Enhancer
Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, recently launched its Spa Pairing: a decadent two-hour treatment that begins with a salt and lime body exfoliation prepared by executive chef Gonzalo Cerda using pure salts from nearby Guerrero Negro. The treatment then tackles skin that's been lounging in the sun all day with a refreshing aloe vera and honey full-body mask, followed by a tequila-agave body wrap and a yogurt and oats facial that uses cantaloupe and cucumber juice to help enhance skin tone. A full-body massage that uses an agave-enriched massage oil tops off the treatment to lock-in moisture.
The Antioxidant Powerhouse
Urban luxury gives way to a total-wellness sanctuary at Bangkok's Siam Hotel Opium Spa. The spa's serious wellness offerings include four-hour signature specialties, multiday spa programs (pick your choice of treatments that span the course of seven days), as well as a results-driven skin-care menu that features the Sodashi line. Even the massages are not-so-standard. Opt for one of the Vitamin Oil add-ons during any massage to drench dry skin with some antioxidant power that promises to leave you looking radiant from head-to-toe.
It's hard to go wrong with the facials at New York's Peninsula Spa. Whether you want to tackle sagging, dullness, dehydration or unevenness, the menu can match you up with the best technique for your skin type. Those seeking sun repair can choose from one of the glow-inducing options off of the Intensive Facials list (there's the Instant Brightener that targets sallowness with AHAs and organic red mandarin oil) or take the botanical route and try the Healthy Glow Facial, an anti-aging all star that includes an in-depth skin analysis and microcurrent device.