Spring Awakening: Natural Ingredients in Local Skin and Hair Treatments
Ready to shed your winter skin? These soothing, hydrating natural ingredientsâ€”all found in local products and spa treatmentsâ€”will have you glowing from head to toe in no time.
â€śNothing looks worse than dry skin,â€ť says Donna Charloff, MiniLuxeâ€™s director of service operations. She recommends healing hands with the spaâ€™s warm oil treatment (a $10 add-on to manicures). Vitamin E-rich soy oil, rendered from candles that burn at precisely 102 degrees, is used in the rubdown.
Take advantage of honeyâ€™s natural anti-bacterial and humectant properties with Bella SantĂ©â€™s whipped-honey-nectar pedicure ($65). After a milk bath and salt scrub, stubborn callouses melt under FarmHouse Freshâ€™s Honey Heel Glaze, spa director Caroline Bradfordâ€™s â€śsecret weapon.â€ť
The tart fruit is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C; inhibits melatonin production; and increases cellular renewal, leading to brighter skin. Get all the benefits with Equinoxâ€™s cranberry revitalizing facial ($200), which â€śrebuilds the skin and gives it new purpose,” according to senior spa director Nicole Vitale.
Body: Carrots, Sesame Seeds, Sea Salt
The natural sugar, vitamin A, and beta carotene in carrots work wonders on the skin. For Blissâ€™s carrot-and-sesame body buff ($170), lead technician Dawn Lamonica massages essential oils infused with the vegetable into the skin, then exfoliates and polishes with sea salt and sesame seeds.
Hair: Tucuma Butter
Pressed tucuma palm seeds from South America, rich in fatty acids, and the moisture-controlling proprietary ingredient OFPMA, are the keys to the Restore mask ($42, Sephora), a deep conditioner from the Cambridge-based Living Proof.
The Total Package: Lavender, Rose
Vanquish the winter blahs with the Mandarin Oriental spaâ€™s six-hour-plus â€śretreatâ€ť ($745 weekends, $690 weekdays). A massage incorporating black pepper, rosemary, and lavender soothes and heals stiff muscles, while the â€śIndulgeâ€ť facial (one of six you can choose from) uses rose water and rose-hip-seed oil to resettle hydration levels.
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