Get Glowing

Local spas share their skin-baring wisdom.

If you get dry skin on your elbows and arms, try an exfoliating and hydrating treatment. Your whole body will benefit from the ACE treatment at Bella Santé on Newbury Street and in Lexington. After starting with a body buff, your therapist will apply a cream rich with vitamins A, C and E. You’ll be wrapped so your body can absorb the nutrients. “When you leave, your entire body has a glow,” says Kim Trufant, spa director at Bella Santé’s Lexington location.

Even the best bodies have some cellulite, especially near the derrière. The Suddenly Slim treatment at g2o Spa + Salon on Newbury Street could help you lose inches in trouble areas. “The client is wrapped in ace bandages soaked in an herbal solution that helps detoxify the skin,” says spa director Christine Haddad. “They go into a massage capsule and relax while heat is applied. This helps penetrate the product further into the skin.” After the treatment, the bandages are removed and you are rinsed in a Swiss shower.

If you’re still planning on packing a razor for your honeymoon, consider the waxing alternative. At Bella Santé, they use a gentle lavender wax. For best results, let your hair grow for about two weeks, or until it’s a quarter-inch long.

Once your legs are smooth, treat them to a cryotonic leg treatment, which uses a cooling gel “to help with that heavy leg feeling,” says Trufant. This treatment helps rid the legs of spider or varicose veins by increasing blood flow and circulation.

Since less-than-perfect skin can detract from muscle tone, make sure you take the necessary steps to ensure a flawless back complexion. BodiScience Holistic Spa in Beverly offers a relaxing way to improve your back. Their Soothing Back Treatment includes a gentle exfoliation, massage, mask and hydrating treatment. For those who suffer from back acne, Tardif recommends gentle extractions to clear it up.

A nice tan will even out skin and minimize the appearance of blemishes. At g2o Spa + Salon, airbrush tanning gives a sun-kissed look without the harmful UV rays. In addition to a bronze glow, airbrush tanning can even highlight muscle tone. “The same way make-up artists can contour the face, this can be done for the body,” says Haddad. “If you want to minimize an area, we’ll make it a bit darker.”