Spring Awakening: Natural Ingredients in Local Skin and Hair Treatments
“Nothing looks worse than dry skin,” says Donna Charloff, MiniLuxe’s director of service operations. She recommends healing hands with the spa’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 honey’s natural anti-bacterial and humectant properties with Bella Santé’s whipped-honey-nectar pedicure ($65). After a milk bath and salt scrub, stubborn callouses melt under FarmHouse Fresh’s Honey Heel Glaze, spa director Caroline Bradford’s “secret weapon.”
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 Equinox’s cranberry revitalizing facial ($200), which “rebuilds 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 Bliss’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 spa’s six-hour-plus “retreat” ($745 weekends, $690 weekdays). A massage incorporating black pepper, rosemary, and lavender soothes and heals stiff muscles, while the “Indulge” facial (one of six you can choose from) uses rose water and rose-hip-seed oil to resettle hydration levels.