We know spring is right around the corner, but our skin is still taking a beating from the dry heat indoors and the brisk winds and temperatures that linger. To help skin return to a hydrated, moisturized, glowing state, consider one of these treatments from local spas.
Or try them all. Your skin will thank you.
A discreet indulgence : Triple Rose Hydrating Body Treatment
Red Door Spa, Cross Keys
The Village of Cross Keys; 42 Village Square, Baltimore
Details: 50 minutes, $125
This two-part treatment, which uses the spa's Renew skin care line, is aimed at getting your skin super silky and soft by using the power of rose oil. The products have a faint rose scent, and this is considered an aromatherapy treatment, too.
And how sweet it is. The process starts with a relaxing exfoliation. As you lie on the treatment table, your technician will massage granules of olives pits mixed with rose cleansing oil and coconut oil into your skin. (Note: Red Door spas are known for their discretion. The masseuse will keep you covered with warm towels while she works on your various appendages and will ask if you want your tummy included in the process.) Once you're coated, you'll head for the private shower in the treatment room and rinse away the mix.
Now for the real relaxation. Using a mixture of Renew massage oil and rose body cream, you'll get a neck-to-toe massage that will work to detoxify and rehydrate your skin. The mixture has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. To keep you snug and happy during the massage, you'll be wrapped up a bit like a tortilla in a warming blanket.
To let the cream continue to soak into your skin, you'll be advised to avoid water for the next half-day or so.
Hello, healthy glow: Winter Rescue Facial
ReNew Organic Skin Care
822 W. 36th St., Baltimore
410-400-2745; email to Shelley@reneworganicskincare.com
Details: 60 minutes, $95
Shelley Birnbaum is the owner and aesthetician of this by-appointment-only facial boutique. Her goal is to give her clientele the best eco-friendly organic products and tailor those products to their specific needs.
Birnbaum, working with a lab, has created her own line of products. She studied essential oil blends an herbal tinctures and then incorporated them into skin care products. After working with a client, she can whip up a customized moisturizer, for example, and in return visits can tweak the formula based on how the client's skin is reacting. She uses organic ingredients and fair-trade products whenever they are available.
For the Winter Rescue Facial, she'll start with a hydrating treatment done under steam that uses D2O — a heavy water that soaks into the skin. Anti-aging elements such as coconut, myrrh and aloe are part of the hydration. Skin then gets a cleansing and an exfoliation (and, if needed, extractions), followed by an enzymic fruit peel. The final stage of the process is her signature three-tea mask, a blend of white, green and a red South African tea and hydrating elements in an oh-so-creamy formula. Along the way, you'll also get hydrating, moisturizing treatments for your arms and hands.
The hour passes quickly in her cozy studio, located above a dress shop, and your face will go home happy and hydrated.