Nothing is more indulgent, relaxing, and restoring than a trip to the spa. Whether it's your first time or you're a spa regular, we asked Amanda Wells, the spa director at The Setai Spa Wall Street, to give us tips to making the most of your spa experience. Learn when to eat before and after, how to prolong your state of bliss, and more when you read on.
Beauty is not just about looking good, but also about taking the time to indulge. Today is National Relaxation Day, which means you need no other reason to just chill out and pamper yourself with a relaxing beauty treatment. Didn't book a spa appointment? Give yourself permission to take 15 minutes (or more) today to just indulge and unwind with one of these easy at-home beauty treatments.
Last week, I found myself in an uncomfortable situation while getting eyelash extensions. It wasn't the pads and glue stuck to my face, sealing my eyes shut; it was the complimentary leg rub that almost had me squirming off the table.
For someone with extremely ticklish knees, the rubdown was more grueling than soothing. Having endured a few unpleasant beauty treatments in my time at Allure, I always try to remember beauty news editor Heather Muir's advice: "If you're uncomfortable, speak up!" But sometimes on that massage table it's a little hard to express your discomfort without feeling rude or awkward. We asked experts from Bliss and Red Door Spa how to avoid suffering in silence. To see their advice, just keep reading.
150: Number (in millions) of spa visits in 2010.
8,704: Average number of treatments and services performed per spa.
7.5: The average number of treatment rooms a spa has.
47: Percent of spas who have couples services.
45: Percent that have packages designed specifically for pregnant women.
85: Percentage of spas that donate products and services to their communities.
Hong Kong's newest luxury spa might not be so relaxing if you have a fear of heights. The new ESPA just opened in the city's Ritz-Carlton International Commerce Center, the third tallest building in the world. ESPA sits on the 116th and 118th floors, making it the highest spa on Earth.
Don't worry if you're only slightly acrophobic, though. The architects, HBA, gave the space rounded edges and curved walls to create the illusion of insulation and protection from the world below. And in the relaxation room, the custom-designed lounger pods are curtained to create private, safe-feeling cocoons. The treatment we're coveting most? Their 90-minute Lava Shell Treatment ($191 USD), where heated shells, warmed aromatic oils, and deep-tissue-massage strokes will (hopefully) melt away any stress you may be feeling from the hotel's dizzying height.
From October 10 to 16, you can get luxe, full-service spa treatments for just $50 each, and the savings are unbeatable. For instance, at Skinpeccable Dermatology and Laser Center in LA, you can get one session of laser hair removal for your bikini line (usually $109) , and at Hibiscus Therapeutic Center in Montclair, New Jersey you can get a 50 minute hot stone massage, which would normally run you $161.
There are hundreds of deals nationwide, so you can snap up spa services in your neck of the woods, or buy a stress-relieving special for a friend or relative somewhere else. Check out spaweek.com for details, and to search for spas and specials near you.
A while back, I was super stoked to find this shop near my workplace that offered $10 manicures. So far, I've been there a couple of times and shared this gem with my friends, and most of them have loved it. There are one or two people who didn't care for the lower prices, because they would rather pay more to ensure quality service, impeccable treatments, and a soothing atmosphere. I'm the kind that just likes to get the job done and can do without the extra frills. Before you take my lead, you gotta know what you're getting into. Read this quick guide to find out more on how to maximize your cheap spa experience:
- Read Reviews: Don't walk into a store blindly and do your research on sites like Yelp. If hygiene is a question, do not risk your health for a cheap manicure! For example, if you learn that they don't clean the equipment, you're better off doing your nails yourself.
- Lower Your Expectations: Don't go in expecting that your $10 will get you a $100 spa experience. Your dollar can't stretch that far. A deal is a deal and usually you get a little more than what you pay for. If you expect a five star treatment, you're going to be very disappointed. Go in with a realistic mindset.
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Millions of vacationers fly to Mexico's Yucatán peninsula each year, but too few of them venture far from Cancún. It's their loss, because the interior is filled with beautiful sights that no traveler should miss: Mayan ruins, refreshing cenotes, and unspoiled scenery. Among the must-see places is Hacienda San Jose, a former colonial estate that has been restored and transformed into a luxury hotel and spa. While trekking around Yucatán earlier this month, I stayed for a night and pretty much fell in love with the place. Take this virtual tour and I'm pretty sure you will, too.