I like to feel better about my often-bothersome skin, so it makes sense that I love facials, and my most stressed out friends are usually the ones who crave massages. When you splurge on a spa service, what kind are you most likely to choose and why?
Stacey Parks, spa director at Spa Claremont in Berkeley, CA, explains, "Chocolate induces a euphoric feeling on an emotional level, so it just makes you feel really good, and it nurtures your well-being as well as your body." That's not it, though. "Chocolate is antioxidant, and the darker the chocolate the better, because it does help to boost the body's natural collagen production," she adds. If you just happen to be in the Bay Area, treat yourself to a chocolate manicure or pedicure at the Claremont. Or, for something you can do at home, this quick and easy DIY cocoa soak is perfection.
Be sure to check out more Valentine's tips from Stacey:
Getting the guy in your life into the spa
Two scents (and one massage technique) your guy will love
Whether you're celebrating with a special someone this year, or if you're flying solo, you absolutely deserve to treat yourself to a spa night around Valentine's Day. Of course, the star of the show should be the bathtub, and this Restoration Hardware Palais Pedestal Soaking Tub ($3,300) would be the perfect place to soak. Set the mood by dimming the lights and lighting some MoMa Totem Votive Holders ($26), whose geometric shapes and natural beechwood add a cool, sophisticated take to your night of pampering. If you're celebrating with your true love, add a festive Forever Banner ($13) to the room, as well as a cluster of Mini Heart Mirrors ($19). To shop the rest of the look, just click on each image!
The original master bathroom was very bland. I painted the cabinets dark brown and added sleek and modern hardware. We removed the full-size wall mirror and painted it a bold, bright green.
The famed department store just added The Pet Spa for "canine chic and feline sleek!" Nestled in London's Harrods is a fourth floor furry retreat that boasts human-worthy services like full body massages, mud baths, blueberry and vanilla facials, and deluxe pedicures.If your pets are hungry, they can just stop off at Lily's Kitchen for lunch later on!
While the country's strict quarantine laws make it hard to just hop on a weekend flight, a gal (and pup) can dream, right? See the rest of this Bulldog's pampered adventure and read more
Some folks like to get their groove on in the steamy waters but that's just asking for trouble, or at least bacteria. While it may be a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable place to sip a toddy aprés ski, I'm not sure it's worth the aftermath of folliculitis, also known as the "hot tub rash." But hey, that's just me. If you fancy the swirling tubs for their therapeutic powers, just make sure it's a clean and trusted spot before you take the plunge.
So tell me, would I find you in the hot tub or sitting on the sidelines?
If you have a valid student ID, and the new school year has you in need of a little beauty bliss, you're in luck. Now through the end of October, Bliss spas are giving students 20 percent off any service they offer, from facials to the well-beloved Poetic Waxing.You just have to sign up at the Bliss site, and then you can conveniently book your appointment online. If you're not currently enrolled, it almost makes you want to register for some college classes, doesn't it?
"Vacations are not meant for fitness." This quote is from a dear friend of mine; the two of us are driving down the coast for Labor Day. While it's true that I usually don't plan my vacations around fitness, I like being active — even when away from home! But I get it, it's Labor Day, the last hurrah before Summer ends, and my friend wants nothing but fun in the sun.
Since she's doing all the driving, I'm definitely not going to suggest a yoga session on the beach. But that's because I have something even better in mind. Instead of framing activities in terms of fitness and exercise, I've got a few fun suggestions that will keep her smiling, and me active.
- Let's go ride a bike. Riding bikes in the Summer sun can't be beat, especially when it's along a beach boardwalk. Once we hit Los Angeles, I'm looking forward to renting a couple of bikes and cruising along the Santa Monica beach boardwalk.
- Book a spa date. A visit to the spa is not only an indulgent way to hang with a girlfriend, it's also a great way to relax. Schedule a massage to de-stress, relieve sore muscles, and boost immunity levels.
See how we'll be spending our nights when you read more