Spa

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

Whenever I’m getting a facial or massage, I try to take note of what products the spa therapists and estheticians are using. Are they the same products found for sale at the retail counter of the spa? Are they secret concoctions that only spa therapists in the know are allowed to use? Or is it some generic product I can find in the aisles of Duane Reade? Well, here are a few products you can buy for yourself and the spas that swear by them.

Wood Sprite Organic Body Polish at Philadelphia’s Juju Organic Spa

Ok, so maybe a Wood Sprite sounds like something out of a Shakespearean play or a doll my baby girl would demand for Christmas. But this organic sugar scrub is actually something for your wish list. Break free of dry, dull winter skin and get ready for spring with Wood Sprite’s Lemon Verbena Body Polish. The fine Organic Raw Cane Sugar’s gentle crystals contain natural glycolic acid, which dissolves away dulling dead skin cells, while Organic Grapeseed and Organic Sunflower Oils offer balanced moisture and nourishment for soft, glowing, silky-smooth skin.
Visit http://www.woodspriteorganicbody.com.

Clarisonic at Bliss Spa

Get professional-facial-caliber results every time you wash your face with the Clarisonic Skin Care System. Created by the lead inventor of the Sonicare Toothbrush, the Clarisonic electric face and body brushes are used for pre-treatment by top dermatologists and spas throughout the country including NYC’s beloved Bliss Spa. Washing your face will actually be…fun! and not just something you remember to do after your face hits the pillow for bed. And say goodbye to those dry winter flakes – your skin will feel super soft and glow with radiance. Visit http://www.Sephora.com or http://www.clarisonic.com.

Camille’s Cosmeceuticals at TriBeCa MedSpa

TriBeCa Med Spa is known for bringing the latest and greatest to the beauty industry devotees of New York City. One of their favorite products to use in the spa’s treatments is Camille’s Rose Water, which comes from organic roses found in Egypt. The rose petals are carefully distilled with steam to extract the rose oil that has been used for centuries because of its hydrating and soothing properties. Rose water is an excellent toner after cleansing, or to mist over make-up as a midday hydrating pick me up. Personally, I love it as a personal at-home aromatherapy treatment. Visit http://www.tribecamedspa.com.

Lotus Wei Organics Flower Elixirs at Scottsdale’s Spa at Gainey Ranch

Speaking of aromatherapy, Lotus Wei Organics has recently developed Custom Flower Elixir Massage Experiences. The Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona uses them in their treatments, as do other spas throughout California. Each flower essence serves a purpose (i.e. to awaken, balance, relax, etc.) and you’ll actually be visually drawn to the one you need most – so don’t stress about choosing the right one. These organic oils, elixirs and mists are great not only for your mind’s well being, but for your body’s as well! Visit http://www.spiritbeautylounge.com.

Sothys Hydroptimale THI3 Hydrating Mask at NYC’s Sothys Spa

L’Institut Sothys New York is known for bringing its Parisian flare for luxury into every spa treatment and every product they carry. Their European Facials are known for giving your face a glowing and supple look while reducing fine lines. To get the same look at home, use Sothys Hydroptimale THI3 Hydrating Mask. This moisture-quenching mask works on all skin types and can be used without moderation. Indulge yourself (and your face) 2-3 times a week! Visit http://www.sothys-usa.com.

Nothing beats having a spa treatment at a luxurious spa (just try giving yourself a massage and see how relaxed you feel). But for that ‘in-between’ time, there’s no reason you can’t look like you’ve just been to the spa and with these products, you can.

Originally published April 2010
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