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Skin care: Best summer-prep facials

Barbara Kraft/Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village Author: Elle Canada Credits: Barbara Kraft/Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

Beauty

Skin care: Best summer-prep facials

The first signs of the warmer weather call for some serious summer prep. Even if you’ve been on the couch all winter catching up on Downton Abbey, investing in a skin-rejuvenating facial will set you on the path to a gorgeous summer glow in no time. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite self-indulgent skin care facial treatments from luxe spas across the globe. Summer-ready skin care starts here.

The photo finish: DNA Growth Factor Exfoliating Facial, 50 minutes (approx. $175); 80 minutes (approx. $245)
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village (fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/spa/)
Call it the California way: Inherently summer ready, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village—a 41,000-foot green oasis just off the Malibu coast— exclusively offers the DNA Growth Factor Exfoliating Facial for reversing the skin damage from year-round sunshine. Developed by Dr. Ronald Moy, a Beverley Hills-based dermatologist and president of the American Academy of Dermatology, the literally skin-deep facial targets effects of a stressed and photo-damaged complexion, using an amino acid glycolic peel to slough away dull cells along the surface. A professional strength growth factor from Iceland is then infused into skin along with DNA repair enzymes for a truly revitalized complexion.

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The champagne treatment: Ultimate Caviar Facial, 90 minutes ($269)
Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Banff Springs (willowstream.com/banffsprings)
What better way clear away woeful winter skin than with a seasonal overhaul set against the Canadian Rockies, where the regal full-body spa treatments at the Willow Steam Spa are as fittingly majestic? This indulgent, rehydrating skin care facial features Kerstin Florian’s Caviar collection, a protein and peptide-rich age-defense serum and ampoule application that improves skin elasticity and reduces fine lines. A mountain of luxury from head to toe, the treatment begins with a foot exfoliation and soothing footbath. Moving on up, the seasonal rejuvenation continues with a multi-acid skin exfoliation, followed by facial massage using energizing stones to lift and contour, while a protein-rich marine mask is applied to improve skin’s luminosity. Embrace total skin rejuvenation with a refining décolleté and hand treatment—also perfect for holding an equally luxe Menage A Pear cocktail from the hotel’s Ramsay Lounge later on.

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Summer-prep-facials-Kraft-Barbar.jpgThe serpentine fix: Rodial Venom Chic facial, 60 minutes (approx. $127 to $143)
The House of Rush Spa, locations throughout London (rush.co.uk)
Since a slew of exotic beauty treatments are offered in London spas—the infamous, amino-acid enriched bird poop facial doubtless comes to mind—it’s not surprising that the Rodial Venom Chic Facial uses the skin-plumping properties of snake venom. Featuring products by UK-based beauty brand, Rodial, the facial begins with a radiant fruit peel mask to remove dead skin. Next, enjoy a face, neck and shoulder massage with Rodial Glamtox night gel, which uses Vitamin C to smooth out fine lines. Ready for the bite? Rodial Glamoxy snake serum mimics the muscle-freezing effect of the Temple Viper’s venom, plumping up expression lines and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. That’s followed by Rodial Glamtox SPF 18, which uses micro-injected hyaluronic spheres and myrrh extract to retain the skin’s moisture—and of course, venomous glow.

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The natural glow: Skin Perfecting Facial, 55 minutes ($149)
Elixir Organic Spa, Toronto (elixirspa.ca)
This King West spa boasts 100 per cent natural and synthetic-free ingredients used in all organic treatments. Combining five high-tech anti-aging organic procedures, the holistic Skin Perfecting facial rehydrates skin and reduces signs of aging—a perfect segue into the summer event season. The treatment begins with a chemical-free lightening serum to minimize discolouration, while a microdermabrasion treatment reduces fine lines and rough patches on the face. Next a gentle enzyme-enriched mask is applied to lips for a baby-soft smoothness, followed by an oxygen infusion treatment to hydrate skin after months of winter dryness. For an instant eye-brightening treatment, the age-defying lymphobiology (a rhythmic lymph-drainage massage) clears away dark circles and puffiness. Exfoliate a winter-dulled complexion with an organic date and honey scrub for a natural (and practically edible!) glow.

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