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Your guide to the best mother-daughter spa date ever

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Your guide to the best mother-daughter spa date ever

It’s Mother’s Day and the last thing you want to do is give your mom another cookbook or puppy figurine. And, let’s be honest, you deserve a treat too (struggle = real). Enter the mother-daughter spa date. We've rounded up some of our favourite spas across Canada here. But before you book, here are some expert tips to ensure your spa day is the best ever.

 

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Your guide to the best mother-daughter spa date ever

Plan a joint activity

Even though you want (and deserve!) a solitary massage where the only sounds are your sighs of bliss and the bubbling-creek-and-pan-flute CD in the background, here’s the thing about Mother’s Day: your mom wants to hang with you. So book mani-pedis instead. READ MORE: Can you drink your way to glowing skin?

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Your guide to the best mother-daughter spa date ever

Pick a treatment that your mom will actually benefit from

Your go-to chemical peel to reduce your acne scarring won't help your mom's skin. But if you don't know what will work for her, Emma Giono, a skin therapist from Tips Nail Bar in Toronto recommends MicroZone treatments, 20-minute, $30 facials customized to skin type. “They can be done side by side leaving time to chat and are quick, effective and non-invasive and won’t break the bank." READ MORE: An antiperspirant that's guaranteed to work when you and Drake finally meet

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Your guide to the best mother-daughter spa date ever

Plan your tea date before your treatment

Reason 1: Everything is better on a full stomach of scones. Reason 2: If you’re prone to redness after facials, you probs won't want to sit in a café makeup-free. READ MORE: 8 nail looks from Toronto Fashion Week you can wear right now

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Your guide to the best mother-daughter spa date ever

But don’t drink alcohol

“Refrain from drinking alcohol before your treatment as it can inhibit your senses and may not allow you to totally enjoy your experience," says Giono.   READ MORE: 10 luxe toothpastes to inspire brushing

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Your guide to the best mother-daughter spa date ever

Try something different

Like Float Toronto, in which you soak in salt-water-filled sensory deprivation tanks thought to cure stress and anxiety. READ MORE: 5 easy beauty indulgences for (exhausted) new moms

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Your guide to the best mother-daughter spa date ever

Don't forget to tip

A 15-20% gratuity is always appreciated – and will avoid any awkwardness at reception.   READ MORE: 25 beauty memes we will never get enough of

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Your guide to the best mother-daughter spa date ever

Stay within your budget

What would totally ruin Mother's Day? Why making your mom pay for her own present, of course. If it’s not in your budget to hit up the spa, grab a bottle of prosecco and Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask. Voila, home spa. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask ($80), at holtrenfrew.com. READ MORE: 12 must-have drugstore beauty buys for your next beach vacation

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Your guide to the best mother-daughter spa date ever

Book ASAP

You can't wait for the last-minute on this one, guys. Giono recommends booking at least two weeks out. Aka now. READ MORE: ELLE Canada editors reveal their must-have date night beauty products

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