Skin care: Best summer-prep facials

May 06 2013 by
Categories : Beauty

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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Where can you get organic summer-prep spa treatments? Read on…

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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