Every September, when The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) roles around, the city is buzzing with a gorgeous slew of glossy hair, shining skin, glamorous celebrities. While the elite few might land in Toronto
red-carpet perfect, we bet that most hit up a spa or two or a quick plump, a fast smooth, massage and glow treatment before their close up. But whether you’re a celebrity or a movie fanatic who can’t wait to attend the TIFF festivities,
a spa treatment at one of Toronto’s top spas is just the thing for getting red carpet ready. Not sure where to head? We’ve done the legwork for you! Here are 5 Toronto spas to get you ready for your close up.
The location: Quartz Crystal Spa at Trump International Hotel and Tower (trumptoronto.ca), Toronto
The treatment: Ultimate Oxygen Facial
Why it’s celeb-worthy: All you need to do is step inside this spa to understand why it’s celeb-worthy. The effortlessly elegant décor, combined with the sweeping views of the city (it’s located on the 31st floor), create an exclusive atmosphere that’s oozing Hollywood glamour. The Ultimate Oxygen Facial is all about delivering on its promise to renew cells, repair damage and nourish skin. Two specialty masks are applied during this treatment, to energize cells and supply skin with intense moisture, says Daphne Swenerton, Director of Spa Operations at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Toronto. All the products used during this treatment come from the premium skin care line Luzern Cosmeceuticals. “All Luzern ingredients are cultivated at a high altitude in the Alps and are rich in anti-oxidants,” says Swenerton. “They’re all organic and free from chemicals, using oxygen to boost cellular reparations and collagen production.”
The location: Concepts Spa & Salon (conceptstoronto.com)
The treatment: Sonolight Facial with Added Collagen
Why it’s celeb-worthy: The Sonolight Facial is a non-invasive treatment designed to restore the look and feel of your skin by targeting everything from wrinkles, crow’s feet, acne scarring, sun damage and enlarged pores. The treatment utilizes products from the skincare brand Swiss Line. “Given the busy schedules of celebrities and their need for instant results, this treatment is amazing for those that need instant results from a facial since it instantly leaves the skin glowing and renewed,” says Anna Ou, a skin specialist at Toronto’s Concepts Spa & Salon. Apparently celebrities like Jessica Alba and Amanda Bynes are known to have indulged in the spa’s services in years past and the staff there is excited to see who comes through the doors this year during TIFF.
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The location: The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto (ritzcarlton.com)
The treatment: The VIP Pre-Event Therapy Package
Why it’s celeb-worthy: The VIP Pre-Event Therapy Package offers celebs head to toe care designed to get them red carpet ready. The 3.5-hour treatment starts with a 90-minute hydrating, detoxifying facial, followed by a 75-minute slimming body wrap and is topped off with a shellac manicure. “The body treatment focuses on removing dead skin cells for a glowing complexion as well as detoxifying and slimming for a smoother silhouette,” says Maria Haggo, Spa Operations Manager at the Ritz-Carlton. “It works to reduce cellulite and water retention. It is also packed with vitamin C. The guest will be left feeling firmer, lighter and re-energized so it is the perfect treatment for jetlagged guests pre-event.”
The location: The Elmwood Spa (elmwoodspa.com)
The treatment: Oxygen Facial
Why it’s celeb-worthy: We all know how essential oxygen is for our lungs, but for skin, too? Infusing skin with oxygen is believed to treat skin at a cellular level, leaving it looking healthier than ever. “Our Oxygen Facial evens out skin tone, reduces shine and
gives skin a healthy glow,” says Giovanna Manchisi, Senior Manager, Spa Services at the Elmwood Spa in Toronto. It’s
the perfect facial to have before an event as it doesn’t result in any redness (common in most other facials) and makes applying make-up a breeze – goes on smooth and lasts all night.” According to Manchisi, the oxygen facial is the latest celeb craze. “Everyone from Madonna to Kate Middleton to Justin Timberlake have had this rejuvenating treatment,” she says.
The location: Hammam Spa (hammamspa.ca)
The treatment: Hammam Rhassoul Wrap
Why it’s celeb-worthy: The Hammam Rhassoul Wrap is the Hammam Spa’s signature service so you know it has to be good. The treatment begins by candlelight in a rosemary-scented room, atop a white marble table heated to 104 degrees. OK, we’re sold! A combination of exfoliation and massage, the wrap is designed to release stress and relax muscles. “We’ve become a favourite escape to many A-list celebrities over the years, offering them a tranquil place to recharge away from media, fans and paparazzi,” says Paula Aveling, Director of Marketing for the Hammam Spa. Sorry folks; we couldn’t get names!
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