Relax and Unwind: Spa Services for all Budgets

Open up and say SPA-AHHH. Here are some DIY and splurge-worthy pampering routines to add to your repertoire.

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Whether you DIY at home, head to your local salon for, or indulge in a day spa with your BFF, some quality me-time is just what you deserve.  Here are ideas for all budgets and needs

At home

Cost: Price can range from $10 and up depending on the products.

Sequester yourself. Skip TV-time tonight and head to the bathroom with some yummy-smelling candles.  We like Tocca Cleopatra candles ($32), which smell like grapefruit and cucumber.  Then smear on a face mask, such as Neutrogena's Pore-Refining Mask ($7) or Clinique's Seven Day Scrub Cream ($18), and hop in a bubble bath.  Or turn your shower into a sauna: Turn the water on as hot as it will go and let it run and steam up the bathroom.  Add a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender or rosemary and breathe deeply.

Scrub -a-dub-dub. It's time to exfoliate and slough away all that dry winter skin.  Try using a loofah or a body scrub such as Change is Gonna Come Body Exfoliator by Mark ($12).  After your bath, pat yourself dry and slather on a thick body lotion or butter, such as Shiseido's new Body Cream ($72).

Mini mani/pedis. Soak your tootsies in a foot bath with Tracy Stern FootTea ($11), an herbal tea blend designed to soften your feet.  Use a pumice stone to slough away calluses and then rub a peppermint foot cream in.  Before you apply polish, pop on Bling Toe Separators from Sephora ($2) which are sure to make your DIY pedi feel indulgent.

For rough, parched hands, try the best-selling Satin Hands by Mary Kay ($34).  A two step process, you first exfoliate with a special hand scrub.  After you rinse, smooth on the delectable hand cream for super soft hands.  The softening effects linger after several hand-washings.

*Facial harmony.  Want to glow, girl?  Pick up a Clarisonic ($149) or Olay Pro X Cleansing Brush ($25), which spin and vibrate to polish away fine lines, dry patches and oil to reveal a more beautiful complexion.

Around town

Cost: Expect to spend $30-$50 for a salon manicure and pedicure.

If you've got an hour of free time, now is your chance to head to the local salon.  A tip: Wear your flip-flops to the nail salon so you don't have to worry about smudging you toes when you put your shoes back on.

Upgrade your regular pedi. Ask for a spa pedicure, which is a regular pedicure plus one of the following: Paraffin dip, masks, mud or seaweed treatment.  Or see if your salon offers a Stone Pedicure -- essential oils are rubbed in with the help of hot stones for an incredible foot and leg massage.

Get a mini-massage.  Many nail salons also offer a chair massage.  You can buy a massage for 10 minutes for anywhere from $10-$20.

Or get a longer massage.  Need a massage or facial but don't want to make a full day of it?  Massage Envy has locations in 47 states and offers 50 and 90 minute massages.  First time clients get a low introductory rate of $39 or $49 (depending on where you live) for a Swedish massage.

At the spa

Sometimes, you just need to shelf the Calgon and hit the spa.  Book a sitter, grab your girlfriends and head to one of these top spa brands near you and try one of their signature treatments.  Be sure to get there at least a half hour early--many spas have relaxation lounges, some even have hot-tub, steam and sauna facilities which you can use as a prelude to your treatments.

Go deep.Westin Heavenly Spa's Rollerssage($125) incorporates heated round crystals that are rolled over your body for a deeply penetrating massage.

Let your skin glow.  The best complexion reviver is at Bliss: Their Triple Oxygen Facial ($160) intensely cleans, exfoliates, extracts, wraps and oxygenates your face to perfection.

Indulge.  Pour yourself a glass of bubbly! Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa has a Champagne and Rose Facial ($120) Champagne tones your complexion while rose extract gently exfoliates and hydrates your skin.

Get Some Rest.  Feel like what you really need is just a nap?  Head to a Ritz Carlton Spa, where you can indulge in a treatment aptly named Drift to Sleep ($300).  A body scrub followed by a milk bath and massage, afterward you enjoy a 30 minute power nap on a warmed treatment table.

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Comments (2)
Tinker B.
I had this treatment done and it was great.
Posted: November 19, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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Adrain J.
Try hand and stone. A massage is $40. I got my hubbie a membership and. He get 1 per month or extras at a discounted rate. It is great.
Posted: October 21, 2011 at 11:44 PM
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