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skincare

Spa Treatments to Revitalize Your Winter-Weary Skin

BY LINDA LUONG

Toronto Spa Treatments - Body Blitz

Enjoy the rejuvenative waters before or after your skincare treatments at Body Blitz Spa

Old Man Winter can be cruel to our skin. Moving between extreme environments—from wind-whipped, below-freezing temperatures outside to the artificially heated indoors—can leave us feeling dry, cracked and flaky. Fortunately, getting ready for spring by taking care of your epidermis is easy with these key Toronto spa treatments.

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Hot Shopping: Skoah’s Sun-Safe Skincare

The Skoah store in Kensington

With Calgary the arrival of Southern Alberta’s famously big blue summer skies and temperatures hovering around 30°C, protecting skin against the sun is especially important.

Skoah’s Sunscreen SPF 45

Skoah skincare carries several sun-safe products for summer 2012, including a non-comedogenic SPF 45 Sunscreen, a light moisturizer which helps prevent clogged pores.

Face Skotion uses cucumber extracts as a non-oily hydrating moisturizer and offers SPF 30 protection.

Lip balms and skin lotions with SPF protection are also available.

Skoah also offers a novel membership program for customers, which includes regular facials and customized skincare regimes. Memberships are available on a monthly and annual basis.

Established in Vancouver, Skoah skincare has two Calgary locations in Kensington and in Chinook Centre.

Hot Shopping: Healing Concoction

Like most of us who do several things at once, the lotion you put on your skin can also be a multitasker. At BodyFood, owner Irene Spedaliere, a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, has developed a skincare line that nourishes your dermis while delivering properties that combat colds, fight acne, insomnia and stress, prevent aching joints and muscles, or simply to lift the spirit. Pull up a seat at the aromatherapy bar of her Liberty Village retail spot for a custom blend comprised of essential oils and all natural ingredients, making it a suitable product for infants and children, too. If you don’t have time for a personalized potion, pre-made lotions, scrubs, butters, soaps, washes and lip balm are also available.

Spa Escapes

Travellers can slough off tired skin and spring into shape at these eight picks for top-to-toes relaxation.

Hammam Spa

HAMMAM SPA
SETTING This cavernous paradise exudes old-world opulence with lavish steam rooms and private suites.
SIGNATURE TREATMENT Signature Hammam Ritual ($40 per visit, complimentary with other treatments totalling $100 or more). Rejuvenate and detoxify your body with the traditional Turkish steam infused with refreshing essential oils.
PAMPERING PICK Pamper Package ($340 for 3.5 hours) includes a Hammam steam, body scrub, Swedish massage, manicure and pedicure.
OTHER SERVICES Facials, microdermabrasion, body exfoliating treatments, couples’ massages.

SWEETGRASS SPA
SETTING For women only, this haven offers a luxurious space with access to an ozonated swimming pool, whirlpool, infrared sauna, and spa dining from George Restaurant.
SIGNATURE TREATMENT Lomi Lomi massage ($125 for an hour). A stylized Hawaiian treatment that means “loving hands,” this intuitive massage uses gentle flowing strokes, coaxing the body to relax.
PAMPERING PICK The Rose Sweetgrass Pause Package ($334 for 3 hours and 15 minutes) includes an aromatherapy facial, massage, manicure and pedicure, and lunch with wine.
OTHER SERVICES BodySong massage, facials, manicures and pedicures.

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