The Summer Spa Guide

Treat your skin to some TLC at these Los Cabos spas

By Sandra A. Berry

 

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Photo by Francisco Estrada

Did you spend a bit longer than intended tanning on the beach? Perhaps you feel dehydrated or need a little plumping after endless weeks of work. To get your feel-good hormones up and running for the summer, take a breather and visit one of the many professional spas in Los Cabos. Most spas offer treatments inspired by nature and incorporate items ranging from milk and honey to the fruits of summer.

Take, for example, the summer services offered by La Purísima Salon & Spa (624-131-5368 or www.ventanasresidences.com). The on-site spa at Ventanas Residences uses only all-natural products. Each treatment starts with a therapeutic foot massage, which is followed by any number of services. Massage options include hot stone, deep tissue or sport, or one specifically for tired legs. For a real treat, add on a scalp massage.

Signature services include a loofa salt glow and deep-cleansing facial, as well as services for men such as a gentleman’s facial. While you’re at it, add an anti-aging eye treatment. This full-service salon is ready with summer seasonal specials not only for men and women but also for the kiddies; there’s a children’s menu that includes a mini manicure and pedicure using grapes and lemon extracts. How fun would it be for the little one to experience a face mask? There’s also a “Me & Mommy Massage” for children 4 to 12 years of age.

La Purísima has created an atmosphere that appeals to all the senses and soothes the weary: soft music, bubbling water, and flickering candles. La Purísima is a full-service spa offering a full range of services, the most popular being deep-tissue massages, body wraps, body scrubs, facial care, waxing, and salon services for hair, manicures and pedicures. All products and equipment are top-notch, including the pedicure spa chairs with built-in massage and footbath. La Purísima also performs special anti-cellulite treatments, as well as reducing and firming treatments, and waxing. Why not take advantage of pampering yourself? The cost is quite reasonable, which makes it possible to spend an entire morning or afternoon indulging.

_D3S7874Embrace the scents of summer at Tesoro Hotel’s Aura Spa (173-9300, ext. 1990), which uses refreshing coconut, lime, mint, and vanilla in its manicures and pedicures. Located near the beautiful roof-deck pool, Aura Spa offers several packages such as the Glow & Go Package and the Macho Package. Another summer special is a 50-minute massage and manicure or pedicure for only $100 U.S. (including tax). Get the summer juices flowing with a body wrap: There are versions here using bamboo and green tea or lotus blossoms. Or get an exfoliation scrub of cocoa and vanilla. For aromatherapy, opt from grape, _1jasmine, and ginger, among other scents. Also available: body and facial treatments and detoxing body wraps with lemon grass and tea tree oil.

The Holistic Spa at Hacienda Encantada (www.haciendaencantada.com) offers a wellness approach based on the link between physical and spiritual, mind and body, inner peace and harmony. With 20 unique body and facial treatments, plus every other service you would expect in any world-class upscale spa, you can’t help but feel pampered, refreshed, and rejuvenated. All salon services are offered, including bridal makeup and a makeup party for teens. If you’ve heard of, but never participated in, a temezcal, this is your chance to see what this pre-Hispanic steam bath is all about. This native health ritual encompasses the four elements of water, fire, wind and water using aromatic and medicinal herbs.

You can enjoy the traditional Mexican hacienda-style of indulgence at the Cactus Spa (624-145-8000, ext. 4080) located within the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar resort. Fresh fruit, glowing candles, aromatic scents, and body wraps with tropical fruits such as papaya, mango, and kiwi will having you feeling good,

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La Purísima Spa, the on-site spa at Ventanas Residences, uses only all-natural products. Photos Courtesy La Purísima Spa (3)

smelling good, and good to go. Reserve a couple’s room to enjoy shared massages and facials. Take advantage of the sauna, steam rooms, and hot tub in the outdoor relaxation area.
Your body deserves some of the treatments featured at The Spa at the Marina Fiesta Hotel (www.marinafiestaresort.com), including a green coffee body wrap, a floral ritual, or chocolate massage. Special packages are available with room and spa as well as spa packages with anti-stress massages and anti-aging facials. For that special night-on the-town occasion, let the magic begin with a new hairdo and makeup, complete with mani and pedi.

The spa at the Hilton Hotel (www.hiltonloscabos.com) was created to offer its guests a spiritual escape from their every increasingly lives. Eforea is the name, Spanish for euphoria, which translated further means ecstasy, joy, and jubilation, all ways to describe the unique spa concept for global travelers. Signature treatments include a rosemary citron sea salt scrub, a lemon verbena body treatment and a Blues Be Gone massage. The full service salon includes waxing, nail and hair care, lash application, and makeup artistry. The adjacent fitness center offers top-notch equipment with classes in yoga, spinning, zumba, and more.

Of course, these are not the only spas in Los Cabos, a destination known for its luxurious amenities. There are facilities with certified massage therapists providing every type of massage you can imagine: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stones, aromatherapy, reflexology, and more. There are those with Jacuzzis, saunas, volcanic rock hot pools and cold plunge pools—you name it and you can find it. Want to try something exotic? How about a seaweed wrap or body polish? Want to get ready for a romantic evening? Make an appointment for a facial, manicure, and pedicure and be ready to step out feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready for a glorious summer’s night in Los Cabos. For information on these additional spa facilities, visit www.loscabosguide.com.

 

The Skinny on Sun protection

10 tips to help you avoid burns, dehydrated hair, and more

 

Spa_0023_1Temperatures are rising, but that doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. Nor does it mean you have to live in a spa or eliminate the beach. Here are 10 easy tips to follow to stay and look cool:

Stay moisturized: Moisturizer is important. Aloe vera is an organic moisturizer. It’s not only the secret to easing sunburns but it will reduce puffiness.
Wear a hat: There’s something very alluring about a floppy sun hat, and it’s a great way to protect your face from the sun’s rays.
Stay covered: Wear lighter colored clothing of natural fabrics that breathe (think: cotton, linen and silk).
Banish bad hair: The sun can also do a number on your, so keep it conditioned with coconut oil.
Skip heavy makeup: Less is more, especially when time outside could result in it melting off. Face a window and use natural sunlight to apply makeup.
Maintain that dewy glow: Mix a pea-sized amount of moisturizer with an equal amount of liquid foundation. Dab a cream blush on cheeks and moisturizing balm on lips.
Go waterproof: Use longwearing waterproof liquid eyeliner. Finish with a light coat of waterproof mascara.
Say no to tanning: You’ll be thankful in years to come.
Shield your skin: Wear a base lotion containing sunscreen; touch up during the day.
Drink lots of water: Infuse with lemon or fruit. Eat watermelon and juicy fruits.