Boston’s top spas transform the winter chills into a wonderland of beauty treats.
Sugar, spice, and everything that turns our beauty routine into a winter wonderland: yes, please. Here’s where you can find the best holiday-themed products and treatments—great for giving, but we won’t tell Santa if they wind up in your own stocking.
First things first: addressing your state of mind—especially if you’ve wound up on the naughty list. Slip away from the chaos outside the Prudential Center and into the Spa at Mandarin Oriental (776 Boylston St., 617-535-8820) for Time to Reflect ($200 weekdays; $220 weekends), a one-hour-and-20-minute signature massage that incorporates elements of traditional Chinese healing, including meridian targeting, as well as jasmine, black pepper, ginger, and juniper essence. As for the “reflection”—water, said to be the root of life, provides energy, willpower, and determination.
From there, float over to Skoah (641 Tremont St., 857-350-4930) for a Power Facial ($85), which exfoliates, extracts, and eliminates the inevitable dry patches that can crop up this time of year. The treatment also incorporates a proprietary pressure point technique that owner Peter Dziedzic claims will encourage skin to produce plenty of moisture on its own. Top it off with a balm (face, body, or both; prices range from $30 to $70) from Maria Åkerberg’s line, available exclusively at Balans (376 Boylston St., 617-450-8333), which aesthetician Katherine Nemes says will keep your skin “supple and perfectly hydrated.”
Hair, too, needs holiday helpers. Dirk Diegel of Bradley & Diegel (77 Newbury St., 617-266-7707) has a two-part process to get your tresses in tip-top party shape, starting with a clarifying treatment (Get Pure or Malibu, $45 each), followed by your choice of moisture or protein to seal and protect; Diegel recommends the Oribe Signature Moisture Masque, Moroccanoil Treatment, or Soma Reconstruct (prices vary), depending on your hair type and texture.