Getting red carpet ready or just looking right for the part is de rigueur in Los Angeles. Let these top 5 spa treatments help keep you looking good and feeling good.
1 The Four Seasons Spa
The holidays are shortly upon us and you know what that means: a full dance card. The busy social whirlwind known as the Christmas season can wreck a girl’s complexion, not to mention, her serenity. The Holiday Presence, a scrub, polish and massage service at The Four Seasons Spa uses myrrh and frankincense worthy of the three wisemen to alleviate tension and bolster beauty.
2 Aroma Spa and Sports at the Aroma Wilshire Center
This 40 million dollar high-rise smack dab in the middle of Koreatown is like the one-stop –shopping equivalent of the luxury lifestyle experience. The 336,000 square-foot complex houses a high-tech fitness center, a driving range, restaurants, boutiques and the city’s largest spa. Aroma’s signature treatment is the body scrub and buff, which utilizes an ancient Korean skin care technique, administered by no–nonsense estheticians. Make an appointment immediately to take advantage of Aroma’s Scrub and Silky treatment that involves the famed body scrub, herbal massage, paraffin wrap, collagen facial mask, cucumber facial mask, and conditioning hair treatment. Be sure to arrive early to take advantage of Aroma’s hot and cold pools, steam, saunas and Hwangto sauna and heated Jade room.
3 Kinara Spa
Looking good in Hollywood can be full time gig. Should you fall off the wagon, boot camps have popped up all over town to get you back on track with military precision. For those who’ve abandoned their skin care regime, Kinara Spa's Skin Care Boot Camp is guaranteed to whip your face (and neck and shoulders) back in shape. The series of 12 bookings involves a consultation with owner Olga Lorencin-Northrup as well as your own personal esthetician, a custom package of deep detox treatments, facials, microdermabrasion, and nutritional evaluation.
4 La Prairie Spa at The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Beverly Hills Hotel boasts the ultimate in luxury accommodations and their in-house spa, helmed by La Prairie, is no slouch either. Local Angelenos as well as out-of-towners should take advantage of La Prairie Spa’s “Change of Seasons” spa packages. I’d book the Caviar and Diamond Celebration which includes La Prairies signature caviar facial and the ultimate head-to-toe treatment, a full body microdermabrasion immersion in La Prairie’s signature sloughing product, which includes finely ground quartz crystals, freshwater pearls and, oh yeah, diamonds.
5 Willow Spa
The Willow Spa serves Santa Monica residents in search of a little R&R. The spa offers super luxe treatments inspired by ancient asian techniques and products and it must be said that Willow Spa’s Japanese Enzyme Bath is the best of the baths. Especially considering that this bath doesn’t include, well, water. Originally designed for Japanese Olympic Athletes, this bath uses a blend of wood shavings, rice bran and organic enzymes that break down the elements, deeply heating and detoxifying the body. If it sounds less than luxurious, let me assure you, appearances can be deceiving. The tub smells like thick rich lichen-covered woods and nothing will help your skin battle the effects of a colder climate better. Trust me. You want to do this.