How to Prepare for Indian Summer: Haute Health and Beauty Tips

Indian Summer yoga retreat Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco offers yoga classes on its 40th floor Sky Deck during Indian Summer.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
Now that we’ve suffered through June gloom, which for San Franciscans drags into July and August, it’s time to gear up for Indian Summer — that wonderful time of year when the mercury rises just enough to where we can put away our down jackets. Whether you’re looking for a cool place to take a yoga class or haute tips to protect your skin during the change of seasons, we offer these ideas:

Indian Summer Yoga Class: Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Sky Deck

For those who want to practice their asanas in the sky, head to the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco to take part in the new Indian Summer Yoga Classes on the 40th floor Sky Deck while enjoying the city’s summerlike weather in the middle of autumn. Instructors from The Spa teach a variety of yoga styles, including Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Strength, which focuses on linking body movement and breath, with a special emphasis on building strength. Better yet, book the “Yoga in the Sky Retreat” package, available Friday and Saturday nights only from September 6 to October 26, 2014. The package, which starts at $795 and is based on double occupancy, includes luxurious accommodations for one night, a yoga class on the sky deck,  two 45-minute Calm Mind treatment, which re-harmonizes the body’s natural flow and movement and features a signature head massage, and a healthy breakfast for two at Brasserie S&P.

Indian Summer
Nob Hill Spa at the Scarlet Huntington hotel.

New Fall Treatments at Nob Hill Spa

Inspired by the change in season, the renowned Nob Hill Spa at The Scarlet Huntington has implemented these new fall treatments designed to sooth dry skin and revitalize the body:

  • Signature Caviar Facial: A decadent facial that firms, tones, refines and deeply hydrates the skin with protein-rich Caviar and powerful antioxidants. Exclusive Caviar products by Kerstin Florian infuse skin with age-defying nutrients to smooth fine lines and improve texture. An AcuLift Massage visibly firms and tones while the Marine Biomatrix Sheet provides intensive hydration to instantly restore radiance. Plus, through September, enjoy a glass of bubbly and 20% off the treatment! $285, 90 minutes.
  • Soothing Chamomile Body Scrub: Chamomile is an excellent calming agent and at the core of this invigorating body treatment. A gentle scrub with a creamy base of Chamomile Flower Oil and finely ground French pumice grains sweep away dull surface cells and stimulate circulation. A soothing application of chamomile lotion infused with Siberian Fir Oil will leave the body feeling soft and relaxed. $140, 50 minutes.
  • Autumn Spice Pedicure: Featuring the aromas of cinnamon, cloves, ginger & cardamom, made with botanical oils and pumpkin seeds, this pedicure makes for a luxurious, moisturizing treat. Guests are invited to relax and enjoy the treatment while sipping a cup of Pumpkin Spice tea to complement the experience. $80, 50 minutes. Available through end of January.

Skin Care Tips from Top Esthetician

Don’t forget about your skin as the seasons change either. It’s always important to assess our skincare routine and make adjustments as the temperatures change too. Dani Lamkin, the Lead Esthetician at the Nob Hill Spa, offers these skin care tips:

“One way to keep dryness at bay is by switching to a nourishing cleansing oil or balm,” Lamkin says. “Oil cleansers give a fantastic deep clean, and ensure that our skin keeps from feeling dry and stripped the way some gel cleansers can leave it. Two of our favorites at Nob Hill Spa are Babor’s Hy Ol cleanser and Darphin’s Aromatic Cleansing Balm.

“Fall is also the perfect time to boost our hydration by adding serums under our moisturizers, morning and night. We love Babor’s Algae Fluid ampoules to re-mineralize and plump up the skin. Follow with your favorite moisturizer and feel the difference.”


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