If you are in need of a spring beauty revamp, opt for a more environmentally friendly treatment this month in honor of Earth Day. Tons of spas around the area are leaning towards using products with naturally sourced ingredients that are gentler on the skin and more suitable for a holistic lifestyle. Below we look at three green treatments to keep you looking refreshed and relaxed from head to toe.
House of Steep
Reflexology and Herbal Foot Soak
The idea of grabbing lunch at a place that specializes in foot soaks might sound strange, but we guarantee it is the best decision you can make on your break. This urban tea house in Arlington offers 20-minute foot soaks with Epsom salt, essential oils and relaxing herbs. Each soak comes with a different blend to alleviate ailments from headaches to insomnia. We opted for the Centered Presence soak—a blend of cinnamon, pine and patchouli—for a much-needed detour from the everyday grind. For extra relaxation, splurge for the reflexology; the targeted massage treats the foot like a road map for the body with different parts of the foot connecting to different parts of the body. Post-treatment will have you feeling like you just received a full-body deep tissue massage.
Mint Nail Salon
Mint Nail Lounge in the Mosaic District offers a variety of organic spa manicures and pedicures using organic essential oils to exfoliate and hydrate your hands and feet. We relaxed with the Red Wine Spa Mani/Pedi for a vinotherapy treatment enriched with red wine powder, red grapeseed extract, crushed grape seeds and pure grapeseed oil. The hands and feet are exfoliated with a blend of crushed grape seeds, followed by a Mediterranean Wine and Honey Masque wrapped in hot towels. The luxurious treatment ends with a warm basalt stone oil massage before the polish. Insider tip: The scent the product is almost as indulgent as the treatment itself. Finish with a polish of your choice; the salon offers a variety of 3-free brands like OPI.
Organic ingredients are most beneficial for the sensitive skin on our faces. Those who are a little more conscious of what they put on their skin will enjoy the Deep Sea Mud facial from Spa Noa. The treatment includes a mask created with mud that comes straight from the Dead Sea and delivers minerals and vitamins to brighten and purify skin. The hourlong facial begins with a warm hand treatment and double cleansing of the face. Skin is then examined under a magnifying glass to determine skin type and the appropriate products to use. This is followed by exfoliation, extractions (upon request), a massage, mask and another massage with a targeted serum. Each treatment is finished with the appropriate moisturizer and sunblock. The result is radiant skin and a clear complexion.