RI Beauty Expert: Pampering Day Spas For Winter Weariness

Saturday, January 10, 2015

 

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Our No-More-Mr.-Nice-Guy weather forecast has left you grumbling and you’ve already lost one of your favorite winter gloves – welcome to the season of colds and apathy. If you don’t have a warm sunny isle to jet off to, ducking into a neighborhood spa for a special luxuriant treatment can be a welcome respite on an endlessly frigid winter afternoon. Fortunately, there’s a spa in every village and hamlet and lots of talented professionals waiting to pamper you back to health and springtime rosiness.  

City elegance

Providence’s Butter Day Spa’s edifice will surprise and delight you – instead of new-age environs, you will visit an elegant early 19th century estate. No stuffiness here though – only beauty and serenity. Their Symphony Spa Package will put winter on pause. It includes a Swedish massage, Europa Facial, and a bespoke manicure. You will float back to your real life. Do check out their charming website for revolving “Inspired Thoughts”. Butter Day Spa, 255 Hope St., Providence

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Owner Grace Labbe states her Shimmer Spa incorporates a special dimension into her treatments – the healing power of crystals. Labbe believes inner beauty is released with gemstone therapy and organic beauty products. By the laying of stones on the face’s pressure points, anxiety and stress melt away and the skin becomes more receptive to remedies with luscious unguents and oils. Their Diamond Package ends with a deliciously hot gemstone pedicure. Shimmer Salon and Day Spa, 500 Main St., East Greenwich

Only you

Elizabeth Denbow of Tranquility Day Spa caters to only one client at a time. That means complete dedication to your singular needs. And you’ll have the place to yourself! Lucky for you, Denbow is a licensed esthetician and a master of Reiki, the ancient healing art. Her soothing voice and personal attention will cocoon you in tranquility and her nonjudgmental dedication to your needs will make you forget all about that wind chill factor. If you’re short on time, go for the Chocolate Bliss Facial, an hour of heavenly chocolate antioxidant treatment. Do read Denbow’s mission statement on her lovely website and you’ll be convinced – she is at your beck and call this winter for beauty, health, and wellness. Tranquility Day Spa, 982 Willett Ave., Riverside

Beauty and relaxation from Asia

The elegant steadfast Hotel Viking is one of Newport’s crown jewels but its SpaTerre is all new with hints of warm fragrant Asia. Not just another hotel spa, its exotic Balinese treatments and Thai body rituals are custom-designed to replace the weight of the snowed-out world with a feeling of utter relaxation. The soothing tub soaks with aromatic oils will have you dreaming of more tropical climes even while the ice is churning outside. Historical building, comforting treatments and ceremonials...all that and more. SpaTerre, 1 Bellevue Ave., Newport

Not just for hair

Tiffany’s Salon and Spa is THE place for a cut and color on the East Bay. But it’s also the perfect place for an indulgent spa experience. Don’t be afraid to try their facial peel in winter – by removing the dead outer layer, your skin becomes optimally receptive to being treated and soothed with lush full-bodied essential oils you select yourself. You’ll celebrate your new-found beauty in front of a cozy fire and won’t have to wait for the spring to feel good. Tiffany’s Salon and Spa, 21 West St., Barrington

So that trip to Bali is not the offing and the sun may not be coming out tomorrow after all. That doesn’t mean you can’t get away from it all by frequenting a local beauty spa for some pampering winter care. 

Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty. She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Donna currently writes her own personal blog, alovelyinconsequence.blogspot.com where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart. Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.

 

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