Whether you’re hoping to get your complexion in shape for spring or you’re just looking for a dose of rest and relaxation, a facial gets the job done — and it’s the perfect time of year to start a healthy new skin care habit. Plus, when it comes to facials, you really can’t overdo it. “Honestly? Get one as often as you can,” says Natalie Dowdy, spa manager for the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte. “Once a month is great. If you’re getting one once a month, then you’re doing excellent.”
But if you’re the type of person who cares just as much about what you put on your body as what you put into it, you can’t settle for just any old spa treatment. Read on, because these five Charlotte offerings use powerful organic products to give your skin that healthy, spa day glow.
Arctic Berry Peel at The Spa at Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 28277 • (704) 248-4141
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Skip the chemical peel or microdermabrasion and opt for a gentler, more natural treatment. The organic Arctic Berry Peel ($150) at The Spa at Ballantyne is a collagen-stimulating exfoliation treatment that is suitable for all skin types. No, really. It promises to brighten dull skin, minimize fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots, and calm inflamed or acne-prone skin using an organic blend of arctic berries, lingonberry seed oil and hibiscus seed extract (and 50 glorious minutes of your time). When you’re finished, make the spa glow last a bit longer and linger over a meal off the delectable — and healthy — spa menu, or spend a few hours taking advantage of the pools, steam room or whirlpools; access is included with any service.
Green Tea Facial at Urbana Wellness Spa
7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226 • (704) 543-1700
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
When your spa is also a tea bar, you can’t pass up a chance to double down on the antioxidants: sip on one of the more than 100 organic and fair trade loose-leaf teas at Urbana Wellness Spa before a tranquil Green Tea Facial ($90 for 60 minutes). The facial treatment includes gentle, but powerful, organic products infused with green tea, peptides and aloe vera: the green tea will leave your skin feeling smooth and brightened, while the aloe calms and hydrates.
Toccare Radiance Facial at Toccare Day Spa
715 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 • (704) 562-1912
Hours: By appointment
Toccare Day Spa in Myers Park is a spa and skin care boutique that specializes in organic skin care and facials. The spa’s signature facial is the Toccare Radiance Facial (prices range from $60 for 30 minutes to $90 for 60 minutes), but every facial is a custom experience. “We start our facials with discussing how our client feels about their skin and after a good cleansing, we discuss what we see as a professional,” says Caci Thompson DiRusso, skin care specialist and owner of the day spa. “We have a number of different organic product lines that we can then choose from to customize the service.” After your appointment, grab a jar of Caci’s current favorite product, Coco Rose Body Polish by Herbivore, to bring the spa experience home with you.
Almond Mineral Regenerating Facial at Nature’s Spa and Wellness
6311 Carmel Road, #B, Charlotte, NC 28226 • (704) 542-7306
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Searching for that springtime glow? Try the Almond Mineral Regenerating Facial ($95) at Nature’s Spa and Wellness in South Charlotte. With a focus on refining the skin and increasing circulation and elasticity, the star product of this organic treatment contains crushed almonds, paprika and ground ivy, with an antioxidant boost from a cocktail of Vitamins A, C, E and CoQ10. During this hour-long service, your skin will also get a paprika herbal treatment, a pink grapefruit masque, a facial massage and a rose serum moisturizer. Oh, and did we mention that every facial includes a hand and scalp massage and a green tea rinse?
Gentleman’s Organic Facial at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte
201 East Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704) 547-2244
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
And for the gents, book a facial featuring deep cleansing, an exfoliating scrub and extractions. A cooling mask is the finale, to soothe skin irritated by shaving. This facial is 50 minutes for $125 and $180 for 80 minutes.
The Ritz-Carlton Uptown uses an organic product line from Hungary — Eminence Organics Skin Care — for its signature facial, customizing the selection to match your skin type. Best of all, any spa treatment gets you access to the luxury hotel’s amenities for the day, from valet parking to access to the fitness center, hot tub and vitality lounge — including an “experience shower” with 16 electronically controlled shower heads.
Now go book your appointments and experience these fabulous local facials for yourself. And tell them StyleBlueprint sent you!
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