With nearby mountain ranges, botanic gardens, and city parks, it’s easy to see why Denverites spend so much time outside. And while the sunshine, fresh air, and gentle breezes are good for the soul; they can wreak havoc on the skin and hair. But what better way to balance a life in the great outdoors than with a day spent rehabilitating indoors at one of Denver's many spas and salons?
To see what aestheticians are cooking up, head over to Luminous Spa & Wellness, which features a facial that bathes skin in a formula ripe with the rich aromas of cherry and chocolate, or to The Oxford Club, where the signature treatment is called the Almond Joy Experience. During this treatment, aestheticians exfoliate the whole body using a coconut sugar scrub, and then apply a moisturizing chocolate mask and swaddle skin inside a warm body wrap, before a final application of warm almond oil. To start Indulgences Day Spa’s cranberry bog wrap, aestheticians first brush the body and swathe skin with a cranberry mouse, which boasts anti-aging properties thanks to the high level of polyphenols found in the berry. A cranberry body cream delivers an extra-dose of antioxidants as it moisturizes skin.
For those recovering from a day on the slopes, the high-altitude full body revival massage at the Spa at the Four Seasons Denver may be just the trick. The massage–-a combination of full body massage and reflexology––doesn't just relax the muscles, it draws on the head-clearing powers of balsam fir, white pine, spruce, clary sage, and frankincense oils to help naturally boost oxygen flow to the brain
. Massages are twice-as-nice at The Woodhouse Day Spa, where the specialty four-handed massage sees two therapists tackling tension from the scalp downwards with help from organic, skin-nourishing oils.
Of course, no day of beauty would be complete without a stint in the salon chair. At Zandi K Hair and Skin Studio, an Aveda salon, stylists revive manes with cuts, blowouts and Balayage highlights using the full line of Aveda botanical products. Aveda products are also showcased in many of the treatments at Spa Universaire, including softens skin with a cooling touch, the hiker’s foot therapy treatment, which combines Aveda’s foot relief crème with a foot and leg massage to alleviate pain. The real attractions here, though, are the spa's 10-themed treatment areas, including the cool, blue cave-like glacier room where the scent of blue oil tea lingers in the air as clients enjoy salt scrubs, facials and massages.