A spa day is generally a luxury saved for adulthood. Which is totally understandable—you’ve finally learned how to file tax forms and increase your daily fiber intake! Treat yo' self! But kids can benefit from a little TLC as well, and many spas even have treatments tailored just for them, from teen facials to therapeutic massage. Below, we’ve highlighted four such treatments, as well as a few things to consider before moms go ahead and book those first appointments.Acne is a rite of passage for many teenagers, much like starting high school or asking Santa for a driver’s license. Unfortunately, pimples can quickly become a source of self-consciousness. Help your teen out by booking a facial—aestheticians are trained to find a combination of professional-strength products that will clear pores without being too harsh on young skin. (Their choices might include an oil-fighting clay mask and anti-acne ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur.) They can also recommend an at-home regimen to help improve skin over time. Pro tip: Have your teen take weekly selfies to document any changes in their complexion. If you don’t notice much improvement, the aesthetician might want to try a different treatment, tweak their product recommendations, or suggest a dermatologist. Is your kid an athlete or a dancer? Sports massages are extremely therapeutic for overworked muscles and can help rehabilitate injuries, shorten recovery time, and improve performance by increasing flexibility and range of motion. Investing in massage therapy could be particularly helpful if your child is serious about pursuing athletics or dance in college. Pro tip: Be sure to let the spa’s staff know the massage is for your teen. They will likely need to make sure they have a same-sex therapist available. Deciding whether your teen is old enough to wear makeup can be a tough call. But once you’ve OKed it, why not celebrate the milestone with a proper application and lesson? Not only can a trained makeup artist teach your teen some age-appropriate techniques, but they can recommend cosmetics that won’t be too heavy for their (potentially acne-prone) skin. And while you’re at it, why not schedule some time for your daughter to sit down with a stylist? Maybe she inherited your curls, and neither of you have really figured out how to wrangle them. Or maybe she just wants to learn how to french-braid her own hair for volleyball games. Most pros are happy to book some extra time during appointments for styling demos. Pro tip: At many salons, the cost of a makeup application can be applied toward product purchases. The day will feel even more special when your daughter gets her own lip gloss and eye shimmer to take home. If your teen’s not really into makeup or sports and has been blessed with clear skin, then perhaps a mother-daughter mani-pedi is a better bet. It’ll give you a good hour or so of bonding time, which is probably the most you’ve had since helping her write that letter to Santa. Who knows? It might even become a ritual the two of you will continue to enjoy as she grows up. Pro tip: Let the nail salon know you’ll be together so that they can reserve side-by-side pedicure chairs and manicure tables. Just because you think your child is old enough for a treatment doesn’t mean your local spa will. Many spas have rules regarding clients under the age of 18. You may be required to book a concurrent treatment for yourself or at least stay on the premises. If possible, listen in on any consultations. Let’s get real: how many parents could see themselves asking their child what their aesthetician recommended, only to have them say, “I don’t know, wash my face more or whatever.” Not knowing what to do next would sort of defeat the purpose of booking the treatment in the first place (and be a waste of money). Plus, you can ask questions your kid might not think to. How often should they be getting treatments? Should they be doing stretches or exercises at home? What types of skincare products should they start using, and are there viable drugstore alternatives?
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