Hello, Fall!

Treatments for Sun-Stressed Skin


As the long, lazy days of summer give way to crisp autumn weather, it’s not only the memories of sun-splashed adventures that linger, but the lasting effects of all that time in the sun on the skin. So, take that first falling leaf as a signal that it’s time for a healthy, rejuvenating dose of hydration and exfoliation. Here are some of the best treatments for sun-stressed skin that, as luck would have it, are available at some of the top resort spas across the U.S.:

• Oxygen Hydrating Treatment at The Spa at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach Resorts.

Home to one of only 60 spas in the world to receive the coveted Forbes Five-Star Award, Pebble Beach Resorts offers a wellness experience as bucket-list-worthy as its legendary golf courses. The Spa at Pebble Beach’s Oxygen Hydrating Treatment exfoliates post-summer skin with a Vitamin C peel infused with hyaluronic acid, collagen and oxygen. It plumps fine lines and wrinkles and leaves the spa-goer with a radiant glow to match the magnificent California sunset.

• HydraFacial™ at SiSpa, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa.

The sea-inspired SiSpa at this Florida beachfront resort treats summer-stressed skin with the HydraFacial™, a celebrity favorite that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration in one quick, non-invasive treatment. Designed for all skin types, it specifically targets everything from sun damage and brown spots to fine lines and wrinkles. SiSpa was recently named a top 10 U.S. resort spa by Conde Nast Traveler readers.

• Signature Wakai Renewal at Sanctuary Spa, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.

It’s only natural that a spa set in the Sonoran Desert would know a thing or two about the sun’s effects on skin, and Sanctuary Spa delivers world-class healing through treatments like the Signature Wakai Renewal. The concept of wakai—the Japanese word for “forever young”—is at the heart of this aromatic journey, available as a 60-minute treatment or 90-minute ritual. The 60-minute version begins with an intensely moisturizing, nutrient- and mineral-rich exfoliation and ends with the application of a luxuriant, berry-infused cream.

Those who book the 90-minute ritual also benefit from an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory mask wrap that helps to maintain the skin’s youthfulness, a scalp and neck massage with a revitalizing fresh berry serum, and a 30-minute full body massage using Vitamin C-rich, cloudberry-infused cream.

• Exotic Milk Ritual at Spa Mirbeau, Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck.

Post-summer spa-goers in New York’s Hudson Valley can be among the first to experience Spa Mirbeau at the brand-new Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck (opening Sept. 28). The spa’s Exotic Milk Ritual nourishes dry, parched skin using a blend of Polynesian Frangipani Monoi and Japanese Camelia. A deep-cleansing, mineral-rich salt scrub encourages regeneration of new cells and is followed by a warm cocoon wrap with mood-balancing aromatics and skin conditioning oils.

The ritual ends with a hydrating bath infused with a special milk protein base rich in natural plant collagen to leave skin feeling satin soft.

• Matcha Facial at Sankara Spa, Castle Hotel & Spa.

Just 25 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County’s Tarrytown, N.Y., Castle Hotel & Spa’s Sankara Spa is an ideal post-summer escape for city dwellers seeking renewal. The spa’s 60-minute, detoxifying Matcha Facial rejuvenates the skin as it protects against sun damage and calms redness. Refreshed and renewed, spa-goers can soak up the beauty of a Westchester County autumn from a stunning hilltop setting with sweeping views of the Hudson River Valley.

• Great Outdoors Facial at The Spa at Whiteface Lodge, Whiteface Lodge.

Tucked into the Adirondack woodlands of Lake Placid, N.Y., the all-suite Whiteface Lodge beckons guests out of doors to explore nature’s playground then welcomes them back with Adirondack-inspired spa treatments to soothe and renew their sun-exposed skin.

A perfect pairing: The 50-minute Great Outdoors Facial employs antioxidants and botanical extracts to nourish and rejuvenate environmentally damaged skin and slow the signs of aging. Follow it with a deeply moisturizing, 25-minute Firming Neck & Décolleté Treatment that improves skin tone and texture while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.

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Mary Gendron

Mary Gendron is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Mower, and a founding board member of the International Spa Association.