Ah, end of summer malaise got you down? There’s nothing quite like the cozy embrace of a warm summer evening where the sun sets later than your 3-year-old cousin can manage to stay awake. But, if you’re anything like us, we’re just a wee-bit excited by the prospect of bidding adieu to dry, sunburned, cracked skin.
And with the advent of fall foliage and the weather cooling off, spa destination hotels have begun offering specialty fall treatments using fresh, seasonal ingredients (Mayflower Grace Elemental Wellness treatments, we’re looking at you) for a needed dose of the ultimate relaxation and healing. For those who are unable to escape to the spa this season, three of New England’s finest spas have shared recipes to their top requested treatments so they can be easily re-created at home.
These luxurious spa treatments will have your girlfriend green with envy. We suggest doing them together for the ultimate at-home spa day. Or, for an extra special treat, take a vacation to any of these three spas.
The Mayflower Grace Organic Pomegranate, Pumpkin, and Honey Facial
The Mayflower Grace hotel in picturesque Washington, Conn., features a fantasy-like 20,000 square-foot spa with striking white decor and stunning views, and specializes in a highly personalized approach to wellness. (They might just even have you take a personality questionnaire prior to your treatment for next-level customization.)
This tranquil retreat (digital distractions on the historic grounds are few and far between, hallelujah) offers an Organic Pomegranate, Pumpkin & Honey Facial, meant to reset the PH balance of your skin putting to use the restorative strength of nature. Deeply moisturizing, this treatment assists your complexion in squashing the effects of cold weather with powerful antioxidants. Exit: dry, red skin. Enter: skin beaming with a natural glow after the vitamin-rich blend goes to work eliminating dryness and rejuvenating your skin, leaving it smooth and fresh. See The Mayflower Grace’s full spa menu here.
- ¼ cup raw rolled oats
- ⅛ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
- 1 tablespoon raw organic pumpkin puree (you can also cut up a pumpkin and blend it yourself)
- 1 tablespoon organic pomegranate juice
The White Barn Inn Spa Autumn Seasonal Offering
Maine ain’t just for those swoon-worthy lobster rolls, fellas. The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine has luxurious treatment suites on-property and a carefully chosen selection of body wraps, massages and beauty treatment packages complete with gentleman facials and even a spa date night. To celebrate fall, the White Barn Inn spa has introduced a Seasonal Autumn Offering, using a rich blend of organic honey, cinnamon, lemon, jojoba, and Maine sea salt to exfoliate and purify the body. A full body massage follows (yes, please) with a moisturizer rich in Shea butter and Kennebunk River Stones to melt away tension better than that first sip of beer during Sunday football. See The White Barn Inn spa menu here.
To spoil your skin without leaving your personal bathroom, blend the following ingredients and apply to the body from head-to-toe:
- ½ cup Maine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon jojoba
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Squeeze ½ lemon
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
Rinse well in the shower and apply a favorite moisturizer rich in Shea butter.
The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, Sand and Sea Salt Pedicure
Best if: Rough callouses and cracked skin has left your feet glad to retreat from sandal season, but gross and icky.
Picture this: sunset views + vintage mansion + all the amenities of a boutique hotel. Sounds like you’ve got one heck of a vacation equation. The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel in Newport, R.I., sits just minutes from the serene waterfront of Newport. When you’re not exploring town or soaking in the scenery, you’ll want to beeline straight to its lavish spa features a super-luxe pedicure service, which will transform even the most lackluster of feet into girlfriend-will-indeed-be-jealous smooth. See The Vanderbilt Grace spa menu here.
Set yourself up with a warm bath to soak feet and round up the following items to pull off this pedicure on your own:
- 1 cup sand (can be purchased from a craft store)
- 1 handful sea salt
Pour the sea salt and half of the sand into the bath and let feet soak for several minutes. Apply the remaining sand to damp feet and legs, polishing away rough sandal feet and post-summer blues. Rinse feet, towel dry and then take a quarter-sized dollop of sunscreen and massage into the legs and feet. Polish as preferred. Invite your lady to join. Win eternal favor. Repeat.