Take a long, deep breath--Spa Week has finally arrived. It gives cost-conscious consumers the opportunity to relax, refresh and rejoice during October 15-21. Treatments, such as facials, massages and body wraps, become more affordable by being marked down to $50 at participating facilities.
People have different reasons for visiting a spa. Some need to escape the stress of work, family or school, while others just want to relieve sore muscles or repair skin with the help of a qualified esthetician or massage therapist. Relaxation lounges, saunas and steam rooms also factor into the experience.
Whatever the reason, many spa-goers ultimately seek a radiant, healthy glow. However, if you don't have the time or budget to make an appointment during Spa Week, you can still achieve a flawless appearance at home with the right products. The following cleansers, moisturizers, eye creams, body lotions, SPFs and serums soothe, sculpt and shield skin for spa-like results.
How do you plan to celebrate Spa Week?
SHINE: Clarisonic PRO Sonic Skin Cleansing System For Face and Body with Refining Skin Polish and Refreshing Gel Cleanser. BEAUTY: Gently remove impurities and oily residue with sonic micro-massage action, which helps keep your skin looking softer, smoother and more supple. BEACON: Polish and cleanser contain no parabens. Box material and plastic packaging enclosure can be recycled.
SHINE: Éminence Organic Skin Care Sweet Red Rose Whip Moisturizer. BEAUTY: Pamper your senses with the fresh, floral fragrance of red rose extract and oil, and restore dehydrated skin with vitamins A, C and E, coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid. BEACON: No animal testing. With each purchase of the product this month, $5 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
SHINE: Malie Organics Plumeria Body Cream and Wash. BEAUTY: Nourish and refresh skin with the uplifting aroma of the plumeria flower, along with aloe vera leaf juice and vitamin E. BEACON: No animal testing. Donates 20% of the sales of the Plumeria collection this month to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
SHINE: Pevonia Lumafirm Eye Contour Lift & Glow and Lumafirm Repair Cream Lift & Glow. BEAUTY: The eye contour minimizes puffiness, and fine lines and wrinkles, while the repair cream increases your skin's elasticity. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports the Beauty Bus Foundation.
SHINE: Refineé Anti-Aging Eye Treatment. BEAUTY: Green tea extract, peptides and aloe vera leaf juice help smooth signs of aging and revitalize the eye area. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.
SHINE: Sanítas PeptiDerm Anti-Aging Serum. BEAUTY: Firm and tighten the skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with peptides and sweet almond seed extract. BEACON: Supports the Cinderella Foundation.
SHINE: Ava Anderson Daily Moisturizer with SPF. BEAUTY: Zinc oxide, aloe vera leaf juice and shea butter help combat sun damage and keep skin hydrated. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of parabens, PEGs, SLS, synthetic fragrances and dyes, and phthalates.
SHINE: CellCeuticals Photo Defense Color Radiance SPF 55+ (medium). BEAUTY: Minimize signs of aging, and protect against UVA and UVB sun exposure with sweet almond and avocado oils, aloe vera leaf juice and titanium dioxide. BEACON: No animal testing and vegan. Contains no artificial colorants and fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates or parabens.
SHINE: Murad Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15 and Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15. BEAUTY: Avocado oil and vitamin E restore suppleness, smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and shield skin from the sun. BEACON: No animal testing.
SHINE: Naturopathica Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17. BEAUTY: Nourish skin and prevent sunburn with lavender, olive fruit and jojoba seed oils, and zinc oxide. BEACON: ECOCERT seal. Free of sulfates, PEGs, DEA, parabens and glycols. Supports the Natural Resources Defense Council.