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Summer Spa Soothers

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

When the summer heat threatens to harsh my Zen, I know it’s time for a trip to the spa. Every summer, Scottsdale’s resort and day spas unveil cooling treatments that pamper sun-kissed skin and soothe the mind, body and soul. Here are a few highlights from this season’s offerings that will leave you feeling, cool, comfy and oh-so-relaxed in no time at all!

Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale has you covered from top to tootsies with four luscious treatments. The Ice Gold Facial includes a chilled Knesko NanoGold repair mask to firm, lift and hydrate. For your body, options include the Cool Cucumber Massage (choose from Swedish or Deep Tissue) and the C Breeze Body Wrap – the perfect choice for sun-stressed skin. Last but not least, the Cold Feet treatment includes a Cucumber Fresca soak, exfoliating scrub, massage and polish to leave your tootsies refreshed and sandal-ready.

Complimentary poolside treats, lemon-scented chilled towels and yogurt fruit smoothies add to the chill factor at the Boulders Resort & Spa, which also offers a full complement of summery treatments. If you’ve spent too much time by the pool, opt for the Yuzu Sage Splash. After a gentle body polish of powdered herbs, honey granules and mineral-rich salts, a Vichy shower and lime peel foaming gel rinse leaves skin calm and cool. Moisture is locked in with a fragrant body lotion of desert sage, yuzu and jasmine.

Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess taps into indigenous botanicals for their Prickly Pear Summer Quench treatment. Soothing prickly pear and aloe gel nourishes and hydrates skin, while the pomegranate oil massage relaxes muscles. Enjoy a glass of prickly pear lemonade as you bask in your post-treatment bliss by the spa’s rooftop pool.

The Summer Splash Mani-Pedi at Joya Spa at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia begins with a “cocktail” body polish made from organic vodka, basil, watermelon, rice bran oil and sugar to get skin glowing. A body milk containing green melon and cucumber extract refreshes and renews skin, while your choice of polish adds the perfect pop of summer color.

Did someone say “cocktail”? The Painkiller at Hotel Valley Ho’s VH Spa is a full-body delight that blends tropical aromatherapy with deep stretching and bodywork. A cooling, muscle-easing balm wraps up the treatment. Best of all, this 90-minute power pampering gives you access to Valley Ho’s two pools – perfect for posting up with a Painkiller cocktail to stay with the theme.

At The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, the After-Sun Soother harnesses the cooling and healing powers of aloe vera and cucumber in a delicious body wrap that also includes a conditioning scalp treatment.

The Luna Lime Light Glow at Luna Spa at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch incorporates an exfoliating lime-Himalayan salt scrub followed by a decadent application of nourishing avocado and coconut lotion for perfectly hydrated, radiant skin.

Summer and citrus go hand-in-hand, and the Citrus Splash Scrub at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa is a perfect example. The lemon body scrub, sweet orange essence body souffle and rosemary-lime scalp massage will lift your spirits and put a pep in your step.

It Takes Two to Mango at The Spa at Camelback Inn. This duo of 30-minute treatments awaken your senses with a refreshing bouquet of papaya and mango. The body treatment includes a moisturizing aloe wrap and a light application of papa mango oil to seal in moisture and deliver essential antioxidants. During the facial, a papaya enzyme peel brightens skin and a chilled, hydrating masque combats those pesky signs of premature aging from sun exposure.

For the man in your life, Boss Lady Stacey Grondahl at We Do Men day spa takes the fluff out of the traditional spa experience and replaces it with plenty of humor and manly treatments that even spa-phobic guys will enjoy. For summer, your man can cool off with the Green Tea Baggin’ Wasabi – two hours of facial goodness involving wintergreen, peppermint, wasabi, rosemary and green tea that clears the sinuses while brightening the skin.