Use the Spa to Beat the Scottsdale Summer Heat
We know, it’s a dry heat. But when the mercury creeps above 110 degrees, it’s simply HOT! To beat the scorching Scottsdale summer heat, check out these five cooling treatments at my favorite spas around town.
Scottsdale’s newest addition, Palo Verde Spa, at the Andaz Scottsdale, focuses on the healing powers of Mother Nature and uses Body Bliss, a Sedona botanical line that lets guests create their own oil blends for use in the True Essence 90-minute massage. Working with my therapist, I answer some questions about how I want to feel and soon she’s whipping up a blend for the “Incurable Romantic.” To beat the summer sun, she adds a rosehip booster for dry skin and sea buckthorn to combat sun burn. The deep tissue massage is blissful, working away knots and surprisingly, lulling me to sleep.
Getting a tan is a big no-no for anyone who wants youthful skin, but if you want to sport a bronzed look this summer, it’s as simple and safe as getting the Sunkissed Body Experience at Joya Spa.
I decide to trade my china doll skin for the darker shade of a Coppertone Babe. The service starts with a unique cooling scrub made of aloe vera, ginseng, peppermint and avocado to prepare my skin for the tan. Unlike most scrubs, this is not oil based, meaning it doesn’t leave a filmy feeling on the skin after you rinse it off and allows the tanning solution to penetrate deeper. The spray tan is the same tanning solution used by Dancing with the Stars, which is safe enough for pregnant women and is activated by DHA, a natural chemical derived from sugar. The tan is applied manually with what looks a paint sprayer. The therapist does two coats and the tan continues to deepen for eight hours following the treatment. The result is a natural looking (not orange!) tan that will make anyone think you live by the beach.
When the mercury inches up, relief can be found at the Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. I start my day with the Moisture Bound Body Wrap. This service restores and rehydrates skin in three steps (which is much needed in a desert that dries out the skin). First is a jojoba and bamboo scrub to exfoliate, followed by an application of aloe vera and prickly pear gel. A pomegranate oil is put on top to seal in the hydration. I love that the therapist applies them using massage strokes (bonus!) which is unusual in wrap services. During the brief wrap, she performs some light facial acupressure for an instant lift.
Spend a few hours (or minutes!) in the summer sun and your skin may take a beating. The cure is the After Sun Soother at The Spa Four Seasons Scottsdale. The treatment begins with a cucumber mist that instantly drops my body temperature to the point that I actually feel chilled. It’s followed by an application of aloe vera gel. The two work together to take the heat out of a sunburn. A wrap helps seal in the hydration properties of both. While I’m wrapped up, the therapist does a much-needed neck massage, followed by a soothing foot rub. With my body temperature back in check and my skin silky smooth, I enjoy the chocolate strawberry that is presented at the end of all treatments at this spa.
Live La Dolce Vita (the good life) with the Blood Orange Cool Massage at VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho, which is inspired by the blood oranges that grow in Capri, Italy. This 90-minute service polishes the skin with a blood orange salt scrub before a cooling massage, using a delectable-smelling blood orange oil. The therapist customized the massage to use deep pressure, focused on all my trouble spots. The treatment ends with facial acupressure using two chilled Italian marble stones.