It may seem counterintuitive to pursue (and achieve) youthful, well-hydrated skin in a desert. Trust us: It can be done.
Healthy-skin products from Dermalogica have an uncommon presence in Scottsdale: at one of the California-based brand’s four education, treatment and retail hybrid addresses in the United States. Complimentary product recommendations are made at the walk-up skin bar, while 20-minute mini-facials (called MicroZone treatments, targeting such conditions as tired eyes, dehydration and breakouts) are performed in a louvered cubicle for $30. 4223 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, 480.481.0054
Can’t spare 20 whole minutes? Report to Scottsdale Quarter for Skin Laundry’s 10-minute laser and light procedure, which deep-cleans facial pores to a clean and glowing state. The pins-and-needles feel of the laser is followed by a cool, soothing gel and flashing warm light. Scottsdale Rd. & Greenway Hayden Loop, Scottsdale, 480.300.7217
Plenty of people buy philosophy-brand bath, fragrance and beauty products from their local Ulta stores—but truly devoted fans might note the finest print on the all-lowercase packaging: “phoenix, az 85034.” Yep, the margarita, cinnamon bun, field-of-flowers and soapy-clean scented toiletries originate here, and philosophy’s only brick-and-mortar shop in the world can be pilgrimaged at The Shoppes at Casa Paloma. Ray Rd. & Priest Dr., Chandler, 480.961.4673.
LATHER products’ fragrances come from high-performance natural ingredients and essential oils. The Pasadena brand has, at times, been commissioned by hotels and airlines but retails rather exclusively at just three “real life” stores, including one at Kierland Commons. Sniff out the likes of sea kelp body wash, bamboo lemongrass exfoliant and whipped coconut lotion as needed. Scottsdale Rd. & Greenway Pkwy., Phoenix, 480.483.6633
Also at Kierland Commons: Cos Bar, a largely open-shelf format for luxury cosmetics and fragrances you have to ask to touch at other stores (Clinique, La Mer, Hermès and the like). Other upscale vacation cities with their own Cos Bars include Aspen, Santa Fe and Carmel. Scottsdale Rd. & Greenway Pkwy., Phoenix, 480.607.2771