Soothing Winter Spa Treatments in D.C.

These spa treatments are just the ticket for drab winter skin and post-holiday stress.

Wintertime in Washington, D.C., means plunging temperatures and dull, dry skin. Lucky for us, these top D.C. spas offer soothing treatments to help hydrate and refresh skin through the winter months. 

Blush Med Skincare

Blush Med Skincare offers “pH balance skin training.” The spa claims its results-oriented, one-hour workout for skin exfoliates, hydrates and repairs at a cellular level, helping to undo the damage caused by cold winter temperatures. Blush Med measures hydration and pH levels before and after every treatment to optimize results. Using the same concepts found in HIIT (high intensity interval training), Blush’s skin training alternates between various treatments to reap the most benefits. The spa offers six levels of skincare workouts and recommend monthly applications for the fastest results. Level 1 treatment $69 for members, $125 for nonmembers. 1924 8th St. NW; 40 District Square SW, Suite #215, 877.413.5751

Blush Med Skincare

Deluca Massage & Bodywork

Opened in 2000, Deluca Massage and Bodywork offers 14 massage rooms to help the harried relax. The Body Scrubs + Hydration massage ($70, 40 min.) exfoliates the entire body and uses intense hydration and aromatherapy after to rejuvenate skin. The Lymphatic Drainage massage ($100, 60 min.; $130, 90 min.) helps increase the flow of lymph through the body and reduce toxins through the use of light, gentle strokes. It’s ideal for helping to reduce puffiness and boosting the immune system. 2028 P St. NW, 202.872.5822

Aura Spa

For those with more complex skincare needs, Aura Spa’s custom facials ($85-$130, 30-60 mins.) may be the ticket. Therapists here customize facials for dehydrated, sensitive, acne-prone, dry or oily skin, with options to add a professional chemical peel or back facial. For reducing redness and dryness, the Algo Mask ($170, 75 min.) creates a cooling effect, helping to revitalize, moisturize and soothe. For a full body treatment, the Detox Body Cocktail ($165-$185, 75-90 mins.) starts with an invigorating all-over exfoliation, followed by an application of black Baltic mud and finished with intense hydration and aromatherapy. 445 K St. NW, 202.289.8432; 1517 15th St. NW, 202.588.5557; 1612 U St. NW, 202.232.6620; 1212 4th St. SE, #170C, 202.554.0444

MGM National Harbor Spa & Salon

The 27,000-square-foot spa at the MGM National Harbor Resort has 11 spa rooms, a full-service salon, fitness center and other amenities. Spa treatments use organic ingredients and rich marine elements to gently help heal and refresh skin. For a truly luxurious treatment, try the Golden Spa Ritual Treatment ($275, 60 min.). Artemesia flower and 24-karat gold help boost collagen production and detoxify, providing welcome relief in the winter. For a noninvasive hydrating treatment, the HydraFacial system ($140-$330, 25-80 mins.) cleanses and exfoliates while infusing skin with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. To warm up, try the Vichy Rain Hydrotherapy Polish ($155, 50 min.). After an application of shea butter exfoliants, a warm rain shower rinses and reenergizes. 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill, Md., 301.971.6115

Soulex Float Spa

For a truly unique winter escape, the float pods at Soulex Float Spa offer a relaxing adventure. Each pod contains water heated to body temperature and saturated with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt, allowing the stressed to float effortlessly on the surface. The spa claims that one hour of floating equals four hours of meditation and six hours of deep sleep! Each float pod is located in a private room, complete with its own shower. First time float $79 for 60 min., subsequent floats $125. 1010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.289.0010

Soulex Float Spa

Four Seasons Spa

The Forbes four-star-rated Four Seasons Washington, D.C. offers a 12,000-square-foot fitness center and a two-lane temperature-controlled saline pool. In the spa, therapies like the Kate Somerville Signature Treatment ($360-$420, 80 min.) help boost sagging wintertime spirits. Fruit enzymes and vitamins exfoliate skin, while an oxygen treatment helps hydrate. After, DermaLucent light therapy adds radiance and luminosity to skin. The Georgetown Glow Facial ($230-$360, 50-80 mins.) is the ultimate thirst-quencher. It delivers oxygen, vitamins and hyaluronic acid using hyperbaric pressure for an amazing glow. Ideal during cold and flu season, the Capitol’s C body treatment ($265-$330, 80 min.) begins with a lemon-verveine and lime salt body scrub, followed by steamed towel applicationand a head-to-toe massage with vitamin C-infused sweet orange and neroli shea butter. Another favorite? The seasonal Green Tea Frappe Wrap ($265-$330, 80 min.), which starts with a brisk dry brush body exfoliation, followed by a refreshing massage with green and white tea-infused shea butter, and a relaxing face, neck and scalp massage and a body wrap to enhance nutrient absorption. 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.342.0444

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Spa

For an experience in-tune with the seasons, visit The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Spa. Each month offers seasonal services to address the changing needs of skin. Past offerings have included a Holiday Stress Relief massage and Autumn Facial. Regular treatments worth enjoying any time of year include the Organic Luxury Facial ($170-$265, 50-80 min.), which is customized to skin types and uses brush cleansing, exfoliation, masks, massage and hydration; and the Hot River Stone Massage ($175-$275, 50-80 mins.), which uses warm volcanic stones and moderate to deep pressure to soothe muscles and relax the mind. The warm stones are particularly effective in chasing away that winter chill. 3100 South St. NW, 202.912.4175

Emily Sisco
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