Pulse Style: Lowdown: Winter Beauty Survival Guide

The best response to plunging mercury? A visit to one of these top spas for a little R&R

For Nails
Citrus Salon & Day Spa
1201 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell; 610-277-4247

The Lushly Pedicure ($75) at this 10-month-old beauty mecca is pure decadence: 90 minutes of foot pampering, including exfoliation, a leg mask, and a hot stone massage. Extra luxuries include a serene circular room with the Rolls-Royces of pedicure chairs (they have leather foot rests and cut-glass bowls!) and heavenly, heated herb-filled neck and eye pillows. Pair your ped with the BodyCoffee Manicure ($45), which perks up the hands using warm cream, coffee, Dead Sea salts and paraffin wax, and you’ll be plotting your next visit before your session is up.

For Massage
Chuck Thayer Salon and Spa
595 East Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids; 610-687-6004  
 
Holidays left your shoulders feeling a tad … simian?  The new hot stone massage at pretty, modernist Chuck Thayer will help you work out the kinks. Hot Japanese river rocks are run along the soles of your oiled feet and the edges of your spine, and even placed between your toes and on your face while your back and legs are expertly massaged by Linda Cinaglia. After 75 minutes (for $135), you’ll float around for hours in hedonic warmth, finally feeling human again.

For Facials
Richel D’Ambra Spa and Salon
The Ritz-Carlton, 10 South Broad Street; 215-523-8035

No matter what winter’s winds do to your face — chap, dry, scrape, freeze — the aestheticians at this tony spot can cater a facial to soothe your parched skin. (Prices range from $95 to $300.) Their Comfort Zone products contain trehalose, which D’Ambra describes as “a memory system that retains the hydration in the skin.” Still, she advises you to take precautions — always wear sunscreen, and cover up with a scarf.

For Body
Ame Salon and Spa
111 Waynewood Avenue, Wayne; 610-995-2631

First, the takeaway: Opt for Ame’s “Soft Pack Sensation” ($115), and you’ll leave this Zen palace with every inch of skin feeling softer than it did even before the elements had their withering ways with you. (You may also be too relaxed to drive.) But along with a full body polish, multiple trips to a multi-directional Swiss shower, and a coating of ginger-scented body cream, you’ll be lowered into a Soft Pack Flotation machine, coated in alpha hydroxy body gel, and left to float atop warm, tension-evaporating waters for upwards of 20 minutes. Weird, but wonderful.

Best Buys  Products that solve the problems brrr brings

Facial in a bottle:  Sure, you need to moisturize, but you also need to slough off the dead cells that can trap bacteria and make winter-pale skin look even duller. Enter all-in-one moisturizer and exfoliator, plus (always essential) sunscreen: Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic facial lotion with SPF 15 ($45), a
favorite of Patti Darragh, aesthetician and owner of RejuvinEssence Day Spa.

Hair mask: Yes, a hair mask. And Toni and Guy’s peppermint version ($19.95) isn’t milk-and-honey mellow, but “mind-invigorating” mint, says Luna Salon and Spa owner Glenn Sirman, who recommends applying after you shampoo, once a week, for its restorative benefits: “Most conditioners tend to weigh the hair down. This one gives even fine hair more body.”

The ultimate lip balm: It’s technically from the men’s line, but Christina Davidson, manager and aesthetician at Complexions, says Sharps “Barber Shop” balm ($7) will treat anyone’s peckish pucker: “It’s a ­super-moist stick that isn’t chunky or slick under lipstick. And it’s very hydrating.”

>>RejuvinEssence Day Spa, 2535 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley, 215-938-6000
>>Luna Salon and Spa, 1126 Walnut Street, 215-923-5862
>>Complexions, Springhouse Village Center, 215-793-4408

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