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Cold Front: Seasonal Spa Treatments To Ring In The New Year


The wintry months often inspire hibernation-like tendencies and, in turn, less attention to beauty rituals regularly observed during warmer climes. But in our minds there’s no better time for some serious pampering; after all, we’d rather be getting massaged, polished, and scrubbed than trudging around pretty much anywhere outside (it’s cold out there!). With that in mind, we present seven of our favorite new spa indulgences, each one of them specially designed to complement the season—which, it should be noted, will last well into the new year. Here’s to a beautiful 2013.

Gingerbread Wax
Full disclosure: we were a little skeptical about this one, as Christmas cookies and bikini waxes aren’t really two things that ever cross our mind simultaneously. But the warm scent of gingerbread, which permeates Strip’s entire spa when this treatment is on the menu, has a satisfying, much-needed soothing quality to it that makes it a surprisingly sweet idea.
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Black Currant Sugar Foot Scrub Foot
With black currant as its star ingredient, Eve’s new fruit-laced service for neglected feet feels particularly seasonally appropriate. Feet are scrubbed and slathered with Whish’s Black Currant sugar scrub and body butter while you enjoy a complimentary cup of black currant tea or a crème de cassis cocktail.
$40, at Eve, 55 W. 8th St., see

Taj Ma Toes
Enjoy a steaming mug of spiced chai tea during Haven’s pampering pedicure centered around Ayurvedic principles. A warm Vata footbath dosed with nourishing almond, lemon, and geranium oils is followed by an herbal scrub, mask, and finally a hot-stone massage of the feet and legs.
$59, at Haven, 150 Mercer St., see

You Glow Girl M-61 Facial
Bluemercury’s glow-infusing facial uses a combination of products from its in-house line M-61 (specifically the Fast Blast mask, Power Pro-Peel and Vitamin C-rich serum) plus a dose of oxygen therapy to cancel out the mal-effects of too many late nights in just 50 minutes.
$85, for a limited time, see for details.

Cranberry Detox Facial
Joanna Vargas’ complete detox for skin with the lackluster effect that comes with holiday overindulgence comes courtesy of one of the most sought-after facialists in the biz. The treatment begins with a Diamond peel, followed by an exfoliating mask with cranberry, from Vargas’ eponymous line, a steam and facial massage, oxygen treatment, and serum application. It’s total skin restoration.
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Champagne and Caviar Manicure
Leave it to the folks at The Surrey’s over-the-top luxurious Cornelia Spa to conjure up the most outrageous manicure in town. The upscale mani uses a hydrating Champagne serum and exfoliating Champagne sugar scrub, then a warming tea soak steeped with chamomile and lavender, and finally a massage with Champagne shimmer serum. After you’re fully polished, a glass of Prosecco and taste of caviar and crème fraîche is on the house.
$75, see

Champagne Body Polish
You drank plenty of it during your holiday party rounds, now put that Champagne to better use with the Setai’s nourishing full-body polish. The Champagne-infused extravaganza starts with a full exfoliation followed by a soothing massage. For an extra $95, you can kick the treatment off with an, ahem, bubbly bath. It just may be the best way to ring in the New Year.
$215, see

Photo: Courtesy of The Setai; Courtesy of Blue Mercury; Courtesy of Cornelia Day Spa at the Surrey Hotel