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Short and Sweet

Mary Bemis October 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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“We, as a country, are starved for free time. Minitreatments offer a quick fix during our busy daily lives,” says Carla Ciuffo, co-founder of LVN, La Verite Nue Spa—a soiree and events company based in Sedona, Ariz.

This facial is part of the De-Stress Day Package available at The Spa at The Island Hotel, Newport Beach.

“They allow us to take care of ourselves, and they give us permission to fit in some personal time. Granted, we need to schedule ourselves more quality time, but minitreatments offer a way to begin to accomplish this,” she continues.

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Short and Sweet: On the Menu

This selection of miniservices includes facials, massages and nail treatments.


Location: Naturopathica Holistic Health Spa Pure Beauty Lounge, East Hampton, N.Y.

Time & Cost: 30 minutes, $55

This classic facial features Naturopathica’s plant-based products and the popular enzyme peel that helps to reveal a smooth and more radiant complexion. “We book a lot of these for spa parties and wedding parties,” says Barbara Close, founder. In addition, no extractions are administered in this half-hour treatment.


Location: The Spa at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe, Vt.

Time & Cost: 25 minutes, $70

The therapists at this newly revamped resort spa focus on the back, neck and shoulders during this short massage. Assistant spa director Kathy Wheelwright says, “We added express treatments to our menu from the very beginning, knowing that busy people would want to get in and get out quickly, but need quality services.”


Location: Repêchage Spa de Beauté, New York

Time & Cost: 30 minutes, $75

“This treatment is a favorite for busy New Yorkers who come in during a lunch break or after work as a refresher before a night out,” says Shiri Sarfati, director of corporate communications for Repêchage. “It instantly lifts, hydrates and brightens, and is the perfect pick-me-up.” As an antioxidant-rich facial, it also features bearberry extract—a brightening agent—to combat hyperpigmentation, as well as the Hydra Dew Express Lift Moisture Mask, which is high in beta-carotene; vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3 and B-6; calcium; magnesium; and iron.


Location: The Spa at The Island Hotel, Newport Beach, Calif.

Time & Cost: 60 minutes, $135

This hotel spa, located in the heart of the business and fashion district in Newport Beach, features this quickie package that combines a facial with a complete minimassage. The facial includes a cleansing, an exfoliation, lymphatic drainage and a mask, while the massage targets the upper body, arms, neck, legs, feet and scalp.


Location: Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa at Pheasant Run Resort & Spa, St. Charles, Ill.

Time & Cost: 45 minutes, $55

“This is a perfect refresher facial,” states Debi Harris, regional spa trainer at Mario Tricoci Day Spas. “There are no extractions, much to many of our clients’ delight, and it doesn’t result in the redness that may occur from a deep-pore cleansing or steam application.”


Location: Aspire Day Spa, Denver

Time & Cost: 60 minutes, $50

“We wanted to offer a service to those clients who are short on time, but want their nails to look nice,” says Amy Augustyn, owner and spa director. “This is geared toward people who want results, rather than an experience.” This service covers all of the basics, including a soaking, trimming of the nails and cuticles, moisturizer, and polish.


Location: The Spa at The Palms, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Time & Cost: 30 minutes, $80

This menu item appeals to clients who are looking for quick results. First, a Power Breakfast of oats, Greek yogurt, honey and fresh fruit is served with a cup of cleansing green tea. Then, those same ingredients are blended into a revitalizing facial that includes a cleansing, a minimassage, a Power Breakfast Mask, and a face and hand exfoliation. This service is available to hotel guests until 11 am only.


Location: The I Spa at the Willard, Washington, D.C.

Time & Cost: 60 minutes, $100

Recently introduced in August, this new service allows clients to choose from any of the spa’s express 30-minute massages, including Swedish, aromatherapy, shiatsu or sports; or facials, such as the Microdermabrasion Facial, Hyper-pigmentation Brightening Facial, or the Collagen and Elastin Eye Mask. A nutritious gourmet lunch served on a private terrace or in the VIP spa suite also is included.

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