Beat the heat with Vegas summer spa treatments

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You’ve come to Vegas to party, but it’s your skin that suffers in the end. Whether you spent the day in the scorching sun or all night partying, your body feels it.

As much as you can party and suntan in Vegas, you also have plenty of places to relax, treat yourself to luxury and soothe your skin. Or, if you just love the refreshing scents of summer, a spa treatment is the way to go.

Heavenly skin treatments

For silky, smooth skin the grapeseed body oil massage at Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Venetian and Palazzo contains high amounts of vitamin C, D, E and beta carotene. Available in 50-minute or 80-minute services, this treatment uses cold-pressed grapeseed oil that rehydrates the skin. The ingredients are also cruelty and paraben-free.

“It’s full of antioxidants, so it’s very revitalizing and hydrating for your skin,” said Laura Horvath, spa director at Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

For those who had too much fun in the sun, the Vdara Spa & Salon has a Naturopathica sun repair facial. “[It] uses a number of beneficial products to help reduce the damage done by the sun and protect and revitalize your dehydrated summer skin,” said Kim Key, manager of recreational services at Vdara.

For those who really want to beat the heat and treat their feet, Canyon Ranch SpaClub offers ice cream pedicures.  This special pedicure begins with a moisturizing footbath containing a scoop of ice cream. Next, enjoy an exfoliating sherbet scrub, followed by a foot mask. The service ends with a moisturizing body icing foot massage.

Summery scents

Who doesn’t love the refreshing scents of summer? Citrus is one of the most popular among spas for its cooling and refreshing properties.

I love lemon cake, lemonade, lemon Sour Patch Kids and even lemon-scented household cleaners. There’s just something so refreshing about the scent of fresh-picked lemons. If you’re crazy about lemons like I am, then the Limoncello scrub at Canyon Ranch SpaClub is for you. The service begins with a blend of refined sugar, shea butter, organic extra virgin olive oil and a soothing vanilla extract. You’ll have the scents of tart Italian lemon, sweet vanilla and a hint of exotic flora. Finish with a Limoncello olive cream massage. This service is available for 50 minutes or 100 minutes.

While you’re here, try a fresh-squeezed lemon facial. This facial delights the senses with fresh scents of summer and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. The service includes cleansing, gentle exfoliation, steam, extractions, toning and a hydrating gel massage. Suitable for all skin types, the treatment is 50 minutes long.

At Spa & Salon Vdara, relax with a refreshing citrus and vanilla pedicure and finish the service with a moisturizing shea butter massage:  “Along with agave nectar oil, this manicure and pedicure hydrates and nourishes your skin,” said Key.

Aria features a Summer Bliss pedicure, an orange blossom-scented treatment. This 50-minute pedicure lifts away dead skin with a mask, which is massaged into the legs and feet with warm stones. After a sugarcane scrub, your treatment ends with an exotic oil and body mist.

While you may not be in the tropics, a spa service can certainly take you there. “We offer services that include tropical scents which transport you to your own island oasis,” said Jane Cox, Spa Mandalay and Bathhouse Spa manager.

Or, you can take your senses to the Far East. Vdara also offers all-natural products grown in Thailand. “[It] transports you to a tropical retreat with kaffir lime and ylang ylang,” said Key.

Poolside services and more

If you like the idea of being poolside while enjoying a spa service, then you’re in luck. At the exclusive Cypress Pool at Bellagio, enjoy a 50-minute Delizia Del Piede treatment. This restores and refreshes the feet with a relaxing exfoliating ritual, followed by a detailed foot massage.

Spa & Salon Vdara offers a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage in the quiet poolside spa cabanas, complete with fans and misters. There is also a hand and foot treatment as well.

“You’re secretly tucked away in an oasis of pleasure, while still enjoying the open air,” said Key.

Other spas that include poolside services are Mandalay Bay (by its beach area), Four Seasons and  Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace.

If the idea of a poolside treatment sounds too hot, every spa has a Jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna and lounge area with snacks and beverages.

At Canyon Ranch SpaClub’s conservatory, guests can enjoy a Wave Room, where guests can lay on chairs, look at the ceiling and feel like they’re under crashing waves. With the nature sounds playing in the background, you’ll find it easy to fall asleep in this peaceful setting.  Just steps away, cool off in an igloo filled with aromatherapy scents.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

After your service, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially during the summer season. “Water is definitely the priority,” said Key. “After a treatment, your body is going through recovery and detoxifying process and needs hydration.”

If you’re not too crazy about water, but want to be hydrated, there are other options to quench your thirst. Teas and juices are popular choices offered at spas. The spa at Vdara even offers a smoothie bar in its lobby.

“Water is always your best resource, but we also infuse the water with lemon or cucumber,” said Horvath. “You’re still getting the flavor, but not all the unnecessary calories.”

“Water is an absolute must so we definitely recommend [it] with a splash of citrus fruit to refresh the palate or infused with cucumbers for a cooling, refreshing take on the traditional,” added Cox.

Whether you decide to hydrate your skin or enjoy tantalizing scents of summer, a spa trip in Vegas can’t be beat.

“Pampering yourself any time of the year is worth it, especially in the summer when the heat can become overwhelming,” said Cox.

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