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Buff your skin to polished perfection with a rejuvenating summer treatment



Summer facial regimens include moisturization and exfoliation.

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The days are longer, the nights are sultrier, and it’s time to peel off those layers of clothes. Flirty little shorts and tank tops make a glowing, freshly buffed face and body mandatory — for both sexes. The experts agree on a simple, three-step program for transitioning skin into the summer spotlight: Exfoliate, moisturize, and protect. Kick-start the first two steps now with luxurious facials and body scrubs, and add a high-SPF sunscreen to keep the radiance through Labor Day.

Palm Springs spa treatmentsThe new anti-aging HydroPeptide facials at Spa at Mission Hills at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa cater to sensitive, mature skin types, nourishing away those fine lines and sun damage. The facial’s products — available for purchase for home regimens — gently resurface skin using peptides, botanical stem cells, and exfoliants. After a rejuvenating facial, enjoy a day of tranquility sipping fruit-infused water in the Relaxation Lounge, unwinding in the eucalyptus steam room, and sinking into plush chairs following a soak in the outdoor spa.
71333 Dinah Shore Dr., Rancho Mirage.
760-770-2180; www.spaatmissionhills.com

Polish your skin to a healthy glow at the two-story Ritz-Carlton Spa at the new Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, opening this month. Enjoy the Diamond Hydration Lifting Facial — a triple massage, Shiatsu-style treatment that promotes elasticity, tone, and hydration. Gentlemen can recharge their complexions with the exfoliating Rat Pack Facial, which uses diamond dust and a black silt mask to deeply cleanse facial hair growth areas. Refresh in the cold plunge pool, hydrotherapy shower, sauna, and steam room post-treatment. Cap the day by reveling in the mountain views from the outdoor coed whirlpool.
68900 Frank Sinatra Dr., Rancho Mirage.
760-321-8282; www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage

The Kinara Red Carpet Facial at The Well Spa at Miramonte Resort & Spa delivers immediate, visible results for special occasions and helps get you started on a skin care program. A gentle peel banishes dead skin cells for a brighter, younger appearance, then finishes with a mineral mask to increase cell renewal. The Well’s customized facial for men acts like an extra eight hours of sleep, using high-quality zinc salts, vegetable extracts, vitamin B-8, and an active carbon mask to rev up skin cell metabolism and create a fresh, well-rested look.
45000 Indian Wells Ln., Indian Wells.
760-341-2200; www.miramonteresort.com

Dermal Quench, once available only at Kate Somerville’s studio on Melrose Place, is a new star at The Medical and Skin Spa at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. The facial uses an oxygen stream to aid the effects of a healing hyaluronic serum with antioxidants and vitamins, blasting away the woes of dry desert air and long plane rides. Book an Anti-Aging Fruit Enzyme organic facial at Agua Serena Spa and enjoy complimentary use of the private men’s and women’s facilities. Find your bliss in amenities such as a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna, Jacuzzi, outdoor showers, relaxation room, and coed Reflection Patio.
44600 Indian Wells Ln., Indian Wells.
760-674-4106; 
www.medicalandskinspa.com, 
www.aguaserenaspa.com

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