Gentlemen’s grooming basics are usually simple, with few opportunities for embellishment. So, when the customary regimen gets an indulgent kick-start with a bit of pampering and some upgrades, the transformation can be impressive — and the desert’s top spas stand at the ready with skin-nourishing treatments geared just for males.
Man Pampering: Gentlemen’s OM4 Facial
What it offers: Revitalizes skin stressed by daily shaving and sun exposure, improving the overall appearance and condition with deep cleaning and moisturizing.
Where to get it: Spa Esmeralda at Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Details: 44400 Indian Wells Ln., Indian Wells. 760-773-4444; www.marriott.com
Man Pampering: The Gentlemen’s Retreat Menu
What it offers: Quick, effective results via a Rebalancing Facial; a Jet-Setter mani/pedi to hydrate cuticles, shape nails, and massage tired feet back to life; and a haircut and scalp therapy.
Where to get it: Spa La Quinta at La Quinta Resort & Club
Details: 49499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta. 760-564-4111; www.laquintaresort.com
Man Pampering: Back Facial
What it offers: Cleanses and purifies those tough-to-reach spots, targeting clogged pores, back blemishes, and dehydrated skin.
Where to get it: The Men’s Spa at La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa
Details: 1491 S. Via Soledad, Palm Springs. 760-325-2686; www.ladolcevitaresort.com
Man Pampering: Organic Man Facial
What it offers: Deep cleansing of the skin using certified organic products with a no-nonsense approach.
Where to get it: Agua Serena Spa at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Details: 44600 Indian Wells Ln., Indian Wells. 760-674-4100; www.indianwells.hyatt.com
Man Pampering: Gentlemen’s Canyon Express
What it offers: A full body treatment tailored to men’s skin needs, beginning with a custom-designed body scrub, wrap, or bath of choice. Next comes a relaxing Tahquitz Falls back, neck, and shoulder massage, followed by a gentleman’s refresher facial to nourish and condition.
Where to get it: Spa Las Palmas at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Details: 41000 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage. 760-568-2727; www.rancholaspalmas.com
Man Pampering: Gent’s Facial
What it offers: Steaming to comfort the skin, followed by a stimulating face massage to provide a clean, revitalized appearance.
Where to get it: Estrella Spa at the Viceroy Palm Springs
Details: 415 S. Belardo Rd., Palm Springs. 760-320-4117; www.viceroypalmsprings.com
Man Pampering: Signature Desert Oasis FaceTime for Men
What it offers: An invigorating back scrub and massage, followed by a facial using a custom men’s-only solution that reverses the impact of gravity.
Where to get it: Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort
Details: 67425 Two Bunch Palms Tr., Desert Hot Springs. 760-329-8791; www.twobunchpalms.com
Man Pampering: With the Man in Mind
What it offers: Formulated products that treat men’s most common skin issues — ingrown hairs, razor irritation, and overactive oil glands.
Where to get it: The Desert Princess Country Club Spa at the Desert Princess Palm Springs Golf Resort
Details: 67967 Vista Chino, Cathedral City. 760-322-7000; www.desertprincessgolfresort.com
Man Pampering: Executive Men’s Facial With Scalp Massage
What it offers: Helps firm, tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles using powerful exfoliators derived from sugarcane that open pathways and deliver vitamins, antioxidants, and peptides deep into the skin.
Where to get it: SpaTerre at the Riviera Palm Springs
Details: 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-327-8311; www.psriviera.com