Best Sugar Scrubs For Dry Skin

Colder weather means drier skin, but we discovered the best sugar scrubs that smell amazing and feel even better!

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Now that winter is right around the corner, the days of scaly skin and dull complexions will inevitably make their return. Truthfully, the thought alone is sort of depressing, so we decided to be proactive about this potential problem. And the only way we could be totally sure we were giving you the best skin-quenching recommendations was to try out the season’s hottest products ourselves.

Hence, our body scrub experiment began! We’ve been on the prowl for the best exfoliators that slough away dead skin while also delivering a hefty dose of moisture, and we found some real winners. During our research we discovered a few whipped body scrubs that were a total game-changer, along with irresistibly scented scrubs that we would happily slather on daily.

Check out three of our favorite scrubs this season, and find out what sets each one apart from the competition:

Scrub 1LALICIOUS Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub

The LALICIOUS was the first whipped scrub we’ve ever tested and let’s just say, we were totally blown away. The light, airy texture feels as refreshing as it smells, and it makes application mess-free without the excess oil of typical scrubs. Packed with cold-pressed coconut and sweet almond oils, and made with only the most high quality natural ingredients, this scrub will make you glow despite the frightful weather outside. Try the Limited Edition LALICIOUS Extraordinary Whipped Peppermint Sugar Scrub this season, the scent is absolutely perfect for the holidays! Try it for yourself at lalicious.com.

Scrub 2 Erin Condren Island Fleur Body Scrub

This divinely-scented scrub was inspired by the scents of the salty Bora Bora beaches, and when you lather it on, you feel truly transported. We loved that this natural scrub was non-greasy like it’s whipped predecessor, but the amazing scent was absolutely its stand-out quality. Gardenia, tuberose and white florals are balanced by ginger and fresh greens, capturing the magically relaxing air of the warm Pacific Island.  Try it for yourself at erincondren.com.

Scrub 3Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub

This luxurious scrub is formulated with organic sugar and transformative softening oils that deliver a dose of moisture to even the most parched skin. Not only does it nourish and revitalize any dry areas, but it also sloughs off dead skin that dulls your complexion. This scrub also serves as a lovely bathroom accessory thanks to its sleek design, and the sweet orange and cedar wood scent is nothing short of therapeutic. Try it for yourself at rituals.com.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

The 7 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Sure, you could get her flowers or jewelry… but this is Spa Week you’re talking to. Around here, beauty products are a girl’s best friend, and we put together our list of the 7 most wanted Mother’s Day gifts that any beauty buff would want. So make mom happy and give her one of these:

1. A Spa Week Gift Card

When is a spa gift card ever not welcome? Ours can be used at many top spas across the U.S. and Canada, so you don’t have to try and pick just one — let mom pick her favorite!

2: Her Favorite Fragrance

Replenishing her supply of Flowerbomb, Lolita Lempicka, or Fracas is always a nice gesture.

3: A Body Product Set

Philosophy never fails to create gift sets that anyone would want. If you’re all out of ideas for mom, one of these combos (think lip balm, body butter, and body wash) is pretty foolproof.

4. A Makeup Brush Set

Most women don’t own a proper, professional makeup brush set, so treating mom to one is a great gift idea.

5. A High End Gift Set

If your mama is a label lover, you don’t have to shell out $500 (or more) on a bag. Many brands, from Chloe to Dolce & Gabbana, make beauty lines, and a gift set of their products a the next best thing.

6. A Great Hair Tool

Upgrade mom’s drugstore curling iron or flat iron to something a pro would approve of.

If you didn’t win our Golden Door Spa getaway last month, you’re in luck: We’re doing it again this May with our Shop.Spa. Stay. giveaway. You can enter to win a shopping spree for two from Shoptiques, a Spa & Wellness Gift Card, AND a trip for two to any SniqueAway destination.

Announcing More Places To Get Spa Week Gift Cards!

Just like spring flowers, Spa & Wellness Gift Cards are popping up everywhere (even on Twitter)! Spa Week is happy to announce that The Spa & Wellness Gift Card is now available at over 20,000 retailers nationwide! The gift card can be used at over 5,000 participating spas and is the perfect gift to make someone (or yourself, we’re not judging) feel spa-cial. Even better, the recipient can conveniently use it during the upcoming  2012 Spring Spa Week Event.

Check out all the participating retailers – if you see us hanging out in one of these stores, tweet us a picture @SpaWeekGiftCard!

  • Sam’s Club Nationwide
  • Target Nationwide
  • CVS Nationwide
  • Rite Aid Nationwide
  • AAFES Nationwide (US Military Bases)
  • Kerr Drug North Carolina
  • Kinney Drug New York, New Hampshire, Vermont
  • Associated Foods Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming
  • Basha’s Foods Arizona
  • Crest Foods Oklahoma
  • Fiesta Mart Texas
  • Food Circus/ Super Food Town New Jersey
  • HEB Foods Texas
  • KVAT/ Food City Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee
  • Scolari’s Foods California, Nevada
  • Spartan Stores Michigan, Indiana, Ohio
  • Winn Dixie Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia

…and coming to stores in April 2012!

Duane Reade

A gift for someone you love on every block in NYC! (It sure beats an I ♥ NY shirt.)

Babies “R” Us

We’re thinking this would be a great item to put on a baby shower registry.

Toys “R” Us

Some of those toys should come with a remedy for parents headaches.

The Details:

The Spa & Wellness Gift Card does not expire and can be used 365 days a year. Gift card domination of $25 or $50 cards are available and a special variable load card is available at CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid.  The variable load card lets you decide how much to give between $25 and $500. The best part about the Spa & Wellness Gift Card? It is accepted at over 5,000 spas!

 

 

How To Find A Spa:

 

A full list of participating spa locations is available online at www.spaweek.com/spa-gift-cards where you can search by city or zip code to find a spa near you.

 

 

 

Little Luxury Gift Guide: Feed Them Well

avocado masher and the best food gifts
Little luxuries are all around us if you know where to look – be it a bright red lipstick that makes you feel like a movie star on a Monday morning, a mini-facial that makes you glow inside and out, or a book that takes you to the other side of the world. These tiny everyday gems are anxiously waiting to be discovered by you and wrapped with a bow, and each chapter of the LLGG seeks to deliver a new morsel of inspiration to you and your holiday season. Fancy shmancy is out; it’s those legendary “small packages” that hold the key to a perfect season of giving.

Promote health by giving a gift that is healthy in the most literal sense. But don’t be boring about it – food should be fun and never taken quite too seriously!

1. Wine of the Month Club

There are thousands of Wine Of The Month Clubs, none of which I feel comfortable recommending because I, myself, have never been part of such a club (hint hint). Google one and sign your favorite wino up!

2. Wickwood Spice Rack with Spices from Tubularspices.com – $150.99

For a cook with limited counter space and a fondness for rustic simplicity. Or a chef who has chemic tendencies. A full set of 40 spices in a 10 X 6 inch space.

3. The Ultimate Healthy Gift Basket from gourmetgiftbaskets.com

I can’t vouch for all the food that would show at their doorstep… but it sure beats a box o chocolates on both the health and creativity scales.

4. Whitefish Roe Sampler by Tsar Nicoulai, available at DeanDeluca.com

Remember that lavish party you went to when a friend of yours fell in love with the caviar? Hopefully they didn’t glob it on Larry David style, but gracious or not, the last thing they’re expecting this holiday is caviar. Surprise them… and you can also tell them they’re packed with iron, vitamin A, and other nutrients. Or not.

5. An avocado and avocado masher couplet. Masher available at Amazon.com

Your extra-guacamole-plus-guacamole-on-the-side friend will love you forever.

spa week gift card sale

Think someone might mash YOU with an avocado masher if that showed up under their Christmas tree? Or, maybe you don’t believe in healthy food gifts because you’re afraid the recipient might read into it as a “lose weight hint”? Play it safe and give a healthy gift that’s sure to please everyone on your list – send them for a rejuvenating treatment this holiday. $100 SPA WEEK® Gift Cards are on sale for just $80, $150 cards are on sale for $120, and so forth. They’re redeemable all year ’round at spas throughout North America. How delicious is that?