Try these five spa treatments at home by professionals from Atlanta

DIY pedicure kit from Lark & ​​Sparrow

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While nothing takes the place of a personal facial or pedicure, a home spa treatment can be just as effective and relaxing as one of the professionals. From a detoxifying cold facial to a soothing scalp massage, here are the DIY treatments that Atlanta beauty professionals indulge in when they’re not on the clock.

Spa treatments at homeThe aviary cold facial
Do you want an instant facelift? Amy Leavell Bransford, founder of Aviary Beauty + Wellness Collective, swears by a weekly facial at home. After a steamy shower, clean your face with cold water and Lait VIP 02 from Biologique Recherche to soften the skin. Then apply the brand’s VIP 02 Masque and massage upwards with your fingers in circular motions to help the skin retain its youthful glow, ”says Bransford. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove with cold water to tighten the skin and protect the pores.

Hawkins & Clover’s scalp massage
There’s a reason a salon shampoo is so relaxing: a good scalp massage has been shown to reduce stress, relieve tension, and even relieve migraine symptoms. For the home equivalent, Erika Audrey of Hawkins & Clover recommends mixing almond and castor oils and then massaging deep into the scalp with firm pressure and steady rhythm. Finally, use Evo’s Daily Regular Shampoo to remove buildup and Mane Attention Protein Treatment for deep conditioning.

DIY pedicure kit from Lark & ​​Sparrow
Foot care isn’t just about looks. “Keeping your nails trimmed and skin hydrated will not only make you look better, but it will also help with foot discomfort caused by dry, cracked heels and ingrown nails,” said Linda Sharp, owner of Lark & Sparrow. For $ 35, the salon has all the tools you need: acetone wipes, top coat, nail files, a polishing block, and more. Are you in the mood for color? They sell CND Vinylux nail polish in a range of summery shades.

Facial scrub from Kindred Studio
Kelly Painter and Amy Tecosky at Kindred Studio offer virtual facials with instructions on how to customize your skin care routine. They stress that “what you do at home is just as important – if not more – than professional treatments,” says Tecosky. Your favorite pleasure around the clock? A peeling facial treatment with SIR ACTIV + peeling. During an evening shower, apply a nickel-sized amount of the scrub using gentle, circular motions. Leave on for five to eight minutes, wash off, then apply local honey (avoid eyebrows and eyes) for five minutes. Remove with a warm washcloth, then use a serum and light moisturizer such as OWAY Awakening Moisturizer.

Phoenix Wellness Center skin care secrets
Is your skin dehydrated from spending too much time indoors? Phoenix Wellness Center esthetician Kacey Washington swears by a few drops of Eminence’s Facial Recovery Oil in her nighttime moisturizer for an instant hydration boost. She also recommends exfoliating Eminence’s Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant once a week to remove dead skin cells, repair blue light damage, and give the skin a natural summer glow.

This article appears in our July 2020 issue.

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