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Feel (and see) the difference with a Four Seasons facial

Caramie Schnell
Vail CO Colorado

Editor’s note: Spa Report is a new feature the Vail Daily will be running each month about spa treatments around the valley. Know of something we should check out? E-mail cschnell@vaildaily.com.

The spa: The Spa at the Four Seasons is located inside the new Four Seasons resort, located at One Vail Road in Vail. Visit http://www.fourseasons.com or call 970-477-8600.

The treatment: “C” the difference antioxidant facial. This facial includes steam, extractions, a papaya enzyme peel, Ling’s ginseng herbal mask and a 12 percent vitamin C serum; 50 minutes, $150.

This spa is for: Both hotel guests looking to get pampered, as well as local residents who want to experience all of the amenities this large spa offers.

First impressions: Before a treatment, guests are asked to fill out a one-page form asking about medications, skin concerns, injuries and more. This is the first spa that has ever had me fill out any sort of paperwork and frankly I appreciated it. Better to be safe than sorry and find out about any potential counterindications with medications etc. before instead of after.

“It’s for your sake, really,” said Spa Director Craig Newton. “It’s a very simple form that puts things out front and includes things you might not know you need to tell the therapist. And it’s kept confidential, of course.”

This spa is beautiful, all 14,000 square feet of it. There’s 13 treatment rooms, including two rooms with a whirlpool tub and fireplace, perfect for couples treatments. The locker rooms each provide a large whirlpool (with a waterfall, no less), sauna and a eucalyptus steam room. The spa carries three skincare lines: ZO, a line developed by Dr. Zein Obagi, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills; OSEA, a marine-based organic line made with seaweed; and Ling, a skincare line that combines natural botanicals like chamomile and aloe with results-oriented ingredients like alpha hydroxy and collagen.

After changing into a robe and slippers, spend some time unwinding before your treatment in the co-ed lounge area, which has couches and comfortable chairs, a fireplace and a private outdoor terrace (with an outdoor fireplace). There’s hot tea, fruit-infused water and fresh and dried fruit to nibble on while you wait for your therapist. After your treatment, return to the co-ed area, or unwind in the separate his-and-hers relaxation lounges, or in the slumber room, a separate area where guests have been known to fall asleep. With dim lights and comfortable chairs to relax on, I could see why.

The treatment was: Equal parts relaxing and effective. My very kind, very knowledgeable esthetician Susan Payne began the treatment by talking with me about my skin type. She cleansed my face with a Ling purifying cleanser before putting steam on my face. Afterwards, after a few minutes of extractions, she applied a papaya enzyme peel to my skin to unclog my pores and smooth my skin’s texture. Next, while a ginseng moisture mask worked its magic on my face, she massaged my arms and hands with lotion. While that felt great, it was the neck and scalp massage that came next that pushed me over the edge. Though the treatment is technically a facial, my whole body felt more relaxed.

Next, Payne applied the vitamin c serum, which is supposed to counteract the effects of aging, neutralize free radicals, decrease inflammation and greatly reduce skin discoloration. For the vitamin C facial, estheticians use the Ultra machine to infuse the 12-percent serum, helping it to penetrate deeper into the skin. The machine also has LED lights (both red and blue), which Payne gently rolled over my face for a few minutes. She explained that the lights lessen the inflammation and kill any bacteria on the skin.

Afterwards my face seemed to glow and I felt so relaxed it was hard to make myself leave the spa.

Make the most of your visit: Don’t be like me and arrive 10 minutes before your treatment. Come an hour before and spend time in the sauna, steam room and relaxing in the hot tub. Make an afternoon of your spa treatment to get the most benefit for your buck.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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