Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spa-ahhh in the City: Sweetgrass Spa - Toronto

As a busy city girl it’s often hard to find the time to squeeze in all those beauty treatments we love to pamper ourselves with into a packed schedule. For me facials and massages are my ultimate indulgence, but I usually find myself having to choose between one or the other when I only have a short window of time for some rejuvenation.

But what if you could combine your favourite beauty treatments into one condensed service? Enter Sweetgrass Spa in Toronto where I found the working girl’s answer to a streamlined spa day. 

In a 19th century loft building in the historic Queen Street East district of the city is where you’ll find the best of both worlds – a facial and massage in one. 

The pros at Sweetgrass have created a 90 minute Treatment Facial ($195) that actually delivers a full-body experience. I was invited to try the service and be one of the first to preview the spa’s custom formulated skincare line that will be available this November. 

Medico – Sweetgrass by Verity is a medical grade line of cleansers, creams and serums that the spa has modeled after high quality skincare favourites such as Skinceuticals, Dr. Hauschka and Dermalogica. The products can help with everything from hyperpigmentation to fine lines and wrinkles, while rebalancing parched and dull skin. 

I arrived at the spa first thing on a Saturday morning and the friendly staff gave me a tour around the facility, guiding me over to the ozonated swimming pool, whirlpool and infrared sauna I could enjoy before or after my facial, and then showing me to the change rooms where I traded in my jeans for a robe and slippers – my favourite spa perk! I sat with my morning coffee and enjoyed the pink chaise lounges in the waiting area before my facialist-masseuse, Lourdes, brought me to my treatment room. 

Lourdes began by addressing my skincare concerns – redness, blemishes and dryness – and taking me through the steps of the treatment and the products that would best suit my skin. I got cozy under the plush sheets and unwired by brain for the next hour and a half. 

After a deep cleanse, exfoliation, extractions and a facial peel, Lourdes brushed a customized facial masque onto my face, neck and chest and covered it with a warm towel to let it do its work. Normally this is the time the facialist would leave you in the room for about 20 minutes, but at Sweetgrass the waiting time is enhanced with a deep arm, hand and foot massage. 

Next came a second cleansing masque and time for an invigorating neck and scalp massage as it removed the final impurities from my skin. My favourite part of the treatment was the lymphatic facial massage that stimulates blood circulation, reduces swelling and left my face supple and glowing. 

An hour and a half later I left the room with smooth and bright skin, relaxed muscles and a calm and cheery outlook ready for the rest of the day. Definitely my choice for a decadent way to combine the best facial and massage features into one indulgent service.  

Sweetgrass Spa
111 Queen St. East 

-Daniela DiStefano is a Toronto PR professional and writer. Follow her on Twitter @ddeestefano

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