Every day, women are inundated with products that promise to perform miracles on blemishes, wrinkles and other skin maladies. But for Waldorf Astoria Spa director Jennifer Lynn, the outside is simply a manifestation of how we treat our inside, from the amount of sleep we get to the food we eat. Hydration is key, she says, especially in our dry climate, as well as paying attention to gut heath.
“When all the nutrients are in place, your skin glows,” says Lynn, who has a background in health coaching, yoga and meditation.
This holistic philosophy guides the Waldorf Astoria Spa. From the moment guests walk in to the 27,000-square-foot facility, spa attendants are focused on their individual needs. The key word in the light-filled space on the seventh and eighth floors is intention, as visitors gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows onto the bustling Strip. The silent-movie tableau below further emphasizes the conscious decision to unplug, if only for a few hours, from the frenetic pace of life.
The spa offers myriad treatments to make guests feel good and look good, though its best offering is the gift of time. The most requested service on the menu is the Ritual of Time, in which guests opt for a two- or three-hour treatment tailored to the individual. The body and face treatments center on the core principle of personalization. The aesthetician or massage therapist inquires about important factors in your life to assess specific needs. For those who work in front of a computer all day, shoulders and neck may require more attention; lack of sleep may mean breakouts and therefore a gentle exfoliation may be just the thing.
“Not understanding your skin type and being too aggressive with your skin-care approach are two of the biggest mistakes you can make,” Lynn says. Here, there are no trendy treatments or deep extractions, just time with an aesthetician who understands the holy trinity of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing, coupled with skilled stimulation of the lymphatic system to flush out toxins. Or with a massage therapist who is trained in the various disciplines of body work.
Through health comes beauty, and when guests leave the spa, they take with them a refreshed body and mind to nourish once more, this time with mindful intention.