Health September 1, 2015

Spa Nirvana

New Trends for Treating Yourself

While we love the sun in Sun Valley, its rays and the dry mountain air can wreak havoc with our skin. Luckily for those of us who prefer to spend our days outdoors, there are some exciting new treatments available that can repair our damaged dermis at a cellular level, reducing fine lines and wrinkles to the smooth glow of our younger selves!

Sun Valley Lodge and Spa reopened this summer after an extensive facelift that restored the grande dame to its youthful splendor, while retaining the dignity of her age. The resort was transformed from the inside out—much like what the Spa’s new HydraFacialMD® treatment can do for your skin. This ultramodern technique combines the benefits of hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel and painless extraction of impurities. Antioxidants and peptides delivered to your subdermal layer moisturize your skin from the inside out. 

The new spa at Sun Valley Resort

Because there’s no irritation to the skin, even a fair-skinned bride could receive a HydraFacialMD® in the morning and get married in the afternoon, said Spa at Sun Valley Director Tiffany Cameron. And after the last glass of champagne has been sipped, our bride and groom may want to indulge themselves with the Spa’s new signature treatment: the VIP Couples Retreat.

The Retreat is a deliciously decadent three-hour experience that starts with a bath soak—choose between mineralizing, green tea, hibiscus, goat’s milk or magnesium soak options—followed by a full-body scrub on side-by-side massage tables. If you aren’t completely gelatinous by that time, you will be after you experience the 16-head shower. With warm liquid practically immersing your body from every direction, “It feels as if you’re floating on the cascades of water!” Cameron said. Then it’s back to the table for an 80-minute White Cloud massage. Spa cuisine served in your private room completes the package. What better way to start a new life together?

Consistently voted “Best Spa” in the Wood River Valley, Zenergy was named to CNBC’s list of “Most Luxurious Fitness Facilities Across America.” Known for its award-winning health club and athletic clientele, Zenergy also offers a full pamper for brides-to-be and those of us who just feel we deserve a little extra. (Spa guests receive a complimentary day pass to the Health Club.)

Their expanded menu includes dedicated rooms for facial and beauty treatments, waxing services, a wet bar and the Greg Hinshaw Hair Studio. “We take pride in keeping up with spa trends,” said Spa Director Mollie Holt. Check out the vibro-acoustic chairs in the Calming Lounge—they use a technology in which pulsed, low-frequency tones emit vibrations and “deep massage” the body. It is a terrific antidote to your run (or walk) up Baldy.

Zenergy’s trending addition to skincare is their new BIOGENIX peel system. TCA, glycolic and mandelic acids are blended together in a hydro-alcohol base to gently penetrate the medium and superficial layers of skin, treating fine line wrinkles, blemishes and acne scars. And there’s a quick recovery time, explained Marketing Director Liz Kantor. 

“Rounding out our beauty line, we now have a certified lash stylist for lash extensions, and we’re the exclusive retailer for bareMinerals makeup,” Kantor added. “This complements our current organic lines, Eminence and Cellex-C.” 

Some treatments are too good to go away: Zenergy’s Microdermabrasion facial is back by popular demand with a new state-of-the-art machine. The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), offered in combination with massage, continues to be a perennial favorite with Zenergy regulars. “AIS increases energy and flexibility through improved oxygen delivery to the body tissue,” Holt said. “Our highly knowledgeable staff can combine modalities that are tailored to the specific needs of each guest.” 

Zenergy Health Club & Spa

This article appears in the Fall 2015 Issue of Sun Valley Magazine.