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My Favorite Way to Unwind (Without Wine)

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How to Unwind (Without Wine)

Ever since having Elle, I’ve enjoyed having a glass of wine to unwind. While I don’t drink every night, I’ve been looking for some other (less caloric) ways to relax. Getting a massage is definitely high up on my list, so I was excited to get the chance to head to The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta for a night of pampering. Of course, they had champagne waiting for me, so my initial plan to curb the calories was temporarily thwarted (I only had a couple sips…how could I resist!).

When I arrived, I changed into a plush robe. I’ve never met a robe I didn’t love, but this one was particularly comfortable. I got my treatment outline which included a Visia Skin Analysis, DermaFlash and the Reflexology portion of the Midtown Massage. After heading to the relaxation room to put my feet up and get zen, I was escorted to my first treatment.

Visia Skin Analysis

After having my face photographed in what looked a bit like a dental x-ray machine and waiting a couple of minutes, I learned about my true skin age and the areas of opportunity to ensure my face stays wrinkle-free and sun safe (you walk away from the analysis with an in-depth action plan). I was happy to find out that my true skin age is 29 (I’m 30), though due to my foolish teenage tanning bed days (really, what the HELL was I thinking…and Mom, I can literally hear you saying “I told you so”) I have UV damage and need to be even more vigilant about wearing sunscreen daily. I am still working on keeping up my nightly skincare routine and this reinspired me (though I was so relaxed from my Midtown Massage when I got home, that I quickly forgot everything I had learned).

DermaFlash

As I was lying there thinking about how to keep my wrinkles at bay (something about H.A. Intensifier and Vitamin C…), I was introduced to the DermaFlash, which is basically an electric razor for women that shaves the face at the hair’s superficial level (i.e. it won’t cause regrowth). Post-DermaFlash my skin felt soft and looked more glowy and smooth than ever. This is a great way to exfoliate…something I should also apparently be doing more often.

Midtown Massage

I must say, this was the highlight of my night. Between the weighted eye mask, the rosemary lavender salt scrub and the perfectly-warmed massage bed, I was so fully relaxed at the end of this reflexology treatment that I think my eyes were blurry during my drive home. I had the 25 minute Reflexology-focused treatment, and I can only image how amazing the full 80 minutes must be.

The staff couldn’t have been nicer or more knowledgeable and I enjoyed getting to meet and catch up with Spa Director Jenny Roberts, who was as lovely they come.

If you’d like to give someone (like mom!) a great gift, are interested in any of the treatments such as the Visia Skin Analysis ($90), the DermaFlash (a $25 enhancement to any facial) or the Midtown Massage ($250 for 80 Minutes) or want to learn more about the other offerings (everything from HydraFacials to Mother-to-Be massages), contact The Spa.

Thanks to The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta for hosting me at the #FSATLSpaNight. Check out their Instagram @FSAtlanta for a glimpse at the hotel, the spa and more!

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A crisp NYC edge, savvy female empowerment, and the earnestness of newfound motherhood are what bridge the gap from trendy to timeless. Hailing from New York and residing in Atlanta. Welcome to Born on Fifth.

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