Pro Picks: 6 Spa Directors Share Favorite Self-Care Products for 2021

Last updated April 30, 2021

Pedicures, facials and exfoliating body treatments. These are just a few of the services we had to give up as spas shut their doors due to Covid-19. So, what products do beauty industry pros rely on during self-isolation that we should all incorporate into our pandemic-friendly self-care routines? Read on to see what six leaders of luxury destination spas recommend as their favorite self-care products.

(All self-care products featured below can be purchased at the respective spas.) 

PRO PICK: Cornelia Night Repair Serum ($120)

Pro: Ellen Sackoff — Principal, Cornelia Spa at The Surrey (New York)

“My biggest skin problem is dehydration. Drinking water and using my daytime moisturizer is not enough. Being indoors, first with dry heat, now with air-conditioning, I needed a moisturizer that was powerful and immediately effective. The other problem was no sunshine and no fresh air. With all the Zoom calls I was having, I realized that my skin began to look dull and even ‘greyish,’ and that impacted my confidence. This serum quenched my skin with purified liquid oxygen, four hydrating organic essential oils, and antioxidants rich in fatty acids, and nourished my skin with vitamin C ester to replace a dull complexion with more radiant skin.”

PRO PICK: Tranquility Oil ($91)

Pro: Anna MacDiarmid — General Manager, AWAY Spa at the W Fort Lauderdale (Florida)

“Using this oil became the hallmark of my nightly ritual during self-isolation. True to its name, it delivered a sense of calm and put me at ease. I love the Italian brand and Tranquility Oil especially because of its lightness and fresh scent. After showering I take a few drops and use it to moisturize my face and skin. It’s never too oily, and I always feel incredibly refreshed after applying it.” 

PRODUCT PICK(S): Auberge du Soleil Spa Grapeseed Body Scrub ($22), Body Lotion ($22), and Chamomile and Lavender Bath Salts ($30)

Pro: Helen Brown — Area Director of Wellness, Auberge Resorts Collection (California)

“These products were lifesavers for me. The familiar aromas of our gardens mentally transported me to the serene sanctuary of the resort. The beauty of our products is that they allow you to create a spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your home. First, you’ll exfoliate with the scrub, then slip into a relaxing bath infused with the salts and finally, moisturize the skin with the lotion. Add a little wine, and you’re nearly at our Napa spa!”

PRODUCT PICK: Skinceuticals Acne Skin System ($135)

Pro: Lea Gorodesky — Spa Manager, Salt Spa at The Reeds at Shelter Haven (New Jersey)

“As we’ve all been wearing face coverings and masks when in public during the pandemic, a new dermatological issue has resulted called ‘maskne’. Basically, it’s when sweat and particles get trapped on our face causing unsightly blemishes. For me, this system has been a savior in combating this unwelcome phenomenon while simultaneously fighting the signs of aging.”

PRO PICK: AVEDA Stress Fix family (salts are $42)

Pro: Vivian Villamizar — Spa Director, The Palms AVEDA Spa (Florida)

“During isolation, I relished in my ‘me time’ by relying on my Stress-Fix family of products from AVEDA. In particular, the Stress-Fix Soaking Salts are my favorite and are derived from pure flower and plant essences from the ‘organic valley’ of the French Alps. They contain lavender, lavandin, and clary sage. I would highly recommend this family of products to create a layering effect and a moment of wellness for yourself. The aroma is intoxicating!”

Daphne Swenerton — Spa Director, Elora Mill Hotel & Spa (Ontario)

PRODUCT PICK: Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm by Naturopathica ($76)

“This is one of our best sellers, as it’s fantastic for all skin types. I love it because manuka honey can improve your skin’s appearance by balancing your skin’s PH level, plus it’s anti-inflammatory. And it helps rid my skin of bacteria that infect pores and cause unwanted breakouts — which is perfect at a time when we’re staying indoors for extended periods of time and wearing masks. I recommend using it daily, and remember that a little bit will go a long way!”

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