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at-home spa

The Streicher sisters—makeup artist Jenn, hairstylist Ashley, and brow guru Kristie—offer their take on at-home beauty treatments.
Make no mistake about it—the Streichers are a spa family. We love making a sisterly trip to the baths at Natura in LA’s Koreatown, getting a massage at Tomoko in Beverly Hills, and trying signature treatments at the hotels we visit around the world. From the jacuzzi at our mom’s house in Tahoe to the comfort of Kristie’s new steam shower, we never pass up a chance to unwind—and to indulge our skin and hair. 
For better or worse, not every day can be a real spa day, so we love to take relaxation and ritual home with us—a practice we heartily recommend to clients as well. Here, a few of our favorite tips and tricks for treating yourself (and your skin and hair) from the comfort of your own bathroom. Just add water!
 
Love, 
The Streicher Sisters

BATHING
BEAUTY

JENN STREICHER, MAKEUP ARTIST
SPA MANTRA: NEVER SAY NO TO A BATH OIL
Although nothing really compares to visiting an actual spa, I am a huge fan of baths, and I take them regularly. It’s among the best ways to relax and decompress—which, in all honesty, is one of the biggest secrets to beauty maintenance. So of course I’m always on the hunt for great bath products wherever I go. Some of my favorites are the Kneipp Herbal Baths, which I discovered when I was in Europe a few years ago—they smell great and turn the water beautiful colors—and bath oils like Ren Moroccan Rose, which I first bought from Colette in Paris. It’s so luxurious and makes your whole bathroom smell of rose. And while in Italy I went to the Santa Maria Novella boutique and was turned on to their Olio di Jojoba. You can put this directly into the bath water or, as the women at the shop told me, apply liberally to your body before you get into the bath. All these are super relaxing and moisturizing for the skin.
JENN’S RULES OF THE BATH
1. MASK WISELY: I love paper masks, but they’re not for bath time. I once tried it, and the steam just made the mask slip off my face. Instead, I love to slather on Sisley Express Flower Mask a few minutes before my bath or shower to give my skin a boost.
 
2. ADVANCE SCRUBBING: The technician at the Caudalie Spa in New York, which I recently visited, suggested doing a body scrub before getting into the shower. This removes dead skin more efficiently.

3. PRE-GAME:  I always support taking an oil bath before a night out—it makes your skin look really fresh and hydrated.

GETTING 
STEAMY

KRISTIE STREICHER, BROW ARTIST
SPA MANTRA: AROMATHERAPY IS EVERYTHING
I really enjoy an at-home spa session—it’s definitely the best way to recharge after a long day. We just updated our bathroom, so we now have a big jacuzzi bathtub and a steam shower. Depending on how much time I have, I’ll steam first, then get into the bath, always incorporating aromatherapy. 
I love the essential oil blends from Young Living. My favorite is Dragon Time. It has calming and soothing ingredients like clary sage, which is extra nice during your monthly cycle. I also recently learned how incredibly easy it is to make your own bath salts... 

STREICHER BATH SALTS 
1 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup Himalayan pink salt (one of the purest and most mineral-rich salts available)
1/2 cup dried flower petals (I like roses)
10 drops lavender oil
10 drops rose oil

The mix is really pretty and looks great stored in a glass container.  
MULTITASKING RELAXING
If you want to be efficient, apply a hair and/or a face mask while soaking in the tub. For the face, I always use my Biologique Recherche P50 toner, then do either a rejuvenating/hydrating mask or a gommage. For hair, I shampoo, then use David Mallett’s Mask No.1 L’Hydration—this saved my tresses when I was a blonde. The bath is also a good time to do a body scrub, and Caudalie’s Divine Scrub has the perfect grit factor.  

HAIR
SPA

ASHLEY STREICHER, HAIRSTYLIST
SPA MANTRA: IT STARTS AND ENDS WITH THE HAIR
When I do home spa treatments, I like to take a head-to-toe approach. One of my most important tips is to change the bath water between hair and body treatments so your mane doesn’t absorb all the oils and salts from the bath. (I always put mine up in my favorite Shhhowercap turban for the body portion of the proceedings.) For a salon-quality experience, I’m really into the Color Series from Strivectin. The shampoo and conditioner clean, brighten, and soften hair, then you apply a gloss to damp locks and leave it for 3 minutes. Your tresses feel and look like they have just been colored—extra smooth and shiny. And if you have dry hair, the NouNou mask by Davines is another great investment.
D.I.Y. BLOWDRY BAR
Use the Y.S. Park flat brush with two different-size boar bristles—shorter ones that soften your hair and longer ones that touch the scalp. This is the best recipe for rejuvenating your scalp and redistributing the hair’s natural oils. For an at-home blowout that rivals the salon, I’m a huge fan of Show Beauty oil: It’s super lightweight and has the best fragrance. I start with a pea-size amount on wet hair, blow it dry, then finish by applying another dab to dry ends. 
FACE & BODY
Jenn gifted me the Révive Glycolic Renewal peel a while back, and it has proven to be one of my essentials. It’s a two-part treatment that takes only about 20 minutes and makes my skin feel like new. My strategy is to put it on while drawing a bath with my favorite lavender-scented bath soaks from UK brand Radox. They really do the job when you have sore or tired muscles. I complete my at-home treatment with my ZIIP handheld microcurrent device, which leaves skin looking young and rejuvenated, and cover my body in Rodin cream, which is my all-time favorite—it smells divine.

STREICHER-APPROVED
SPAS

FOR THOSE TIMES WHEN NOTHING LESS WILL DO...
KRISTIE RECOMMENDS....
Tomoko Spa, Los Angeles 
I had a really special experience at this Japanese spa in Beverly Hills. It’s modern, clean, and beautifully designed, with exceptional service—the therapists move with such thoughtfulness and grace. I love all the teas they serve you—there’s one for every moment! 141 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; (310) 205-7300

Felsentherme, Bad Gastein, Austria
This spa in Bad Gastein, Austria, is probably my favorite in the world. It is nestled in a valley in the Alps, 3600 feet above sea level. You sit in thermal natural springs, breathe clean mountain air, and enjoy magnificent views. They also have infrared light cabins! Bahnhofpl. 5, 5640 Bad Gastein, Austria; +43 6434 2535
JENN RECOMMENDS...
Burke Williams, Los Angeles 
I go to this place a lot, as it’s close to home—it is my standby for massages. 800 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046; (323) 822-9007

Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa at the Plaza, New York City 
When traveling, I always make it a point to visit the hotel spa. Recently I went to Caudalie at the Plaza in NYC and had probably my best spa experience to date. I got a body scrub, a body wrap, and an hour-long massage, and then had a glass of red wine from their own winery—truly luxurious. 1 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019; (212) 265-3182

Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe, NM 
I had a really memorable experience at this Santa Fe spa. You have your own bathing suite, plus a hot tub, plunge pool, and changing room. The bathing suites are half outside, and you get an uninterrupted view of the New Mexico landscape. 3451 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501; (505) 982-9304
ASHLEY RECOMMENDS...
Peninsula Spa, Hong Kong 
This spa at the Peninsula Hotel is my favorite of all time. While in Hong Kong on a work trip I was invited there to get a treatment for improving sleep and helping with jet lag. It was beyond luxurious and even incorporated some breathing and meditating exercises. The massage room has a whole wall of windows overlooking the city—I will never forget it. Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong, SAR; +852 2920 2888 

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