Thaw out and treat yourself with this spring self care checklist

Photo by Samantha Levi

Back in February, Mr. Groundhog said to expect six more weeks of winter. Well, those six weeks are almost up, and it’s time to treat yourself to some self-care practices that will help prep your body and mind for spring. Check out these three local winter warmup ideas.

Get a facial at Etiquette

Etiquette is a bit of a hidden gem,” says Amanda Rose, owner of Etiquette Beauty (115 W. 18th St., 2nd Floor, KCMO). “When folks come in, they feel removed from a pretty hectic pace that most of us keep. We really encourage people to be present, even if it’s just for an hour or two.”

Located on the second floor of The Bauer event space in the Crossroads, Etiquette has several offerings. On the top of the list is biodynamic facials. Skin feeling parched? That’s because cold air and wind suck the moisture out of your skin. The spa’s dermaplaning facial, which uses fresh plant-based oil blades, will give your skin a fresh glow and get it feeling like itself again. Or go all out with the deep restoration facial, which aims to tackle skin dullness and puffiness. All facials are done by Rose herself, and the spa is also known for its lash extensions, which can help wake up tired winter eyes.

Photo by Samantha Levi

Sit in the sauna at Hand and Land

Jess Moler, co-owner of Hand and Land (3216 Gillham Plaza, KCMO), says holistic practices have “always been in her blood.” The shop houses sustainable everyday products and plant-based skincare goodies for all. Moler says “a spa was always the idea,” and their 2020 move from Park Place to the historic Nelle Peters building in Midtown gave them the space to bring in certified massage therapists, acupuncturists and facialists. Most discussed are Hand and Land’s beloved sauna happy hours every Thursday from 4-6 pm—saunas raise your core body temperature and claim to detoxify, promote better circulation (cold weather can cause inflamed blood vessels) and strengthen your immune system for the changing season.

Relax with a massage at The Spa at Briarcliff

The Spa at Briarcliff (4133 N. Mulberry Drive, KCMO) is managed by esthetician Amanda Schaub. The menu runs the gamut from body treatments to facials to nail services to spray tanning to a no-holds-barred full-day spa experience. Winter living translates to couch living, and those stiff muscles of yours could use a massage. The experience at Briarcliff is pure luxury—they even have European-style baths.

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