Spa Getaways vs. At-Home Treatments

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June 4, 2009 12:00 AM
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SPLURGE: $165, CREAM OF THE CROP FACIAL, 29 Spa at The Mansion on Peachtree, Atlanta, rwmansiononpeachtree.com.
The ultimate dry-skin remedy, this 80-minute treatment uses, yes, hand-harvested grape seeds to exfoliate and a creamy, antioxidant-infused mask to seal in moisture.

AT-HOME STEAL: $100, 29 Spa Grape Seed Age Protecting bath tea bags, $32; 29 Spa Preserves Cream Cleanser, $68
Antiage at home by massaging in this grape-seed-extract cleanser like a mask and soaking in a tannin-rich bath.
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SPLURGE: $250 GOOD LUCK RITUAL, Encore Spa, Las Vegas, encorelasvegas.com.
Skip the slots for a head-to-toe feng-shui scrub-down and massage at Encore, the Wynn's new sister resort. This treatment is designed to make you extra lucky when the time does come to place your bets.

AT-HOME STEAL: $70 Naturopathica Bamboo Lemongrass Body Scrub, $42; Naturopathica Verbena Hand Softener, $28
For a fresh start, massage these citrusy smoothers onto fingers.
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SPLURGE: $315, DIAMOND MAGNETIC BODY EXPERIENCE, Joya Spa at InterContinental Montelucia, Scottsdale, AZ, joyaspa.com.
Get pampered like a Moroccan princess at this hammam-style spa. For a decadent detox, try the diamond-dust-based body treatment that uses a magnet to remove pollution from your pores.

AT-HOME STEAL: $35, Layla & Qays Golden Alchemy Organic Sugar Scrub
The diamond and sapphire essences in this decadent exfoliant will make your skin feel like a million bucks.
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SPLURGE: $95, VINOTHERAPIE SPA PEDICURE, Caudalíe Vinothérapie Spa at The Plaza Hotel, New York City, caudalie-usa.com.
Indulge your inner Eloise at this wine-lovers' oasis, high above the concrete jungle. Fresh grapes are massaged onto feet to soften rough heels and cuticles in this NYC-exclusive treatment.

AT-HOME STEAL: $35, Caudalíe Crushed Cabernet Scrub
Antioxidant-heavy grapes and moisture-rich honey make up this brightening body scrub.
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SPLURGE: $95, THE MUDSLIDE, Spa Solage, Calistoga, CA, solagecalistoga.com.
Detox with a full-body mud mask at this eco-chic spa. Each California-volcanic-ash-based mud mask is custom-blended to purify and nourish skin. After rinsing, soak away stress with a local geothermal springwater bath.

AT-HOME STEAL: $20, Spa Solage mud
The perfect base for your own mask (just mix with water), this clay powder deep cleans without overdrying.
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SPLURGE: $380, THE MASTERPIECE, The Spa at Icon Brickell in the Viceroy, Miami, viceroymiami.com.
Undo years of UV damage with the DNA-repairing facial and body scrub at this Alice in Wonderland-like indoor water lounge that overlooks the sunbaked skyline of South Beach.

AT-HOME STEAL: $65, Thermes Marins Saint-Malo Skin-Drink Body Cream
Enriched with shea butter and seaweed, this firming cream preps skin for skimpy sundresses.