skincare products
FROM TOP: Privai Aqua Gel Masque ($32). The James Royal Palm. Thalgo Soft Hydrating Emulsion ($43). The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Phytomer Acti-Gene Contour Cellulite- Reducing Bi-Gel ($96.50). Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa

Kiss stressed-out skin good-bye: Miami’s natural ingredients are winning the battle against time and the elements. “In Miami, we need exfoliating and hydrating treatments more than ever,” says cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Oscar Hevia. “The compounds in algae and sea water help to protect our skin against sun damage.” Certain substances in algae attract moisture, improving the skin’s hydration while minimizing cellular damage. “Algae possess natural ingredients that you will find nowhere else.”

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa
At 70,000 square feet, the Wellness Spa at Canyon Ranch is the largest in Florida; however, it’s the treatments that keep the clients coming back. “The Hip and Thigh Treatment is very results-oriented for those wanting cellulite and fat reduction in trouble spots,” says Jenna Grelle Laramee, the spa and fitness director. The treatment relies on the detoxifying benefits of salt water and oceanic plant life, including seaweed, algae, and sea grape. “The varying levels of pressure during the massage stimulates fat tissue and circulation, while the seaweed extract breaks up fat so it can be eliminated from the body,” Laramee says. The final step is a choice of contouring creams to target cellulite or reshape. 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-7000

The James Royal Palm
“In Miami we have one of the most powerful elements at our door: the sea,” says Spa Director Laura Kain. The Organic Sea Flower Facial blends the clarifying benefits of hand-harvested organic sea kelp with essential oils to create an anti-aging formula that reduces hyper-pigmentation, balances the skin, and boosts radiance. “Seaweed and sea kelp work to restore imbalances and elasticity in the skin, so after the facial, you see a visible lightening and tightness in your neck and face, which will last for a minimum of two to three days,” Kain says. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-276-0291

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
The eco-friendly spa favors a holistic approach, including a range of botanical and stress-relieving salt bath soaks. “The Deluxe SoBe Soak is a customized hydrotherapy tub treatment done with our marine-based Thalgo line,” says William Arango, the spa’s director. After exfoliation, you receive a warm bath of algae and marine bath pebbles blended with aromatherapy oils. The algae eliminates impurities without stripping the skin of healthy oils. To seal in moisture, the body is massaged with Crème Memoire Oceane. “Clients will not only feel the difference in their muscles, but the skin appears soft and smooth.” 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786-276-4090

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