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Seven Deadly Seasonal Sins: How to Pamper Yourself Back to Perfection

| Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011

"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty."

-- Coco Chanel

If overindulgence in the Christmas spirit has left you with a body full of unwanted party favors, fear not. The journey back to perfection begins with one single step into the nearest day spa.

#1: Thou Shalt Waist Not

Guilty pleasures can come back to haunt you when it comes time to squeeze into that new Little Black Dress for New Year's Eve. Thankfully, Izzazu Salon & Spa offers the Peppermint Sea Twist , an aromatic body shaping treatment that uses fresh marine seaweed to nourish and hydrate the skin. "It's a beautiful treatment; it detoxifies the body, so, if anyone's struggling with a little bit of weight over the holidays, then it will help get you slimmed down. Peppermint will rejuvenate the mind, as well," commented skin therapist Christina Fundy.

Cost : $95 for 60 minutes; $125 for 90 minutes

Locations : 301 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, 412-325-160

100 Village Club Drive, Wexford, 724-933-0100

Thou Shalt Remember Thy Vitamin

Cocktailing your way through Christmas is fabulous, until you look in the mirror and wonder why your grandparent is staring right back at you. Luckily, the Woodlands Spa offers a hangover-free happy hour with the Vitamin Cocktail Facial. Infused with Vitamins A, B5, C and E, it's designed to repair and diminish free-radical damage, rejuvenate mature skin and improve firmness, tone and texture. It includes a specialized youthful-hand treatment.

Cost : $190 for 80 minutes

Location : 1001 Lafayette Drive, Farmington, 724-329-8555

#3: Thou Shalt Remember the Golden Rule

Diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but there's something to be said about the Midas touch. At ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare, the decadent Black 'n' Gold Super Facial begins with a nutrient-packed combo of Hungarian thermal mud, 100 percent Dead Sea mud, and Nano Silver, which acts as an antibacterial, antimicrobial agent. But the main attraction is the application of a pure, 24-karat gold mask that acts as an antiseptic and antioxidant while also helping to lift, firm and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and sun spots.

Cost : $279* for 115 minutes

* Mention the word "Fanfare" between today and Jan. 31, 2012, and pay only $249

Location : 17 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall, 412-782-3888

#4: Thou Shalt Perfect, Not Inject

Looking for something to fill in those fine lines but cringe at the thought of being a human voodoo doll• Studio Booth offers Bio Choice and Bio Matrix , noninvasive, needleless procedures that help diminish the appearance of wrinkles by firming and tightening the muscles. An alternative for traditional Botox and Restylane users, the hourlong procedure targets the neck and facial area with results that can last four to six months. "When you're done, your skin is beautiful. ... It's radiant," commented owner Ron Booth.

Cost : Six sessions for $1,750

Location :6343 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, 412-362-6684

#5: Thou Shalt Sweat It Out

All right, Sugar Plum, time to kick those remaining cookies to the curb. But just because you have to suffer to be beautiful doesn't mean there can't be a light at the end of your treadmill tunnel. Your climb (back) to the top begins at The Woodlands Spa with The Summit. After a Fitness Assessment and Food for Thought Consultation, a personal trainer will lead you through one hour of strength and cardio training. Sweating already• Don't fret -- your hard work will be rewarded with an hourlong Sports or Deep Tissue Massage.

Cost : $309 for the package (220 minutes, total)

Location :1001 Lafayette Drive, Farmington, 724-329-8555

#6: Thou Shalt Spa, Sir

There's nothing guaranteed to melt even the toughest macho faster than the warmth of a soothing, hot towel facial. Indulge your favorite guy with The Gentlemen's Result at The Sewickley Spa. It's a deep facial, neck and shoulder massage that also exfoliates layers of dry, dead cells. A selection of customized products will be used to achieve the ultimate results. "We make it extra-special for the guys. It's very relaxing and very popular," offered spa director Jonelle Connelly.

Cost : $85 for 50 minutes

Locations : 337 Beaver St., Sewickley, 412-741-4240

112 N. Market St., Ligonier, 724-238-3878

#7: Thou Shalt Be Sweet as Honey

If you won't be sweet to yourself, who will• Izzazu Salon & Spa will indulge your senses with a Honey Body Polish, a combination of pure honey and crushed almonds that is massaged into the skin, helping to purify and slough off dead skin cells. "The skin smells wonderful for days because of the way the scrub absorbs into the tissue. ... It is heaven," mused commented skin therapist Christina Fundy.

Cost : $90 for 60 minutes

Locations : 301 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, 412-325-1600

100 Village Club Drive, Wexford, 724-933-0100

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