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If there’s one thing every mom needs, it’s some pampering! These NJ spa and salon destinations are just the thing.
10 Riverside Square Mall, Hackensack
1100 NJ-17 N., Ramsey
This spot’s been voted the best in Bergen for 11 years running, and with good reason. Not only do they offer the basics, but also BOTOX, dermal fillers, customized facial peels (this new feature allows a pro esthetician to treat according to your skin’s specific needs), eyelash extensions and microblading. The ultimate ladies’ day out? Make an appointment with your squad for Girls Time Away, a spa package that includes a steam, warm stone therapy massage, a renewal facial, hibiscus flower acid peel, Vitamin C mask, a mani/pedi and a meal in the Tranquility Room.
660 River Rd., Edgewater
This Instaworthy Bergen County spot is a mod reimagined Korean bathhouse with views of the Hudson and internationally-influenced treatments. A visit to Sojo isn’t complete without a dip in the rooftop infinity pool, open year-round and more than 100 feet above the street. Take in Manhattan views there, then visit other highlights like the hydrotherapy pool and restorative hinoki, carbon-rich and silk baths. Break a sweat in one of the saunas, give ganbanyoku a try (Japanese hot stone therapy), watch a movie or read a book in the relaxation lounge, treat your skin to a Korean body scrub or hit up the dining area on the sixth floor that has everything from brick oven pizza to bulgogi.
218 High St., Burlington
If your hair is dying for an upgrade, this is the place to get it. Relax, condition, color, weave or twist your locks at the salon, or hit the spa for max relaxation. Mud wraps and sea salt glows are go-tos, as well as reflexology and aroma massages. Give your face some quality time with a brightening facial, or get a lesson in makeup artistry from a pro.
620 Collings Ave., Collingswood
This spot offers up beauty at a bargain, some of which is harder to come by. Get a full European facial with a warm mask of pure paraffin ($75), myofascial release therapy that eases spasms and knots in the lower back and hips ($75), Reiki, a Japanese form of energy healing ($40-75) and the Raindrop Technique massage, a therapy that uses reflexology, massage, moist heat and aromatherapy with essential oils on the spine ($95). Need some weekend time with your friends? Score a mini massage, hand facial and a tarot or aura reading for just $40 each at a Spa Night Out.
Cape May County
200 Congress Pl., Cape May
Does it get more relaxing than the ocean? This spot uses Thalgo spa treatments and products, all derived from seaweed, algae and other sea elements. Your spa day will feel like a week on the beach with menu items like the Polynesia Spa Ritual (sand scrubs and oils inspired by four Pacific islands), the Beachcomber (especially for fatigued legs and feet), the Ocean Memory Ritual (featuring a special self-heating algae mousse and a wave-like massage) and the Sea Spa Facial (a custom treatment that also works the eyes, lips, hands and scalp). You can also schedule acid peels, full-body sea salt exfoliation and specialty massages like Reiki and Lomi Lomi.
23 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair
Bangz is an award-winning spot located in a stunningly renovated old church. While this is a prime place to get a blowout or up-do, spa services are well worth the splurge. Get a spa package for the ultimate experience (the Head to Toe starts with a cranial scalp massage, then goes into a Swedish massage and ends with a foot reflexology treatment and a pedi). Want to really treat yourself? Go for a 24 kt. Gold facial, which uses real gold treatment, caviar and other luxurious ingredients to pamper you.
10 Brookside Ave., Caldwell
This spa specializes in clinical and therapeutic skin and body care, using science to back their treatments. Try microcurrent therapy to take years off your face with low-level electrical currents that stimulate collagen, elastin and ATP. You can also count on them for a top-tier therapeutic massage, including neuromuscular and hot stone. Give HDS Facial Gua Sha a shot, a traditional East Asian massage therapy (also known as coining, spooning or scraping) that involves a smooth scraping board being pressed and skimmed across the skin.
61 South Orange Ave., South Orange
Get high-end treatment experiences like a coconut mint sugar scrub therapy on your hands and feet, orange callus peels, a Thai herbal compress massage (great for lymph drainage) and a honey and beeswax back facial. Soak up spring with a seasonal soak, exfoliant and wrap with Seasonal Retreat (think cranberry, brown sugar apple, honey pumpkin and more), or get your brows, legs or lip in summer shape with an affordable wax.
38 Main St., Millburn
This spot’s got you covered from facials to reflexology. Freshen up with a hydra-lifting facial, which uses a special machine to hydrate and clean the skin simultaneously. If you love hot stone massage, upgrade to lava shells: their heat can last more than two hours without fading. Detox with a body wrap in mud from the Dead Sea to improve elasticity and shrink your pores. Allergies got you down? Sign up for a sinus relief massage to breathe easier and relieve congestion.
225 River St., Hoboken
Consider this place 5,900 square feet of glam. Hit the beauty boutique for an ultimate glow-up, treat your nails to a mani/pedi and soak up signature elements like R&B tracks and an iconic brownie buffet. Make your body shine with a lime and ginger salt glow, soak in a hot milk & almond pedi, keep it classic with a trademark blissage or defy aging with a rejuvenating alpha beta peel.
403 Monmouth St., Jersey City
Experience Moroccan-inspired skincare and health treatments, as well as pure skin products crafted from exotic herbs, algae and flowers. One-of-a-kind menu items include the Moroccan Cleansing Hydrating Ceremony, which tones, exfoliates and revitalizes, and ear candling, an old practice that uses a lit candle to draw wax from the inner ear. Zahara’s signature facial is Le Stress Relief, which includes everything from a foot bath in a therapeutic copper basin to aromatherapeutic oils. Waxes include a desensitizing and calming treatment, while The Rocks Joy massage uses hot volcanic stones to penetrate deep into stiff, achy muscles.
1465 Rte. 31 S., Annandale
Skin troubles, be gone! This spot is known for carrying ‘Eminence Organic skincare products, which have been handmade and cruelty-free for more than 50 years, and were voted Favorite Skin Care Line four years in a row. Go for a quick mini facial for 30 minutes, or go for a 90-minute revitalizing facial using cold laser therapy. Other offerings include massage (consult with a massage therapist to customize your treatment), aromatherapy, salt scrubs and waxing.
33 Main St., Clinton
Experience L’ANZA hair care products while you get a new color, blow out or up-do. Revitalize your look with Glow on the Go, a $69 30-minute facial that’ll give you a fresh glow. Firm your face with Refine Signature Lifting and Firming, which will improve the elasticity of your face and neck. This spot also offers massage therapy, a lip, eye and brow bar and ionithermie body treatment, an anti-cellulite detoxification process that was developed in France. Interested in botox or fillers? Visit with the staff otolaryngologist, who can consult and educate you about both before you move forward.
3 James St., Oldwick
Who knew an 1850 Victorian home could double as a cozy spa? Don’t let the environment fool you, though: the facial menu extends from glycolic acid exfoliation to anti-aging collagen treatments to clinical couture peels. While the Bamboo Fusion massage and Hungarian Salt Glow are solid options the Ultimate Indulgence is the perfect choice for stressed mamas: one hour of Swedish massage followed by a half-hour of foot reflexology. You can also get a chic French mani, stretch mark dermabrasion and body sugar hair removal (this is a gentler alternative to traditional waxing, as it uses lemon, sugar and water).
287 S. Main St., Lambertville
This 10,000-square-foot gem is perched along the Delaware River in the historic LaceWorks Factory Building. Zanya’s claim to fame is classic hairstyling, which it’s been recognized for regionally and nationally. Go for a color, cut, extensions, keratin or an evening do. Lash extensions can also upgrade your look, not to mention makeup sessions using carefully curated products (and Beauty 101 classes for women on the go!) Consider a sweat in the full spectrum infrared sauna, a fresh face from a LED facial, chemical peels, a Shiatsu massage or a body butter wrap, too.
301 North Harrison St., Ste. 5, Princeton
If you’re looking for something new, edgy or out of your comfort zone in the hair color department, look no further. A stylist will discuss your options with you, then hook you up with beautiful color in the area’s only natural light color studio. If you’re into holistic treatment, you’ll love the naturopathica facials made from natural therapies. Every service is followed by a custom-mixed tea made to improve your health and put you in a relaxed state. Herbology is another cornerstone of Metropolis, meaning therapeutic combos of herbal extracts, botanical oils, minerals, and more are used in skin and body care products.
345 Rte. 9, Manalapan
Work out all your kinks with a Swedish massage, clear your complexion with the Citrus-A-Peel facial, smooth things out with pulsed-light technology hair removal and brighten your pearly whites in as little as 15 minutes. Spa duets are also popular: Go for a couple’s massage or companion scrub with your partner. At the salon, think hair, makeup, airbrush, lashes and more.
1 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch
Head to this shoreside sanctuary for salon services, day packages or spa vacays alike. Unique massages include Warm Bamboo for stress and muscle pain, the Boardwalker for leg and foot relief via acupressure, and add-ons like aromatherapy and herbal soaks. The most popular facial, the Ocean Place Fire & Ice, will reduce lines and encourage cell renewal without any peeling or side effects. Kick winter dryness with a hydrating lavender and honey body wrap, mellow your mind with a pure bliss red poppy and hemp soaking bath, get your nails done and more.
Powder Mill Plaza, Rte. 10 E., 4 Gibraltar Dr., Morris Plains
This 26,000-square-foot spa has been mellowing moms out from head to toe since 1997, and serves over 2,200 clients weekly. From skin treatments to waxes to massages (there are nine to choose from!), tranquility awaits you here. Get your skin summer-ready with a body peel, sea salt glow treatment or body bronzing. If you’re dressing up instead of winding down, hit the boutique for some shopping, primp at hair salon or treat yourself to a next-level mani-pedi.
126 South St., Morristown
This 4,000-square-foot gem is in a home that was formerly a men’s club in the 1800s. The unique setting and spa menu offers itself to primo relaxation. Your hair can try a balayage for size, as well as Japanese straightening or keratin treatment. Give a new set of lashes a try, treat your digits to a lemongrass lavender hand treatment or a peppermint foot treatment, firm your peepers with collagen eye treatment and turn back time with an unwrinkling facial. Want to take a break from waxing? See if electrolysis does the trick.
82 Broadway, Denville
New Jersey Monthly calls this spot the Best Day Spa, but you be the judge. The contemporary, Asian-inspired decor will keep you chill no matter which service you receive. Renew your face with an oxygen cocoa facial, pucker up for a collagen lip treatment, spoil your whole bod with the Sedona Rose exfoliation, mud and massage, and take advantage of spa specials like Ashiatsu massage (therapist uses feet and an overhead bar to apply pressure to your body; through 5/31). Keep an eye on the spa’s event calendar, as the venue hosts psychic readings, chakra tune-ups, crystal healing sessions and more.
Reflections Spa & Salon, 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Elements Spa & Salon, 2 Chamonix Drive, Vernon
Talk about luxury. This location’s two spas have been ranked in the top 100 spas in the country, so you know you’re in for a much-deserved break here. At Elements Spa & Salon (top 30 in the US and #1 in NJ), wave goodbye to stress and toxins with the help of mineral-infused muds and cosmetics, a healing earth-inspired atmosphere and free perks like a rose petal foot soak and handmade granola. At Reflections Spa & Salon, you’ll be in awe of the 8,000 quartz crystal ceiling, water-surrounded corridors, and complementary features like a foot soak, steam shower, salt bath and, most importantly, pink champagne and chocolates.
740 South Ave. W., Westfield
Lift wrinkles, remineralize, firm and brighten your skin with transformational facials and skin treatments. Loosen up in a massage like the Aromatic Hot Towel Infusion, which uses towels steeped in aromatic oils on tight muscles. Treat yourself from head to toe in body treatments using espresso mud, seaweed serum or lemongrass body scrub. Additional services include nails, brows, waxes, spray tans and makeup. Keep an eye out for fun seasonal treatments (this month’s include a mojito pedicure, an avocado facial and a sweet citrus body scrub). Don’t leave without shopping the boutique for candles, makeup, jewelry and more.
1330 Springfield Ave., New Providence
Signature options include a firming algae mask, a Mediterranean sea salt mani/pedi and clinical peels like the Dr. BABOR Glow Booster. Get your back bathing suit-ready with an Eifel Fango German mud treatment, or get gussied up before date night at the blow dry bar (get 5 blowouts and get your sixth free). You can also try salt therapy, which can treat symptoms of asthma, eczema and emphysema. Round up your girlfriends for the Girls Night Out spa package: choose from a facial, massage or mani/pedi while going ham on wine and cheese.
420 Springfield Ave., Summit
If it’s your first visit here, you’ll want to consider some of Woodhouse’s signature (and award-winning) treatments. The Minkyti, a facial that hydrates and nourishes both instantly and deeply, uses organic seaweed and original massage to work its magic. Your hands can finally relax with the Signature Hand Retreat, which exfoliates from hand to elbow, while your feet indulge in a seaweed leaf pedicure and warm volcanic stone massage. If you need the works on your back, look no further than the four-handed massage: a choreographed, full-body treatment performed by two therapists that involves hypnotic scalp massage, reflexology and aromatic oils. The must-try for any overworked, overtired mom? A sleep treatment, designed to give you the rest you need.
This chain offers quality treatments at affordable rates. Go for an hour-long massage or facial for a starting cost of $59.95, or a hot stone massage for $69.95. Soothe your skin with a Himalayan salt treatment, ditch clogged pores and impurities with a detox facial, give LED skin phototherapy a shot (this uses UV-free wavelengths to boost collagen and kill bacteria) or go full-force and sign up for the Lifestyle Program, which scores you a one-hour massage or facial every month for an affordable price.
Shops at Creek Crossing, 1299 Rte. 38, Hainesport; 609-267-5600
Cedar Hill Shopping Center, 154 Rte. 73, Voorhees; 856-809-9410
Let a pro esthetician do the work of analyzing your skin and choosing which facial you need from options like an Ultra Detox Chemical Peel, a firming Vitamin C facial or the Eye Smoother, just for people with dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. Makeup and eyelash extensions (only Hainesport) are also available, not to mention A1 massages like a tranquil combo of aromatherapy, hot lava mud and reflexology. Want to try something new with your hair? Use the salon’s online Stylist Matchmaker to figure out which hairdresser would fit you best.