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Luxe Spa OleHenriksen's Pro Tips for Post-Vacation Relaxation

Image via OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa
Image via OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa

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Whether you're jetting off to a tropical paradise or staycationing in SoCal's many stylish spots, one thing is clear: all that traveling can be truly tiresome. After discovering one star stylist's post-flight DIY relaxation routines, we asked the pampering pros at celeb-faved Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa in West Hollywood to share their tried-and-true tips and treatments to help globetrotters and road trippers feel shiny and new.

Ready to relax? Click on the jump for more.

Keep your epidermis hydrated. Staying moisturized before and after your trip is the key to keeping your skin in top-notch shape, especially if you plan on traveling through different climates. "The Rejuvenate Treatment is a great solution for both pre- and post-travel," the salon tell us. "Not only will the skin be loaded with powerful antioxidants, this hydration quenching treatment offers immediate results that dramatically lift & tone."

Can't make it to the spa before a big trip? OleHenriksen aestheticians suggest increasing weekly exfoliation (try the Walnut Complexion Scrub, $16) by added two to three additional "scrub-ins" the two weeks leading up to the travel, coupled with a heavy moisture cream—the Truth crème ($45) is a cult fave!—before hitting the haystack.

The wet room. Image via OleHenriksen Face/Body Salon

Get detoxed post-getaway. Frequent flyer miles aren't the only things we accumulate on vacays. In addition to logging serious mileage, our bodies also soak up toxins like dirt, car smog and air pollution (that's a regular day in LA, right?) when we're on-the-go. In addition to removing toxin build-up thanks to a series of scrubs and wraps, the salon's Detoxifying Spa Ritual also helps Angelenos return to the swing of things from vacation mode.

"Beginning with a massage to stimulate the detoxification process (not to mention relaxes tense muscles from hours of air or car travel), the ritual then moves into a sea salt scrub and followed by a seaweed wrap," salon aestheticians explain to us. "The whole process is just dreamy!"

To get the mini version of the treatment at home, rub the Rub 'n' Buff Sea Salt Scrub ($48) all over the body in upward circular motions to remove dry skin and topical toxins before you hit the shower. Rinse off completely with warm water using the Clarifying Body Wash ($24). Following the shower, soak yourself in the Lavender Body Oil—and don't forget to give yourself the whole experience with scented candles and dimmed lights.

Okay, so who else besides is ready for some R&R—vacation or not? See OleHenriksen spa's menu of services and book your appointment here.
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Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa

8622A W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069