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Viva Day Spa -The new Round Rock location

Address: 603 S Mays St, Round Rock, TX 78664

Feel like you stepped back in time in the vintage-looking home that houses the new outpost of  Viva Day Spa. This is the fourth location for sisters Maya Aroch and Laurie Aroch, along with their best friend Shannon Mouser, who opened the first Viva Day Spa in Austin in 2005. Feel like time has stopped as you indulge in a massage, get a facial or select something from their curated menu of non-invasive medical spa services.

QMS Medicosmetics Facial at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Spa

Address: 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

First, don’t sleep on the venue – unless you want to make it a staycation of it and sleep there.  Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is tucked away down a gorgeous scenic road immersed in nature. It’s a hospital retreat with a variety of restaurants and 18 beautiful treatment rooms for massages, facials, and body treatments, as well as men’s and women’s relaxation rooms, saunas, and steam rooms. There’s also a heated outdoor pool and hot tub area available to people who book spa services.

And, the spa’s QMS Collagen Top to Toe Facial is alone worth a visit. The 120-minute treatment runs $420  weekdays and $450 Friday-Sunday, but your face will thank you. The customized luxe facial & body treatment includes -deep pore cleansing followed by double facial exfoliation with stimulating AHA actives & brightening enzymes, Signature QMS Native Collagen, wellness masks which hydrate & firm the skin, bespoke massage techniques, active body foam exfoliation & choice of body serum- hydrating-firming, cooling, or warming-cellulite. It’s finished with collagen firming body lotion.

QMS Medicosmetics is a German skincare brand and an international icon of medical-grade luxury cosmetics. Born out of a surgeon's need to heal burned skin, QMS harnesses the innovation and technology of clinically proven, high-performance skincare with 97% skin-identical collagens. Since launching into the US market in 2021, QMS has been a favorite in luxury spas but you can also purchase the products online for an at-home beauty routine.

The Spa at The Four Seasons

Address: 98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

You don’t have to stay at the hotel to indulge in the glorious Four Seasons Spa. Centrally located with on-site parking and valet, The Four Seasons is a great escape for travelers and locals alike. Book a spa treatment and you’re also privy to using their gym, which offers a scenic nature view from the cardio equipment. You can also lie back in the Relaxation Room and breathe in the therapeutic benefits of the Himalayan salt wall and spend time in the sauna and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms before or after your treatment. Some signature favorites, which utilize many ingredients local to Austin, are the Herbal Apothecary Allergy Relief Massage, the HydraFacial and the Four Seasons Sensory Experience, an innovative mix of aromatherapy, acupressure, acu-flex and energy balancing Chakra techniques.  They also offer seasonal treatments that embrace the spirit of the current season and wellness offerings such as Sound Healing (including sessions led by ATX Yoga Girl), yoga and more. Check out the Spa section of their website to keep up on upcoming events:

The NOW Massage

Address: 1500 S Lamar, #140, Austin, TX 78704

If you’re looking for a massage experience without the trappings that could lead you to spend an entire blissful day in the spa, The Now is ‘a chic minimalist oasis,’ that’s perfect for a day you want a massage but are potentially short on time. A sampling of their massage offerings include a Signature Swedish, The Healer and more sports-massage inspired The Stretch as well as cupping, herbal heat therapy, a scalp massage with organic coconut oil and Gua Sha, a traditional Chinese medicine technique targeting areas with smooth rose quartz tools.

"It's based on science, not miracles," - Esthetician and global educator, Rowan Hall-Farrise on the QMS Medicosmetics Facial.

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