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Teen-only spas and spa treatments

Sherri Kuhn writes about raising teenagers, the perils of a clean home, wistfulness over babies, and anything else that makes her laugh (or cry) in the years between changing diapers and wearing them. With a son just starting college and...

Teens take pampering to a new level

Who loves a spa day? Apparently it isn't only moms who love the pampering and relaxation of the spa — teens love it, too. But teens are no longer just visitors at the adult spa; they are also finding their own spaces at teen-only spas with services just for them. From spa treatments specially formulated for teen skin to manicures and even frozen yogurt, the spa is the place to be for teens.

While going to the spa used to seem like something only women would be interested in, teens are now turning up at spas all over the country, interested in services of their own. While some spas have embraced the idea — some even have a separate area for the teens to relax — many spas are following suit and at least providing a menu for teen-specific services. I was invited by Disney to enjoy the spa amenities at the Aulani Resort & Spa with my teenage daughter. She quickly became a fan of all things spa-for-teens, so we researched other places where teens can enjoy a spa experience. Here are a few favorites we found.

Grand Geneva Resort and Spa

One of the most beautiful vacation destinations in Wisconsin, the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa has been a family favorite for many since the 1960s. In addition to golf, horseback riding, tennis and swimming pools, the Grand Geneva has a luxurious spa that has a whole menu of pampering for teens only. The You Are My Sunshine Facial includes a gentle mask and relaxing facial massage, and is perfect for teens learning how to care for their skin. Or start your Sealed With a Kiss session with sparkling grape juice, then move on to a manicure and pedicure that includes a foot soak in a chocolate aroma scrub. Or go big for the It's All About Me Spa Teen Package, which includes a massage, customized facial and makeup application.

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Painted Sky teen spa at Aulani Resort

If your family is planning a vacation to Disney's Aulani Resort, then your teens won't want to miss their incredible teen spa. One of the most popular amenities at the resort is the Painted Sky spa for teens, which features everything from skin treatments especially for teens to manicures, computer stations, a mix-your-own body scrub center and a frozen yogurt bar. According to Lucia Rodriquez, spa director, the oxygen facial is one of the most popular treatments they offer — and it's not just for girls. "It's not a girly thing anymore," she shares. "We teach them [the boys] how to take care of their skin. Once you can get them into a routine, their skin is going to look really good." The Painted Sky is also the after-hours gathering place for teens who are vacationing at Aulani, with fun social activities from yoga to hula lessons.

Spa Ojai at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

Looking for a luxurious getaway, maybe just the girls? Nestled among the Topatopa mountains in Southern California, the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa is an incredible place to visit to reclaim your energy and find a calm place inside. What teen wouldn't love a mother-daughter getaway to this serene place? Spa Ojai has a special spa menu for teen clients, including the Young Adult Facial, which includes advice for skin care during the teen years. In addition to manicures and pedicures, teens can also get a makeup lesson to help them polish their young adult "look."

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Chill Spa on the Disney Cruise Lines ship Disney Dream

Sounds like a great place to chill! If you're planning on a Disney Cruise for your family vacation, your teens will love the Chill Spa for teens on the ship Disney Dream. Chill Spa is designed exclusively for the teen crowd and offers a wide selection of spa treatments created just for them. From manicures and pedicures to massages and facials, Chill Spa has everything chill for teens who need some time to relax and be pampered while on board. The Acne Attack Facial uses oxygen and deep cleaning to help teens chase away blemishes and problem skin; or try the Hot Chocolate Wrap, which includes a massage and a body wrap with antioxidants for a truly indulgent treat. The Surfer's Scrub exfoliating treatment leaves skin refreshed and glowing, with the scent of fresh lime, lemon and ginger. Chill Spa might be your teen's favorite spot on the whole ship.

Hibiscus Day Spa

Located in Brooklyn, New York, the Hibiscus Day Spa not only offers an entire menu of spa services for adults, but they also have a teen spa lounge where teens can get their own version of pampering. In addition to teen facials and manicures and pedicures, the Mother and Daughter Teen-RETREAT Package is a lovely way for moms and daughters to spend a day of pampering together. And what about a time just for teens? The Friends Always and Forever package is perfect for a group of teens to celebrate a fabulous spa day together. Special times like prom, birthdays or graduation day can be so much fun for teens to spend together, and spa staff works hard to make it special. This package includes a facial, manicure, pedicure and makeup applications — and three hours of pampering and fun.

Think your teen would like to try some teen-specific spa services? Check out one of these amazing spas, or contact your local spa to see what they have to offer the teen crowd.

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