Health + Fitness

The Beauty Politic: Where to Put Your Best Face Forward in D.C.

Locals know the best spas in D.C. for making a good impression. (Photo: Getty Images)

On Capitol Hill and all over town, impressions are key to success. With fundraisers, correspondents’ dinners and other swanky affairs filling up calendars in the nation’s capital, locals turn to D.C.’s first-class spas to put their best face forward. If you’re in town for business or play, take some time to make yourself powerfully pretty at one of these elite beauty boutiques.

Focus on Your Face

You can try a vinotherapie treatment based on extracts of grapevine and fruits at Caudalie Boutique and Spa, in tony CityCenter located at 953 Palmer Alley, NW, near Metro Center. You’ll be treated to some of the compounds that help grapevines live 100-plus years by fighting cell degeneration and stress. Try the 50-minute VinoLift Instant Lift Facial: it uses micro-current to tone muscles and LED light therapy to stimulate cell regeneration. The finishing oxygen infusion transfers resveratrol and other brand serums to encourage plump, dewy skin that’s worth toasting with glass of good vino. Wine and pampering make a powerful combination, making Caudalie one of the most noteworthy spas in D.C.

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Navigating the Body’s Politics

If you’re thinking of going smooth all over, the folks at Bliss Spa on 15th Street, NW, can help banish wax-induced anxiety. Their signature, aromatherapeutic Poetic Wax, pulls hair, not skin – some reviewers declare it the least painful way to get smooth. Service is 100 percent professional and confidential — and you get full access to their Vichy showers and famous Bliss brownie bar afterward. Lest the guys feel neglected, a full line of He-Wax services gives gentleman clients the same hip treatment.

Once you’ve gotten up the pluck, check out award-winning eyebrow design service at Karma Beauty Lounge by Erwin Gomez in West End. Beauty gurus Gomez and Adrian Avila have arched the brows of influential folks in D.C. from Capitol Hill heavyweights Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Andrea Mitchell to celebs Eva Longoria and Jennifer Hudson. They’ll give you the glam treatment too; using Lycon precision waxing and tinting to make brows appear fuller and bolder. If you are ready to throw out the mascara, ask for Karma’s Xtreme Eyelash extensions, applied individually to existing lashes for a gorgeous gaze.

Nail It

If you can spare an extra five minutes beyond your lunch hour or between meetings, try a delicious-sounding pedicure at Andre Chreky the Salon Spa, 1604 K Street, NW, (check their blog for specials). Choose a pedicure based on fruits and teas, from pomegranate-fig for sun damage to milk-and-honey for softening. Finish with new polish – or just a nail buffing, if color will give away that extended lunch hour. But hey — keeping up appearances with a visit to a D.C. spa is a true insider move.