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After rinsing out your shampoo, add 1 or 2 drops of peppermint oil to a dollop of conditioner. Coat your hair. Massage your scalp with your fingertips, making small circular motions -- start at the hairline, move toward the crown, cover both the right and left sides of your head, and finish at the neckline. Rinse with lukewarm water (the peppermint oil makes the temperature feel colder).
Inspired by the Scalp Craze, a 25-minute poolside head massage, $75, at Moorea Beach Club Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas2. Soothing Body Wrap What You'll Need
Combine 1/4 cup shredded cucumber, 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves, 1/2 cup aloe, 5 drops lavender essential oil, and 3 drops chamomile essential oil in a blender and puree. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then spread on hot spots like your feet, neck, and legs. Cover skin with plastic wrap to help the hydrating mask soak in, relax for 15 minutes, then rinse.
Based on the cocoon-like Arizona Aloe Wrap, 50 minutes, $110, at the Miraval Resort Spa in Catalina, Arizona3. Invigorating Pedicure What You'll Need
Soak feet for 10 minutes in a basin filled with lukewarm water. Use a handful of salt scrub and 2 drops of spearmint oil to exfoliate feet and lower legs; rinse. Place stones in a bowl of ice for a few minutes, then gently massage your feet and lower legs with them. Add 1 or 2 drops of spearmint oil to lotion and rub over feet and legs. Wipe oil from toenails with a cotton ball soaked with nail-polish remover, file, gently push back cuticles, and paint nails.
Similar to the Reviving Pedicure, 65 minutes, $125, at the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami4. Refreshing Facial What You'll Need
Cleanse skin with face wash and cool water. Soak a cotton pad in chilled green tea, then gently pat onto skin. Gently apply pressure to facial acupressure points with fingertips -- eyebrows, inner corners of your eyes, below the lower lip, and under each cheekbone. Mix 1 cup aloe, 1/4 cup yogurt, and a few drops of honey in a bowl, then apply the mask with your fingers. Place two slices of chilled cucumber over your eyes; relax for 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
Adapted from the Soothing Cold Stone Facial, 50 minutes, $150, at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, San Juan in San Juan, Puerto Rico
These icy treats are guaranteed to perk you up even on the doggiest dog days.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July 2007.