Melt the stress away with a relaxing holiday spa experience

Shopping, cooking and planning for the holidays can be stressful, and with the cold winter wind whipping your skin, health and beauty for the holidays is sometimes difficult to manage.


By Emily Selby // Photography by Kathryn Ingall & Erin Gray Cantrell

However, local spas and salons in Cherokee have the solution with special holiday treatments to relax your mind and revitalize your skin.


pp04Tucked in a cozy historic home off East Main Street in downtown Canton, Practically Perfect is offering a special pumpkin facial that will re-texture and clean your skin.

For $75, the hour-long pumpkin facial treatment includes a cleansing and steaming treatment to open pores, an exfoliating treatment and a pumpkin mask using PCA skin products.

While your mask sets, you will be treated to an arm and hand massage and once the mask is removed, a nutrient toner containing pumpkin is applied that esthetician Madi Ostrica said smells “like Thanksgiving.”

“Pumpkin is good for retexturing skin and for cleaning acne,” she said, “but it is also good for everyone.”

A moisturizer is also applied and an extraction treatment, to clean pores and remove blackheads and pimples, is also included in the facial.

“A spa day is a great escape from the stresses of the holidays,” said owner Lisa Furilla.

“Our skin tends to dry out during the winter due to excessive heating in our homes, so a pp03hydrating facial is a fantastic way to help add moisture back into the skin.”

The spa will also offer a special discount for the holidays, with 10 percent off the purchase of any three or more services including a manicure, pedicure, haircut, all-over color, 60 minute massage and pumpkin facial.

Practically Perfect is at 361 E. Main St. in Canton. To book an appointment, call (770) 704-5614.


If you’re preparing for a holiday party this season, or a just searching for a new look, Merle Norman Cosmetics on Riverstone Parkway in Canton has the latest holiday makeup fashions.

“We’re going to have amazing colors for the winter color collection,” said owner Nancy Hermele. “It’s going to be about mixing the different metal colors for the holidays as well as having the pinks and the plums.”

Hermele said the colors seen on the fashion runways in Europe are transferred over into mn02makeup, and the store will offer two Merle Norman eye-color compacts called Cozy Nudes and Modern Exposure featuring four colors.

Also for the holidays will be a Merle Norman “Kiss & Hug” lip gloss in three colors, Intriguing, Red Velvet and Pampered.

“It’s a lipstick but it has a real shine like a lip gloss and it stays on,” said Hermele. “The red velvet is just to die for.”

A Merle Norman contour and highlight duo compact, along with the “Bombshell” cheek color and three new soft touch eye pencils will also be released for the holidays, and Hermele said the products, which range in price from $18 to $40, are limited editions for the season and available while supplies last.

With the purchase of two or more Merle Norman cosmetics, customers will receive a freemnaccent01 gift of purchase featuring a dual action concealer, anti-aging complex eye cream, fat lash mascara and a lip polish, with a retail value of $46.50.

Hermele said the holidays is a great time to come in for a makeover, whether it is for a gift or for yourself.

“You get specialized customer service that you don’t get in a department store,” she said. “I love what I do and I love making women feel happy about themselves.”

Merle Norman Cosmetics is at 1353 Riverstone Pkwy., Suite 105 in Canton.


Right off of Main Street in downtown Woodstock, A New You is gearing up for the holidays with a special Spice Cider facial.

facial_3rgbInfused with nutmeg, cinnamon and apples, the facial is soothing, neutralizes damage and hydrates skin damaged by the cold winter weather.

“The facial has antioxidants and will exfoliate, hydrate and firm the skin,” said esthetician Nicole Young. “It can also be personalized for people with sensitive skin or for those who want a more intense facial.”

Young explained that a peel containing lactic acid can also be applied for those wishing to brighten their skin for the holidays.

With holiday lights and the scent of cinnamon in the air in the room, the facial, which lasts an hour, includes a cleansing, exfoliation, mask and face, neck, arm and shoulder massage along with a complimentary skin analysis.

“We can assess the skin and recommend products,” said Young. “Many people purchase products that don’t work for them that can often cause more challenges. We can provide samples and help you find affordable products that work with your budget.”

The facial is priced at $99, but can vary with customization.

Hallie Pearman, the business development manager at A New You, said that with all the stresses the holidays can bring, the Spice Cider facial is perfect for this time of year.

“We can provide an atmosphere to escape,” she said. “The Spice Cider smells great and it gets you in a positive mood for the holidays.”

A New You is at 145 Towne Lake Pkwy., Suite 101 in Woodstock.


Salon and Spa Venessa is also offering special holiday packages called Be Merry and Be Bright.

The Be Merry package includes a full body exfoliation along with a refresh manicure and pedicure for $150. Be Merry includes a 60-minute massage and facial and a gel manicure for $200. Custom gifts can also be purchased.

The special packages can be purchased as a gift or for yourself. If purchased for yourself, the services can be redeemed through the end of the year and if purchased as a gift card, the package is good through February, according to owner Venessa Lanier.

“A lot of our regular spa going guests purchase those packages for themselves to enjoy during the rush of the holiday season,” she said.

“It’s a really nice way for guests to receive a bit of relaxation during a normally hectic time of the year.”

Spa and Salon Venessa is an Aveda salon and is at 8516 Main St. in Woodstock.

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