Spa gives gamblers a place to get away from it all

September 3, 2018 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — Desert life can be rough on skin and, after a long summer of hot days, finding a regimen to renew moisture can be a challenge.

Luckily, a local spa offers a variety of body treatments to replenish the skin with the nutrients that dry desert air and sun exposure suck from the body.

Brittany Laughlin opened Jean Jeffrey Salon and Day Spa inside the Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino in February. The day spa is Laughlin’s second location, as she has been operating a salon of the same name in Bullhead City since 2014.

“Don (Laughlin) had just asked me if I would be interested in coming over here (the Riverside) because it was in dire need of remodeling, and he knew how successful our salon in Bullhead was,” Laughlin said. “And absolutely, I jumped at the opportunity.”

Laughlin designed the new location herself, with every wall hanging, marble countertop and chandelier reflecting the sleek and luxurious services they provide.

Laughlin is adamant about using organic products that not only make the skin look and feel rejuvenated; many are vegan, organic, and free of sulfates and parabens to ensure they are a healthy option for clients, she said.

Farmhouse Fresh is the skincare line Jean Jeffrey employees use for body treatments.

Made in the United States, the line is based around food and drinks, using many fruits, vegetables and milk in its products, with the tagline “deliciously grown skincare.”

One of the popular treatments at Jean Jeffrey is the Triple Shot Caramel Coffee Body Polish. Esthetician Kasey Huseman starts the treatment by squirting warm water over the skin, followed by the Farmhouse Fresh coffee scrub, which consists of shea butter and unroasted Arabica bean extract.

“The water warms and softens the skin allowing the scrub to glide over the body,” Huseman said.

She starts with the upper body, exfoliating the skin from neck to feet. Huseman explained that the soft scrub soothes dehydrated skin cells while increasing microcirculation, to tighten the skin. The treatment fights wrinkles and “improves elasticity through deep penetration of vitamin E.” The scrub is not abrasive, so Jean Jeffrey recommends the treatment for those with sensitive skin.

After Huseman finishes applying the scrub, the guest rinses off in the adjoining shower room. Huseman finishes the session by rubbing Babor Cashmere Woods body oil over the skin to lock in the hydration, leaving guests with skin as soft and smooth as ever.

The Triple Shot Body Polish is just one of five treatments on the menu at Jean Jeffrey to help with dry skin, anti-aging and various other skin concerns.

The most popular body treatment is the Honey Lavender Salt Scrub. With raw honey, natural sea salts and rice-bran oil, this treatment nourishes the skin for a renewed texture and elasticity, Huseman said.

The Liquor Infused Butter Rum Sugar Scrub sounds like a treat as well. Brown sugar, butterscotch and dark rum “intoxicate your senses” as it exfoliates dead skin cells and replenishes skin’s moisture.

There also is a Firming and Toning Mud Wrap and a Toning Cactus Wrap to revitalize dehydrated skin and give it a healthy glow.

Aside from body treatments, Jean Jeffrey services include regular massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, hair services, waxing and more.

The spa is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and is on the second floor of the Riverside, past the bingo hall.