Best On-the-Go-Facial

Treatment we had: Tranquil Tuesday 30-minute facial, $49.

What we loved: Unlike at some gym spas, the Spa at Mint feels a world away from the whirring of treadmills and the clang of dumbbells in the adjoining workout area. Bamboo plants, flickering candles, sage-green walls, and abstract art give the space a modern Asian feel.

What you should know: Every Tuesday, the spa offers 30-minute facials and massages for $49. Aesthetician Shirin Rahmataolhi gently cleansed, exfoliated, and rehydrated my skin. After applying each product, she wrapped my face with a warm mint-scented towel, and had time to rub my shoulders, upper back, hands, and arms. Although there wasn’t enough time for extractions, I left feeling relaxed, my skin plump and tingling.

Bottom line: Because this on-the-go facial forgoes extractions, the treatment didn’t irritate my skin. If you live or work near Adams Morgan, the spa’s Tranquil Tuesdays are great for a quick pampering.

The Spa at Mint, 1724 California St., NW; 202-328-6468;

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