K Spa

Treatment we had: The Moroccan, $160.

What we loved: I wasn’t expecting great things from a spa located in the same shopping center as a Kmart, but one of the signature treatments—the Moroccan, a body-scrub/facial combo—sounded ideal for my winter skin.

It’s billed as being ideal for friends or couples, done in a room said to be big enough for two. But I found the room pretty small—because I’d booked the treatment just for me, a curtain closed off the other half of the room. The room was painted with murals that were a tad cheesy.

Still, the bed was clean and warm, and my therapist, Kimberly Brunson, immediately put me at ease as we discussed the best places to bargain-shop in the area. She began by cleansing my body with black soap, followed by a hot-oil scrub, which felt like a relaxing back scratch. The best part of the treatment was a facial with a pumpkin-scented mask. For days afterward, my skin glowed.

What you should know: This spa is nothing to look at—the decor is a bit cheesy and outdated, and the rooms are often cramped.

Bottom line: If you live nearby and would like a facial, ask for the owner, Kimberly, a knowledgeable aesthetician. But don’t expect a posh place, and we wouldn’t recommend a special trip.

K Spa, 7295 Commerce St., Springfield; 703-644-9525; k-spa.com.

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