Top 5 Tips for Choosing a Day Spa

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A trip to a spa is the ultimate in pampering and relaxation. Whether you're there for a massage, a facial, a manicure or just some time in the sauna, the spa's staff works hard to make sure you leave feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.

In decades past, a trip to a spa was like a mini-vacation. Spas were more like resorts because you'd stay for a few days, and their expense meant they were luxuries most often reserved for the rich and famous. These types of spas, called destination spas or resort spas, still exist (and you don't necessarily have to be a millionaire to visit one), but there's another type of spa available now -- the day spa.

A day spa may have most of the treatments and facilities available at a larger resort spa, but you only go there for as long as the treatment takes, typically an hour or two. Since you're not spending the night, a day spa is quite a bit cheaper than a resort spa.

How do you know if a particular day spa is the right place for you? Here are five tips for making sure your day at the spa is safe, sanitary and utterly relaxing.