Now is the time to treat yourself. Stress and anxiety levels are higher than ever, so don’t forget about self-care. A lot of the Dupont area spas and salons are now open (with safety restrictions), so it’s the perfect time to relax and recharge.

Varnish Lane

Varnish Lane is hands down (pun intended) the best nail salon in DC. They have multiple locations around the DMW, but their West End location (1201 24th St NW) is less than a 20 minute walk from The Hepburn residences. Talk about relaxing. Every time I step in to the salon, I feel less stressed. The ambiance is very serene and calming and you can always be sure your nails will look perfect.

Silver Mirror Facial Bar

Before quarantining, I was a frequent guest of the Silver Mirror Facial Bar. The offer many different types of facials based off your skin’s needs and the even offer a few add-ons if you want to focus on your eyes or neck or lips. The prices are very reasonable and even more reasonable if you join their membership program in which you can get monthly facials at a major discount. And just because there’s a discount on price, doesn’t mean you’re getting less of a service. It’s always been a pleasant experience (but pro-tip – ask for the service without the steam).

Take Care

Take Care is not necessarily in Dupont, but it’s a quick Uber or even walk into Georgetown. I was lucky enough to receive a free mini-facial from Take Care and I can’t tell how relaxed I felt even though it was a shorter amount of time than their normal facials. It was heavenly and well worth the short drive. Ask for Regina – I can almost guarantee you’ll be asleep within 10 minutes.

Photos from Varnish Lane, Washingtonian, and Take Care

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