Spa treatments for teens and tweens

Spa treatments for kids - once unheard of - have become increasingly popular. Frivolous, sure. Expensive, definitely. Can you do it yourself? You bet.

A recent Cranky Consumer story (subscription required) in The Wall Street Journal describes the increasing "kiddie" market for spa services. Andrea Petersen and Miriam Jordan tried five different spas from L.A. to Scotrun, PA where their "young testers" received massages, body scrubs, pedicures and facials using kid-friendly lotions and scrubs in assorted ice cream flavors.

Not surprisingly, the prices started at about $35 for a manicure and ranged up to 3.5 hour packages that include a facial, manicure, pedicure, haircut and make-up application for $193.