It’s Time for You to Take Control of Your Skincare.

How do you sort through the daily bombardment of skincare companies pitching products that will “make you look ten years younger!” or “have the latest and most effective ingredients?” It’s tough and would be beyond time-consuming for you to do the research necessary to know what you need to make good decisions. There is no lack of companies that put just as much money behind their marketing machine and endorsements as they do in product research. As far as personal recommendations go, what works well for a friend might not be what your skin needs or reacts to well at all. It can add up to a lot of frustration and lost money.

 So, how do you know if it will work for you? Also, will you know how to effectively use it?

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 Choose who and what  you trust.

Here at The Spa, when we tell you that our choice of skincare lines is based on rigorous research and quality control, we’re not just sending out a hook to catch you with. We carry these lines because we know we can trust them. We bring them to you because we know that when used properly, they DO work.

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Enlist the help of an expert.

To become a licensed Esthetician is no easy task. There is a lot of education and time that goes into a license. In addition to that, we have some serious hiring standards here at The Spa and provide extensive continuing education to our staff. We also ask that they conduct themselves with “client first” ethics. That means paying more attention to what our clients need as opposed to selling them the product with the highest profit margin.

Their job is to:

  • Analyze your skin to understand its current state of health and needs.
  • Recommend products and a skincare routine that will address your skin’s needs while taking into consideration your time and budget.
  • Educate you as to how to best use those products.
  • Be available AFTER the service to answer any questions or concerns. (You should feel free to email or call your Esthetician at any time with quick questions!)

As you can see, there is much more to it than just putting you in a room and cleaning and hydrating your skin then sending you on your way. Our Estheticians are your educators and support team!

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Consistent Home Care and Periodic Re-Evaluations

We can’t stress enough how important it is for you to use products consistently and in the manner intended. If you want results, you’ll need to dedicate at least 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening to getting those results. But, also remember that your skin changes. External conditions such as seasonal weather changes and internal changes like hormone fluctuation and diet have a strong impact on your skin. You’ll need to shake up that routine at times. That’s why we suggest at least quarterly facial appointments for the basic level of care.

There is a lot to skin care. It is a kind of art that has a wide variety of tools, but it boils down to trust, expertise, and consistency!

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Tropical staycation? Yes, please.

Summer is a time to relax and spend time with family and friends. But plan-filled weekends make the time fly by, and if we’re being honest, most of us could use a vacation to recoup. You don’t have to go to a tropical resort to feel that level of relaxation. This summer, you can plan a staycation within your own four walls (or at least close by).

No time to get away? No worries. Here’s how you can make the most of your time at home—no plane ticket necessary.

  • Set an out of office email so you can’t be bothered (even if you’re really sitting in your backyard with a fruity drink).
  • Light tropical-scented candles around the house, like coconut, pineapple or mango.
  • Stop looking at the time. Hide watches and clocks in a drawer so you can spend your time freely.
  • Do what you would normally do on vacation—read a book or magazine cover to cover.
  • Get dressed up for dinner and eat out. Try that new Brazilian restaurant you’ve been eyeing to get the full vacation effect.
  • Send the kids to the in-laws’ house so you can have uninterrupted time to yourself.
  • Create your own aromatherapy spa in your bathroom. Get essential oils, try a soothing bath scrub and draw a nice, candle-lit bath.
  • Lounge in a robe around the house, just like you would at a nice tropical resort.

Tropical Getaway at The Spa ~ Los Gatos 

If you want to take your staycation a step further, come visit us at The Spa. During the month of August, we’re featuring tropical scents in some services, including facials and massages. To complete your mini retreat, we’re offering Hawaiian Plumeria Tropical scents as one of our steam shower and massage oil choices. Some great tropical options are:

The Vitamin C and Papaya Enzyme Facial

Summer heat can take a huge toll on your skin, making it a good idea to give skin a much needed break. What better way to relax than with a tropical getaway? Try our Vitamin C and Papaya Enzyme Facial. It’s the perfect way to revitalize skin from the sun’s damaging rays. We use the latest in medically-based skin resurfacing technologies to lift and exfoliate skin, revealing skin that looks and feels replenished.

The Lomi-Lomi Massage

This service will give you the ultimate in relaxation. Fittingly, this massage originated in Hawaii and is well known for its soothing island techniques. In August, we’re adding Hawaiian Plumeria massage oil to create a truly tropical ambiance. The massage uses broad, smooth, rhythmic strokes and light stretching techniques, restoring and calming the body. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve just returned from a mini vacation.

To learn more about services offered at The Spa, visit us at www.thespalosgatos.com.

Take Care of Your Skin! Yes, Gentlemen, we’re talking to you.

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Facials are definitely not exclusively for women. In today’s stress-filled world, juggling a career, personal commitments, and fitness all while looking your best and staying healthy is no easy task.

Over time, sun exposure and daily routines, like shaving, can lead to early aging and skin damage. This can cause redness, which may fade, but the underlying problems aren’t addressed. Additionally, men have courser skin and larger pores, which increases risk of skin damage. To prevent these issues, you’re going to need more than the face wash in the shower.

Enter facial treatments for men.

It’s important to have a facial that is not only designed for men, but also customized for individual skin types. At The Spa ~ Los Gatos, we provide customized facials with a broad selection of treatment options that deliver results.

Our skincare products use scientifically-based methods of exfoliation and skin resurfacing to reinvigorate and hydrate skin, minimizing both fine lines and wrinkles. Above and beyond common mechanical exfoliation (scrubs and dermabrasions), we often use a unique protein enzyme that stimulates cell metabolism, which triggers the skin’s repair system to lift, tighten and firm.

All Gentleman’s Relaxing Facials include a calming cleanse, invigorating exfoliation, masquing and massage techniques. To top it off, each facial includes a therapeutic neck, shoulder, face and scalp massage. The treatment is created to be both effective and deeply relaxing!

After your service sunscreen is applied, it’s one of the most important steps to keeping skin healthy and slow the signs of aging. Your esthetician will then recommend a home care system that will support your individual skincare needs while being affordable and not time consuming.

To learn more about the services we offer for men, please visit http://thespaoflosgatos.com/formen.html

The Meaning of “Love”

Most people consider Valentine’s Day to be an exclusively romantic holiday. One dedicated to lovers, intimate dinners and decadent gifts. We don’t fault that point of view; there is a lot to celebrate in regards to such things! (We even offer some whimsical and fun gift choices for those particular kinds of evenings this time of year.) But, don’t you feel that we should expand on the definition, especially for a day set aside to pause and take time to let those who you care about know how you feel, to encompass other forms of love other than only those of a romantic nature?

Perhaps we should also look at love of family, friends and ourselves, too. As an establishment focused on the wellness and happiness of our clients, we’d like to invite you to think about Valentine’s Day in a different light this year. Oh sure, take all the romance you can get! But, ALSO take a moment to reflect on what kind of love brings you the most joy in your life and celebrate that as well. And, please, don’t forget yourself!!! Far too many of us dote on others and give a tiny, if not nonexistent, amount of devotion to ourselves.

Taking care of and respecting yourself is not a selfish thing. It allows us to be the most whole and feeling being we can be. And, do it in a loving and nurturing way for this particular day. Avoid the “I will eat better and exercise more” thought line; celebrate you for who you are at this very moment in your life. Write down what’s great about you. Buy yourself a special gift. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but make it personal. A beautiful cup to enjoy your tea or coffee, an elegant candle that gives you peace of mind when you relax with it, or any special something that reminds you to reflect on the positive, and be happy for a bit.

Whatever way you choose to celebrate, we hope this February brings you some of whatever kind of love you desire most. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Massage, Facials and Cancer Patients

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Thank you to Los Gatos Magazine for publishing a wonderful  article this past month that talks about The Spa ~ Los Gatos and the developing program it has with Cancer CAREpoint to support clients who are dealing with cancer. 

Though day spas are often thought of as places for pampering and beauty, The Spa ~ Los Gatos takes on a much bigger role than that; one that also includes wellness and education for its clients.

The article published talks about how owner Patti Rice and the staff at The Spa resolve to educate themselves on clients who have special needs and considerations. Those who are dealing with cancer and older clients are two valid examples. Both enjoy the benefits of the services a spa provides, but if paired with providers that don’t understand the nuances of their situations and they might not get the full benefit, or even worse, a negative experience. Partnering with experts such as those at Cancer CAREpoint, a nonprofit affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, CA, ensures the education the staff at The Spa receive is from bonafide experts and, the word also gets out that The Spa can be another block in their support structure.

If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the link above for full article.

 

 

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The Spa and The Holiday Season: A Place to be Inspired, Relaxed or to Celebrate!

The holiday season at The Spa ~ Los Gatos is one of our busiest. The flurry of gift card purchases, last minute makeup and hair, frazzled souls looking for a place to recharge – it can all seem a bit overwhelming, but we welcome the rush of energy and strive to help you find ways to enjoy the season.

In what ways can you take advantage of what we offer to make your life easier?

Relaxation, Family and Friends go Well Together
Massage and facial services for relaxation and self-care are a couple of the more obvious ways we take care of our clients this time of year, but did you know that we also have group and party packages? It’s a sure fire way to be the hit of your visiting guests to bring them to The Spa for a service and enjoy connecting in our cozy group suite.

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We love to inspire you. The makeup line we carry, Jane Iredale, is stellar at bringing out the glamour and the fun of the season with new products and color. We are having a “Fall into Beauty” event to start the season off right. For those who have been to any of our events before, you know it’s a fun and relaxed time with special discounts (Perfect for holiday shopping) free demonstrations and advice from our experts, some light refreshments and as always, the spa basket raffles. If you’d like to attend, it is Thursday, November, 12 from 3 to 7pm. Here’s the link to the details and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/969258153117334/

Be Your Most Beautiful
Our Etheticians and AQUA Hair Salon pros are here to guide you to your most radiant skin and fabulous hair for all the events and parties you’ll be attending. Or, if you just want to make sure that taking care of you doesn’t get lost in the shuffle – because you’re important too!
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Besides Gift Cards, we always make sure to have some unique and thoughtful gift items available for purchase in our boutique. Even hard to buy for people love the simple pleasure of a scented candle, the warmth of a neck pillow or an inspirational makeup bag. It’s the thought of giving that means so much, and so we put a lot of thought into your gift item options.

All-in-all we want to give you the warmth of a welcome, the feeling that you are cared for, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing we’re here for you when the times get crazy. Take a deep breath, relax and remember: the holidays are a celebration of togetherness and love. Everything else can wait….

Back to school: Is Your Child’s Skin an Added Source of Stress?

Going back to school can be an incredibly exciting time – and can also be a time filled with anxiety, insecurities and fear. Especially so for pre-teen and teenagers who are prone to acne. About 8 out of 10 preteen and teens have acne, and it’s consider a normal part of growing up.  Whether it is a mild case or a serious ongoing problem, no one is happy with it, and it can have seriously debilitating social consequences.

We parents do what we can – buying the latest products, reminding kids to wash their face, don’t pick, don’t touch, get your hair pulled back, stop eating greasy foods. Who hasn’t said at least one of those things? And what do kids do? Give you the look, roll their eyes, sigh and say, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

The best thing I did for my son when he was 14 was to bring him to an esthetician for a Teen Facial. He wasn’t at all thrilled with the idea, but I told him if he wanted to get rid of the acne that had started on his face, he needed to talk to a professional. (Obviously, he wasn’t listening to my sage advice about washing his face and not eating so many French fries.)

The esthetician welcomed him and explained what acne is in words that he could understand. She simply explained that pores can get clogged up with extra oil, dead skin cells and germs. Germs are bacteria and can spread when touched. Pretty simple. Not his fault; it’s just something that happens and it can be improved without pain or spending too much time on it.

It made perfect sense to him that he needed to wash his skin to clean the bacteria and not to touch it to prevent it from spreading. She recommended a benzoyl peroxide wash and spot treatment for the tough areas. And that was it. From then on, he washed his face, he didn’t touch it and his acne problem was resolved. Sure, he still had occasional breakouts, but he knew what to do to keep it from getting worse. His was a fairly simply case, but it could’ve blossomed into something more severe if he hadn’t had the professional direction from someone other than Mom.

I encourage you to take your teen or preteen to an esthetician for direction and support. Consider giving a Teen Facial as a gift to a niece, nephew, or grandchild; it can really help relieve teen stress and increase self-esteem which is crucial in their defining years.

Wishing you a smooth back-to-school season!

Patti Rice,

Owner, The Spa ~ Los Gatos