It’s after Christmas…

By Patti Rice

Time to take down the decorations, enjoy the presents that were “just right” and carefully arrange to return the gifts which were the incorrect size, wrong color or duplicates of what you already have. The parties are over and thpatti_ricee oh-so-many gifts of sweets consumed or given away . . . thank goodness!  Now it’s time to start a brand new, fresh year. 

One of the things I like to do is clean out the clutter in my work area. My desk gets a good going through and this year I cleaned out my vanity. Half empty tubes and jars that have been hanging around for years . . . well, it seems like years anyway!  When I look at them all, it makes me realize that the trendy, fad products just don’t do the work of the professional products recommended by qualified skincare professionals. These are the products I end up using regularly because they are the ones that clearly have the best results.

 I encourage you to de-clutter your vanity area – be aware of expiration dates and product color and consistency. Any question at all – throw it out. Resolve to save yourself money by staying away from fads, celebrity trends and stick with professional products purchased from reputable retailers.

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Relaxing at The Spa during the holidays

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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Inspiration
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….

Join us for our Fall Into Beauty event at The Spa!

The inspiration and tools you need to look your very best this fall!

It’s time to be inspired! Stuck in a beauty rut? Would you like some fun ideas for holiday make-up? Or, do you just want to spend a fun evening with light refreshments, shopping, learning about different procedures and spa raffles? Then come on over for our Fall into Beauty event Thursday, Nov. 12 from 3pm – 7pm.
The event tickets are $25, but that amount can be used towards any retail purchase that evening (and ALL retail will be 15% off.) You can call The Spa at (408) 354-5901 to by tickets or purchase online at https://squareup.com/market/the-spa-los-gatos/fall-into-beauty-event. Tickets will be held at the door; please bring your emailed receipt of ticket purchase with you.
Be sure to call The Spa at (408) 354-5901 to make an appointment for a FREE Mini Makeup Lesson, FREE Five Minute Facelift Demo or a Special $20 Brow Wax!
Ticket price includes light refreshments, beauty and makeup demonstrations, special evening discount offers and spa raffles.
• NOTE: Ticket sale is final and non-refundable.

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

Girls Night Out – Spa Style!

It’s not very often, being that we are a Spa, we get the change to throw a big, fun, outdoor party. Mostly our daily goal is to relax and sooth our clients while we help them with their wellness and beauty goals. So, when we do have a chance to step up the energy level a notch, we like to do it big!

To that end, we are hosting a “Girls Night Out” the evening of Thursday, August, 6 at the amazing Regale Winery and Vineyards. (Those of you who were able to attend our anniversary party last year know how very special this location is, and how much fun we have there.) It’s going to be an evening that celebrates wine, women and spa – a chance to have an exceptional time with your friends while being entertained with wine, food, makeup, jewelry, fashion shows, mini spa and hair style services, as well as hair and skin evaluations and guidance by some of the top pros in the business. And, for those who need a little retail therapy, you’ll be happy to find that some boutiques will have offerings available for sale.

The evening is structured to be lighthearted and laid back. We’re limiting ticket numbers to avoid crowding and each tickets includes your first glass of wine and a choice of food entree provided by Talula Bay Catering (yes, delicious.) There will be plenty of complimentary food trays sprinkled throughout the areas as well, because we know food and fun always go better together. Oh, and raffles, everybody loves the products we give away and it is such a thrill for us to hand over a basket full of spa goodies to some lucky attendee, we won’t forget the raffle baskets!

So, a big “cheers” to summertime, laughter and friends. After all, they’re some of the best stress relieving therapies of all!

(For event details and tickets go to: http://thespaoflosgatos.com/Girls_night_out_spa.html)

A special thanks to the businesses taking part in creating this special event:

  • Talula Bay Catering
  • NuFace
  • Jan Marini Skin Research
  • Jane Iredale Makeup
  • Kismet Boutique
  • Time Out Clothing
  • Lauratas Jewelry
  • Kerastase Paris
  • AQUA Hair Salon
  • Regale Winery and Vineyards
  • Rendezvous Wine Bar

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A Spa Gift Card for Father’s Day?

Though many people consider the gift of spa for women, when it comes to men this wonderful gift option is often overlooked.

Long gone is the time when day spas were considered women-only territory. Men have caught onto the wide range of benefits from both skin and body therapies and realize that the effects gained by regular spa visits help them greatly with things ranging from feeling sharp for the big meeting to a better swing on the golf course.

No longer considered just “pampering,” as proven time and time again by qualified studies, spa treatments are a perfect way to take time out for yourself (whether male or female) while enjoying the benefits of services focused on individual needs and goals. The “tough it out” attitude of many men can get in the way of their scheduling a massage to relieve aches and pains or disperse built up stress. Often times, a spa gift card is the only way to get them to take the time needed for themselves.

We’re pleased to be in an industry that helps people feel and look better and take special pride in being able to help people feel their best physically and mentally. So, if you’re having trouble deciding what might be a great gift for the special man in your life, we hope you’ll consider The Spa. We have a full line up of services design just for them! (Visit http://thespaoflosgatos.com/formen.html to check them out.)

FATHER”S DAY IS SUNDAY, JUNE 21st
http://thespaoflosgatos.com/GiftCards.html

The Anti-Aging Powerhouse Everyone Should be Using

by Patti Rice, Owner, The Spa ~ Los Gatos

As the owner of a well known day spa, I am often times asked, “What is the most important thing you can do to help your skin stay younger looking?”

There is an extraordinary variety of products, technological breakthroughs, and treatments employed in the battle on aging skin, but I would have to honestly say the number one thing you can do is use sunscreen. Yes, that simple. Preventing damage caused by the sun by using a powerful, effective sunscreen is the singular most important anti-aging habit you can cultivate.

These days there are some excellent choices in facial sunscreen; it’s no longer necessary to have a nose covered in glaring white zinc oxide.  Now you can choose from a variety of SPF levels, tinted lotions, physical blocks, and luxurious smelling options – for both men and women. (Yes, it is just as important for men to use sunscreen as it is for women.) I cannot stress it enough – get a good quality sunscreen and use it every day. Every single day – rain or shine. My personal favorite is Jan Marini’s Daily Face Protectant, SPF33.  Smells wonderful, luxurious feeling as you put it on and is actually provides a very nice base for make up. It is my husband’s first choice as well. Many people also like the Epicuren line as it is all-natural and feels nice (not greasy or heavy) on the skin.

For those of us who already have sun damage (I do, from growing up in Santa Cruz – where baby oil for the skin and lemon juice for the hair were standard beach supplies), quality skincare products at home are powerful tools to help reduce the visual effects of damage already done.

With so many product lines to choose from – drug store brands, department store lines, professional brands at spas and skin care stores, the latest fads touted by celebrities – it could be a full time job figuring out which one would work best for you. My recommendation is to stay away from fads and trust well-established, researched professional lines. The cheapest choice isn’t always the best value.  The most substantial difference between professional skin care and drug/department store lines is the percentage of the active ingredients. The professional lines usually cost more because there is a much higher level of active ingredients and this usually ends up being a better value because you actually use less and get better results.

By all means, get outside and enjoy the day, but please remember to make sunscreen a part of your every day skin protection ritual!