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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!
Owner, The Spa ~ Los Gatos
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
- 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
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
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!
People are often surprised to learn that about 40% of our clientele is made up of men. Surgeons, carpenters, athletes (both the weekend type and professionals) and those who spend hours at the computer or traveling count on us to keep them feeling healthy, energized and refreshed so they can be at the top of their game.
More men than you think come to us to make sure they are getting the best care they can for their skin, too. Men’s skin is different in many ways than women’s, but proper care is just as important. Sun damage here in California is a cross-gender culprit of many skin and health issues and savvy men stay aware of it. They know that protection as well as proper cleansing and moisturizing is not only the best way to prevent premature aging, but can be a life saving combination when it comes to skin cancers. Here at The Spa ~ Los Gatos, we have designed a facial specifically to address the needs of men.
To learn more about what services we offer specifically for men, visit http://thespaoflosgatos.com/formen.html
There are many good reasons to use a quality mineral makeup line, with an emphasis on the word “quality.” Several lines that advertise being mineral based are made with so many fillers and such a small percentage of the good ingredients that they really aren’t any better for you than a low-end drug store brand.
My personal preference is Jane Iredale – it is marketed as “The Skin Care Makeup” and I’ve been using it for about a year. I absolutely love it. Even though I’ve hit the 50 mark, my skin can still be fussy with breakouts. Since I’ve been using mineral makeup, I haven’t had a breakout and my skin looks more healthy and vibrant than ever.
This line uses only the highest ingredients available, so I am very happy with coverage, application and texture. An added plus is that this mineral makeup provides broad spectrum sun protection. Pure mineral pigment is used with no fillers (like talc), so the foundation and concealer gives exceptional coverage and requires very little touch up throughout the day. Only natural preservatives are used, and they exclude parabens and phenoxyethanol. The top three sensitizers have been removed as well: synthetic fragrance, petroleum based colorants and synthetic preservatives, so even individuals with extreme chemical sensitivities do not have a reaction.
Even though you may have a layer of foundation on your skin (whether powder or liquid), it allows the skin to breath and function normally and will not block pores. Hence, no breakouts.
Another major benefit is that you use very little. Because of the superior ingredients, very little is needed for coverage or color.
A surprise benefit: You can leave it on at the end of the day and sleep in it and it is actually good for your skin! So when you are having one of the extra tired nights, or just feeling lazy, you can feel confident that no harm will come to your skin by taking the night off from your usual skin care regimen.
Next time you are running low on your make up supply, I encourage you to explore mineral make up.
Need a Fresh Idea for Spring Makeup? Try the jane iredale Color Sample Kit!
Pure minerals, pure results. The look, polished. The feel, lightweight.
A lovely sampling of some of JI’s best-selling makeup: try foundation, concealer, blush, eye shadow and lip color, all in their most versatile shades. This small but sturdy set is the perfect size to keep with you throughout the day for touch ups, or an excellent introduction to this superior makeup line at an extremely reasonable price ($32). This is not your run-of-the-mill mineral makeup line!