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

Beware! Buying Skincare Products Online; You Might Not be Getting What You Pay For

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With today’s accessibility of multiple online buying options, saving money on your favorite skin care and hair products seems to be a quick online search away. Please be aware that often-times what you’re are getting when you purchase from unauthorized sellers are fakes, diluted and expired items.

Some top-level skincare companies have taken the time and expense to purchase and test the products being sold online, and the numbers of imposters and expired products found were actually shocking.

We all love a good deal, but when it comes to your health and your skin, the best place to buy a professional or premium brand skincare product is from a spa, hair salon or doctor’s office. In doing so you are getting real products and qualified advice on how to correctly use them.

Here at The Spa, we research products before we offer them to you, and then have our staff get in-depth training from company representatives on how to use them. Our purpose is to provide you with effective products and the knowledge of how, and when to use them. Skincare and haircare systems can get confusing. We’re here not only to sell you the product best suited for your needs, but to coach you on how to use it most effectively. That way, you’re getting the ultimate best results at a reasonable cost.

As an added benefit, you are also supporting your local merchants and community.  Dollars spent locally, in turn, are dollars that stay local.

Update: Continuing to Create a True Spa Experience

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Visit our Facebook page and look under our photo albums for more photos of the updates.

Along with the structural and setting updates that have recently been completed at The Spa (new carpet, updated upholstery, refreshed decor and updates to steam showers) you’ll now find we’ve added a full line-up of snacks and liquid refreshments for you while you relax in the library. 

We strive to make your time at The Spa not “just” a service time, but an experience – an escape, a sanctuary, time to reflect or revive. To support that, we continue to provide things like cold lavender compresses, warm neck pillows and the fluffiest robes while always thinking about, and adding, other items that will enhance your time here.

We hope you like what you find. A lot of thought and care was put into our selections!

The Rhythms of Fall

Lower Your Stress to Enjoy Your Life

September offers an excellent time of year to take stock of where you are in your life. The rhythm of life starts to have a certain cadence with school starting back up and the summer activities slowing down. As we fall in step with this changing rhythm, it’s the perfect opportunity to make sure we are heading in the right direction!

Stress is a big factor for many people. Much of how deeply it affects our health and happiness is, surprisingly, decided by us. One of the goals we have here at The Spa is to help our clients realize that they have a good amount of control over how much stress hits them. While we admit there are things that are indeed out of our control, how much energy we spend worrying creates more stress.

How do you perceive where you are in your life right now? Are you pleased with the efforts you make and the results they bring? Do you allow yourself the time to relax and take care of yourself so that you don’t keep spiraling to being more stressed instead of less? If you really look at where you stand right now, most likely you’re pretty ok. Allow yourself to realize that and remember to try to be in the moment of where you are – not worrying about what is coming or what has already happened.

This September take a step back before the holiday season hits. Are you respecting and nurturing yourself in the big and small ways? If the answer is “I don’t think so”, make a plan to start. Do the little things first, make sure you dedicate yourself to them, and soon you’ll find that you have stopped walking the path of stress and started in the direction of wellbeing!

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.

 

 

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.