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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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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Are “Instant” Anti-Aging Results Possible?

Visible anti-aging results in as little as 5 minutes? We were skeptical. We at The Spa ~ Los Gatos have a “prove it to us” attitude when it comes to products and non-invasive procedures that claim to have “instant” result that are impressive and readily apparent. We carry the most well-researched and respected brands because we want them to produce results, not empty promises.

So, when the NuFace representative was given some time to show us their Trinity Pro model, which is a device that uses microcurrent technology to lift and tighten the muscles of the face while deeply infusing the skin with nutrients, we were excited and exceedingly pleased with the results. They were quite impressive after only 5 minutes!

We found using the Trinity Pro is not uncomfortable at all, the device is affordable, well made, simple to use and the results are surprising. And, much like the results you see when working out at a gym; with constant use at home the resulting benefits remain longer and look even better.

We have adopted this great little device. (If you have an event that you want to look particularly well put together for in the evening, a morning spa service including microcurrent in the hands of one of our well-trained estheticians WILL make a difference.) And, we’re very excited to offer the same version we use in the treatment room for you to take-home. (The Trinity Pro device that we are offering you as a retail purchase and using in our services is a bit different than the models you can find online. For the same price as the regular Trinity model, the Trinity Pro has more amperage and offers a longer warranty.)

The NuFace website has some detailed pages, with videos, on how it works and how to use it. Take a moment to see how simple it is for yourself by visiting https://www.mynuface.com/blogs/how-to-use/17252688-the-5-minute-facial-lift.

Or, better yet, ask one of our estheticians to explain and show it to you. We think you’ll fall in love with it just as we did!

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!