The inspiration and tools you need to look your very best this fall!
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
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!
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
Life in the Bay Area offers many delights, but the demanding schedule so many people undertake can be extremely stressful. Often times the best way to diffuse that stress is to find a calm in the storm, even if just for a bit of time. As your body tires and your mind races, a day spa can be an excellent resource to offer relief and nurturing needed to set things right again. The Spa ~ Los Gatos was founded with the idea that they will be the “reset” for clients who have become frazzled and need a place they can count on to provide a top-notch environment and staff.
Day spas are not just a luxury as many might think. Spas like The Spa ~ Los Gatos provide a foundation for wellness, too. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. Finding a place that not only allows you to mentally relax but also provides key physical stress relief offers a bounty of health benefits.
A stress-free environment is key and you should never feel uncomfortable or rushed in your spa of choice. The Spa ~ Los Gatos recommends you arrive early for your appointment so that you can take full advantage of the beautiful environment they have created and not just the services you have scheduled. Men’s and women’s lounges have lockers, changing areas and a large area to ready yourself before and after services. Long, cozy robes and sandals are provided for when you are ready to relax in the library before or after your service. The energy surrounding you is quiet and respectful. It’s Step One to relieving stress so that you may benefit even more from the treatments provided.
Massage: So Much More than Just Me-Time
The positive affects (there is a very long list of them) of massage therapy can last long after you leave the day spa. There are both physical and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session, and the longer the session the more amplified the benefit.
Some of the key physical benefits are:
- Relieves Stress
- Improves Posture
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Relaxes and Realigns Muscles
- Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion
- Relieves Headaches
- Promotes Deeper Breathing
- Improves Rehabilitation after injury
While it would be idealistic to say that massage will melt all your worries away, it definitely does manage stress levels. Study after study shows this leads to:
- Decreased anxiety
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Reduced fatigue
Making sure you get regular massage sessions can do even more. This manner of self-care impacts how healthy you’ll be and youthful you’ll feel year after year and should be considered an important part of your over-all health and life quality investment. Talk to your practitioner about what they would recommend for the type of massage and frequency that would best suite your individual needs. It is only after they have met you and evaluated both your physical and mental status that they can best suggest what will be of the most benefit to you.
Skin Care Treatments: Wellness Meets Beauty
As a full-service day spa, the Spa ~ Los Gatos offers an amazing number of skin care treatments. We all know there is no way to completely stop the aging process, but skin care treatments at day spas are designed to slow the skin-aging process and help your skin look more youthful.
Facial services offered are designed to smooth the skin’s surface, deeply cleanse and remove toxins, even out skin tone, encourage healing and increase hydration — all of which are essential for a youthful and healthy appearance. What sets The Spa ~ Los Gatos apart from other day spas is the estheticians degree of knowledge, customization and style of services and the products used.
The products used are chosen only after they have been evaluated for:
- Proven effectiveness
- Quality of ingredients
- Ease of use in the home care line
- Company ethics
And, The Spa ~ Los Gatos does not believe that a facial treatment should lack for stress relief either. While many day spas leave the client in the room alone while they masque, a facial at The Spa will often include hand, should scalp and foot massage during the times that products are being allowed to work. Those who have never experienced a facial at The Spa ~ Los Gatos are missing out on some amazing relaxation while at the same time enjoying an expertly delivered facial. It all goes back to The Spa’s belief that their role is to provide the very best day spa experience while providing expert wellness and beauty care. Therefore, a person coming in for a facial should feel relaxed and cared for as well as loving the way their skin looks and feels.
Body Treatments such as salt scrubs, baths, vichy showers and body wraps encourage the same benefits as the facials except, of course, for the skin of the body. Two exquisitely designed body rooms provide the stage for these types of services. Our skin takes a pounding when it comes to defending our bodies from pollutants, free radicals and the sun. These treatments are designed to support the skin and reinvigorate it while deeply relaxing you.
These are just some of the many benefits that a day spa offers. With such a variety of types of day spas in the area, it is best to try a few to find which works best for you. But whichever one you choose, be sure that you take care of the physical and emotional needs that support a healthy, beautiful and vibrant life!
It seems that there is a day spa on every corner with new ones springing up left and right. The range of what you see and get when you walk into any one of them can be vastly different from one to the next.
Day spas first came about as an offshoot to the destination spa; places where you go to spend a certain amount of days for a beauty and wellness experience. They were known as the vacation to take when your nerves needed rest and you needed some clear reviving of body, mind and spirit. These types of vacations were (and are) expensive and not everyone had the time or money to dedicate to them. So, along came the idea of a place where you could go locally to have a massage, facial or body treatment that was the same quality as the destination spas. Day spas were born.
As the popularity of the day spa increased, so has the diversification. Some hold true to the roots of being a retreat and a place of restoration. Other businesses are more of a quick stop or a single room in the back of a salon. Some offer a more clinical approach to address only the skincare aspect of customers needs. And, as often times happens, many places have begun cutting corners in the areas of product quality, treatment offerings and staff wages to increase profitability.
Holding true to its destination spa roots, The Spa ~ Los Gatos offers its clients what they call “a true day spa experience.” Within the compass of what owner Patti Rice sees as a definition of day spa, that phrase means an establishment that offers:
- Highly experienced and professional therapists and staff
- An environment which welcomes you to relax and take your time
- No high-pressure sales tactics or memberships you are asked to join
- A wide array of services so that individual needs can be met
- Well researched, brand name products to ensure quality and effectiveness
With the devotion to this philosophy, The Spa ~ Los Gatos weathered the economic downtown while many other spas closed. “We have a very dedicated clientele and staff who stay with us. When the down turn hit, we all worked hard to maintain the quality of not just our services, but the whole spa experience. Neck warmers in the library, refreshments, an array of quality products to use in the lounge areas, cool lavender compresses, individual private steam showers complimentary with every massage… these never went away and we never started charging for them. We are the hosts and hostesses to our clients and these things help us to say ‘your comfort and care and is important to us.’”
For those looking to support their wellness and beauty needs, The Spa ~ Los Gatos offers a nice balance of efficacy and nurturing. At other spas, you may find yourself alone in your facial room under a steamer or with a masque on while the aesthetician “steps out.” Not so at The Spa ~ Los Gatos. “The time it takes to steam or allowing product to work is the perfect time for an aesthetician to enhance the client’s experience. We use that time to incorporate neck, shoulder, hand and foot massage. Making the service both clinically effective for the skin and deeply relaxing for the clients, is our goal.” says Patti.
“On the subject of becoming a member at spas I feel that there is too much emphasis in selling the membership than taking care of the clients. While that may work well for some, we offer a rewards program instead. There is no signing up and no ongoing financial commitment. If you have ever had a service or bought a product at The Spa, you have accrued points that may be used like cash. It’s an automatic system and is quite beneficial to our regular clients. Everyone loves it.”
It’s not hard to feel the difference at The Spa ~ Los Gatos. As soon as you walk through the swinging door from the lobby into the treatment area, you’re transported by sight, sound and scent into a roomy sanctuary designed and devoted to bring you a true day spa experience.