Tropical staycation? Yes, please.

Summer is a time to relax and spend time with family and friends. But plan-filled weekends make the time fly by, and if we’re being honest, most of us could use a vacation to recoup. You don’t have to go to a tropical resort to feel that level of relaxation. This summer, you can plan a staycation within your own four walls (or at least close by).

No time to get away? No worries. Here’s how you can make the most of your time at home—no plane ticket necessary.

  • Set an out of office email so you can’t be bothered (even if you’re really sitting in your backyard with a fruity drink).
  • Light tropical-scented candles around the house, like coconut, pineapple or mango.
  • Stop looking at the time. Hide watches and clocks in a drawer so you can spend your time freely.
  • Do what you would normally do on vacation—read a book or magazine cover to cover.
  • Get dressed up for dinner and eat out. Try that new Brazilian restaurant you’ve been eyeing to get the full vacation effect.
  • Send the kids to the in-laws’ house so you can have uninterrupted time to yourself.
  • Create your own aromatherapy spa in your bathroom. Get essential oils, try a soothing bath scrub and draw a nice, candle-lit bath.
  • Lounge in a robe around the house, just like you would at a nice tropical resort.

Tropical Getaway at The Spa ~ Los Gatos 

If you want to take your staycation a step further, come visit us at The Spa. During the month of August, we’re featuring tropical scents in some services, including facials and massages. To complete your mini retreat, we’re offering Hawaiian Plumeria Tropical scents as one of our steam shower and massage oil choices. Some great tropical options are:

The Vitamin C and Papaya Enzyme Facial

Summer heat can take a huge toll on your skin, making it a good idea to give skin a much needed break. What better way to relax than with a tropical getaway? Try our Vitamin C and Papaya Enzyme Facial. It’s the perfect way to revitalize skin from the sun’s damaging rays. We use the latest in medically-based skin resurfacing technologies to lift and exfoliate skin, revealing skin that looks and feels replenished.

The Lomi-Lomi Massage

This service will give you the ultimate in relaxation. Fittingly, this massage originated in Hawaii and is well known for its soothing island techniques. In August, we’re adding Hawaiian Plumeria massage oil to create a truly tropical ambiance. The massage uses broad, smooth, rhythmic strokes and light stretching techniques, restoring and calming the body. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve just returned from a mini vacation.

To learn more about services offered at The Spa, visit us at www.thespalosgatos.com.

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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

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!

Spa, It’s a Guy Thing….

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

Day Spas: An Oasis of Wellness, Beauty and Vitality

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.

 The Environment

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.

 The Services

 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!