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.

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!

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.

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!