Yesterday I made you drool with tales of cucumber water and dark chocolate decadence combined with sweet-smelling amenities like California Woods-scented air and lemongrass bath products — all enjoyed while gazing out of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Santa Cruz mountains. Welcome to Sense Spa at the Rosewood Sand Hill (about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco). Read Part 1 to this delicious spa saga here and enjoy Part 2 where I relive my two 90-minute sublime treatments below…janna Tags Facial, Intraceuticals, Luxury Spa, Rosewood Spa, Scrub, Spa
I’m shocked by how few women indulge in spa facials. Tune into My Beauty Binge this week to find out why — as the biggest spa slut in the world — I always opt for a facial at the spa. I’ll help demystify the misconceptions about facials and guide you through how to select the perfect one for you, and what you should say to the aesthetician to ensure you get the ideal results once you’re there. I’ll also share with you a couple of my most favorite decadent facials that will have you running to your nearest spa for a 90 minute facial. Binge on!
Download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the 1st podcast) and it’s free! If you hit the “SUBSCRIBE” button in iTunes you will automatically get all my podcasts!janna Tags Dermalogical, Eminence, Facial, GM Collin, Intraceuticals, Kerstin Florian, Luxury Spa, Oxygen facial, Sensitive Skin
Before this past weekend, I never would have thought I would rate a ski resort spa like the St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa (SRDVRS) in Park City, Utah as one of my top 5 luxury spas of all time. I mean come on, I detest the cold, and I’m certainly no skier (zero coordination). But I must tell you, after this visit, I may have to reconsider this whole ski bunny concept. (Of course my version does not involve any skiing. Semantics.)
As soon as I arrived I was told by the bellman to take the funicular (it’s a fancy word for tram) to the top of the mountain. The ride to the top was spectacular, giving me a stunning view of the mountains and Park City. After disembarking the tram, I found myself in the fanciest of ski lodge surroundings. The various lobbies, sitting areas, bars, and restaurants had the typical ski lodge vibe with rustic wood and fireplaces, but all with a modern, classy flair that just screamed, “big shots and celebrities stay here.”
I found my way to the dimly lit, spacious spa, checked in with the friendly staff, and made my way to the locker room. Oooh how I love amenities and this spa’s locker room and relaxation lounge are filled with them! Let me start by saying that I loved that the hotel was smart enough to dedicate two floors and 14,000 square feet to this spa wonderland. Nothing irks me more than when a luxury hotel wedges a spa into a tiny space (I hate mentioning names, but the ZaZa in Dallas and Four Seasons in Chicago are two offenders that left a scar). The locker room area includes a steam, sauna, jacuzzi, multiple showers, and amenities like skincare and toothbrush/toothpaste kits. The relaxation lounge boasts a big fireplace and… <<wait for it, wait for it>>> handmade truffles and candies. My one complaint — they went for a minimal display with the candies and truffles, spacing out 10 on a huge platter. I felt like such an oinker taking more than one (they were tiny, so I obviously did!), but I noticed an attendant quickly replenished after my binge.
After popping a few (perhaps more than a few) delicious truffles in my mouth and enjoying a warm chamomile tea (I didn’t recognize the brand, but the bags were made of silk and the teas were lovely and fragrant), my esthetician Christianna Brown, picked me up and took me to our treatment room, down a spiral staircase past a reflecting pool that extends to a heated outdoor terrace.
Since I was in sky-high (7,000 – 9,000 feet) altitude, I opted for the 90-minute Deer Valley Regenerating Facial, featuring my favorite oxygen line in the world, IntraCeuticals. I love a good oxygen facial, but most facials use a standard machine that just give you a spray, whereas IntraCeuticals facials use pressurized oxygen infused with targeted serums to plump and give you a ridiculous glow. (See left pic of me with my adorable friend Molly after my facial. I’m the brunette.)
Here is a summary of the treatment:
- Paraffin on hands and feet
- Cleansed and analyzed (I instructed no extractions since I was going out that night) my skin
- Gentle exfoliation with Skin Resonance Peeling by Comfort Zone
- Mask application: Herbal Lavender Mask by Elemis
- Oxygen machine with Atoxelene infusion (described by Christianna as No-tox Botox)
- Oxygen machine with Rejuvenation serum infusion
- Application of Intraceuticals Hydration Gel and Eye Contour Gel
- The service ended with an oxygen inhalation, while Christianna massaged lotion into my hands and feet
I’m telling you, if this was a 2 hour treatment, the Mauna Lani “Fire and Ice” would have serious competition. For now, the SRDVRS‘s 90 minute Rejuvenation Facial easily takes the #2 spot as my favorite spa service in the universe. My only regret? Not dragging my husband to experience the ultra-deluxe couples suites, which include fireplaces, soaking tubs, and heated al fresco patios. There’s always next year…Posted by janna Tags Elemis, Facials, Intraceuticals, Luxury Facial, Spa Slut, St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa
For the last Sunday Splurge before Christmas, I figure it’s only fitting I introduce the most extravagant item on my wish list. (Okay… I didn’t actually put it on my wish list. It would have been too obnoxious.) This sought-after item is the Oxygeneration Personal Oxygen System, sold at Bliss for the bargain price of $1,036 (I will note that it is on sale from $1,295).
Anyone who is familiar my gluttonous spa habits, knows my first choice on any spa menu is the oxygen facial. It is the one facial that literally makes me glow. The esthetician uses an air gun to spray me with vitamins and moisturizers via pressurized oxygen. Oxygen facials are often advertised as “Red Carpet Ready” treatments because they leave your skin plumped and flawless (though it’s temporary) and photo-ready. To give you an idea, I got oxygen facials every week the month before my wedding at Eva Scrivo in NYC. Eva is a beauty Yoda. When I see her at the salon, I grill her for as many beauty tips as I can get (It doesn’t hurt that she’s absolutely gorgeous in person). She gave me props for going for oxygen facials a full month before my wedding and said she gives the same advice to her brides. When Anita from My Life in Beauty interviewed Eva, she asked her which beauty item she would want the most, and of course she said an oxygen facial:
The results last for a few weeks when done correctly. We actually do them at our spa. This is not to be confused with oxygen facials where oxygen is just sprayed on the skin. Here, the oxygen is pushed into the skin with hyperbaric pressure.
She’s definitely right that there is a palpable difference with the oxygen machines that use hyperbaric pressure (you can search “clinics” on Intraceuticals to find spas that offer this service) compared to the spray machines, but even the sprayers will give you the plumping glow, but just won’t last as long. With that said, obviously I can’t buy a professional Intraceuticals machine (even though Madonna did. Bitch.), but a compact oxygen system like the Oxygeneration model would certainly do the job. I could even make oxygen water! Read for yourself in Bliss’s description of why they love it:
• Delivers 50% more oxygen than clean mountain air
• Light, attractive unit, that can be proudly displayed anywhere in the house
• Portable, so you can enjoy a relaxing personal oxygen session anywhere, anytime
In case you haven’t heard the buzz in the ‘air’, extra oxygen offers umpteen benefits including increased alertness and infection-fighting ability, and—our favorite—an age-delaying effect. This sleek portable machine enriches oxygen with a membrane system, and emits 50% more oxygen than you’d find in clean mountain air (the percentage ‘climbs’ even higher for you city folks). It also allows you to create your own oxygenated water, and has a built-in filter that delivers a vitamin C derivative to help keep skin healthy. Timer allows for 15, 30 or 45-minute sessions. Includes headset and tabletop delivery devices, oxygen water bottle, hose and power cord/adapter.
I could take it anywhere! This means I would actually be saving money because I wouldn’t have to get oxygen facials once a month, which could cost anywhere from $140 – $225. It pays for itself! In the meantime, I will simply have to suffer through professional oxygen treatments from my favorite spas.Posted by janna Tags Bliss, Intraceuticals, Oxygen facial, Sunday Splurge