April 22nd marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. However, most of us understand that achieving true sustainability goes well beyond honoring the environment on a given day-rather, it’s about practicing a commitment to green practices on a daily basis. That’s why, at SPAVital and Pura Vida, we are embracing the green way of doing business. We seek suppliers and vendors that share our philosophies. Fortunately, more and more spa industry manufacturers have become proactively involved in conserving the planet. We’d like to share some of the environmentally responsible companies we have chosen to partner with who take large and small measures at product source points, manufacturing plants and offices, to maintain a small footprint.
Eminence Organic Skin Care: Eminence is our main skin care line at SPAVital. Eminence’s ingredient farms and manufacturing and distribution practices reflect its commitment to sustainability. Eminence uses geothermal heating in its laboratory, products are shipped using biodiesel trucks and also through an airline with a special program in place to offset carbon emissions. Their warehouses use 100% biodegradable corn packing chips.
Green Stamp of Approval Product Highlight: Wild Plum Eye Cream-Iron-rich wild plum re-energizes and brightens the eye area.
SpaRitual: We use this paraben-free, thalate-free, vegan product line exclusively in our salon. SpaRitual believes that environmental awareness is more than a buzz word, but a company mantra. They are active participants in a global movement to change the way business is conducted. Some examples of their commitment are the reflective, white coating on their facility roofs to eliminate excess air conditioning, to skylights to minimize daytime lighting, to using Forest-Stewardship Council certified materials for packaging, literature and marketing.
Green Stamp of Approval Product Highlight: Close Your Eyes Organic Bath Salts-Egyptian Geranium essential oil helps to calm the mind and ease feelings of anxiety.
Boasting a bevy of benefits, this ingredient is officially the bee’s knees. You know it soothes a sore throat, but this age-old remedy can also work modern magic on your appearance and your mood! Honey’s soothing scent, along with its natural antibatcterial and hydrating properties, make it winter’s ideal ingredient. Here are some products we’re buzzing about.
Olivina Olive Oil Products
Olive oil, olive butter, shea butter, honey…sounds like a recipe for deliciously clean and moist skin. Perfectly packaged for gift giving!
Eminence Organic Skin Care-Sour Cherry Masque
A revitalizing & toning mask formulated with Sour Cherry, high in vitamin C for toning skin. Blended with honey to deliver non-greasy moisture. Offers antioxidant protection against damaging free radicals Unveils a firmer, refined, invigorated & younger looking complexion. Perfect for dehydrated, large pored, mature or dry skin.
GLOW FROM WITHIN
Our state of the art microdermabrasion system, known as “DiamondTome” uses a diamond tip abrader to manually exfoliate your skin. It helps free pores of debris to improve texture, tone and mild sun damage. By treating the outermost layer of your skin,
this treatment reverses the signs of aging leaving your skin healthy and glowing.
Best in a series. Buy 5, receive the 6th Free.
Microderm Facial 75 Min $150
Vital Microderm 30 min $80
Introducing the superior OPI Gel Manicure.
Add-on to any manicure $20
Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with any nail service.
Reveal a new YOU with a peel. Experience the SPAVital 3-Layer Signature Facelift, Radiance Vitamin C or Lightening Lift.
Cranberry Bliss Facial $95
Cranberry Cream Scrub and Wrap $95 Add on a 25 min Swedish Massage $30
Add a Moroccan Oil
Scalp Treatment or Hair Masque to any massage or body treatment and
take home a free bottle of Moroccan Oil as our gift to you. $30
*Specials Valid 1/1/13 – 1/31/13. Prices do not include gratuity
Women whose diets are rich in olive oil have less skin damage and wrinkling. Olive oil is soothing, moisturizing and a natural way to combat dryness. Sample our new Olivina body products from Napa Valley in the spa boutique! The entire line of Olivina is ultra-pure, free of parabens, and sulfates. Great as a gift, even more perfect just for you.
You are not your to-do list. You are not your must-dos, have-tos or must-gets. You are not your job, you are not someone else’s helper. Although most of your thoughts might focus on the needs of other people in your life, and all the items you need to accomplish, you are most importantly, YOU. Take time everyday to remember that and celebrate everyday moments this holiday season. Relish that coffee with a friend, your 6am run, baking cookies, your Sunday afternoon yoga class, the new TRX or BalletBody class that has enlightened your mood. Every moment of every day are the experiences that make up your life. Have gratitude this holiday season for all that you are thankful for, and if you make yourself a priority, you’ll be all the more thankful for your health and your happiness. Remember that life is what you make it, and what you bring to it. If you need a tough workout, a personal trainer, a holistic nutrition consultation, a meditative practice, and fat-burning pilates session, or simply a moment to breathe in the steam room, it is at your fingertips at Pura Vida. A simple, comforting moment away from the hustle and bustle is waiting for you at SPAVital. A warm blanket with a cup of tea before a healing stone massage, a hydrating mani/pedi, or a moisture-replenishing facial is all you need to remember that this season truly is merry and bright.
MoroccanOil has quickly become one of the best-selling hair care lines in the world. It’s been featured on Kathy Lee & Hoda, and is one of InStyle Magazine’s Best Beauty Buys. This full line of products has ladies (and the press) going gaga. Moroccan Oil is a unique serum with instant absorption into hair to create a beautiful shine and long term conditioning. Experience a Moroccan Oil Scalp Treatment or an Intense Hydrating Masque. Each service is $30, or $50 for both. Great alone, or especially wonderful when added on to a massage, body treatment, or facial. For supreme benefits, relax in the steam room after for at least 10 minutes.
Now, for the fun facts! Moroccanoil products include ARGAN OIL: Revered by Berber woman as the “Oil of Beauty,” Argan oil contains essential fatty acids and natural vitamin E to nourish and protect the skin against the damaging action of free radicals. The leaves of the Argan tree contain polyphenols that provide anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits
Argan Oil is produced by co-ops of Berber women — and it is only women who make Argan oil — in Morocco from the fruit of the squat, gnarled Argan trees that grow in the hills above Essaouira.
The nuts, which look like a cross between a walnut and an almond, are picked out of the fruit of the squat, gnarled Argan trees. The nuts destined for salad oil are roasted on an open flame over a large steel drum, like chestnuts, which brings out their distinctive peppery flavor; those that will be used for skin- and hair-care products are left raw.
The women first crack the shells with sharp stones. They then place the kernels between two Flintstone-size slabs of rock, grinding them into a brown paste, which resembles chunky peanut butter. The paste, kneaded by hand to extract the oil, transforms into a solid hunk and is sent to nearby factories, mainly in Agadir, where more oil is extracted by a press. Some is made into soaps, creams and shampoos, but it is the pure oil that is most sought after.
Experience it for yourself at SPAVital!
We hear you! The carefree days of summer are now in the past, and things are gearing up for the busy holiday season. You are probably beginning to feel a bit rundown. All of us at SPAVital have a few tricks we’d like to share with you that we rely on to stay calm and refreshed.
Our SPAVital Signature Facial is a staff favorite for glowing and hydrated skin. It is the ultimate full-body experience for all skin conditions. A cleanse, exfoliation, and specialty masque are followed by a relaxing facial, neck, shoulder, hand and arm massage. A hot oil scalp massage and foot rub complete the experience. This facial will bring you serenity from head to toe.
Another favorite is the delicious Coconut Sugar Scrub and Mango Enzyme Body Treatment. The virgin coconut oil and the raw organic sugar cane exfoliate and deeply hydrate even the most dehyrated and sensitive skins. The mango and pineapple enzyme body wrap is designed to digest the dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth, supple, and nourished. A lotion infused with coconut oil, hyaluronic acid, and a natural retinol alternative make for the perfect treatment in our dry Colorado climate.
We are firm believers that a great mani/pedi can change your entire mood! Reserve our SPAVital Ultra-Hydration Mani/Pedi. If the Colorado weather is leaving you feeling a little down and dehydrated; this is the perfect solution! Our “ultra-hydration” services are formulated to moisturize and re-mineralize. We begin with a heated aromatherapy neck wrap and mineral soak followed by invigorating marine scrubs, mask, and hydrating paraffin wraps. Both services include nail shaping, cuticle work and a polish of your choice. Relax and enjoy full arm and hand massages on the manicures and full leg and foot massages on the pedicures.
Some take home skin tips: Start your day with Eminence’s Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser. The winner of many awards, this cleanser will refine dull, dry, skin to reveal a polished and smooth complexion. Antioxidant rich blueberries provide healing and soothing powers to purify and give you a glow. Follow with a moisturizer best suited for your skin such as Black Perlette Grape Moisturizer. Don’t forget the Herbal Eye Contour Cream to combat puffiness. Stash a Stone Crop Hydrating Mist in your bag for a quick pick-me up throughout the day.
Lastly, drink plenty of water, sip a cup of our Teakoe Definitive Detox Tea, pop into one of Pura Vida’s 130+ fitness classes a week and no matter what is happening in your life you’ll look like you eat right, sleep tight, and don’t have a worry in sight. Cheers to your health and vitality!
Treat your skin this fall with Pumpkin! Long praised for its skin-saving benefits, pumpkin is the star ingredient in our NEW seasonal Pumpkin Spice Revitalizer Facial and Pumpkin Cream Body Treatment. Our rejuvenating facial is ideal for fighting the effects of aging while providing immediate hydration. Available now through November, the facial begins with a deep cleanse, exfoliation, detoxifying steam, and extractions as needed. A rich, enzyme pumpkin peel is applied for 2-5 minutes. Eminence’s new Brightening Mask is then applied while hands and feet are massaged. A moisturizer best suited for your skin is massaged in followed by sunblock. This facial is excellent in a series of 3. “Our pumpkin treatment is great for tired, stressed, dehydrated, and environmentally- damaged skin in need of a refresh.” says Amy, Lead Esthetician.
Pumpkin is a powerhouse of antioxidants, enzymes and zinc that brightens and repairs dull or dehydrated skin. Our Hydrating Pumpkin Cream Scrub and Body Wrap begins with a warm oil application, followed by a pear and green apple sugar scrub to encourage lymph drainage, increase circulation, and exfoliate the skin. A rich and fragrant pumpkin cream is applied and then the body is comforted and wrapped in warm towels to soak in the benefits while enjoying a scalp and neck massage. “It’s a fabulous treatment for fall to smooth, hydrate and repair the skin,” says Jodi, Lead Massage Therapist.
Just because blueberry season has come to an end, doesn’t mean you can’t get your antioxidant fix. Try our Blueberry Slimming Body Treatment! This slimming treatment is designed to firm and tone the body. We start with a nutrient and mineral rich blueberry sugar scrub which will prepare the skin with exfoliation. Raw organic sugar cane, flax seed, and finely ground poppy seeds, combined with fresh blueberries adds a rich aroma. The blueberry slimming body wrap contains raspberry, grape seed extract and guava leaf extract, with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This treatment also contains ingredients that help to increase blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and cell metabolism. Excellent as a series of three or more. Add a 30 minute massage for an extra mood boost!
Our talented Estheticians are skilled at helping keep your skin smooth, bright, and fresh as the seasons change.
Skincare for Changing Weather
When the weather changes, the skin seems to follow. Many people who are used to their oily skin will now see normal or combination skin, and people who have normal skin will start to see a few dry patches emerge. Our estheticians advise that it is best to not use the same skincare products year round. Just as you change clothes to protect yourself from the changing weather, you must change your products to protect your skin. Move towards products containing creamier, richer ingredients to help hydrate and nourish the skin.
Try one of our top sellers at SPAVital for fall and winter dryness, Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer by Eminence Organics.
Stone Crop Whip hydrates, soothes and contains Lemon which has high amounts of Vitamin C and is an antioxidant, Bioflavonoids that enrich, nourish and moisturize the skin, Corn Germ Oil that softens and enriches the skin, and a BiocomplexTM: an antioxidant booster of Vitamin A, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid.