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The Youth Revelation Facial at the Spa at PGA National Resort

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The Spa at PGA National Resort recently added a variety of services to their spa menu featuring the Phytomer line of products. According to the Spa at PGA’s Aesthetician, Gulnur, natural resources from the Mediterranean Sea like algae and seaweed are used to create these top of the line marine based products. Gulnur enthusiastically explained that the various kinds of seaweed and algae offer up some stupendous results like skin rejuvenation, firming, tightening and softening of the skin in addition to detoxification as well.

The Spa at PGA

I had the pleasure of  enjoying a treatment administered by an Aesthetician named Gulnur called The Youth Revelation Facial with Back Treatment. Gulnur spoke very passionately about the Phytomer product line and her passion for skincare really shined through. She was truly a pro at what she does.

Highlights of the Youth Revelation Facial with Back Treatment included:

  • A back treatment to start – a seaweed mixture was applied to a plastic layer that was on the massage bed. Then a layer of gauze between me and the mixture. This mixture behind my back was heated and had a bubbling sensation down my spine like nothing I have experienced before. This sensation lasted  for at least the first 20 minutes of my facial.
  • Double the cleansing steps: Gulnur manually massaged my face and decollete with a milky cleanser first. Then she used the Clarisonic cleansing brush system to apply a gel cleanser giving me a pleasant facial massage with the brush.
  • Double the exfoliating treatment applications – Gulnur used a resurfacing exfoliant that has 3 different sized grains in it to exfoliate the different layers of dry skin from largest to smallest.  Then she used an Enzymatic Exfoliant that is made with Red Algae. Red Algae increases circulation in the face, leaving me with a  radiant appearance.
  • Double the masks – Gulnur gently painted on a rebalancing Self Heating Mask  made from freeze dried Laminaria,  a brown seaweed rich in vitamins. It was applied to gauze on my face and then similiar to a body wrap a layer of foil was applied to retain heat.  This was meant to detoxify the skin while also hydrating at the same time. The second mask was a smoothing mask which offers you an instant “face lift” since it actual plasticizes on the face. Gulnur was able to remove this mask all in one lift! 
  • Double the results– this facial not only cleanses the skin thoroughly but it helps with cell regeneration and detoxification of the skin at the same time.

Things you should know about the Youth Revelation Facial:

  •  While the benefits of this facial offer instant gratification leaving you with a radiant,smooth, lifted and detoxified complexion extractions are not part of this facial.
  • There is a slightly unpleasant odor to this treatment as the products are all directly from the sea they also smell like they are directly from the sea. The odor was slightly fishy but absolutely bearable once you see the results. Plus the top notch Aestheticians do everything to make the experience comfortable and enjoyable for you during your treatment.
  • An exciting benefit for all Spa at PGA National guests is access to the Waters of the World where you can enjoy three different pools and an infinity style outdoor jacuzzi before or after your treatment. Or sunbathe on a comfy lounge chair while sipping on smoothies and dining on healthy spa cuisine.

To learn more about the Phytomer services now available at the Spa at PGA National Resort  or to take an exotic dip in the Waters of the World call  800-533-9397 to book an appointment.


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Give Yourself a Facial Every Day of the Week with the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System

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I have been using my new Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System and I already see a positive difference in my usually oily and dry skin. In just one minute in the morning and another minute before bed  I am able achieve superb results and give myself a facial every day of the week. Using this system as an essential part of your daily skin care regime, is a great way to maintain silky smooth skin in between facials at the spa.

 In the past, washing my face consisted of applying cleanser to my face in a circular motion and removing it with a splash of water, followed by an application of moisturizer.Recently, I visited the Anushka Salon and Spa where my appointed esthetician, an expert on skin care for 18 years, advised me that I needed to change my skin care routine. She used a Clarisonic facial tool on me and stated that this tool could clean the skin six times more than manual cleansing.

I decided to do some research and discovered the Clarisonic system is very reasonably priced and definitely worth the small investment. In just two weeks of using it for two minutes per day,  I have noticed dramatic results. My pores are tighter, my skin has a buffed, polished appearance without any dry patches and I have not had any blemishes since I started using it.

The tool is very easy to use. Simply wet your skin and the brush head with warm water. Then apply a cleanser to your skin or to the brush head directly. You can use any skin care cleansing product or a variety of sample cleansers are included in your kit, which are considered optimized for use with the system:                                                                     

Refreshing Gel Cleanser (for oily skin)
Gentle Hydro Cleanser (for normal to sensitive skin)                                                                                                                       Nourishing Care Cleanser (for dry and mature skin)  

Just push the on/off button and gently move the brush using a small circular motion on your forehead for 20 seconds, then move on to each cheek for 10 seconds a piece, then focus on your nose and chin for another 20 seconds. The nice thing about this tool is it is on a timer so it will beep to notify you when to move onto the next part of your face for total of 60 seconds. The tool is gentle enough to use twice daily. Not only does it do a great job of cleansing, but it gives you a relaxing massage every time you use it too! It feels like a light vibration on your face while thoroughly cleaning your skin.

About the Clarisonic:

According to Clarisonic’s website, “The Clarisonic is a professional caliber brush that uses gentle sonic micro massage action to cleanse deeply. The Clarisonic gently clears pores without harsh abrasion or chemicals, cleansing so effectively that skin care products absorb better. Clinical results include reduced appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and improved skin tone.” The Clarisonic Cleansing system retails for $195  or the Plus Clarisonic, which includes the body brush head along with Refining Skin Polish retails for $225.

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Enjoy Spa Treatments and Support the Fight Against Cancer

courtesy of Eau Spa by Cornelia

The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach is excited to enjoy a 20th anniversary celebration with the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October! Eau Spa by Cornelia located in the spectacular Ritz- Carlton, Palm Beach is offering a special spa package to help the fight against Cancer and you can too just by booking the Eau So Beautiful for the Cure Package! Not only will you get to enjoy three spa treatments but you will also know that you are joining the fight against Cancer.

The Eau So Beautiful for the Cure package ($225) is 2 hours and ten minutes of luxurious indulgence and includes the following:

1) A Ruby Facial (60-min) utilizes sensuous precious stones, such as corrective Emerald, warm Ruby, and hydrating Gold, along with high performance technology to transform skin and help visibly reduce the signs of aging.

2) A Sensory Float Massage (10 min.) is truly the epitome of relaxation, allowing guests to feel the effect of floating on water, without getting wet. Ten minutes of sleep in the dry-float bed is the equivalent of a ten-hour night sleep!

Get a Pink Pedicure at Eau Spa 3) A Pink Pedicure (60 min) is the Eau Spa by Cornelia classic pedicure where a wide range of pink colors are available for choosing, in support of breast cancer awareness. A gift of a pink polish will also be given to every gal who schedules the service.

To book your Eau So Beautiful for the Cure Package contact the Eau Spa by Cornelia by calling 561.540.4960 or visit their website. Feel good about you and feel good about helping contribute to finding a cure during breast cancer awareness month.

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Be Beach Bound this Fall with Ft. Lauderdale Spa Chic Stays

This fall a select group of Spa resorts in the Ft Lauderdale area have gotten together to offer Spa Chic Stays. Twelve participating resorts will offer discounted packages that include your spa treatment and a resort overnight stay for the ultimate in relaxation. Take a time out and head to partipating resorts to indulge in some rest, relaxation and the Sunny beaches of Fort Lauderdale.

Here are best of the Spa Chic Stays you can take advantage of this Fall, August 15th through September 30th:

1) Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel’s Escape! Spa Package:   Enjoy accomodations and breakfast for two at Latitudes Beach Café with incredible ocean views.  Recieve $100 in credits at the Spa on the Broadwalk, plus 20% off toward spa product. Rates from $199. Promo code “SPA” or click here to book.

2) Lago Mar Resort and Club Spa Chic Stay: Includes one night in an Executive Suite, complete with bedroom, living room and Private Balcony. Plus your choice of  Aromatherapy Salt Glow / 45 minutes or Swedish Massage / 80 minutes. Rate of just $261 (includes taxes and gratuities). Click here to book.  Available Sept 1-30, 2010.

3) Ritz Carlton, Ft Lauderdale: Indulge in your choice of either a 50 min. Wellness Massage  or a (5o min.) Eminence Stone Crop Facial continued by an evening in Ft Lauderdale’s only AAA Five Diamond intracoastal hotel. Rates starting at $278. Click here to make a reservation.

4) Westin Beach Resort’s Spa Chic Package at the Heavenly SpaIncludes one night accommodation and one signature 80 minute Rollerssage, per stay (not per person). Contact the Heavenly Spa at (954) 245-3040 to book your signature treatment. Rates starting at $239. Click here to reserve.

Cannot afford to take a full night for yourself even though I would highly advise it? Then check out the $99 Spa Chic Services offered this fall and indulge for at least for the day!

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Spa Services for a Fraction of the Cost

Empty pockets this month? Well what if I told you there was a still a way to enjoy a facial, massage or body treatment using top product lines like Elemis or Aveda starting at the low price of  just $25 dollars. Well no joke,  just head to your local beauty or spa school and you can do just that!

In Ft Lauderdale visit the Florida College of Natural Health’s Public Clinic on Saturdays until 4 pm. 

In Plantation, Florida  head over to the Aveda Institute and treat yourself to a full menu of services using top quality Aveda products. You can even purchase Aveda products at the Institute and take advantage this month of the Recharge your Skin Event! When a customer comes in and purchases $55 in skin care products they receive a free 60 minute facial!  Customers can also receive a complimentary skin care masque sample with any skin care consultation.  This promotion runs until July 31st.

Local Beauty and Cosmetology schools offer spa services to locals because the students that attend those schools need to practice all that they have learned during their coursework. Usually spa students will have a certain amount of hands-on training and theory in esthetics and massage therapy prior to beginning the clinical portion of the program, where they perfect their skills on guests.Then off they go to work at your local day spa. Basically you will be supporting your local schools by offering yourself to them as spa guests and at the same time as enjoying a treatment or two at amazingly low costs!

At both schools, all services are performed by senior level students, who have reached a level of ability necessary to perform services on the public. The students are supervised by experienced instructional staff, so no need to worry yourself about any unusual spa disasters.

Keep in mind that the Estheticians and Massage Therapists are still learning and practicing for their new career. So by lowering your expectations slightly, you might be completely surprised and have a really positive refreshing experience at a fraction of the cost of your local day spa!

Contact FCNH at 954.975.6400 to book an appointment this Saturday for a classic facial or massage using high end Elemis products. Or call the Aveda Institute which has weekday and weekend hours at 954.990.0484 for facials, body treatments, massage, nails, waxing and makeup. I can guarantee you, you won’t be disappointed especially when your wallet is still full!

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The Lane Spa, a Hidden Gem in Palm Beach Gardens

Nestled in Prosperity Gardens plaza is a hidden gem in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens.   When I arrived at the Lane Spa I did not exactly know what to expect. From the looks of the exterior I might have been a bit fooled. It looked to me like a doctors office from the outside.  But once I entered and passed through the cute little boutique area I was warmly greeted by the attendant who asked me to take a seat in the waiting area and complete some brief paperwork. As I sipped on some delightful Clementine Orange Water I noticed  there was not chair to spare in the lounge and it was surprisingly 9 a.m on a Saturday.

 At 9 am sharp I was welcomed by Ashley who is not only a trained and licensed professional esthetician, but a licensed and educated Massage Therapist, as well.  Little did I know that I would be in for ideally the most thorough and enjoyable facial I have probably ever had. The facial I had was 60 minutes of pure bliss using Image Skin Care, pharmaceutical grade skincare products which yield outstanding results and offer several different lines that can be used together for customization based on need or ailments.

I have been noticing dry patches on my face recently and Ashley took the time to review my skin at the start of the facial to ensure she used products that would be perfectly suited to my skincare needs.  After three different cleansing steps being lightly and gently massaged into my face at the same time as a light steam mist soaked into my skin and exfoliating treatment was used, she gently extracted any clogged pores. Then a masque was applied and while it soaked into my skin she gently massaged my hands, arms, neck and shoulders for a relaxing treat. Once the masque was removed she then applied two different moisturizers and even conditioned my lips.

The facial was a ten step process and at the end of it I felt like I had been given a new face. No pore on my face was left untouched. My skin was soft, supple, radiant and flawless.

Before I departed I took advantage of Ashley’s wealth of knowledge to learn more about the Image skincare line and asked her a few questions.  She was patient and kind and definitely not trying to push any products on me.

When it really boils down to it even though I did not get to hang around in a robe and slippers or chill out in a steam room, I got what I paid for and that was a most amazing facial at a reasonable cost.  So if you are looking for all the bells and whistles with an average treatment, The Lane Spa is not the place for you. If you want what you are ideally going to the spa for and that is a high quality service with with educated professionals that use top grade products, then head to The Lane Spa.

Call today for your appointment at  561.691.0104. Or visit their website and learn about their incredible monthly specials like July’s one hour Signature Facial and One hour Signature Massage for just $134.


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