Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Beauty of Medical Esthetics at Spa Utopia

Did you know that Medi-Spa treatments are among the many popular beauty-enhancing services available from Spa Utopia?

Our Medical Esthetics Photo Therapy treatments include Photo Rejuvenation, Skin Tightening and Laser Hair Removal. All treatments are administered by our highly skilled Medical Skin Care Therapists, who have received comprehensive training from medical practitioners for these advanced technologies. In addition, each has successfully completed our extensive in-house training requirements and is committed to ensuring a successful and safe outcome for your procedure/s.

For all three therapies (which are available to men and women), you will be required to have a prior consultation with a Spa Utopia Medical Skin Care Therapist. The nominal fee for this consultation is applied to your subsequent treatment/s.

Photo Rejuvenation

Photo Rejuvenation or Broad Band Light™ Therapy (BBL) allows the Medical Skin Care Therapist to precisely treat fine wrinkles, age and sun spots, small facial veins (capillaries), and rosacea.

During your initial consultation, you will receive an indepth analysis of your skin and may also have a photograph taken with a UV camera. This highly specialized photography provides details of damage to the skin caused by the sun, and which may not be visible to the naked eye. Your treatment will be tailored to suit your skin's condition and your desired results.

BBL therapy delivers pulsed light onto the skin which gently heats it. The heat is absorbed by the targeted cells, encouraging collagen production and destroying the melanin that causes hyperpigmentation and age spots. Small capillaries are gently, but effectively eliminated. The flushing associated with rosacea is also effectively reduced through BBL treatment. These targeted treatments are achieved through the use of different filters.

You can read more about Photo Rejuvenation here.

BBL treatment is available at our Langley and North Vancouver locations.

Skin Tightening

Now you can have visibly smoother, tauter skin, without the discomfort or downtime of surgery. Skin-Tyte™ is an advanced, light-based system that specifically targets the cells of the dermis, and recaptures the firmness associated with youthful skin.

Fast and gentle, Skin Tyte™ delivers light energy (heat) to the dermis through a specific filter while keeping the surface of the skin cool. The energy absorbed by the targeted area stimulates your skin to increase collagen production. The collagen fibers continue to strengthen after your treatment and you will see improved results over the months ahead.

You can read more about Skin Tightening here.

Skin Tightening is available at both our Langley and North Vancouver locations.

Laser Hair Removal

Imagine never having to shave, wax, tweeze, or apply messy creams again! If you want a smooth, sleek, hair-free body, all of the time, then laser hair removal may be the perfect option for you.

Our LightSheer™ diode laser system is the recognized gold standard in laser hair removal. This exciting technology offers a long-lasting solution to unwanted hair on the face, back, legs, bikini line or any other body area. The LightSheer™ is non-invasive, gentle on sensitive areas like the lip and underarms, and effectively treats unwanted hair on all skin types, including ethnic and dark complexions.

The LightSheer™ works by sending pulses of light to the hair follicles, where natural pigments absorb the light. This destroys the existing hair and inhibits regrowth. At the same time, the surface of your skin is kept cool and comfortable. Most people achieve permanent hair reduction and clinical studies show that if some hairs do return, they are typically lighter and less dense than prior to laser treatment. LightSheer™ treatments are tolerated very well, and you can generally return to work and resume all regular activities immediately.

You can read more about Laser Hair Removal here.

Laser Hair Removal is available at our Langley and North Vancouver location.

A word about photo aging...

A Photo Rejuvenation or Skin Tightening treatment at Spa Utopia will help restore your skin to a more youthful appearance, and encourage fresh collagen production. However, the best way to "treat" skin aging is to prevent it in the first place! A good sun protection program, strictly adhered to, will prevent sun damage (photo aging) such as wrinkling and age spots—and, if you have had a photo therapy treatment, will ensure the results last as long as possible).

Spa Utopia carries some of the most advanced sun protection products available—and every one of them is a pleasure to use, unlike many sun-protection creams and lotions. If you are going on a sunny vacation, or spend a lot of time outdoors, you may wish to invest in Pro-Derm™ sunscreen with an SPF of 60. This highly specialized formulation is moisturizing, non-greasy, and contains no unpleasant chemicals. (Many savvy women use this formula daily on their hands, to prevent tell-tale signs of aging such as brown spots.)

Shop online for Pro-Derm™ products here.

For daily prevention of sun damage, you may also want to use Jane Iredale mineral makeup with an SPF of 20—a popular choice among women who want to protect their skin against sun damage while avoiding the chemicals often present in sunscreens.

For more information on Medical Esthetic treatments at Spa Utopia, please contact our Langley location at  604-539-8772 or North Vancouver location at 604-980-3977 for information and booking for any of the three treatments. Please remember that prior to any treatment, you will be asked to book a consultation with a Medical Skin Care Therapist.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Will you be a bride this summer?

Will you be taking that magical walk down the aisle this summer? If so, you're probably as busy as can be with organizing all that has to be done for your very special day. 

Unfortunately, many brides-to-be become so caught up with all the selecting, ordering and other activities that take place before the wedding date that they forget to take a little time off to ensure they are both beautiful and relaxed-looking on the day they say "I do."  As a result, the feet that slip into those oh-so-pretty pumps are often less soft than desirable, and facial skin might be reflecting the stress they are experiencing.
So for all those soon-to-be brides, here's a list of services/treatments you might want to book before your

A Spa Utopia pedicure. 

If your feet are still suffering from a long spring spent in boots, they will likely benefit from a pedicure now and every three weeks or so until just before your wedding day. If the wet weather persists, be sure to wear thin socks to keep them from rubbing on the inside of boots and developing calluses or corns.
Choose from our Utopia™ Signature pedicure, Classic Express pedicure or Exclusive Utopia™ pedicure with paraffin infusion mask.

Utopia™ Signature Pedicure:
Our Signature Pedicure is designed with precise toenail, cuticle and sole grooming care. A mineral salt exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and remineralize the skin, promoting hydration. A slow comforting foot and leg massage will assist with dissolving bridal stress and tension. Toenails are either polished or buffed to finish.

Exclusive Utopia Pedicure:
A blend of alphahydroxy acids work to exfoliate and soften the skin and a hand massage helps you relax fully. You will enjoy precise toenail, cuticle and sole grooming care as well as a leg treatment to increase circulation and give you a light and fresh sensation. This is followed by a tension-relieving massage from the foot to the knee. Afterwards, you will further benefit from a PerfectSense paraffin infusion mask and your toenails will be polished or buffed for a flawless finish.

Classic Express Pedicure:
Our classic pedicure allows you to benefit from foot grooming essentials. Your toenails, cuticles and soles
are cared for with detailed grooming that promotes good health. You will enjoy a light application of  foot mousse for exceptional hydration. Your pedicure will end with a refined polish or buff.

You can read more about our pedicures here.

A Spa Utopia facial

When you are stressed, your skin can become extra sensitive to breakouts. (It's why we always seem to develop the world's worst blemish before a hot date.) A facial can help calm your skin, and encourage a beautiful radiance on your wedding day.

Designed for U Facial:
Choose between our 50 minute Classic Facial and 75 minute
Exclusive Facial.

Designed For U Classic facial therapies target skin health. Soft essences provide sensorial escapes. A personalized skin care therapy plan is designed for continued care.

Designed for U Exclusive facial therapies rebalance your skin, promoting wellness with detailed attention. Massage for the face, neck and décolleté, and calming scalp/foot massage techniques induce a feeling of tranquility. We complement this facial with a skin care therapy plan specifically designed for continued care.

Utopia™ Signature Facial with PerfectSense paraffin infusion hand mask
Our signature 75-minute facial uses heated gem stones and Japanese facial therapy techniques to increase blood circulation. This increases the health of your skin and releases muscle tension to help you fully relax. As a result, your skin will better absorb and utilize the many skin-perfecting ingredients in the high quality products used during this highly beneficial facial. As a bonus, your hands will be treated to a PerfectSense paraffin infusion.

Designed for U Anti-Aging Facial
This 75-minute facial begins with an analysis of the skin to determine how best to tailor a combination of products to provide your skin with the biggest anti-aging impact possible. Our careful choice of highly effective products will help provide deeper exfoliation, lessening of wrinkle depth, firmer skin tissue, clarity of complexion, and reduced discolouration of the skin.

You can read more about our facials here.

A specialized Spa Utopia back treatment

Does your wedding dress have a low back? If so, you'll want the skin of your back to look perfect. (In fact, you'll want it to look perfect even if your dress isn't low...)

A Spa Utopia Back Zone Care treatment will provide you with 50 minutes of  relaxation as your back—an area that is difficult to reach and care for—receives a gentle exfoliation that helps remove the build-up of dead skin cells. Ocean nutrients and minerals help eliminate toxins and soothe any irritation while promoting beautiful skin clarity.

You can read more about this treatment here.

A relaxing Spa Utopia massage

Admit it. Although you're loving planning and preparing for your big day, you're also stressed—and stress just isn't good for you.

To alleviate pre-wedding stressors, Spa Utopia offers a number of relaxing massage treatments that will reduce anxiety and foster peace of mind.

Our massage/body treatments include:

Utopia™ Royal Massage
A 100-minute "royal" treatment, this Swedish massage includes warm towel wipes that increase circulation to the skin, warm stones placed on the back that provide deep penetrating heat to back muscles, steam to the face and scalp to calm common tension areas and a relaxation massage that pays extra attention to the face, scalp and feet in order to ease achy muscles, reduce anxiety and give you a calm peace of mind.

Utopia™ Siesta Massage
This 75-minute full body Swedish massage session uses our signature Siesta Massage oil blend, and prepares you for a restful and restorative sleep. Gentle soothing techniques, hypnotic fragrances, and a relaxing face and scalp massage quieten the mind.

Utopia™ Signature Massage
During this popular 75-minute massage, hot stones warm the tissues, warm towels stimulate circulation and a unique foot massage helps relax tired, achy muscles. You'll relax deeply as essential aroma-oil blends and your therapist's gently soothing hands will leave you feeling renewed and ready to face the day.

You can read about these, and other Spa Utopia massages including our super-relaxing Aromatherapy massages here.

The Universal Contour Wrap

If shaping up fast is in your plans, you'll be thrilled with the long-lasting results of the Universal Contour Wrap.

A unique and effective blend of mineral rich clay and specific body wrapping techniques help cleanse and detoxify your body while actively compressing soft fatty tissues to create instant and lasting inch loss. While wrapped, you'll relax with a cleanse, exfoliation and massage for the face plus a soothing scalp massage.

Eliminating toxins is a great way to kick start a dietary change or maintain a healthy body. Plan ahead and prepare your body for your wedding day.

This wrap is scientifically proven for instant inch loss. We guarantee you will lose at least 6" from your first treatment or have nothing to pay and providing you do not put on weight we guarantee you will sustain at least a 6" loss for a minimum of 30 days or receive a free treatment. (Double guarantee only applies to your first full body wrap. After wrap instructions must be followed in full for guarantee to be valid.)

Although Spa Utopia cannot personally handle all those little details associated with the planning and preparation for your wedding, we can help you handle them, by providing treatments to increase relaxation and calm. Closer to that magical day, we can help you and your family and friends prepare by sharing time together during a Spa Utopia The Picture Perfect Bridal Party package or you alone during our The Beautiful Bride package.

You can read more about our Special Occasion packages here.

For more information, or to book any of these treatments, please contact your local Spa Utopia, or book conveniently online.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

And the winner is....

Congratulations to Mark who won the Classic Escape package for his wife. Mark, please email me, sherri(at)spautopia, to arrange pick up or delivery of your gift card. To all our entrants, thank you for  your heartwarming comments. Happy Mother's Day to all, from your friends at Spa Utopia.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mother's Day ideas from Spa Utopia

Is there anyone who deserves to be more recognized for all she does than a mother? Whether she be your own mother, a family member who is also a mom, a mom-to-be, a mom-in-law or simply someone who "has always been a mom" to you, that special lady will likely spend much of her time in "giving mode." This Mother's Day, it's time to show her how very much she is appreciated by giving something very special to her!

Most moms agree that feeling pampered for a few hours is even better than the customary Mother's Day gifts of flowers or chocolates. After all, pampering is something most mothers don't have time to experience during their busy schedules. 
Moms-to-be need that special time for themselves too. Pregnancy is both a joyful time and a tiring time as moving around with ease becomes more difficult. (Moms-to-be in their last trimester love a pedicure because reaching those toes is no longer an easy task with a baby bump in the way!)

To help you find the perfect gift for the mother/s in your life, Spa Utopia offers a number of treatments specifically for moms-to-be and new moms, as well as for "established" mothers and grandmothers. Also popular for Mother's Day is the Spa Utopia gift certificate, beautifully enclosed in a signature red envelope. (Pick up at any Spa Utopia location or buy online and request delivery) or the Spa Utopia Gift Card, with personalized photo. Just upload your photo here, choose a value, and we'll create the card for you.)

Here are our suggestions for Mother's Day:

Spa Utopia Classic Escape package

Our most popular package (approximately 2½ hours) includes:

• 50-minute Classic Swedish Full Body Massage
• 50-minute Designed for U Facial
• 50-minute Classic Express Pedicure

Read more about it here.

Spa Utopia Pregnancy Massage

For that special mom-to-be.

A massage designed for specific stages of pregnancy, with specific exercises and techniques to promote the health and stability of her body as it adjusts to all those wonderful changes!

You can read more about it here.

Spa Utopia Spa 2-gether

Enjoy special time together as you are treated to side-by-side treatments for two. This package includes:

• Two 50-minute Classic Swedish Massages
• Two 50-minute Classic Express Pedicures

You can read more about this popular package here.

Spa Utopia Indulgence

The ultimate luxury package for Mom lasts approximately 7 hours, during which she will enjoy:

•75-minute Aromatherapy Designed for U Massage
•75-minute Utopia™ Signature Facial
•75-minute Exclusive Pedicure with Paraffin Treatment
•Shampoo, Expressions Treatment & Instructional Style
•Spa Lunch

You can read more about this very special package here.

Spa Utopia Spa Royale

Approximately 7 hours of  pure bliss, including:

• 100-minute Utopia™ Royal Hydrotherapy Session
• 75-minute Exclusive Facial
• 75-minute Exclusive Pedicure with Paraffin Treatment
• Shampoo, Deep Treatment and Instructional Style
• Professional Makeup Application
• Spa Lunch

During her visit to Spa Utopia, the very special mom in your life will change into a snuggly white robe, sip a complimentary beverage of her choice— perhaps our signature Rooibos Cocktail— and put her feet up before enjoying the relaxing Spa Utopia treatment or package you have given her. She'll be pampered and cared for in that unique Spa Utopia way that says, "Thank you for being such a wonderful presence in my life."

Comment on this post this week for your chance to win a Spa Utopia Classic Escape package for the special mother in your life!

Oops! Find yourself with too little time to arrange a Mother's Day gift? Why not purchase a Spa Utopia Instant Gift Certificate? Simply choose from a selection of templates and include a special message, then email or print instantly. 

To book any of these packages, or to purchase a gift card or certificate, please visit one of our three spa locations, or visit the Spa Utopia website.