Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back-to-School Survival Guide

There is something nostalgic about this time of year when the leaves begin to turn, the sun seems to set earlier and earlier, and we begin to feel that old familiar chill in the air. For many of us, old and young alike, we are reminded that this time of year heralds in the autumn and with it a return to classes. 

As the long lazy days of summer come to a close, we cling to the few precious days remaining, and begin to make plans for the academic year ahead. We repeat the same rituals each year at this time – from shopping for school supplies to picking out a new fall wardrobe – and in doing so we begin to dream of all the possibilities of the year ahead. 

In many homes, beach mats and camping gear is pushed aside to make way for lunch bags and backpacks. All the back-to-school essentials are at the ready: the papers and binders are neatly organized, a tote is stuffed full of new pens and pencils, and the outfit for the first day of school is carefully selected.

Parents and teenagers everywhere are beginning to plan for a year of activities – complete with school dances, soccer games, study sessions and sweet sixteens. But beyond the bagged lunches, car rides, and guidance and support, there is something else we can do to help our teens put their best foot forward this coming year. Why not book her for a Utopia Teens Package? 

A series of treatments specially designed for teens, this package includes a Designed For U Facial, Classic Essential Manicure and Brow Shape. As teenagers grow and develop, the fluctuation of hormones affects their skin which makes them in need of customized attention. A facial carefully designed for her unique skin type and needs will help to brighten and clarify the skin allowing her to step forward with confidence. To further enhance her beautiful features, the Skin Care Therapist will perform an expert Brow Shape. Well groomed brows make such a difference in how the face is framed and many teens make the mistake of over plucking or not following the natural arch of the brow. 

To finish, your teen will be treated to a professional manicure session in which the Skin Care Therapist will groom and clean her cuticles, file her nails uniformly, exfoliate and moisturize the skin and complete the treatment with an exquisite polish from our vegan SpaRituals line of lacquers. Just imagine that as she looks down at her manicured hands on the first day of school she will feel confident in herself and exude that feeling to others.

Another area that teenagers experiment with is makeup. It is as a teen that we begin to play with our look and learn how we can express ourselves through our style. At Spa Utopia Health and Wellness Center, our Makeup Artists offer Makeup Lessons in which they provide customized colour matching, expert makeup application tips and tricks, and demonstrate how to achieve different day and evening makeup looks. 

This session is ideal for all age groups – for teenagers who are learning the basic essentials to experienced makeup users who know it’s never too late to learn new techniques to highlight their favourite features. Parents can also rest assured when their teens use our Jane Iredale makeup because it is a mineral makeup that is recommended by Dermatologists and the Skin Cancer Foundation, won’t clog pores and provides a polished look every time.

With all the routines and rituals that we share this time of year, why not start a new one and book your teenager in for this package before the big day? Better yet, share the experience together by enjoying in suite facials or side-by-side manicures. Then every year, you will look forward to the special time you spend together as you reflect on all the goals and dreams of the year ahead.

At Spa Utopia, we wish you and your family a successful and happy back to school season.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Love Your Skin

For all that we put our skin through in a day it’s important that we remember to take care of it – and to do that we need more than a little soap and water. Every day our skin is burdened with the damaging effects of dirt, oil, pollution, and free radicals. All these factors, combined with stress and aging, means that our skin needs the right products to help look after it. So whether you are busy with business meetings, looking after the kids, or studying inschool, using a great skin care regimen morning and night will help to give back to your skin all that it gives to you – luminosity and protection. And we can help you to do just that.

At Spa Utopia Health & Wellness Center we use a variety of professional skin care products including Comfort Zone – a product line from Italy that we have used since the inception of our spa. We are proud to use Comfort Zone’sexquisite products in our treatments and offer it to purchase for home care use because we are confident in its innovative approach to skin care and commitment to health and beauty.
Perhaps you have never tried Comfort Zone products, or maybe you have been a loyal fan for years, but either way now is a great time to stop by and take advantage of a fantastic promotion. Twice a year, Comfort Zone releases a super-sized duo set of their Everyday Cleanser & Tonic and Active Pureness Cleanser & Tonic. Our guests and spa partners alike get excited when they see the beautiful duo packs displayed proudly on our retail stands. That’s because each duo pack includes a 400ml size of both the cleanser and tonic for a total of $88. Regularly, each item is 200ml and each sell separately for $45 & 46 respectively. That is more than double the savings!

Both the Everyday and Active Pureness series help to address different skin needs and offer an array of health benefits. The Everyday series is ideal for dry, sensitive and mature skin and has excellent softening properties. The Active Pureness series is great for deep cleansing and oil control and offers superior balancing effects. Not sure which one is right for you? Just visit any of our Spa Utopia Health & Wellness Centers and one of our Skin Care Therapists or Makeup Artists would be happy to assist you in finding the product that is best suited for your skin. We also offer complimentary consultations if you are seeking advice for your skin care routine or perhaps are considering a facial treatment. Comfort Zone also offers extensive product information on their website at to find out more.

What’s more, when you stop in to pick up a set for yourself why not get a second one for a friend or family member? The duo comes in a beautifully decorated bag which makes it ideal for gift giving. Hard as it is to imagine given the beautiful sunshine outside, the holiday season is only months away which makes now a great time to start stocking up, especially when you can take advantage of of such a great offer. Imagine what a wonderful gift the duo will make under the tree – but if it ends up being unwrapped early in your own bathroom, that’s okay to0! Whatever you decide, don’t wait too long because this offer is only good for as long as the stock stays on the shelves – which won’t be long!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Our Langley Lounge: Reimagined

At Spa Utopia Health & Wellness Center, we love to welcome you to our spa just as we would welcome a friend into our home. It is with that spirit that we designed our relaxation lounges for you to enjoy before and after your treatment. Enjoy a cool glass of cucumber water or a warm Spa Utopia Signature beverage (a guest favourite) while you relax. Each location includes one of our beautifully designed lounges, complete with burning candles, magazines and fresh snacks, all which are sure to entice you to stay awhile.

We invite you to arrive early to enjoy time in our lounge as part of your spa experience. For our guests who enjoy our Langley location, we are very pleased to showcase our newly redesigned lounge - complete with new luxurious furnishings and decor.

We look forward to your next visit with us.

The Beauty of Water

Water: it is 60% of what we are made of and covers 70% of the world’s surface. It has many therapeutic properties, a plethora of uses, and is paramount to our survival. It is clean, pure, and refreshing – but it might not be depending on your water bottle.

As we all know, it is important to drink water every day, but it is just as important to ensure you are getting it from the right source. All of the plastic bottles, and even many of the reusable containers, contain dangerous chemicals that can leach into our water and lead to health conditions. The term BPA has now become common place in our social dialogue and many people are concerned about its effects on themselves and their families.  This has led many people to forgo the plastic bottles which do harm to our bodies and the earth. But how does one get water on the go? Green enthusiasts everywhere can now rejoice: the bkr® bottle is here.

No more plastic water bottles, no more environmental damage, the bkr® bottle is made of one of the earth’s most remarkable materials – glass. These beautiful and ergonomic glass water bottles are chemical free and great for the environment as the glass and its protective silicone sleeve are both 100% recyclable. Not to be outdone, these stylish bottles come in an array of eye catching colours. Check out the new summer colours at any of our spa locations: yellow, neon coral, bright purple, apple green and tropical blue. You will want to proudly display the bkr® bottle in your kitchen, mount it on your bike, or carry it with you on your next walk.

These lovely bottles might be made of glass but that doesn’t mean they are too fragile for daily use! Just listen to the story from our beloved Marketing Director: she loves her bkr® bottle and takes it with her everywhere. Recently, after enjoying an afternoon of cycling with her husband, the couple mounted their bicycles on their truck for the return trip home. As they did, she rested her trusty companion, the bkr® bottle, on the truck’s bumper. 
Satisfied from the bike ride, they set about their drive home by traversing ten minutes across the freeway and then climbing the long, steep hill up to their mountain side house. Quenched, she reached for her bkr® bottle and immediately realized she had left it on the bumper. She turned to her husband, and hoping it had somehow found a soft landing in the grass, asked him to drive back to the park to retrieve it. As the devoted husband he is, he turned around, patiently as ever, and began to drive but then suggested to her that maybe she should check the bumper, to which she exclaimed “seriously, there is no way it will still be there!” But just to appease him, she hopped out of the truck and ran back to the bumper – and there it was! Her husband was likely just as surprised as she was when she returned to the passenger seat drinking from her bottle.

Of course, her story doesn't end there. As any creature of habit will do, she returned her bkr® bottle to the bumper as she unloaded the bikes from the bike rack. As she lifted the truck’s hatch to retrieve their helmets, the door knocked her bkr® bottle to the sloped, paved driveway and it was all she could do to watch her bkr® roll away from her...and then stop, perfectly intact, at the driveway’s edge. Not only had her bkr® bottle managed to stay glued to the bumper for their drive home but it then survived a fall in the end. Even though she could rest assured that her bkr® would be replaced if it should break, she grew even more fond of her treasured, and remarkable, bkr®.

Come to Spa Utopia Health & Wellness Center today and choose a bkr® bottle for your own adventure! Because whether it is at your desk, in your car, or out in nature’s playground, it is always important to stay hydrated. Remember to be kind to your body and yourself by drinking lots of water from a clean and chemical free source. We only have one body, and one earth, and we need to be good to both!

Friday, August 3, 2012

BC Long Weekend!

Spa Utopia Health & Wellness Center 
will be closed on 
Monday August 6th. 

Enjoy the long weekend everyone... be safe, protect your skin and stay's going to be a hot one! 

"The Utopians" Complete Rush!

We are pleased to present this week's guest blogger - Stephanie from our North Vancouver location - and the story of her team's spa adventure:

On Saturday June 23, our Spa Utopia Health & Wellness Center North Vancouver team members Diane (General Manager) and Stephanie (Assistant Spa Manager) took to the streets of Vancouver to compete in RUSH - The Race and Urban Scavenger Hunt in support of the BC Lung Association.

It all began with a friendly challenge from fellow Spa team member Tom (Massage Department Head). The contest: enter the 6 hour charity race around the city and just TRY to beat "Team Turtle"   (Tom and his fiancĂ©, Billie, a former Spa employee). Diane and Steph never back down from a challenge...and so it was on!

  In the days leading up to the race there was a buzz in the staff room at the Spa. Fundraising efforts were underway (which included homemade marshmallow sales - yum yum!) and you couldn't miss the friendly banter between the teams. Spa employees were rallying behind "The Utopians", who adopted the unofficial name "Team Beat Tom!"

 The morning of the race "The Utopians" were fired up and ready to decipher clues to help them complete 10 Checkpoint Challenges at unknown locations throughout the city. All of the challenges of the day were designed to test teams' limits, both mentally and physically, while also being fun and entertaining.

 Throughout the day "The Utopians" raced around Vancouver by foot and public transit, completing 10 challenges as they went - mixing drinks, solving a murder mystery, partaking in a boot camp, testing their math skills, participating in their very own Hunger Games - and much more! They worked together as a team and RUSHED through the finish line with mere seconds remaining!

  While "Team Turtle" crossed the finish line first (they placed 8th out of 140 teams!), BOTH teams were winners. Team work, community involvement, and having fun is important for all staff at Spa Utopia - and that's what this day was all about!