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.

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