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Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Points with your Spa & Wellness Gift Card purchase  

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All year long, Spa Week has massaged, scrubbed, wrapped, waxed, polished and provided pampering however else imaginable to each and everyone one of you who’s enrolled in MyWellness Rewards, our thriving social loyalty program. Now, with the Holiday Season in full swing, we’re giving you even more perks in honor of the busiest shopping month of the year!

When you purchase a Spa & Wellness Gift Card (the premier spa gift card in North America), you’ll receive a special code to unlock your secret reward which can score your anywhere from 25 to 1,000 Bonus Points into your MyWellness Rewards account! Redeem your points towards beauty, health and wellness products including Spa & Wellness Gift Cards – now accepted at over 8,000 spas across North America! With thousands of locations and treatment options to choose from, it’s the perfect time to start racking up points to put towards a relaxing spa visit; there’s no better way to relax and de-stress in the New Year!

Not an existing MyWellness Rewards member? No problem! You’ll be given the option to sign-up right away with your gift card purchase. Start shopping and unlocking now!

Kelly Verdi is the Public Relations Manager at Spa Week Media Group. She loves dogs, 80 minute facials and a good blowout worth bragging about.

Tis’ the Season for Heat Styling

We share insider tips from top experts to help you style your hair like a pro this holiday season and beyond. 

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Although the weather outside is frightful… don’t let the same tune apply to your hairstyle. With all of the holiday soirees on the horizon, women everywhere will strive to tout luscious locks. While curling and flat irons help us achieve those sexy, sought after curls and poker straight strands, such tools should be approached with caution. One false move and you’re left with the tell-tale sign of a burn on your forehead, wrist or fingers and fried, broken hair to boot.

With the help of celebrity hairstylist, Jen Atkin, New York City cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank and celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas, we’re giving you the 101 to safely approaching your heating tool of choice, and even how to properly treat a burn–because after all–accidents happen.

 

PREVENTION

Jen Atkin recommends a deep conditioner or at-home treatment to prevent breakage. “I love Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy’s 7 Day Intensive Treatment Tubes. This 7-day boot camp for your hair is an excellent way to help nourish hair and scalp, getting your hair back to a healthy and happy place,” said Atkin. She also suggests using heat protectant gloves when wrapping hair around a curling iron to avoid burning your fingers.

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TREATMENT

Joanna Vargas recommends treating burns with LED Light Therapy to prevent scarring. “LED Light Therapy is a proven technology that builds collagen in quantifiable percentages, speeds the healing of the body and corrects any surface damage,” said Vargas. She’s such a fan, in fact, that she’s patented her LED Light Therapy Bed in her New York City salon. Finally, be sure to cover affected areas with sunscreen when going outdoors to protect the skin from further damage.

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Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank takes a more traditional approach to treating a fresh mark hot off the curling iron press. “Quickly run the burn under cool–not cold–water.  Then, keep the burn covered with topical antibiotic ointment,” said Frank. For severe burns, he adds, always seek the help of a doctor.

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Kelly Verdi is the Public Relations Manager at Spa Week Media Group. She loves dogs, 80 minute facials and a good blowout worth bragging about.

Hot Bamboo + Seashells + Champagne = Your Holiday Cure

The doctor is in! Pulled your back lifting the Christmas tree? Sprained your wrist wrapping all those gifts? Or just simply exhausted after 2011? CURE SPA, Malibu’s premier seaside Medical Spa has the… well, cure.

Dr. Lisa Benya is on call and there to discuss with you the best methods for your condition. At the top of her list: hot bamboo, seashells, bubbly, quartz and hot stones. How will these help you this holiday season and beyond? Let’s take a look. CURE accepts Spa & Wellness Gift Cards by Spa Week.

CURE OPTION ONE: Hot Bamboo

This full body Hot Bamboo Massage, brand new at CURE, is a tranquil fusion of hands on massage and heated bamboo application. The bamboo is rolled and massaged in areas of tension to release stress from the body. Warm oil is used to nourish parched winter skin and the pressure is tailored to fit your preference. Hot bamboo massage is an ancient Chinese technique that promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage, providing a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

CURE OPTION TWO: Seashells

Bring the beach to you – spa style. Reverse the effects of time with CURE’s revolutionary Babor© treatment, the SeaCreation, available as a facial or a body treatment. It’s derived from the depths of the sea using algae and other ingredients to energize and repair the skin. This truly unique experience uses tigress seashells.

 

CURE OPTION THREE: Champagne

Pop the bubbly! In CURE’s Champagne Facial, a yeast extract of French champagne nourishes and stimulates the skin. The extract helps guard against free radical damage from environmental toxins, while leaving your skin with an effervescent glow. The treatment also includes a hand and foot massage. Cheers to that!

CURE OPTION FOUR: Rose Quartz

CURE’s Rose Quartz Facial is a gentle facial includes a luxurious massage with rose quartz on the skin to regenerate and promote cell growth. This beautiful stone of the rain forest is known for its healing properties and high mineral content. This treatment includes a warm hand paraffin dip.

CURE OPTION FIVE: Hot Stones

Dying for a long, delicious, post-holiday massage to really WOW you? Based on a holistic approach, this 80 minute treatment uses shiatsu techniques and hot stone massage to balance and stimulate Qi (the flow of energy) and to relax mind and body.

And the options don’t stop there! Check out CURE to cure all your woes, any time of year, with all sorts of normal and strange objects alike. And perhaps to also take a long dip in this very lovely, romantic bath…

CURE SPA
23708 Malibu Road
Malibu, CA 90265
310.456.1458

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Happy Spa-nukkah! Light The Aromatherapy Menorah

Happy first night of Hanukkah, my fellow latke-loving, dreidel-spinning, gelt-indulging friends! When the sun dips down this evening, we’ll kick off those eight infamously crazy nights; the beautiful, celebratory Festival of Lights.

Uh oh, what’s that you say? No lights for your festival? Did you forget your MENORAH!? If you’re anything like me: a nice Jewish girl who just happens to not have a menorah around her apartment, yet is drowning in scented candles, let’s join hands and do this together:

The Aromatherapy Menorah.

I hope my rabbi isn’t reading this right now. But with no disrespect to the Jewish traditions I loved growing up with, I have decided that this year I will put my large collection of sweet, musky, cinnamon, lavender, and other such delicious-smelling candles to good use, bend the rules of Hanukkah, and make my own little Festival of Lights.

I’ll designate one large candle as the Shamas to be lit every night, and night by night, I’ll say my Baruch-ata-adonai and add a small candle to the aromatherapy mix. My apartment is soon to smell like an unidentifiable jumble of Hanukkah goodness. A miracle indeed. Malin+Goetz, Diptyque, Bond St… welcome to The Tribe.
Join me on Polyvore to see all the featured candle brands, and where you can get this beautiful menorah!

Spas Helping Kids Unwrap Gifts This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for giving. While you’re buying everyone on your list a Spa & Wellness Gift Card (wink, wink) let us not forget those who are less fortunate. We talked about how spas are giving back all year round, but the holidays are a special time to reach out to the local community. We love hearing stories about spas giving free massages to deserving unemployed people. It warms our hearts to see spas (that already bring us joy with their amazing spa treatments!) reach out and give all that they can during the holiday season. Not every child is going to be able to unwrap a toy this Christmas. Here are some spas that want to change that:

Last night, American Laser got in the holiday spirit by co-hosting the GIVE 2 GET Beauty event with Pretty City. Guests who donated a toy received a gift card for one free treatment of choice. Now that’s a reason to give!

The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Los Angeles is having their annual Teddy Bear Tea event where kids enjoy a puppet show, storytelling by one of Santa’s helpers, and pictures with Santa. Guests are asked to bring one unwrapped, packaged gift for donation to Hillsides charity. Teddy Bear Tea will be held December 17-23 from 10 am to noon.  For reservations call 626.585.6218.

Alantra Spa in North Reading, Massachusetts is offering 10% off any service for every un-opened new toy you bring to the spa from now until December 30th. The toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Bring in an unused toy to your local Massage Envy for their ‘12 Days of Christmas‘ event until December 19th. The toys will be donated to Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is the nation’s largest gift basket distributor to children with cancer serving 220 children’s hospitals and pediatric oncology treatment centers nationwide. For the nearest location call 866.553.3689.

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