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How To Enhance And Keep Your Summer Glow

summer skin glow

If you’re looking to enhance and keep your skin’s natural glow from the summer, here are a few tips (besides a sunscreen and a 4′ brimmed hat) that will help.

Apply your facial products to the back of the neck all the way up to your hairline. Gravity affects that area too, especially when you wear your hair up, and the sun exposure breaking down collagen and elastin. Applying products to the back side of the neck will help prevent sagging in the front and should be treated as an extension of that area.

I love using a mask at least twice a week to keep skin bright and clear. You can make your own. Put a few slices of pumpkin in a food processor, add 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt and honey. Apply the mask and cover the eye with cold green tea bags (it reduces puffiness). Let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove the mask with a warm, damp towel. The yogurt also helps heal sunburned, damaged skin.

To extend your summer tan, incorporate raw carrots into your snack routine. Carrots contain a very potent antioxidant called carotene that promotes the coloration of the skin, and when you have several servings in your diet, it warms up your natural skin tone to help your tan last longer.

raw carrots, hydrating mist and jade rollers

Keep a hydrating mist in your purse. Misting the skin throughout the day will cool it off and balance nature’s harsh elements by keeping it calm and hydrated. I love Jane Iredale’s Lemongrass Spray.

Apply eye cream with a jade stone. This ancient beauty ritual from Japan is known to drain toxins from the eye area, increase blood circulation and help with puffiness.

One of the most important things to remember to do after sunbathing is to rinse your body with fresh water to remove salt and/or chlorine from the skin. These two elements will dry out the skin quickly.

Hope everyone is having a fun summer and I can’t wait to tell you about our 3rd new location opening this Fall!

A girl’s gotta spa and you deserve to be pampered!

Love,
Veronica

“I regret taking such good care of my skin.” – said no one ever

GIVE YOUR VALENTINE THE GIFT OF SPA!

Valentine’s Day is here and Veronica Day Spa has the perfect Valentine’s gift of pampering for your sweetheart!

What better way to celebrate love than giving your loved one a special Valentine’s Day at the spa!

spa

The greatest gift on Valentine’s Day is the gift of pampering with relaxing massages, soothing facials, sauna, acupuncture or a private yoga or tai chi class with our master teachers. Your loved one will leave feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, refreshed and truly special. During this time of the year even the most beauty conscious neglect their skin form time to time.

relaxing massages, soothing facials and yoga

The latest facial to get the A list all excited is the new HydraFacial. The entire HydraFacial is performed using a vacuum based skin abrasion tip which is loaded with various serums prescribed according to your needs and specially formulated to target and combat different skin complaints. The probe removes dead skin cells while bathing the healthy underlying skin with antioxidants deep into the skin – exactly where they can take effect. Your main skincare woes targeted in one quick and easy session.

HydraFacial is tailored to your individual skincare needs, meaning you will receive a customized treatment suited to your skin’s requirements. If you like the results and hate fluff then the HydraFacial is the perfect facial for skin maintenance. The results are pretty addictive, even if you only manage this treatment once every couple months your skin will thank you for it.

We are experts on helping you put together your gift of love. A little bit of planning will go a long way, and your Valentine will surely appreciate your efforts. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a special person in your life, give the gift no one returns; the gift of relaxation, the Veronica Spa Gift Certificate. Gift cards are available in any denomination and can be used for any service or combination of services – there’s something for everyone on our spa menu!

relaxing massages, soothing facials and yogaWith each Gift Certificate you’ll get a free Veronica Aromatherapy Bergamot & Jasmine Candle.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

With love and gratitude,
Veronica

“For me the only things of interests are those linked to the heart.” – Audrey Hepburn

Recipe for Beauty Sleep

We all know the basics of a good diet, exercise and good grooming, but a consistent sleep schedule and nighttime routine is also a key to your health.

Just getting the recommended 7-8 hour quantity of sleep is not always enough, it’s the quality of sleep that’s important. Turning and tossing, waking up throughout the night, and restlessness can be a big problem.

beauty sleep

Your mind can keep you up when your body really wants to rest.

A few routines help me get a good nights sleep.

An aromatherapy bath helps calm the mind and body. Lavender, orange blossom and chamomile are my favorites. A few drops in your bath water is all you need. Lavender is stress-reducing, orange blossom is calming and reduces anxiety (it’s in our aromatherapy candles), and chamomile relaxes and promotes restfulness.

Lighting a candle and turning off the electricity also helps the mind and body relax.

aromatherapy bath

Magnesium is the second most abundant element in the human cell and helps to regulate over 300 enzyme actions in the body. Most people are magnesium deficient. If our magnesium level gets too low, it can disrupt our REM sleep and lower our serotonin production. Magnesium levels fall at night, so to help increase intake, it’s important to eat magnesium rich foods like dark leafy greens, fish, nuts and seeds. One of the most efficient ways for the body to absorb key minerals is topically. Bathing in Epsom Salts will detoxify and rebalance the body.

According to the National Academy of Sciences, magnesium deficiency helps account to high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain. digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments. Who knew?!

While there are many different brands of Epsom Salts, they are all the same product chemically, and can be found at most drug stores.

Add two cups of Epsom salts to your bath water with a few drops of your favorite essential oils, light a candle and soak for at least 15 minutes in your bath. Do this three times weekly.

If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, please check with your doctor before using Epsom Salts.

We all have such busy days, but taking the time for a beautiful bath can be good for your soul…your immune system… and your sleep!

Wishing you health and wellness!

Love,
Veronica

“Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama

Acne, Not Just For Teens

Adult acne is not just for teens. A 2012 study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, reported that 27% of adults had clinical acne, while an additional 29% experience mild acne.

Adult acne is different than the traditional flair-ups experienced during the teen years. Most often it is linked to stress, inflammation, hormonal imbalances, as well as environmental and dietary factors.

tips for healthy looking clear skin

Tips for healthy looking clear skin:

  • Wash your face morning and night
  • Exercise
  • Drink lots of pure spring water and enjoy a diet rich in detoxifying greens and green juices.
  • Take Vitamins and essential nutrients like zinc, magnesium and essential fatty acids.
  • Protect with sunscreen, 4 inch brimmed hat and uv sunglasses
  • Moisturize am and pm
  • Monthly deep cleansing facials

My answer to tinted moisturizers that won’t break you out is the Veronica Mineral Sheer Tint BB Cream. A tinted moisturizer, sunscreen and antioxidant lotion that gives a lightweight coverage that evens out your complexion.

Veronica Mineral Sheer Tint BB Cream
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Evens skin tone with a sheer natural radiance, as it nourishes, moisturizes and protects. The Veronica Mineral Sheer Tint BB Cream brightens the skin while protecting against free radicals and gives you a little color! This ultra-sheer cream gives your skin a extra boost of Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Lysine and other vital elements. Potent Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng and Vitamins A and E protect against free radical damage while hydrating skin.

The perfect ‘Barely There Glow’ glides on effortlessly to create a water-resistant veil of natural-looking coverage

A healthy lifestyle and consistent daily habits are important to achieve beautiful skin, through every stage of life.

Love,
Veronica

Healthy skin is a reflection of your overall wellness – Veronica

Spring Cleaning From The Inside Out

There are many reasons I use a far infrared sauna, and skin rejuvenation is just one of them.

When your body produces sweat via the deep sweating you experience in a far infrared sauna, the rate at which dead skin cells are replaced can be increased. At the same time, heavy sweating helps to remove bacteria out to the epidermal layer of the skin and the sweat ducts.

spring infrared sauna

This pore cleaning also causes increased capillary circulation, which can give the skin a younger, healthier-looking appearance. When you sweat, the movement of fluid to the skin delivers mineral-rich nutrients and helps to fill spaces around the cells, increasing firmness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. So by continually flushing waste throughout skin cells via the use of the sauna, you increase skin health, tone and cleanse the pores.

Not only does it help your skin stay healthy and young, it also helps purify the body from the inside out, eliminating metals and toxins that are stored in fat cells (sushi anyone?), which can release toxins. This helps your heart health, muscular pain relief, fat loss, immune system, relaxation and better sleep, increased cardiovascular performance and increased stress resilience. It helps with weight loss and our Endermologie clients love it. And, what better way to detox before a facial or massage treatment. It makes all and any of our treatments better.

spring infrared sauna

So, can you blame me for being addicted to my far infrared sauna? I pop in during the day, even if I have a few minutes, it always makes me feel better.

I like to use SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate after my sauna. It’s formulated for toning and tightening the skin on the body and I love the way if feels.

It has an instant cooing effect and helps keep my skin hydrated and firm. It’s also paraben and fragrance free!

spring infrared sauna

Happy Spring!
Veronica

Oh, and we just celebrated Olivia’s number 5 😉

spring infrared sauna

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” – Robin Williams

The Secret To Beautiful Eyes

One of the first places we start showing our age is the eyes.

As we age, our muscles weaken and can no longer hold up our skin as tightly. This results in the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. ThermiSmooth uses radio frequency to heat the skin and stimulate the natural production of collagen. This helps strengthen and thicken the skin to improve its overall quality and appearance. The new ThermiSmooth is a non-invasive way to lift and smooth the skin of the face without any pain or downtime. It’s the ideal treatment for the fine skin around the eyes and lips.

Our Medical Director, Dr. Talia Emery will be demonstrating the ThermiSmooth on ExtraTV December 11th.

ThermiSmooth

Speaking of eyes…

How you take your makeup off at night is important. Pulling and tugging on the sensitive skin around the eyes can wear and tear, and over time cause more wrinkles and aging of the eyes. With so many mascaras out there, you would think it would be easy to find one that you love. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find. I have high expectations, and want volume, no clumps, all day curl without flakes, and no smudging. It seems that I would use a mascara for about a six months, and then move on to find a better one. Now you can condition your lashes while making them thicker without clumps! VolumeX Mascara creates natural and lavish lashes that look natural.

A patented V-shaped brush lifts and curls lashes from root to tip. Packed with ultra condoning vitamins A, E & Panthenol creates body and volume.

VolumeX Mascara

ExtraTV will be doing a giveaway of the Veronica VolumnX Mascara, V Peptide Eye Cream and Pro Pallette Concealer on December 11th!

Veronica and Carl

Wishing you and your loved ones peace, joy and health this holiday season, and throughout 2016!

Love,
Veronica

“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” – Anonymous

I am honored to be a part of Operation Smile

After reading and learning about Operation Smile I was touched by the children who were helped by the amazing doctors of Operation Smile.

Operation Smile

Operation Smile is an organization dedicated to helping children around the world with cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Every year Operation Smile rescues so many children born this way and save these children from lives of rejection and despair. Having healthy children and grandchildren, I am so grateful and wanted to help these beautiful children in any way I could.

Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.

Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. Bill Magee, a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathy, a nurse and clinical social worker, traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.

What they found was overwhelming. People were pushing their babies at them. They tugged at their sleeves and begged them to help their children. In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. After this, the Magee’s made a promise they would return to help more children. Today, Operation Smile is an international medical charity whose global network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from more than 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children.

Kathleen Magee, Dr. William Magee, Veronica

A Cure to War

In 2011 I was thrilled to host the world premiere of the film, “A Cure to War: Six Degrees of Humanity” at our Spa. The film by Patrick Heaply helped raise awareness of Operation Smiles’s mission and its message.

Craig T. Nelson, Veronica, Doria Cook-Nelson

In 1989 President Reagan and General John Vessy sent the largest group of Americans into Vietnam since the fall of Saigon, they weren’t soldiers, but surgeons. What began as an initiative to help return the remains of soldiers lost during the Vietnam War would build friendships that would lead to the relations between the United States and Vietnam, and today, continues to add one smile at a time to the already astounding 30,000 Vietnamese children and young adults who have been helped by Operation Smile.

The film was narrated by our Tai Chi Master, Doria Cook-Nelson’s husband Craig T. Nelson.

On October 2, I was honored again to be on the Host Committee of Operation Smile’s Gala 2015 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The Event raised more than 1.1 million to heal smiles!

Operation Smile's Gala 2015

For just $240 you can provide for a cleft lip surgery that will change a child’s life forever. That operation, and the difference it makes, is priceless.

To see these children smile and listen to them laugh is a miracle.

I feel blessed to have so many wonderful friends and clients that have helped and donate to this wonderful organization during the past 15 years.

Beauty starts from the inside and this organization proves that.

Love,
Veronica

For more information, please visit www.operationsmile.org

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

China Beauty

Tai Chi

Carl and I spent four glorious days in Shanghai. The beautiful city of Shanghai is a bit difficult to place into words. I think that Shanghai is a city of contrast…the new, the old, the modern, the traditional, and all the glamour that came along from ancient times. Loving Tai Chi, I was especially excited to see see groups of locals performing stately, synchronized tai chi routines on the Bund every morning.

The Bund is Shanghai’s main stage, a long riverside sweep of colonial buildings and parkland. I wished that our Tai Chi Master Doria Cook-Nelson had been there with her students to see and experience this sight.

At the luxurious Evian Spa in Shanghai I enjoyed a rose petal, essential oil soak that was followed by their Italian red wine body scrub. It included a heavenly massage. This treatment was followed by a lavender body wrap. This cured my jet lag.

Aromatherapy facial and jade roller

I enjoyed an aromatherapy facial that was made up of flower extracts and pure essential oils. The esthetician used a jade face roller. High-quality jade is believed by many to have natural health-enhancing functions, and lymphatic draining massage is good for the face and neck. These beauty techniques are used today at many spas around the world, but are classical Chinese beauty treatments. Smooth, heated black basalt stones were integrated into the therapeutic neck and hand massage, resulting in a deeply relaxing treatment. The placement of the stones on different parts of the body helps melt away tension and ease pain in fatigued muscles of the body. We incorporate these same stones and jade rollers in some of our treatments at the spa for the face and body.

Shanghai

Located in a suburb of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town, with a history of more than 1700 years. Also named ‘Pearl Stream’, this little town is the best preserved ancient town in Shanghai.

Unique old bridges, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses, each with their own courtyard are still kept well preserved. The architecture which is dated back to 5,000 years ago, is still standing here quietly.

The most iconic bridge in the center of town. The Fansheng Bridge built in 1571 by the monk Xingchao of the Cimen Temple. The teahouses that line the river are more like mini libraries that serve organic drinks and home made food. Veronica and Carl It was like going back in time to spend time in Zhujiajiao.

We ended our trip to China in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was the busiest city I’ve ever visited. This city is all about motion. It’s an invigorating jolt on the senses, with motion, speed, 8 million people, and bursting colors everywhere!

We stayed at the Peninsula Hotel, the oldest hotel in Hong Kong. Staying at the Peninsula gave me a taste of old Hong Kong. Our room overlooking Victoria Harbour and the city skyline of Hong Kong island was stunning.

Peninsula Hotel

For years I had heard about the Peninsula afternoon tea. A live quartet plays classical music in the gold and cream colored lobby, and between the glittering chandeliers and the lush palms, it is very much a magical setting. Our mango tea and 3 tiered cake plate was delicious.

Peninsula Hotel afternoon tea and saltwater pool

I loved swimming in their beautiful saltwater pool. They also combine Oriental, Ayurvedic and European techniques in all of their spa treatments.

Visiting Shanghai and Hong Kong was exciting. I hope to return and experience it again one day.

Love,
Veronica

“A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.” – Chinese Proverb

Japanese Beauty Secrets

japan

My trip to Japan and China was beautiful. It’s hard to tell you which is more impressive, the striking skylines of the big cities, or the towering mountains and picture perfect Zen landscapes.

I fell in love with Kyoto instantly. It was a culture suspended in time, one that values honor, simplicity and dedication to it’s city. The people there treat one another with the utmost kindness. Everyone goes out of their way to make visitors feel as cherished and welcomed as if they were long time friends. I was introduced to beauty products that have been used for hundreds of years. I felt honored to have stumbled across some of the oldest skincare products in the world, so elegant and sophisticated in their simplicity.

The Japanese toners (i.e. astringent residue remover after using a facial wash) are called “lotions”. Lotions are typically a light-weight moisturizer, but in Japan they have the consistency of a toner.

Their cleansing routine always consists of a toner after a double cleansing. This is part of the reason Japanese women’s skin is so beautiful and flawless.

Another wonderful discovery I made: cleansing oils. Outside Japan and most Asian countries, the concept of cleansing oils may not sound very appealing, but they work. It is catching on in the rest of the world, but Japanese women have been using coconut and camellia oil to cleanse their skin for hundreds of years. Trust me, this is a fantastic alternative, and with the right brand, you can avoid breakouts. One advantage is less friction on your skin, which means less stress so your skin is not stripped of its natural oils. I’ve been using gentle coconut oil in my morning cleansing routine for 20 years, and it’s the best cleanser for your body, too.

japananese skincare

My first spa experience was the Sake Bath. First practiced by Japanese geishas to decrease the appearance of age and skin spots (pigmentation). Thousand of Japanese women and men continue to experience the healing effects of rice wine’s kojic acids, which softens and hydrates the skin. The Sake Bath also contained a healthy mix of ginger and pine extract, proven to relax muscles and help breathing. There were also baths using red wine, coffee and green tea. To capture the essence of Japan’s skincare experience I had a facial which included a polishing rice enzyme powder, a deep hydrating lifting mask, a soothing camellia beauty oil, and a sake & silk cream hand massage. These treatments not only made my skin glow, they cured my jet lag!

japananese folding fans

I was happy to learn about the symbolism of fans. Folding fans, or sense, are an undeniably sophisticated way to keep cool while looking chic. A perfect blend of form and function, fans have a long history of symbolism and communication of all kinds- from samurai signaling to soldiers in the battlefield, to classically trained geisha and kabuki performers who manipulate the fans countless ways for artful storytelling. Closed fans are used to show respect and honor, as geishas do at the beginning of a tea ceremony. After kneeling and bowing forward until her forehead nearly touches the floor, she stretches her hands forward and places her folded fan horizontally between herself and her guest, creating a sacred space that sets the tone for the rest of the tea-making ritual. Geisha and others use fans to keep cool, deflect, divert or even disguise emotions with a flick or a flutter. While I have always appreciated the aesthetic and practical beauty of fans, after being explained the long history and cultural symbolism of fans in Japan, my appreciation for these elegant keepsakes expanded.

japananese folding fans

I had begun my trip hoping to find out more about Japanese Skincare and food, but I found so much more than that. I feel blessed to have experienced the beauty and history of a few of the Buddhist temples.

To capture the essence of Kyoto is hard to explain. If I could, I would bring each and every one of you to Kyoto to experience the city for yourself.

Charming and graceful, much like cherry blossoms Kyoto is known for, Kyoto-san is a national treasure and I can’t wait to return. I will share more with you about my experiences in Japan and China in my next blog.

Wishing you a happy summer filled with gratitude and wellness.

Love,
Veronica

“Experience the beauties of nature, and in doing so learn about yourself” – Japanese Proverb

Travel and Wellness

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Relaxation is both physical and mental.

I always say that to Spa is not a treatment, but a lifestyle. A wellness lifestyle involves around the clock attention to taking care of our bodies, emotional and spiritual health. Much of our focus is on our daily regimens-eating healthy foods, exercise, and caring for our skin. But what happens when we are traveling?

Over the years I’ve found a number of ways to maintain my personal wellness lifestyle when traveling.

Traveling, especially on an airplane, will certainly take a toll on your skin.

  • Before getting on the plane I have a habit of stopping by my favorite health food store and stocking up on healthy snacks for the plane.
  • Having snacks (apples, carrots, avocado, kale chips, raw nuts, dark chocolate) keeps me from eating over salted and processed airplane food.
  • Traveling can also be an excuse to forget to take essential vitamin supplements. Investing in a supplement travel case helps to keep your program on track.

My skincare regimen stays fairly consistent, but I change it slightly depending on the location I’m traveling to and the weather.

Invisible Blotting Powder and Vitamin C Lip Treatment

  • Environmental factors such as traveling, the seasons, diet, hormones and stress affect your skin.
  • Pack a small clear zip-lock bag with all of your travel essentials, including a hydrating cleanser, moisturizer, lip treatment, compact, hand sanitizer and sunscreen.
  • My two new travel companions are the Invisible Blotting Powder and Vitamin C Lip Treatment.
  • My new blotting powder conditions the skin with Vitamin C & E and provide antioxidant protection. It’s the perfect solution to fresh looking skin at the end of a long flight.
  • My Vitamin C Lip Treatment soothes and helps prevent dryness. Jojoba, Avocado Oil and Vitamins C & E add extra protection and prevents chapping.
  • Try to drink eight ounces of water for every hour in the air (the trips to the bathroom will be good for your circulation). Once I’m settled in my hotel I take a shower or bath. Bathing always decreases jet lag. If there’s a spa in the hotel, I always ask what skin care they use.

japanese women

Our next vacation is Japan! You probably already know that Japanese women are really into skin care. I will be visiting spas to see what’s the latest and greatest in Asian Skin Care. I can’t wait to share everything with you in my next blog.

Wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to my mother Renee and all Mothers. Enjoy your day!

Love,
Veronica

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust