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My Four Favorite Spas You Must Visit In OC/LA

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Ever since I started incorporating strength training into my exercise routine and added event planning to my work list of to-do's, I've found myself visiting my local spa more often to destress my body and mind. Because of our fast-paced society, the majority of us focus heavily on our current workload (and future deadlines) that we have to tackle through that we sometimes forget to focus on something that is just as important - our health. Whenever I visit my local spa, I make it an effort to temporarily forget about work (work's not going anywhere!) and to indulge in some good ol' rest and relaxation, whether it be in the form of a facial or massage. If you're looking for a quick getaway from the everyday stresses of life, you should definitely consider visiting one (or all!) of the spas that I share with you guys below.


Spa Tip: If you are looking for an affordable massage or facial, check GroupOn for the best prices. Read through reviews on both GroupOn AND Yelp so that you know you're getting the most bang for your buck!



Burke Williams Day Spa

Burke Williams Day Spa will always be one of my favorite go-to spas to visit. Not only does this luxurious spa offer a variety of quality services, but their amenities are seriously top-notch.

Picture a metallic bowl of neatly organized white towels infused in an icy bath of cucumber water and that you grab one to place on your eyes before you head into their popular eucalyptus scented steam room. Picture an organized shelf of shower caps, razors, shaving cream, and hairties - all available for you to use before your shower. Picture a spacious room filled with individual vanity mirrors and desks for you to straighten, curl, or style your hair to your liking before you head out for the remainder of the day. Picture a black wicker basket of bananas, apples, and oranges next to two types of fruit-infused water to choose from. These are just the amenities we're talking about.

As for the services, I list my experience of receiving the Pure Relaxation Massage (50-minute), Salt Or Sugar Glo Wetroom Treatment (25-minute), and Spa Style Facial (50-minute) in a previous blog post here. If you are looking for the nitty-gritty details, I suggest you read this blog post! If you're unsure of what to start off with as a first-time visitor to Burke Williams Day Spa, I highly recommend going for the 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage because you can never go wrong with a massage! However, if you ask me what my favorite service is, it has to be the unique Salt Or Sugar Wetroom Treatment. Wanna know why? You have to read my previous blog post to find out ;)

GIVEAWAY: Want to win a 3-day Spa Pass (valued at $225) and Buff Exfoliant (valued at $48) from Burke Williams Day Spa? I'm gifting ONE lucky Instagram winner this awesome prize set so don't forget to enter here before I pick a winner!


Kate Somerville Clinic

Although I've only visited the Kate Somerville Clinic once, that doesn't mean that I wouldn't go again! Upon entering this clinic, you are greeted by an elegant staircase that eventually leads you to their minimalistic waiting room with the friendliest of staff to check you in. While you wait, the waiting room features an array of Kate Somerville's collection and I've been using her products since my middle school days!

At the Kate Somerville Clinic, I received a 50-minute facial by Kelly and you can read about my first-time experience here. Before Kate Somerville Clinic, I've received plenty of facials from other spas (Massage Envy, Mirako Spa, etc.), but they felt nothing like the experience I had at this specific clinic. During my facial, I felt completely in the know with every step of my facial and I absolutely loved that feeling. There's no worse feeling than not knowing what someone is putting on your face or body, am I right (Insert concerned emoji here)? Kelly was very detailed-oriented, helpful, and informative and her clear explanation made my facial process feel a whole lot more relaxing and stress-free than any other facial I've ever received.

P.S. For those Yelpers out there, be sure to check-in to The Kate Somerville Clinic on your mobile app to redeem one free travel-sized product!


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Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Recently, I visited the Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona with Sharon and it was like visiting mini-Disneyland for an entire day! Like the previous two spas, I have an entire blog post recap of my Glen Ivy Hot Springs experience here.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs is not like your average spa due to the fact that this is a more outdoorsy, social, and interactive type of spa. In contrast to your tranquil spa experience, the Glen Ivy Hot Springs exudes more of a laid-back resort type of feel. Don't even get me started about the food at Ivy Kitchen because it is freakin' AMAZING and they offer a variety of healthy dishes that I am obsessed with! Additionally, this hot springs offers far more activities (massages, facials, Club Mud, mineral baths, swimming pools, drink lounge, etc.) than your average spa, so you can guess why Sharon and I spent a majority of our day here ;)

If you are looking for a girl's day out or a couple's getaway idea, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is the place to visit! Last but not least, don't forget your swimsuit because whether you want to swim in mud or water is your choice, as long as you're having fun ;) 


Le Cheateau Enchante Day Spa

Le Cheateau Enchante Day Spa is a massage location in Lake Forest that I didn't share much about with you guys on social media, but it was more of a low-key appointment I wanted to make just to destress from the month's workload. But, at least I'm sharing this place with you guys now! The massage therapists are very kind and informative, and I love how they care about their customers.

After my massage, the staff pinpoints all of the target areas that they worked on and how your body developed soreness, tension, and stiffness in those respective areas. In fact, they told me that my neck was stiff because my work requires me to look down at my phone a lot, LOL (totally caught red-handed)! Not only did they teach me certain stretches to reduce body stiffness and tension, but they even suggested various items (foam roller, tennis ball, etc.) to purchase to eradicate any knots I may want to get rid of. I value a spa (and their employees) who go above-and-beyond with their customer service skills, and Le Cheateau Enchante Day Spa definitely delivered.

Additionally, I wanted to mention that even though I am a huge fan of pure relaxation massages, my experience felt a bit more like a medium pressure massage. I would recommend this spa for those who are interested in receiving more pressure during their massages (medium pressure to deep tissue), and not for those who want a relaxing massage. Nonetheless, they definitely worked out the kinks on my body and I'm glad that I feel less stiff as I'm typing this blog post out, LOL.

Tip: For first-time visitors, I purchased a Groupon voucher from Le Cheateau Enchante Day Spa here. Just search this spa name and voila, your wallet will thank you!


After reading about these four spas, which spa peaks your interest most? Or, have you visited any of these spas already? Let me know in the comments section below!



Portrait Photography:

Sharon Litz (@sharonlitz)

www.sharinaone.com


Much Love,

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Winding Down At The Burke Williams Spa

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What better way to pamper yourself on #NationalRelaxationDay than to head to your local spa? Oh, but I'm not just talking about any spa. I'm talking about the spa with the refreshing eucalyptus steam room, the already prepared bowl of cold cucumber-scented towels soaked in iced water next to the sauna, fresh fruits located in every room for guests to munch on, and more. Yep, that's right - I'm talking about the luxurious Burke Williams Spa located in Mission Viejo.

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For somebody who is always on-the-go and a frequent commuter of the long drive between OC and LA, I am definitely in need of a spa day...or more than one, hah! Thankfully, Burke Williams Spa is the closest getaway to home that I know. In celebration of National Relaxation Day (which actually passed a couple of weeks ago!), I partnered up with Burke Williams Spa to experience a variety of their services and amenities to show you guys WHY you should book your next appointment here. On my first visit, I went with the bestie, Marisa from @mariseeezy, to get massages. However, I visited again about two weeks later to experience their facial and wetroom services so that I could get a feel for the entire Burke Williams Spa experience. I've listed the three specific services that I experienced down below, in addition to my honest review of each appointment in hopes that my experience can make yours better!

Pure Relaxation Massage (50-Minute)

Every time that I need to wind down, a relaxation massage is JUST what I need to relax my mind and body for the remainder of the day. A typical massage appointment consists of 5 minutes of undressing, 50 minutes of massage time, and 5 minutes of redressing. As every massage therapist should, she asked me if the temperature of the massage bed was comfortable and if she needed to change the pressure of the massage. Also, I added that I had minor tendonitis on both of my wrists, so she made sure to work on those areas as well. For any of you who are injured through work or sports, massages are a GREAT way to relieve your inflammation and pain! After every massage I get, I'm always in a half sleepy, half happy trance - which means the massage was relaxing and got the job done! If you haven't had a massage before, I would recommend going for a relaxation massage for first-time guests. If you're experienced in booking massages, have a low pain tolerance, or feel that you have a lot of kinks you need to work on, then I would suggest booking a deep tissue massage instead!


Salt or Sugar Glo Wetroom Treatment (25-Minute)

Literally, the first thought that crossed my mind when I entered this room was HUMAN CAR WASH! Upon entering this room, you see a massage table covered in towels and about three to five shower heads located to the right of the table. The massage therapist kindly explained how the procedure would work before I undressed and snuggled underneath a towel, face down and bottom up! She massaged three products on to my body, in the order of a body wash scrub, salt scrub, and body oil. Also, in between each product application, she made sure to rinse off all of the excess product before moving on to the next step. Once all three scrubs were applied, I was instructed to turn my body over so that we could repeat the scrub process on the front part of my body.

For this specific wetroom treatment, you have the choice of picking between a salt or sugar scrub. Since I had the "go big or go home" mentality, I YOLO'd and picked the salt scrub to get more bang for my buck. The massage therapist explained that salt was more coarse, so I definitely felt the rough and uncomfortable texture of this scrub when the time came. But like they say, beauty equals pain, right? Hah. Honestly, the scrubbing was a bit uncomfortable and inflicted minor pain here and there, but the pain is definitely temporary and is immediately relieved once lukewarm water is sprayed at the previously scrubbed area. The most sensitive part of my body had to be the upper chest area so if you do decide to book a wetroom treatment, let's just say I warned you, haha!

If you had to ask me if I would book this treatment again, I would in a heartbeat. It was such a unique first-time experience for me and I absolutely enjoyed the entire exfoliation process! After all, whatever helps achieve healthier and softer skin for my body is a win-win in my book!


Spa Style Facial (50-Minute)

Whenever I'm about to get a facial, I always get this super excited feeling knowing that my skin is about to look its healthiest and most dewy as soon as I walk out of that spa door! With the Spa Style Facial, Heidi was so nice as to write down EVERY single ingredient that she applied on to my skin so that I could explain my facial to the best of my ability to you guys! 

First off, let me just say that this facial comes with a hand and foot massage for those who want to experience a few extra perks from your average facial. While my hands were treated with ecofin (all natural, environmentally friendly, paraben-free), my face was exposed to a consistent wave of steam to help open my pores by the time of the extraction process. To make this facial session easier to visualize and understand, I've listed down the exact ingredients that Heidi applied to my face from start to finish to create a radiant, dewy look by the end of my session.

Prepare:
1) Complete - Normal Gel Cleanser
2) Prepare - Ultra Dermal Toner
3) Buff - Refining Exfoliant (function: removes dead skin cells, clean pores)

Target:
1) Eye-Tox 3 - Optimum Eye Serum (function: tightens, helps with dark circles, anti-aging)
2) Moisture/Enhance - Hyaluronic Boost (function: hydrates)
3) Beyond - Tightening Hydration Mask (function: massages, hydrates)
4) Spotless - Anti-Blemish Mask (function: Tea Tree + Clay cleans pores & helps with breakouts)
5) Defy - Age Defying Antioxidant Mask (function: moisturizes + hydrates) 

Support:
1) Balance - Oily Skin Moisturizer(function: moisturizes, helps with breakouts, oil-free)
2) Moisture/Enhance - Hyaluronic Boost (function: hydrates)

Finish:
1) Spa Gloss - Lip Treatment


Additionally, she provided me with a few helpful tips on skincare that I wanted to share with you guys as well.

Tip #1:
After receiving a facial near bedtime, you should still apply your evening skincare products.

Tip #2:
After using a facial sheet mask near bedtime, you should still apply your evening skincare products.


Tip #3: If your skincare regimen requires multiple products/steps, give each product time to absorb into your skin. The more time you wait in between applications, the better! (Ideal wait time between products: 10 minutes)

Tip #4:
If you have to extract your blackheads or blemishes, do so in a "scooping down" motion, then upwards instead of attacking right at the source. If the extraction is not done properly, the blemish becomes irritated and more red.

Tip #5:
If you want to try out a new skincare product but are feeling scared that it would irritate your skin, do a spot treatment first. Apply the new product on to a SMALL area of your face, and if it's not irritated within 30 seconds to a minute, chances are you're good to go!

Tip #6 (from me):
Do not use the steam room or sauna after a facial. I waited 10 minutes post-facial to enter the steam room, and sweat mixed with facial products is not the best combination. My eyes have been irritated for the last couple of hours, so learn from me by not repeating the same mistake, haha!


After experiencing all three of these services, I'm already awaiting my next spa day! If I had to come back to Burke Williams Spa, I would most likely want to book a wetroom appointment again! I know that we can all get easily caught up in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, so don't forget to take a breather every now and then by pampering yourself and your body! If you need a mini break or getaway from the monotonous routine that is work and life, you already know that Burke Williams Spa is ready to welcome you with open arms :) 

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Much Love,

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