Photo courtesy of www.spaalana.com
I was recently invited to review Spa Alana, which is an AMAZING day spa located in Dana Point, Ca. and not only did I receive the best facial I ever had, but I also walked away with some great skin care tips too! In addition to the day spa, Alana Mitchell also runs a successful online skin care business, Skin Care by Alana, where her goal is “to improve the Quality, Appearance and Health of your Skin.” They carry several quality brands and you are sure to find the right line for your individual skin care needs. Products can be purchased online or at the day spa.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by Linnsey, my Esthetician. She invited me to look around while the treatment room was being prepared, so I browsed the various makeup and skin care products on display. A few minutes later, I entered the room where I received a plush strapless “robe” to change into for my facial.
When Linnsey returned, we briefly spoke about my current regimen along with any concerns I had. She explained that she normally doesn’t speak during the treatments, in order to offer full relaxation for the client, but welcomed any questions or comments I had along the way. I closed my eyes, she turned on the steam and let her magic begin!
We began with a microdermabrasion treatment. This included a deep pore cleanse, extractions, microdermabrasion and high frequency, which is used to reduce redness and kill bacteria on your skin. High frequency is also used for anti-aging and controlling adult acne. I never had a professional microdermabrasion treatment before, so she explained to me that it might feel a bit unusual, but similar to that of a cat’s tongue. And it did! It was not at all painful. Next up was a Level 1 Chemical Peel. It was a 4 layer Vitamin C face lift. The Vitamin C treatment smelled incredible! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I received a neck and shoulder massage. The Kukui Coconut After Bath lotion she used, by Epricuren, had me envisioning myself in a tropical paradise! The massage was so relaxing, I didn’t want it to end! For the first time I can remember, I was able to completely relax and put all thoughts and cares out of my mind! It was heavenly!
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When the treatments were over, my skin felt better than I could have imagined. It was bright and hydrated. My skin tends to be dry and this was not evident in any way! There was no pressure to buy anything and Linnsey prepared some samples for me to try at home. Among them, was a trial skin care kit by Image, which is included with facial peels. Its been a week since my treatments and I am STILL getting compliments about how great my skin looks and how it just glows! I had such an exceptional experience, that I will be going back there for my next facial! I traveled just under 1 hour to get here and it was worth every minute of that drive, there and back! If you live near or are visiting the Orange County area, I highly recommend scheduling a facial! Here is a menu of services provided. Spa Alana has grown by word of mouth. The focus on relaxation, the extensive knowledge about skin care and individualized treatments is what sets Spa Alana apart from any other day spa I know of. They are true skin care experts!
As I mentioned earlier, Linnsey provided me skin care tips and samples. Check back soon for her skin care tips and my complete review of those products, (including one that has changed my mind after being a loyal customer for over 15 years)!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.