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BURKE WILLIAMS WELCOMES THE 2020 HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ALL-NEW SPA PACKAGES AND EXCLUSIVE SPECIALS

November 10, 2020

Tis the season to find comfort, joy, and relaxation at your spa home away from home

Burke Williams will become the spa home away from home this holiday season by combining all the luxurious elements of a day spa with the comfort and warmth of being at home. In celebration of the most wonderful time of the year, California’s leading luxury day spa will launch gift card and gift kit specials starting Thursday, Nov. 5 through the end of the year, as well as promotional offers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Burke Williams is bringing the holidays home this season by offering gift card packages, stocking stuffers, and spa service-inspired gift kits within each location and online. Because we all deserve a little more this season, Burke Williams is pleased to extend an exclusive week of deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday for guests to enjoy or give as gifts to their friends and family members. Please see below for a taste of Burke Williams’ holiday offerings:

Burke Williams Black Friday and Cyber Monday Week

From Monday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Nov. 30, Burke Williams will be offering a week-long Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal consisting of exclusive 2-for-1 Merry Little Spa Day gift card packages. The gift card packages are listed below:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Spa Day 2-for-1 Package – $380
A Spa Day for You
· 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage
· 50-minute Spa Style Facial
· Spa Manicure with Dazzle Dry
· Spa Pedicure with Dazzle Dry

A Spa Day for Me – Free!
· 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage
· 50-minute Spa Style Facial
· Spa Manicure with Dazzle Dry
· Spa Pedicure with Dazzle Dry

Guests may upgrade to an 80-minute massage and facial plus luxe spa manicures and pedicures for only $140 more.

Pricing and services will vary by location. Please contact directly to learn more about gift card packages offered at Mission Viejo, San Jose, and San Francisco locations.

Black Friday One-Day Only Flash Sale
With the New Year approaching, Burke Williams has prioritized spreading awareness about the benefits of self-care and is excited to bring back its one-day only flash sale for Black Friday where guests can receive a three-month spa membership to any Burke Williams location. This membership will include three monthly massages or facials, gifts, and spa days for just $300 plus a 20% discount off any H2V products. Prices will vary by location.

Burke Williams Gift Card Packages
Silent Nights, Peaceful Days – $160 ($145 for members)
· 80-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or Spa Facial with two enhancements of choice.

I’ll Be Home for Spa Days – $270 ($245 for members)
· 80-minute Pure Relaxation Massage; 50-minute Spa-Style Facial; Spa Manicure; and massage or facial enhancement of choice.

Walking in a Wellness Wonderland – $500 ($450 for members)
· 80-minute Specialty Massage of choice; 80-minute Radiance Facial; Herbal Spa Bath; Luxe Spa Manicure; Luxe Spa Pedicure; Advanced Eye Lift; and massage and pedicure enhancement of choice.

The Most Wonderful Gift of the Year – $1,100 ($990 for members)
· 80-minute Burke Williams Signature Massage; 80-minute Specialty Massage of choice; 80-minute Nourishing Facial; 80-minute Radiance Facial; 80-minute Regenerate Anti-Aging Facial; Luxe Spa Manicure; Luxe Spa Pedicure; Seasonal Scrub and Heel Honey pedicure enhancements; Herbal Spa Bath; two massage enhancements of choice; two facial enhancements of choice; and Advanced Eye Lift.

Pricing and services will vary by location. To see all Gift Card Package offerings, please visit https://www.burkewilliams.com/holiday-2020.

Burke Williams Stocking Stuffers
Burke Williams is offering delightful spa treats perfect to gift as stocking stuffers for loved ones and are available at just $36 or under. These items include:

· Body Bliss Bath Soak
· Body Bliss Wintergreen & Arnica Salve
· Sonoma Lavender Essential Oil
· Sonoma Lavender Massage Oil
· Burke Williams Vanilla Lemongrass Tea
· Sonoma Lavender Spa Eye Mask
· H2V Prepare Toner
· Eucalyptus & Lemongrass Shower Spa Mist
· Eminence Stone Crop Body Oil
· Dazzle Dry Mini Kit in rose quartz
· H2V Travel Kit

To learn more about these offerings, please visit https://shop.burkewilliams.com/.

Burke Williams Home for the Holidays Spa Gift Kits
In addition, guests can bring the luxury of a Burke Williams day spa Home for the Holidays with spa gift kits consisting of different spa services and packaged in a Burke Williams exclusive gift box. Ranging from $35 to $200, each holiday gift kit is listed below.

· Merry Massage – $35
· Includes Sacred Earth Warming Massage Lotion, Sacred Earth Muscle Rub, and a self-massage tool
· Snowed in Wetroom Retreat – $60
· Includes exfoliating gloves, Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Scrub, and Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Shea Butter
· Mistletoe Manicure – $80
· Includes Dazzle Dry Mini Kit in rose quartz, Spa Ritual Anti-Aging Hand Salve, Dazzle Dry Cuticle Oil, and a Burke Williams manicure/pedicure tool kit
· A Partridge and a Pedicure – $100
· Includes Dazzle Dry Mini Kit in rose quartz, Farmhouse Fresh Agave Oil, Diamacel Foot File, and a Burke Williams manicure/pedicure tool kit
· Spa-lala Facial – $120
· Includes H2V Complete Facial Cleanser, H2V Buff Exfoliant, Stone Crop Masque, travel size H2V Balance Moisturizer, and a Burke Williams mini mirror
· A Merry Burke Williams Spa-liday – $155
· Includes Burke Williams robe, signature Vanilla-Lemongrass Tea, Eucalyptus ShowerSpa Mist, and a Sonoma Lavender Eye Pillow
· My Favorite Things Facial – $205
· Includes H2V Hydrate Creamy Cleanser, G10 Serum, Defy Anti-Aging Masque, Youth Cell Serum, travel size Advance D3 Moisturizer, and a Burke Williams mini mirror

Burke Williams takes pride in being guardians of health and wellness within the community and has dedicated crews cleaning and disinfecting all 11 facilities throughout California. Burke Williams has invested more in the health and safety of its employees and guests by implementing new safety measures to its locations, including the installation of 300 HEPA-certified air purifiers in every treatment room and common area, high quality lavender and eucalyptus spray containing antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and extra hand sanitizing stations among others.

For more information, please visit www.burkewilliams.com.

 

ABOUT BURKE WILLIAMS
Burke Williams created the original urban day spa in 1984, elevating the spa experience to a new art form. Drawing inspiration from world-class European day spas, the destination worked to combine the finest traditions with nourishing innovations to transport guests from the stress of everyday life. Today, with 11 locations across California, Burke Williams is a luxurious sanctuary, a place for wellness and beauty, inspiration and optimism. For more information, please visit burkewilliams.com.

Don’t Even Think About Self Extractions (But If You Do, Candace Marino Walks You Through It)

May 4, 2020

Spoiler Alert -celebrity esthetician- Candace Marino, aka the LA Facialist is not an advocate of self extractions. According to Candace” It’s the equivalent of giving free condoms to teens – not encouraging it, but if they’re going to do it, let’s make it safe!”

Seeing too many horror stories as clients were sucked into the rabbit hole of the 10X magnifying mirror, Candace believes in saving it for the experts.
That being said, trapped at home with a next facial [potentially] months away, it’s peak pick time so she is breaking down the safest way to self-extract and care for your poor pores!

Here is a basic breakdown of her at home “Pore Protocol”

Cleanse
  • Gentle Cleanser with light acids for mild exfoliation
  • Product Recco: SkinBetter Oxygen Infusion wash/oxygenating acid complex to help prevent/treat breakouts
Heat / DIY Steam [Note: NOT recommended for anyone with melasma or hyperpigmentation.]
  • Favorite/most cost effective way to steam is by boiling hot water
  • Throw some tea in there to give off spa vibes
  • Hover over the pot with a towel over your head to trap in steam for 5 minutes to allow your skin to soften
  • No longer or it can cause TEWL [transepidermal water loss and dehydration]
Direction for Extract but first – PUT down the knife – use clean fingers only – leave digging devices to the professionals to avoid potential permanent scarring or pigmentation issues and injury.
  • Wrap finger in tissue or cotton, gently pinch the skin together and press upward
  • Press only the direction you want the congestion to go. If you’re pressing down into the skin you’re making things worse, and potentially spreading bacteria under the skin.
  • Be gentle and give pores a break in between & minimize nails
  • Leave aggravated or super stubborn acne alone – hard angry or underground is no go
Cleanserepeat same as above
Ice Roller Product Recco: Stacked ideal for immediate for inflammation reduction and pain
Tone Product Recco: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50W with AHA/BHA to micro-exfoliate and balance skin
Mask Biologique Recherche Vivant or Masque VIP02

“Pores are not doors – they don’t open or close – but we can improve their appearance”Candace Marino

TOP TEN PORE IMPROVING TIPS
  1. Extract with caution and care
  2. Keep face free from cellular build up and environmental sludge — triple cleanse
  3. Clean pores will always appear smaller so exfoliate daily [Salicylic Acid is your friend – use it!]
  4. Strengthen collagen and elastin with peptides
  5. Support balance using humectants and moisture binders like hyaluronic acid
  6. Don’t overly dry – limit Benzoyl Peroxide it can create a rebound effect of more production of sebum
  7. Incorporate BHA in skincare daily – add it!
  8. Use hydrating, calming and soothing serum after extractions iS Clinical HydraCool Serum
  9. Retinol for turnover without trauma Better Skin AlphaRet overnight combo of AHA and Retinol
  10. Go for the big guns weekly with a peel AlphaRet Peel Pads with the starring role of Retinoic Acid
FINAL NOTE: little dots on your nose most likely aren’t blackheads, they’re sebaceous filaments.
Blackheads will be raised, textured, truly black, thick and waxy. The skin oils solidify, forming plugs that can dilate the pore further leading to enlarged pores. Sebaceous filaments are the normal function of the follicle. Narrow, lighter in color under the skin — they do not fully obstruct the pore and are not meant for extractions.
top LA facialist Candace Moreno

According to Dr. Ava: It’s The Right Time To Ramp Up Retinoids At Home

April 29, 2020

Retinoids are the A-List of all Vitamin-A derivatives. The gold standard for over 2 decades in wrinkle reduction, pore refining, texture softening, dimming discoloration and fighting acne can however, be highly reactionary.
Not all created equally with some less potent and some a harsher as they essentially work to trick the skin into thinking and acting like its younger self.

“Retinol transition can be outright treacherous with dermal downtime but,
worth every flake in the end”
– Dr. Ava Shamban

A bright side Benjamin Buttons skin scenario is the “Qua-Routine” can power through the “rough stuff” red, flaking, raw, irritation and inflammation. Come June, emerge fully “filtered” with visible improvements and glowing reviews.
WHY NOW
  • NEVER too early or too late
  • Best to start when there is limited to sun exposure / outdoor activities [and not a chemical peel, laser or other contraindications in sight]
  • Minimum 1-month commitment to breakthrough the transitional side effects and dermal downtime
HOW THEY WORK
  • Engages skin cell turnover — replacing old with new, fresh cells
  • Thickens skin from inside out
  • Stimulates production of new blood vessels
  • Removes dead skin cells keeping pores clear
  • Eliminates dry rough patches
  • Dims discoloration and smooths scarring
  • Increases collagen and elastin
RETINOID RANGE — NOT ALL A’S ARE EQUAL
  • Retinyl palmitate – lowest strength / converts with enzymes but at 20-25% % less potent than Retinol
  • Retinol Most tolerable middle strength OTC product
  • Retinaldehyde High strength product converts 10 times faster into Retinoic Acid in skin therefore considerably stronger than Retinol
  • Adapalene Strongest OTC option but a little different than the others. It slows process of hyperkeratinization in the pores making it a beneficial acne treatment. Can be used with Benzoyl Peroxide without contraindications.
RX versions include: Retin-A, Tretinoin or Tazarotene, which work faster, no conversion and most effective, but also extra irritating to the skin/sun sensitive. Tretinoin can be less effective if used with Benzoyl Peroxide products.
THE RETINOL RULES:
  • Start at night pea sized amount twice weekly
  • Building up to 3X and then nightly over 4 weeks
  • Another 2-4 weeks of nightly usage will yield real results
  • Add neck/décolleté
  • Use calming moisturizer or serum to hydrate and sooth skin at night
  • Add a hydrating spray by day helps to keep from itching/touching face
  • Wear sunscreen daily SPF 30 – [preferably mineral]
THE REWARD
  • After 2 months of consistent nightly usage peeling redness and all irritations will be gone
  • Game-changing reduction in fine lines, dark spots, pores, texture, tone and acne
Here is a list of Dr. A’s fave  Retinols
Instytutum:
ADVANCED RETINOL TONER
X-STRENGTH RETINOL SERUM
POWERFUL RETIN-OIL
All formulas are developed by our Swiss R&D laboratory and scientists with over 30 years of experience in the skincare industry; they are famous for their cutting-edge innovation, outstanding quality, and high performance-driven actives.
Skinbetter:   
ALPHARET OVERNIGHT CREAM
Evening application. Unretouched clinical photography. Data on file, skinbetter science. Individual results may vary. *Twice-daily application of Even Tone Correcting Serum and evening application of AlphaRet Overnight Cream.
U.SK Underskin: 
ADVANCED RETINOL RESTORER
RETINOL ANTIOX DEFENSE
Experience radiant skin as enchanting as the purest of precious stones! This is the premise of U.SK UNDER SKIN, a brand that relies on excellence and a partnership with renowned Italian laboratory, Monteresearch.


Dermaclara Beauty

February 11, 2020

Dermaclara Beauty is a groundbreaking line of skincare that addresses both wrinkles and stretch marks using medical grade silicone patches and complementary skincare that smoothes, plumps, and prevents. Designed for both face and body, their clarafuse silicone patches utilize Silicone Fusion™ technology, and can be applied easily and discreetly. Clarafuse patches firm, plump, and erase wrinkles and stretch marks. Each patch is reusable up to 30 times.

Dermaclara Beauty’s youth scientists explain how the use of medical grade silicone on skin to create a microclimate (called occlusion) that works to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Not only that, they discovered that using clarafuse silicone patches, users could delay or even prevent getting wrinkles in the first place! Gentle on the skin, clarafuse encourages hydration and the skin’s natural healing mechanism to effectively smooth, plump, and rejuvenate itself. The process also stimulates natural collagen production, which helps maintain results over time.

The Better Skin Co.: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

December 27, 2019

The easiest way to get your teen into her skin is to make cute.The Better Skin Co. has this down in spades and they love the holidays so much that this year they curated 5 unique skincare gift sets at various price points ($32-$78) all housed in playful sequin bags. Stocking stuffer success but think the whole year through.

Most noted for their award-winning hero products Mirakle Cream, Lava Magik and Zit No More, The Better Skin Co. focuses on clean, multi-tasking formulations that mix natural and organic ingredients boosted with a bit of science. TBSCO products are vegan, paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free and made in the USA. This holiday, TBSCO gift sets can be purchased on Thebetterskinco.com and Amazon.com.

Holiday “Must Have” Trio – Dry and Delicate – $74 (Value $104)

Lotion Kleanse – Treat your skin to a gentle, luxurious cleanse that removes impurities and assists in melting away makeup. Moisturizing shea butter complimented with aloe, seaweed and soothing green tea prep the skin for the perfect cleanse.

Epik C Serum – Containing a powerful blend of cutting edge plant based technology combined with Vitamin C, this serum gives the appearance of tighter, brighter skin while using natural botanicals and fruit extracts to protect from pollutants. Scented with a hint of lemon.

Mirakle Cream – #1 selling product with proven clinical results. Nature plus science combine to create a Day cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Brightener, and Primer – All In One. Moisturize and fight the signs of aging.

Pink Sequin Bag

Holiday “Must Have” Trio – Normal to Oily – $74 (Value $104)

Gel Kleanse – This kleansing gel is boosted with charcoal to draw out impurities while French Lava sloughs away the nasties. Green Tea and Aloe soothe the skin and leave it feeling hydrated – not stripped.

Epik C Serum – Containing a powerful blend of cutting edge plant based technology combined with Vitamin C, this serum gives the appearance of tighter, brighter skin while using natural botanicals and fruit extracts to protect from pollutants. Scented with a hint of lemon.

Mirakle Cream – #1 selling product with proven clinical results. Nature plus science combine to create a Day cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Brightener, and Primer – All In One. Moisturize and fight the signs of aging.

Pink Sequin Bag

Sparkling Zit Zapper Trio – $54 (Value $72)

ZNM Rollerball – This clear wonder potion includes tea tree oil combined with a powerful acne fighter, salicylic acid. Use day or night – leaves no residue. Dry up trouble spots with this travel-friendly rollerball. Great for Zits, Bug bites and Ingrown hair.

ZNM Klarify Moisturizer – A lightweight gel cream moisturizer formulated with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, witch hazel, and vitamin E. Loaded with acne fighting properties to clear up blemishes, penetrates pores to assist in preventing new pimples from forming and provide moisture to troubled skin.

ZNM Kleanse – This daily gel cleanser contains salicylic acid, kombucha, and tea tree oil to fight current blemishes and help protect against future blemishes. Removes grime while assisting in the treatment of problem skin. Perfect for those with acne prone skin.

Silver Sequin Bag
Holiday Hero – $34 (Value $44)

Mirakle Cream – #1 selling product with proven clinical results. Nature plus science combine to create a Day cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Brightener, and Primer – All In One. Moisturize and fight the signs of aging.

Pink Sequin Bag
Stocking Surprise – $32 (Value $42)