Though inner beauty is important, the fact remains that outer beauty is still often used to determine SAT scores and income-tax rates. Get a leg up on life with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a Valentine's facial at Capricious Skin Care in Los Gatos (a $130 value).
The experienced aestheticians at Capricious Skin Care cater to the outer coverings of clients with cleansing and exfoliating facials. Cosset-cravers can rejuvenate their visages and remove stains caused by naps atop newly paved driveways with the 50-minute Valentine's facial, which combines gentle cleansers and moisturizers with romance-themed infusions to nurture skin. The session begins with a double cleanse to shoo away loitering oils, and exfoliation treatments clear away entrenched debris. Pampered skin then relaxes under an antioxidant-infused chocolate-silk mask before nourishing rhassoul clay teams up with oatmeal, honey, and coconut milk to tone faces and restore sapped moisture. The specialist then slathers a champagne-and-rose-sugar hand scrub over dexterous digits to release tension and prod frowns into a more photogenic arrangement. After a tension-melting facial massage and a protective dose of hydration, envious taste buds bask in their own form of pampering with a velvety chocolate truffle.
Animal-print upholstery, fuzzy pillows, and a shimmering chandelier help to make Capricious's waiting area as glamorous as a rock star's limousine hatchery. Natural light and plentiful botanicals work with neutral hues to give the spa a cheerfully chic appearance. Complimentary peppermint tea and cucumber water soothe thirsty throats amid wafting scents from aroma candles.
Owner, aesthetician, and skincare devotee Brandi Colton oversees Capricious' staff of beauty pros, whose areas of expertise run the gamut of skin pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, facials, and waxing. Bathed in light from a sparkling chandelier, customers rise from the lobby's zebra-print chairs as staffers lead them to private treatment rooms, where soft lighting and fresh flowers inject an air of tranquility into each facial, chemical peel, and massage. For the uninitiated, the free skin bar lets customers befriend their own skin therapist, who will perform a face analysis and dole out free samples of AcquaCures and Dermalogica products as heaps of steaming towels serve to open pores and perfectly cook clients made of broccoli.