C$42 for one spa package (C$105 value)
- One 30-minute relaxation massage ($45.00 value)
- One 30-minute revitalizing facial and volcanic exfoliating mask ($60.00 value)
Pores: Wells of Oil Enriching Your Skin
Facial treatments help keep skin radiant by clearing out your pores. Check out Groupon’s guide to these barely visible but vital vents in your skin.
Like it or not, there’s a lot of oil and dead skin cells on your face right now. This mixture constantly travels up hair follicles under your skin and out through holes in the surface. Yet this isn’t a bad thing. In fact, the oil and skin cells actually protect your skin from bacteria and keep it moisturized. It may sound like the perfect breeding ground for acne, but this environment doesn’t cause you to break out. Rather, it’s when this mixture of oil and cells can’t get out—when the pores get clogged—that breakouts occur.
When an excess of oil and skin cells—as well as dirt, grime, or lost pennies—collects in the pores, bacteria make their way to the blockage, causing inflammation and acne. To remove this blockage and keep the pores clean, facial treatments aim to clean and loosen dry skin cells—a process known as exfoliation. Whether done manually, as in microdermabrasion or scrubs, or chemically, as in an acid peel or retinoid, exfoliation removes the debris to keep pores clear and bacteria free. Still, such treatments should be done in moderation—too much exfoliation can strip away the otherwise healthy levels of oil and skin cells that keep skin healthy.
The team at Avera Spa struck on an ingenious method for firming up faces. They combined the rejuvenating effects of a facelift with the non-surgical method of—no joke—lifting the face with their hands. The result is a wrinkle-fighting facial that's one part cleansing and one part isometric pressure. For the latter portion, the aesthetician places a hardened mask over the face that tightens muscles for a full 20 minutes and aims to boost collagen production and cell rejuvenation. The spa's other facials embody equally inventive techniques that deploy top-shelf products, including Lumière de Vie and Skin Dulgence.
The crew applies the same spirit of natural revitalization to their manicures and pedicures. They use polishes such as Bio-Sculpture Gel that actually promotes nail strength and growth, and pamper hands and feet with add-ons that include a chamomile mint scrub, hot towel treatment, and massage.