$59 for Balancing Enzyme Facial with Christina at Parasol Beauty Atelier ($125 Value)

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Antioxidants, plant extracts, hydrating serums, and fruit enzymes can firm and moisturize your skin

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Appointment required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Valid only with Christina Lopez. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $59 for a Balancing Enzyme facial ($125 value)

Collagen and Elastin: The Hidden Benefactors of Youthful Skin

Some spa treatments can boost the production of collagen, which is vital to vibrant, youthful skin. Check out Groupon’s guide to the skin’s invisible foundation.

A cooked noodle bends because it’s saturated with water. On the other hand, a uncooked noodle is dry and brittle, making it easy to snap in half. The same principle applies to skin—well-moisturized skin is flexible and resilient, whereas dry skin is prone to structural damage. Beyond moisturizing, however, skin relies on two molecules—more specifically, two proteins—to maintain its youthful appearance: collagen and elastin. The most abundant protein in the animal kingdom, collagen helps tissues withstand stretching, resulting in plump, durable skin. Elastin, meanwhile, helps tissues stretch in the first place, forming bundles of elastic fibers that make the skin strong and flexible. Working in tandem, these two proteins give skin a taut, voluminous quality that’s prized among hot-air balloons. Even healthy skin is no match for nature, however. Factors such as aging and sun damage can drain the skin’s moisture and weaken its proteins, sapping it of its youth and vigor.

Although it’s impossible to actually reverse time, it is possible to regenerate the proteins that make skin look young through a small act of deception. Treatments such as laser or radiofrequency resurfacing and microdermabrasion facials trick the skin into thinking it needs to repair a wound, in which case it amps up collagen and elastin production to rebuild the “damaged” foundation, resulting in an even stronger foundation than before. Topical agents such as retinol creams and plant-based acids also encourage cell synthesis, and as always, staying hydrated is vital to helping your face resist wrinkles and keep from shriveling back into a sponge capsule.

Parasol Beauty Atelier

Elegant minimalism with a quaint touch of flair doesn't just describe the decor at Parasol Beauty Atelier—it's also an apt characterization of the spa's skincare, eyelash, and makeup services. From a balancing enzyme facial with hydrating serums to lash extensions for dramatic flutters, Parasol Beauty Atelier's technicians upgrade looks and leave skin healthy and glowing. And it's not all for women and children standing on each others' shoulders under a trench coat; in the Gentlemen's Corner, male clientele can get body waxes and acne-fighting skin treatments.

Customer Reviews

Christina was fabulous. Very friendly and detail-oriented. I would definitely recommend her and I will be back!
Carley F. · February 21, 2015
Cristina is very good for a relaxation facial.
Janice P. · February 12, 2015
Quiet salon. Christina is very pleasant to work with. I will go there again.
Marilyn S. · December 27, 2014
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