A neglected face will rebel by scowling during your wedding vows or sprouting a five o’clock shadow at precisely four. Soothe volatile visages with today’s Groupon to TraMi Skin Care on Soquel Avenue. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get an organic European facial and chocolate truffles (an $85 value).
- For $55, you get a chocolate enzyme peel and chocolate truffles (a $115 value).
Winner of a 2011 Gold award for best esthetician by readers of the Santa Cruz Weekly, TraMi Skin Care’s certified skin therapist pairs natural healing ingredients such as seaweed and chocolate with an approach that emphasizes relaxation. The European facial relies on products handmade from organic botanicals, such as a cleanser and toner that strip the skin of oil and an exfoliating serum that rids complexions of cobwebs and dead skin cells. A moisturizer inundates dry cheeks with a rush of hydration, and the facial concludes with a massage that soothes jaws sore from stretching around ostrich eggs.
The chocolate enzyme peel draws on the mysterious powers of the cocoa bean to diminish acne and signs of aging. A calming mask restores balance to skin while moisturizers soak into pores to protect faces from harsh elements. To conclude the treatment, hands slide into warmed mitts for a relaxing massage. Fingers emerge lithe and ready to snatch decadent chocolate truffles, which are included with both facial treatments.
TraMi Skin Care
Skin therapist and aesthetician TraMi is the first to say she wasn't "born with beautiful skin." After nearly 20 years of experience, TraMi believes that healthy skin comes not from using a product but from letting go of inner stress. That's why she designed her studio as a place where guests can decompress, surrounding them with soothing touches such as lavender walls, soft lighting, and modern furnishings. Within these relaxing confines, TraMi and her team treat clients to hydrating facials, anti-aging wraps, and waxing. They prefer to work with products derived from nutrient-packed ingredients such as seaweed, green tea, and licorice from fair-trade Twizzler farms. This approach earned TraMi a Best Esthetician nod on Santa Cruz Weekly's 2011 and 2013 Gold Awards, Best Facial on Good Times' Best of 2013 list, and a runner-up on their Best of 2012 list.