Massage Therapist & Ayurvedic Practitioner Megan Darwin Brings PostPartum Massage to BirthFit !

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Spa Sophia teamed up with Los Angeles' expecting and new moms fitness movement BirthFit! As part of their PostPartum Series, massage therapist and Ayurvedic practitioner Megan Darwin gave a group of new moms a taste of her healing hands. On top of samples of the pregnancy and postpartum massage, Megan also shared helpful information about Ayurvedic cleansing and the importance of the postpartum massage. See more details below...

Megan: "Postpartum massage is so important - nurturing the nurturer. You can't show up and be all you can be for your family if you're exhausted and depleted. You really need to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your family.  Self oil massage and baby massage makes such a difference in the lives of both mother and baby."

Here are some pictures of the event.

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Want to experience a pregnancy massage yourself? Book one online now, e-mail us, or call (310) 564-6676 to set an appointment!

New Facials: Men's Facial & Hangover Facial

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Spa Sophia is kicking off the new year by adding some great new treatments to our Los Angeles spa. Let's start with our fantastic new facials: We now offer the Hangover Facial and the Men's Facial! Want to know more about these wonderful facials? Read on...

Men's Facial

Keep your man looking hot! This facial is a tailored treatment for men, and was created to offer relief for dehydrated, aging, and environmentally damaged skin. The men's facial detoxifies the skin, restoring a firm, youthful and radiant complexion. It includes cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, face/neck/shoulder mini massage and a cocktailed mask.

60 minutes - $120 | BOOK NOW

Hangover Facial

This facial will leave you looking like last night never happened! Your escape begins with an uplifting cleanse, followed by an exfoliation buffing off last nights residue. An intense hydrating mask combined with Atoxelene will then instantly plump, firm and lift the skin. Our cooling globes and mineral spray will de-puff and replenish the under eye area. Voila! You'll look like you slept a solid eight hours!

70 min - $150 | BOOK NOW

Want to try one of these new treatments? Book Online, email us, or call (310) 564 6676 to schedule an appointment.

Spa Sophia at the Celebrity filled Pre-Grammys Beauty Suite!

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To celebrate the Grammys, Spa Sophia partnered with Get Buzzed and Azione to create a super exclusive pre-Grammys celebrity beauty event. Celebrities like AnnaLynne McCord, Menu Suvari, Heather McDonald, Charissa Thompson and many others all got treated to the Spa Sophia experience in a fun, intimate setting in West Hollywood. See pictures and details below... To contribute to the red carpet celebrity spa beauty prep, Spa Sophia joined Epicuren, Azione, ChromeGirl, InfinitySun and Michael Todd at a private beauty event February 4th and 5th. Massage therapists extradordinaire Michael Canvin and Ayla Thurmand as well as esthetician Natarsha Bimson treated an exclusive club of celebrities, bloggers and press members to brow shaping and massages, see the photos below...

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Spa Sophia & Azione Pre-Grammys Celebrity Beauty Event Love

Allure published an article about the event, and we got a lot of love from the attendees, both in person and on social media. Here are some highlights...

“This was so much fun! It was so great to step away and get pampered! From nails to brows, everything was amazing!”

- Danielle Directo, Associate Editor, RACKED LA 


“Thank you for having me, it was really fun and I can’t wait to post all about it!”

- Kate Mansi, ACTRESS

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Want to get the celebrity Spa Sophia treatment as well? Call us at (310) 564 6676 or e-mail us to set an appointment.

 

The Best DIY Avocado Face Mask for Dry Skin

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Need a little skin pick-me-up, but no time to come to Spa Sophia? Opt for one of Spa Sophia best DIY face masks! While it may not be the same as our groundbreaking facials and relaxing spa experiences, it keeps your skin healthy in between treatments. This delicious DIY avocado face mask recipe is one of Spa Sophia esthetician Natarsha's favorites. It's intensely nourishing, softening and great for those with dry, parched or dehydrated skin.

DIY Avocado Face Mask Recipe

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1tbsp raw honey
  • 1tbsp raw Shea butter
  • 1tsp powdered raw cacao
  • 1tsp vegetable glycerine
  • 1tsp raw coconut oil

Optional but recommended:

  • 1 vitamin E capsule pierced and squeezed in
  • 10 drops of organic rose hip oil
  • 5 drops vanilla absolute
  • 3 drops black pepper essential oil

DIY Avocado Face Mask Instructions

Whip all ingredients together into a smooth, creamy mask and apply to face after cleansing and exfoliating, lever on for 20 minutes. Keep remaining mask in fridge and use as needed. If you're vegan you can substitute agave nectar for the honey. The oils are optional but give this mask an extra sensory dimension and extra nutrients for the skin.

Esthetician's Comments

"The avocado is super rich in nutrients and oils, while the honey and raw coconut oil provide a soothing and mild anti-microbial effect. The vegetable glycerine is a humectant, helping to pull moisture in to the skin, the cacao is rich in antioxidants. Honey and agave are hydrating, Shea butter is nourishing and softening. Vitamin E aids in cellular repair and rosehip oil is rich in beta carotene and provitamin A, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of cancer in premenopausal women."

Tried this mask? Share your thoughts!

Prefer a real facial from one of our skilled estheticians? Go to our Facials Page to see the full list of treatments we offer, and book one online, email us or call (310) 564 6676 to make an appointment!

Awesome Valentine's Day Specials, We Have Them!

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Our Spa Team is rolling out the PINK carpet to have you looking and feeling brilliant by the much anticipated V-day! Spa Sophia is bringing you an array of options and packages to get you prepped, whether you have a special someone, or you're planning a girls night on the town. Below are some of our new frisky favorites!

The Get Lucky Package

Thinking of getting lucky this Valentines Day? Be prepared with out Get Lucky Package!

Our Get Lucky Package Includes:

  • Brazilian Wax: try a Heart Shaped Wax!
  • Eyebrow Maintenance
  • 40 Minute LED Light Facial

LED Light Facial: Our LED light treatment helps plump up skin and retain moisture, making your skin look lovely this Valentines Day. Price: $150

V-day Themed Couples Massage

Come get some One-on-One time with your second half at Spa Sophia! We have everything you need to take the day off and indulge in life's simple pleasures.

Our Couples Massage consists of:

  • 60 minute Massage for you & your loved one
  • Complimentary Champagne & Chocolate

Price: $200

valentine's day special promotion spa sophia los angeles venice abbot kinneyDozen Red Roses Facial

This rich, deeply hydrating facial includes a rose essential oil mask which helps improve dehydration issues while providing essential protection against environmental aggressors. Products include a potent blend of ingredients designed to aid in overall skin wellness. Your skin will look radiant for all your Valentine's Day plans!

Price: $120

Wax Specials

Of course, one of the first things on a woman's list for Valentine's Day is getting a wax! But why not spice up your monthly routine with a little heart shaped fun? We will be offering Heart Shaped Bikini Wax for V-day, in addition to our tried and true bikini wax favorites.

  • Heart Shaped Bikini: $60
  • Brazilian Wax: $60
  • Tailored Bikini: $45
  • Basic Bikini: $30

For The Morning After: Hangover Facial

Look Like Last Night Never Happened!By using a Mineral Solution compress, this Facial helps to super hydrate your skin, reduce redness, and aids in inflammation. In addition to the the Minerals, we use a LED light to tighten skin, improve aging and stress marks, and reduce puffiness. Overall, you can leave Spa Sophia looking like last night never happened!

To make an appointment, book online, email us, or call (310) 564 6676.

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Spa Sophia & The Harlot Salon Team Up For Holiday Special!

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Whether you're running from party to party this holiday season or just want to give yourself some extra TLC, Spa Sophia and the Harlot Salon have the solution for you! Especially for the holidays Spa Sophia is teaming up with Abbot Kinney's upscale Harlot Salon to take care of you from hair to toe! From December 20th to Jan 1st, a special Spa Sophia & The Harlot Holiday package will be available. Want 30 minutes of free massaging? You can! Spa Sophia is offering a 90 minute massage for the price of a 60 minute massage, for any massage of your choice! The Harlot in turn is offering a free deep conditioning treatment (value: $35) and head message with any haircut! 

About The Harlot

The Harlot is a full service salon on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice and is home to some of best hair stylists in the business. It was founded by hairstylist extraordinaire and Sebastian International Artistic Team member Marylle Koken. The Harlot is more than just a hair salon though, it's an experience. From champagne and cupcakes to the laid-back atmosphere, you'll feel like you just got from a slumber party, somehow with super sexy hair. The Harlot welcome everyone with open arms, and perhaps a pinch in the butt... Find out more about The Harlot at www.harlotsalon.com

Want to enjoy this unique holiday promo? Call us at (310) 564 6676 to set an appointment, or email us

Spa Sophia Holiday Specials 2014

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Christmas carols, christmas trees, pretty lights...December is upon us. Of course Spa Sophia is totally joining in the holiday spirits. From special gift sets to discounts to stuffed stockings, we're celebrating the Yuletide with multiple specials. And - as icing on the cake - holiday drinks!

Holiday Gift Sets

Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Look no further! Spa Sophia now has beautiful and specially discounted Jurlique and Zents gift sets available for under the tree. Or you can just treat yourself, of course! See all our special holiday gift sets here.

Stuffed Stockings With Massage Gift Cards

Want to gift your loved ones a memory rather than something material? How about a moment of pure relaxation, or a clear, completely renewed skin? From Spa Sophia credit to specific treatments, Spa Sophia has many gift card options. And if you buy a massage gift card at the spa, you'll receive a stocking filled with goodies along with it!

Zents Holiday Special

Our Zents Holiday Special is also still valid, and will be throughout all of December. With the Zents special you get 20% off all Zents products when you purchase a Zents Journey Aromatherapeutic massage. Find out more about this special here, and book the Zents massage online, through email or by calling us at (310) 564 6676.

Spa Sophia at Abbot Kinney's First Friday Holiday Edition

To celebrate the holidays with you in a more personal way, we're hosting a little holiday get together! This Friday 5 December during Abbot Kinney's monthly first friday festivities in Venice, Spa Sophia will start celebrating at 6PM. Drop by and enjoy some champagne and small treats while receiving treatment demos, and checking out out holiday gift sets!

Jurlique & Zents Holiday Gift Sets

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Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Look no further! Spa Sophia now has beautiful and specially discounted Jurlique and Zents gift sets available both online and at the spa. Give these luxurious sets to a loved one, or just treat yourself!

Jurlique Holiday Gift Sets at Spa Sophia

Precious Rose Duo

Share the precious gift of rose this holiday season. This gift set rebalances skin and spirit. Includes Rose Hand Cream and Rosewater Balancing Mist.

$30 | BUY NOW

Indulgent Oil Trio

Gift a collection of luxurious, nourishing body oils this festive season. Crafted with rich jojoba and macadamia oils for deep hydration, and delicately scented with essential oils. Included Rose, Lemon, and Lavender oils.

$95 | BUY NOW

Limited Edition Rose Body Oil

This deluxe edition Rose Body Oil will help you glow this festive season. Lightweight, balancing body oil that deeply nourishes and softens skin and the senses. Can be used as a massage oil for all skin types. Provides hydration and antioxidant protection.

$68 | BUY NOW

Petite Hand Creams

Collection of our favorite hand cream miniatures that deeply hydrate with rich formulas and powerful essential oils. Four gorgeous scents will invigorate your senses. Included Rose, Citrus, Lavender, and Jasmine 0.5oz hand cream tubes.

$32 | BUY NOW

Hydrating Favorites

Our best selling Jurlique products in one set! This gift set brings potent plant oils and antioxidants together to hydrate, restore and protect skin, and improve dryness and dullness.

$98 | BUY NOW

Zents Holiday Gift Sets at Spa Sophia

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Bath Truffles

Lusciously relaxing, sumptuously softening bath truffles are the perfect holiday treat. Age-defying passionflower and ginkgo help to restore supple, smooth skin. Soothing Arnica combined with detoxifying Epsom salt and pink Himalayan salt melts sore muscles. Available in Mandarin, Ore, Earth and Sun scent.

$6 | BUY NOW: MANDARIN | EARTH | ORE | SUN

Bath Truffle 4 Packs

Lusciously relaxing, sumptuously softening bath truffles are the perfect holiday treat. Age-defying passionflower and ginkgo help to restore supple, smooth skin. Soothing Arnica combined with detoxifying Epsom salt and pink Himalayan salt melts sore muscles. Each box contains 4 truffles. Available in Mandarin, Ore and Earth scent.

$28 | BUY NOW: MANDARIN | EARTH | ORE

Body Care Gift Sets

A rich botanical Lotion with a luxe Shower & Hand Wash creates this elegant duo. Superior hydrating formulas, packed with 100% organic shea butter, replenish skin’s natural glow. Available in Mandarin, Ore, Earth and Sun scent.

$49| BUY NOW: MANDARIN | EARTH | ORE | SUN

Best Products for Dry Skin

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Winter weather, hot air, aging: They can all lead to dry skin. On the upside: Dry skin is less prone to acne breakouts and blackheads. The downside: It's more prone to fine lines, irritation, flaking and red spots. Skin naturally gets dryer as we age, but that doesn't mean we can't remedy it. Here are the best products for dry skin... First of all: Make sure you actually have dry skin. You can have the best products for dry skin, but that won't help if you're actually not a dry skin type. Knowing your skin type is the first step towards proper skin care. Find out what your skin type is here.

Second: Know your ingredients. Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, dimethicone and ceramides are the go-to ingredients for dry skin. They pull water to the skin and keep it there. The best products for dry skin are those with at least one of these ingredients. Here are some of our favorites:

Exfoliators & Scrubs

Exfoliating twice a week is good for most skin types. The best exfoliating and scrubbing products for dry skin are products that are gentle and moisturizing. At Spa Sophia we're a fan of:

Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream

A non-granular exfoliating cream is recommended for every day use. It cleans deeply to lift away dead skin cells and leaves skin looking smooth and radiant

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils

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Epicuren Apricot Scrub

A hydrating scrub designed specifically for dry and mature skin types. Finely ground and polished apricot seed and walnut shells slough away surface dryness and debris to reveal a smooth and fresh complexion

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils

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Moisturizers

Obviously the most important part of keeping dry skin healthy is moisturization. Here's a selection of some of the best moisturizing products for dry skin:

Epicuren Hydro Plus Moisturizer

A rich crème that drenches the skin in moisture while remaining lightweight and mild. This natural, indulging blend helps protect against dehydration for a soft, healthy complexion.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils

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Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream

A rich, moisturising cream, with a powerful combination of emollients helps to deeply hydrate, and helps restore suppleness, while protecting against environmental aggressors. Leaves skin feeling smooth, moisturised and comfortable.

Hydrating ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils

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Toners & Mists

Mists and toners are great to keep with you and spray on throughout the day. Especially when working in air conditioned offices or when travelling to dry climates. Here are the best toner and mist products for dry skin:

Epicuren Colostrum Hydrating Mist 

A nutrient-rich mist that renews, restores, and increases hydration. Rich in life-supporting immune factors, growth factors, amino acids, and vitamins in a base of pure glacial water, this exhilarating complex is a revitalizing solution.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin

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Jurlique Lavender Hydrating mist

A daily replenishing mist with the calming scent of lavender that tones and soothes the complexion. Ideal for dry skin.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils

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Serums

For an extra moisture boost, serums are the way to go. They can be applied underneath your regular moistutizer for more intense hydration.

Epicuren PhytO2 Hydration Serum

A potent, yet light, age-fighting therapy. This exclusive technology utilizes rare components of a botanical blend rich in aloe, proteins, and amino acids; this botanical blend will deeply hydrate the skin, while demanding it to function at a more youthful level.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin

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Intraceuticals Opulence Hydration Gel

Replenishes vital moisture while delivering skin brightening actives. Use as the second step in Intraceuticals’ 3 Step Hyaluronic Layering for a more luminous skin tone.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & hyaluronic acid

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Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Hydration Gel

Instantly hydrates, providing a reservoir of nutrients to the skin which visibly address the signs of ageing. Works synergistically with Rejuvenate Daily Serum, dramatically enhancing skin appearance.

Hydrating Ingredients: Dimethicone

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Cleansers

If you have dry skin, wash your face with a cleanser only at the end of the day. Use water in the mornings, so you don't strip away too much oil. The following cleansers are gentle and hydrating, making them some of the best cleansing products for dry skin.

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel

A lightweight gel cleanser to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Removes impurities, make-up and excess oil, restoring the skin’s natural balance. Sloughs away dull, dead skin cells.

Hydrating Ingredients: Dimethicone

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Epicuren Apricot Cleanser

A gentle, non-foaming cleanser mild enough to use on the eye area. Rich oils make this a great makeup remover and help prevent the loss of moisture during the cleansing process.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils

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Jurlique Replenishing Foaming Cleanser

A replenishing foaming cleanser for dry skin that lifts away surface impurities to leave the complexion feeling fresh and clean.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils

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Want more tips to improve your dry skin? Read them here! And for real, intense hydration and rejuvenation, call Spa Sophia at (310) 564 6676 or e-mail us to set an appointment.

How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

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Oh, the holidays. We look forward to them all year, but they can also stress us out. And we're not just talking about the stress of organizing. The abundance of unhealthy food and overeating can be a source of anxiety. Most people gain 1 to 3 pounds over the holidays. Not a big drama on its own, except that many people never lose those extra pounds. How do we make the holidays a little healthier, so we can enjoy it guilt-free. Here are 7 tips...

1. Exercise More the Weeks Before

How not to worry about the small weight gain during Thanksgiving and Christmas? By shedding some extra weight beforehand! Start doing adding some cardio exercises the weeks before, lengthen your existing workouts, and/or eat smaller portions than usual. Possibly the simplest and most reliable way to stay healthy on track during the holidays, and diminish guilt.

2. Throw in Walks

You may not have time or motivation to go do full workouts, but a nice stroll can be very fitting holiday activity! Take the family for a walk in nearby nature and burn calories while enjoying the fall and winter weather. The cosier it is inside afterwards! If you are at a big party, there are always some people who are down for a little after-dinner walk.

how to stay healthy and guilt free during holidays los angeles spa sophia3. Eat Beforehand

While you might be tempted to skip eating all day on Thanksgiving and Christmas to "save" some calories that way, it is actually wiser to eat something small before. Research has found this prevents people from binging on food. So don't let yourself go hungry, eat a fulfilling breakfast with a small portion of protein.

4. Choose Calmly

When you see all that food everywhere it's tempting to load up your plate with everything, but try to take a moment before. What dishes are there? What are your favorites? Which dishes are special? Go for only the things you really like and that you don't already have weekly. There is no need to try everything. And know that plain turkey, pumpkin pie and roasted veggies are healthier than gravy loaded red meat, chocolate cake and bean casseroles.

5. Be Mindful

When you do eat, savor! Put your fork down after every bite and eat consciously. Perhaps have a sip of water every few bites. Be present in the moment and really enjoy your food. It takes your mind about 20 minutes to realize you're full, so don't rush. Talking to people is also great to take your mind off the food. Traverse the room, speak to all those you haven't seen for a while. Enjoy!

6. Drink Water

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. It detoxes, helps move your food down to digestive tract, and also makes you feel satiated more quickly. If you can, try to drink water instead of soda, sugary juices, and alcoholic beverages. Drinking water on top of those is still a great idea, though. Add a little lemon or lime juice for an extra kick.

7. Use Healthy Holiday Recipes

You may not be able to control what others bring to the table, but you can control what you bring, so make it worth your while. There are many healthy holiday recipes around, but here are some quick tips:

  • Grill, roast, broil, stir-fry, poach and steam food instead of frying or deep frying.
  • Season turkey and other meat overnight with spices, rather than using creamy, heavy sauces
  • Use fat-free chicken broth for gravy.
  • Use fruit purees instead of butter and oil for baked goods.
  • Use plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream for creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.

Need a little relief from all the holiday craziness? Spa Sophia is offering 20% off all Zents products with the purchase of a Zents massage! Find out more here.