Call 303.415.0959 - 888.Spa.Boulder

Thank you for the best massage that I have ever received! I really needed your years of love and talent. Thank you - again + again!
Read more
Betsy
Although I live in New York City, I have yet to find a spa with the same level of skin care expertise, professionalism, devotion, and loving care as Marianna's. A trip to Boulder isn't complete ...
Read more
Daniel K.
This is the best place when it comes to skin care.  Marianna know everything about skin problems.  I really recommend this place.
Read more
Anonymous
Terrific!
Read more
Anonymous
I love this place!  Marianna is fantastic.
Read more
Lynette K.
"It's great to have a place to come to where you know you're being taken care of, where everything being done is really in your best interest."
Read more
Cathy V.
Amzaing! I've had at least 100 massages and this was the best ever!
Read more
Hannah L.
5 out of 5 for facial, professionalism, and experience
Read more
Amy W.
"Wonderful, I really enjoyed getting my services done here. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The esthetician performed a micro[dermabrasion] and European facial the day of service, and I ...
Read more
Nena T.
"I received a facial from Marianna the other day. I have received facial many times in my life. Marianna s hand/finger technique is divine! Her assessment of my skin is a way over the top. OMG! She ...
Read more
Nina M.

Spa & Skin Care Blog

To read user comments or to add your own comment, please "Login"

5 Reasons Exfoliation is Essential

Hi everyone! This is the second installment of our six-part blog series highlighting each aspect of The Six Principal Skin Care Steps in an effective daily routine. The series features the following:

1. Facial Cleansers, 2. Exfoliants & Masks, 3. Toners, 4. Special Serums & Gels, 5. Moisturizers, 6. Sun Protection.

Regular face exfoliation is key to healthy, smooth, and glowing skin. Piled up dead skin cells are problematic for all skin types and ages. They leave skin dull, rough, dry, and congested, rendering the skin vulnerable to blemishes and premature signs of aging: The skin loses its glow and fine lines and wrinkles appear more prominent. Sun damaged, pigmented skin looks darker with dead cells.

Benefits of exfoliation:

·         Minimizes oiliness and impurities

·         Improves skin color and texture

·         Allows deeper penetration of products and active ingredients

·         Lines and wrinkles appear softer

·         Skin looks radiant, glowing, and toned


AD Botanical Enymatic Exfoliant wrinkles, age spots, liver spots, skin, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, routine, cosmetics, beauty secrets, sensitive skin, face, skin care, morning, eyebrows

How to exfoliate for your skin type:

Normal Skin

Normal skin can tolerate a variety of exfoliants. Normal skin will benefit with a combination of lactic acid and enzymatic exfoliants.

Dry/Sensitive skin

These types of skin must avoid strong exfoliants, including glycolic acid. Gentle physical exfoliants and enzymes will help to digest dead cells and give a radiant glow to your skin.

Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Exfoliation is must in order to decongest clogged pores and control oil production. Use an effective but gentle exfoliant. Large granules, as in many scrubs can tear the skin and lead to infection. A combination of enzymes and physical exfoliants will remove deaf skin cells and impurities from the skin. Salicylic and glycolic acids are beneficial for this type of skin.

Mature Skin

With age, cell turnover slows down, causing flakiness and dullness. The skin feels rough and dry, uneven skin tone appears darker, and wrinkles become more prominent. Add retinol to your nightly routine to speed cell turn over and increase collagen.

Did You Know?

In the era of the ancient Egyptians they exfoliated the skin using abrasive tapes made from alabaster, honey, and sour milk. They then further abraded the skin with finely ground sand to keep it silky smooth.

Common types of exfoliants:

•         AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids): Lactic, glycolic and fruit acids;

•         BHA (beta-hydroxy acids): Salicylic acids;

•         Proteolytic enzymes.

AHAs are the strongest of the three main ingredients found in exfoliants. AHAs along with BHAs act to break down the bonds of the dead skin. Once these bonds are broken, dead skin will be evenly removed leaving the new smoother more youthful skin. The predominant difference between AHAs and BHAs are that AHAs are water soluble, whereas BHAs are oil soluble. Our Age Defiance Lac-Tone Exfoliating Gel uses lactic acid as the AHA to help rejuvenate your skin without being harsh or drying. Additionally, it helps reduce the look of fine lines, uneven skin tone, and smoothens skin texture.

BHAs are predominantly for sensitive skin. Effective in calming redness and inflammation BHAs go deeper into pores, and remove excess sebum. However, BHAs are not as effective as AHAs in reducing the appearance of sun damage or wrinkles. BHAs are great for acne prone skin, and are a common ingredient in our Purify Solutions products such as Blemish Control Treatment.

Enzymes are catalysts in chemical reactions; this means they can speed up a process without being consumed themselves. In skin care, enzymes are sometimes used in exfoliants and anti-inflammatory products. When enzymes are found in exfoliants (sometimes referred to as scrubs), they tend to appear in the type that include manual exfoliating grains such as sand, and plastic beads (now outlawed). Marianna’s Botanical Enzymatic Exfoliant uses papaya and pineapple enzymes to digest old skin cells, and ground bamboo to aid in the gentle polishing of your face, leaving your skin smooth and glowing.


Please contact us for more information at 303-415-0959 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Essential Steps of Skin Care-Step 1 Cleansers
Sun Skin Damage