Dreaming of a Day at the Spa-Pre-Lockdown 2020! The O Skin Med Spa
I cannot even remember back when I had my last spa experience since the Covid-19 pandemic. I think it was the end of January. I know that things were getting very scary here in Los Angeles and it was probably the last safe day for me to go out to a public mall. I must admit that the mall was not at all crowded. In fact it was very deserted. The spa was empty as well. And this was before we were told NOT to go out. There were a lot of mixed messages then about what we should be doing regarding the precautions of this lethal virus.
The only thing that feels good right now is to remember back to how special it felt to have such a healing experience at a day spa. What a blessing it was to experience something so sensual, for a world weary soul. How much life has changed since then. How the simple Art of Touch is now a risk. Living a life filled with gratitude for the simple pleasures will be something most of us will cherish forever. While many celebs are sharing their public service messages about staying home in their McMansions in lockdown here in Los Angeles, some of us are confined to our in tiny apartments, grateful for a roof over our heads and a safe place to sleep. It really doesn’t say much for leveling the playing field when you can go out your backdoor and jump into your heated oxygenated swimming pool or jacuzzi while awaiting the Amazon delivery of yet another gizmo or gadget to pacify the boredom or confinement. For the rest of us, it was OK until we couldn’t even go out to our favorite hiking trail or park to enjoy the freedom of being outside or nature.
So now I will indulge myself in sharing the memory of my last spa experience, which by the way I think was probably one of the best ever!
Remembering that TRUE Beauty Comes From Within
As a spa trends specialist with a penchant for luxury pampering, I am always in search of the best quality for the best value. In addition, as The 5 Star Life influencer, with columns in Huffingtonpost, ThriveGlobal, Medium and many online and print publications, I have been reviewing spas and luxury resorts for over twenty years. When I find a place that stands out above the numerous over populated spas, you can rest assured it is a rare find. After decades of visiting and reviewing healing retreats and spas across the globe, it takes something really special to impress me. In addition, I may never have discovered this exceptionally gifted beauty professional and her brilliant concept spa, since it seems to be the best kept secret!
Here’s how I discovered this hidden retreat: While reporting on the Emmy’s at a top gifting suite, I was first introduced to her skincare. However a few months later, I attended another event for the Oscars, and I was even more impressed. Here is where I had a mini-facial demo at most exclusive Academy Awards Gifting Suite (2020) for VIP’s at the TMG Penthouse Suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. I also found out that day that she is so popular with beauty queens and celebs (helping them get Red Carpet Ready) that she is a celebrity in her own right!
The Divine “Ms. O’, as they refer to this radiant and talented businesswoman has created the finest quality spa with the most loyal and experienced staff of professionals.
Once you experience the O-Glow, you’ll never settle for any place else! This spa is definitely a cut above the rest. Above and beyond any day spa in Los Angeles and as luxuriously well appointed as any resort spa in Southern California. The decor is so tastefully designed, one would never expect that it is in an obscure mall somewhere near the gateway to Los Angeles. Although it is not located in the heart of Hollywood, it is the top choice for Filipino beauty queens, (Miss Universe) and celebrities in the know. In fact the founder and owner, Ms. Olivia Quido looks like a ‘beauty queen’ too! It is as much a reflection of her evidence based skincare (from the outside) to her kindhearted spirit on the inside.
From the minute you step into the spa, away from the hustle of the mall, you are transported into another realm.
The entry reminds one of a European haute boutique that stands out from the crowd with its exquisitely tasteful decor, logo wall (for photos) and exceptionally flattering lighting. However behind the exterior lies a secret hideaway, a retreat for the world-weary soul who is seeking to be pampered like a Princess. Everyone is treated like a star by all of the well trained staff.
When you schedule a visit, get ready to be pampered to perfection, especially when you select the O Skin Signature Facial. It is so thorough and comprehensive, beyond any I have ever experienced in one treatment. It is a total immersion of several steps from cleansing to diamond tip microdermabrasion, extractions, facial and brow threading, hand and foot massage, heated wax wrap and soothing sprays of a secret elixir. Ms. O is truly an alchemist and her aestheticians are magicians who transform your skin from ordinary to extraordinary in eight plus minutes of sheer bliss.
In addition, your caring and gentle aesthetician takes your soft robe to be placed in a warmer, while you are enveloped by a super-pouffy custom bedding designed by Ms.O. As you begin to feel warm and toasty, you melt into the warming table beneath you, and thus begins the comforting and soothing treatment. As you begin to relax on her treatment table, you will immediately find a sense of overall well being. In addition to her glowing skincare line, Ms. O has now ventured into the Home Collection and you can purchase for your very own bed.
This stunning med-spa and clinic with a spa menu that rivals the best, reminiscent of a 5 Star Boutique Resort Hotel.With 2 branches, 12 treatment rooms, 3 consultation rooms and a wide range of skin treatment services; from facials, 3D eyebrow sculpting, IV glutathione, Botox and fillers, to Stem Cell rejuvenation, Plasma lift and their recent innovation, “Magic Foundation,” O Skin Med Spa is now the most sought-after Filipino-owned medical spa in Southern California. They have employed over 40 employees, mostly Filipinos comprised of licensed nurses, estheticians, doctors, micro-blading artists and board-certified plastic surgeons.
If you are seeking an outstanding facial that is “more than a treatment, it’s a treasure” then this is the place! In fact I guarantee you will never find any place that caters to you like this. In addition, don’t settle for less, you will not get a better quality treatment for this price. The spa menu is so impressive you will want to try it all. The best part is that you can take home her high quality skincare regime and continue the process. Especially since everyone who works there has that “O-Glow!”
Article by: Marjorie Hope Rothstein of 5 Star Life Blog