April 16, 2014

‘Hood Love: (I) Spa Neighborhood Nights

A brand new reason to love your neighborhood landed in San Francisco this week, thanks to the start of Neighborhood Nights from (I) Spa at SoMa’s InterContinental Hotel. Here’s the deal:

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, residents of a different San Francisco neighborhood featured each week will save 20 percent on spa treatments ranging from basics such as mani-pedis to specialty offerings like couples aromatherapy massages, body scrubs and facials.

Live in the no man’s land bridging two neighborhoods? No problem. We hear the spa will be happy to accommodate you on the week when the neighborhood nearest you is featured.

Below, a list of the featured neighborhoods and their corresponding weeks:

·         SOMA (South of Market) and Embarcadero – week of November 14

·         Mission – week of November 21

·         Marina, Cow Hollow and Presidio  – week of November 28

·         Nob Hill, Russian Hill and Tenderloin – week of December 5

·         Pacific Heights, Laurel Heights, Western Addition and Japantown – week of December 12

·         Outer & Inner Richmond and Outer & Inner Sunset – week of December 19

·         Potrero Hill and Dogpatch – week of December 26

·         Noe Valley, Hayes Valley and Castro – week of January 2

·         Financial District – week of January 9

·         North Beach, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf – week of January 16

·         Upper Haight, Lower Haight and Cole Valley – week of January 23

Photography courtesy of (I) Spa

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Eco-Beauty Recommendations from I-Spa’s Janine Giordanelli

Looking for ways to up the eco ante when it comes to your daily beauty routine? For eco-beauty tips, we checked in with San Francisco aesthetician Janine Giordanelli of I-Spa, the day spa at the InterContinental San Francisco, which is aiming to become a LEED-certified hotel this August. Read on for Giordanelli’s thoughts on eco-product lines, the benefits of opting for eco-friendly skincare and the importance of recommendations from those you trust.

What are some suggestions for eco-beauty options that can be found in your local drugstore?

Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter, $3.69, available at Walgreens. It has so many healthy ingredients: organic carrot extract, coconut oil, jojoba-seed oil, shea butter.

Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion with Royal Jelly, $8.99, available at various drugstores. This shimmering moisturizer is all-natural. Royal jelly contains essential amino acids and B vitamins, and the lotion has no chemical preservatives.

L’Oreal Bare Naturale Soft-Focus Mineral Finish, $15.25, available at various drugstores. The translucent powder absorbs oil and minimizes lines and wrinkles, giving you a flawless finish in seconds. It’s preservative-free for sensitive types, and it has a built-in brush applicator.

100 % Pure Organic Cranberry Facial Cleansing Foam from Sage Beauty, available online. This gentle facial cleansing foam washes away makeup, excess oil and other impurities without stripping or dehydrating the skin. Rather than using harsh detergents, 100% Pure cleansers are made with a mild virgin coconut cleanser. Cranberries are high in vitamins, flavanoids and fruit acids to wash away dullness. The product is also made with soothing and hydrating organic rose hydrosol and antioxidant-rich white tea. There are no synthetic chemicals, no artificial fragrances, no parabens, no petro-chemicals or any other toxins. It’s also all natural and 100 percent vegan. This cleansing foam is touted as nourishing for all skin types, but especially for skin lacking a healthy glow.

What products do you recommend at (I) Spa?

We specifically carry eco-friendly products and use them in our professional treatments. A few of the eco-beauty lines are: Phytomer, Eve Taylor and Spa Ritual.

Are these eco-friendly products more effective than their non-eco counterparts?

Absolutely, in fact, most times they are more effective than those not so eco-friendly beauty products in terms of irritation and sensitivity, as well as improving the quality of the skin overall.

What other advice do you have for women trying to add more eco-friendly beauty products to their routines?

It’s important to make sure that you get effective results from eco-friendly products. You want value and results, so you want to make sure you are getting high quality products from a trusted source. Recommendations are always a plus.

Photography courtesy of I-Spa

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Do Good While You Indulge: I-Spa + Dress for Success

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We’re not sure about you, but we’ve certainly been having more trouble skipping off to the spa with carefree abandon lately. Despite the protests from our skin and workout-besieged muscles, we haven’t indulged in a facial, massage or posh mani-pedi in months. But I-Spa at the InterContinental Hotel in SoMa may very well convince us to reconsider our indulgence-averse ways, thanks to a recent partnership with non-profit Dress for Success.

Right now, the spa is offering $50 off weekday spa treatments when you donate a gently-used handbag to Dress for Success, a national organization that provides professional clothing and career development tools to empower and promote economic independence among women in need. Each month, the spa will accept a different accessory on behalf of Dress for Success, so stay tuned for future opportunities to donate.

To book, contact the spa at 415-616-6597 and mention the I-Ccessorize Program.