Vfranca Spa

BEAUTIFUL RESULTS NATURALLY

Vfranca Spa is an urban, boutique skincare spa located in Downtown Denver's River Front Athletic Club. The Spa offers luxurious Facials, Waxing, and Skin care treatments using organic products from around the world; a personalized approach, using results-oriented skincare, and medically advance, non-invasive procedures, for overall well being, and a youthful appearance.  

Experience the transcendental effects of pure essential oils; soothing sounds, natural botanical ingredients, and exotic herbs, stimulate and nourish your skin and your mind, leaving you rejuvenated.

 info@vfrancaspa.com  //  720.369.2245  // 1700 Bassett Street suite 100 //  Denver, CO 80202

INTRODUCING "FUR" AND OTHER INGROWN HAIR SOLUTIONS

Trying to get smooth skin can seem almost impossible! Shaving irritates, and waxing hurts but we do it because we want smooth, hairless skin. But then comes those unsightly bumps caused from shaving and waxing that ruin your thoughts for ever achieving smooth, flawless skin.

Its especially annoying when you need to put on that skimpy bikini or sexy lingerie and there is a big ingrown hair for all to see. When you finally get rid of it, your left with a reminder mark of where it was.

Fortunately there are some really great products on the market that can prevent and get rid of those ingrown hairs. These products are not just for your bikini area, but any where skin meets hair, so read on and never have to deal with ingrown hairs again!

Vfranca Spa can recommend the best product for your ingrown hair situation. Below are some of the top picks that work naturally.

INTRODUCING "FUR"

for Pubic hair
and more!

(This isn't just for women - Guys read on!)

Fur Oil's unique blend of lightweight oils softens pubic hair and clears pores for fewer ingrowns and healthier skin. The 100% natural formula can be used as frequently as desired to enhance pubic hair and skin, beards, and is also suitable for use on the face and body; any where hair meets skin.

Fur Oil's unique blend of lightweight oils softens pubic hair and clears pores for fewer ingrowns and healthier skin. The 100% natural formula can be used as frequently as desired to enhance pubic hair and skin, beards, and is also suitable for use on the face and body; any where hair meets skin.

EMINENCE CLEAR SKIN WILLOW BARK EXFOLIATING PEEL FOR FACE AND BODY

A deep-cleansing, clarifying peel solution with cotton round pads for problem skin types, clarifying and refining the complexion without irritation. Willow bark calms the look of skin while lilac and azelaic acid help to reduce the appearance of redness and inflammation. Used often on ingrown hairs and breakouts any where on face or body and the exfoliating, anti-inflammatory action not only gets rid of the problem quickly, but also refines pores and keeps skin looking smooth, without drying out the skin. There is also a line of Willow Bark Clear Skin products that work even better together when dealing with problem skin.

A deep-cleansing, clarifying peel solution with cotton round pads for problem skin types, clarifying and refining the complexion without irritation. Willow bark calms the look of skin while lilac and azelaic acid help to reduce the appearance of redness and inflammation. Used often on ingrown hairs and breakouts any where on face or body and the exfoliating, anti-inflammatory action not only gets rid of the problem quickly, but also refines pores and keeps skin looking smooth, without drying out the skin. There is also a line of Willow Bark Clear Skin products that work even better together when dealing with problem skin.

WHISH FLAWLESS SWIPE

                                Perfect for the entire body or to spot treat affected areas, you will easily banish the curse of ingrown hairs and bumps. Natural active ingredients restores your skin's suppleness and weakens hair follicles, inhibiting future growth. Whish also carries several other products that are great for shaving and ingrown hair remedies, as well as a great natural deodorant swipe that inhibits hair growth.

                               

Perfect for the entire body or to spot treat affected areas, you will easily banish the curse of ingrown hairs and bumps. Natural active ingredients restores your skin's suppleness and weakens hair follicles, inhibiting future growth. Whish also carries several other products that are great for shaving and ingrown hair remedies, as well as a great natural deodorant swipe that inhibits hair growth.

BEAUTY SLEEP

While you sleep your skin is repairing and healing it self. This is why its important to get plenty of rest. You can help maximize the benefits to your skin while sleeping, and wake up to beautiful skin with these sleeping beauty tips!

Always wash your face before going to bed! This is very important as our skin gets dirty during the day. Oils and dirt can get clogged in our pores. Cleansing preps the skin so that serums and moisturizers can penetrate into the skin better, to do it's job more effectively.

3 in 1 Rice Milk Cleanser removes makeup, cleans your skin and tones with out needing to rinse. Perfect bed side companion.

3 in 1 Rice Milk Cleanser removes makeup, cleans your skin and tones with out needing to rinse. Perfect bed side companion.

When your too lazy to wash your face the Rice Milk Cleanser is the perfect bed side product. No need to rinse, just apply with a cotton pad and wipe face to remove makeup. It also cleans and tones your skin, leaving your skin feeling fresh.

SERUMS, OILS AND CONCENTRATES - I can't say enough about them! Serums have smaller sized molecules that can penetrate deeper in to the skin, targeting wrinkles and other skin issues. They can also help to add extra hydration and antioxidants to your skin.

Lavender Night Concentrate- Hydrate and replenish your skin’s appearance with this overnight treatment. Rich argan oil, jojoba oil and shea butter improve the look of your skin’s density and aid in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. 

Lavender Night Concentrate- Hydrate and replenish your skin’s appearance with this overnight treatment. Rich argan oil, jojoba oil and shea butter improve the look of your skin’s density and aid in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. 

Night is a good time to use a cream with rich ingredients. Slather it on and wake up to a radiant complexion and soft, supple skin!

Nourish and replenish your skin’s appearance overnight with this deeply hydrating cream. The wonderful scent of monoi and Anti-Aging Stem Cell Complex leaves the skin appearing finer, smoother and more youthful.

Nourish and replenish your skin’s appearance overnight with this deeply hydrating cream. The wonderful scent of monoi and Anti-Aging Stem Cell Complex leaves the skin appearing finer, smoother and more youthful.

Lotus Detoxifying Over Night Treatment is Infused with hydrating lotus, potent microgreens and moisturizing melt-in jojoba oil beads, this lightweight gel cream prevents water loss, supercharges the skin and defends against drying environmental stressors overnight. Suitable for all skin types, this luxurious treatment seals in moisture to reveal a perfectly dewy complexion by morning.

Lotus Detoxifying Over Night Treatment is Infused with hydrating lotus, potent microgreens and moisturizing melt-in jojoba oil beads, this lightweight gel cream prevents water loss, supercharges the skin and defends against drying environmental stressors overnight. Suitable for all skin types, this luxurious treatment seals in moisture to reveal a perfectly dewy complexion by morning.

No one should be with out an eye cream! The delicate skin around the eyes needs to be nourished, to keep skin smooth and combat dark circles and bags.

Lavender Night Eye Cream is a rich, nourishing eye cream that will help diminish the visible signs of aging overnight. Lavender and evening primrose provide aromatherapy benefits while the unique Anti-Aging Stem Cell Complex fight the appearance of crow’s feet and leaves skin looking radiant.

Lavender Night Eye Cream is a rich, nourishing eye cream that will help diminish the visible signs of aging overnight. Lavender and evening primrose provide aromatherapy benefits while the unique Anti-Aging Stem Cell Complex fight the appearance of crow’s feet and leaves skin looking radiant.

Invest in a humidifier and air purifier with therapeutic essential oils like Lavender, will help you get a good nights rest!

Young Living's Home Diffuser with its rose-inspired design, combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one simple-to-use product that safely releases essential oils into the air to eliminate odors and create a relaxing atmosphere.

Young Living's Home Diffuser with its rose-inspired design, combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one simple-to-use product that safely releases essential oils into the air to eliminate odors and create a relaxing atmosphere.

You don't have to be a princess to own a Silk Pillow Case and Charcoal infused eye pads!

A Charcoal infused silk pillow case and eye pads help keep wrinkles away by reducing friction, and prevent tugging or stretching the skin. Silk Pillow case is also excellent for keeping hair smooth and frizz free. Silk eye pads block out light for a better nights sleep!

A Charcoal infused silk pillow case and eye pads help keep wrinkles away by reducing friction, and prevent tugging or stretching the skin. Silk Pillow case is also excellent for keeping hair smooth and frizz free. Silk eye pads block out light for a better nights sleep!

These Essentials will not only keep you looking pretty during the night and awaken to beautiful skin with less wrinkles; it will also help you get a good nights sleep!

INSTANTLY ALLEVIATE DRY SKIN BY MASKING!

Winter weather can leave your skin feeling dry, flaky and irritated. Here are 3 of my favorite mask options, from EMINENCE ORGANICS, that can instantly bring back moisture while firming the skin!

BAMBOO FIRMING MASQUE: A rich, creamy mask that you can sleep over night in! Very moisturizing and firming, with a Natural Retinol Alternative to build collagen, Shea Butter, Argan oil, and Bamboo extract for a luxurious feeling mask! Great for dry and aged skins who need a collagen boost!

BAMBOO FIRMING MASQUE:
A rich, creamy mask that you can sleep over night in! Very moisturizing and firming, with a Natural Retinol Alternative to build collagen, Shea Butter, Argan oil, and Bamboo extract for a luxurious feeling mask! Great for dry and aged skins who need a collagen boost!

C&E CITRUS AND KALE MASQUE: Potent cream-gel masque rich in vitamins C & E to help reduce fine lines, and sun damage. This masques lightens, brightens, firms while hydrating for all skin types!

C&E CITRUS AND KALE MASQUE:
Potent cream-gel masque rich in vitamins C & E to help reduce fine lines, and sun damage. This masques lightens, brightens, firms while hydrating for all skin types!

FIRM SKIN ACAI MASQUE: A combination of berries, powered by phyto-nutrients and antioxidants, botanical hyaluronic acid hydrates, firms, and plumps the skin for an ageless appearance! Great for aging skins that need to plump and firm sagging skin!

FIRM SKIN ACAI MASQUE:
A combination of berries, powered by phyto-nutrients and antioxidants, botanical hyaluronic acid hydrates, firms, and plumps the skin for an ageless appearance! Great for aging skins that need to plump and firm sagging skin!

 

 

 

An Aromatherapy Facial -Improve Your Skin and Change Your Mood Instantly With These 4 Aromas

Lift your Spirits with the sweet smell of Roses!

Lift your Spirits with the sweet smell of Roses!

There is nothing like an AROMATHERAPY FACIAL to lift your mood and get glowing skin! The Aromatheraphy benefits to your skin, mind and body are instant!  

Below are a few AROMAS known to instantly change your mood and are good for your skin:

When you need to lift your spirits: ROSES
Rose oil is often used by aromatherapists to relieve depression and soothe the nerves. Need a positive boost? Inhale the rich smell of this flower to lift up your mood and renew a brighter outlook on life (Livestrong). Rose oil is also very moisturizing, and anti-aging for your skin.

When you need to be comforted and soothed: VANILLA
The homey smells of vanilla evoke the memories of sweet cakes and nostalgia. Because vanilla can be associated with food, the scent has a comforting and reassuring effect. Scientific studies prove that the smell soothes the brain and relieves anxiety and depression. Vanilla has anti-inflammatory properties. It is very soothing and calming for the skin.

When you need energy: GRAPEFRUIT
There’s a reason why we eat grapefruit in the morning. The tangy smell and taste prod your groggy brain to life with a citrus-based wakeup call (Aromaweb)! When your mood needs a little pick-me-up, grapefruit provides the energy you need. Grapefruit is high in antioxidants and great for lightening and brightening a dull complexion.

When you need to be refreshed: STONE CROP
One of Eminence's signature ingredients, stone crop smells fresh and clean. Not a widely-used plant in aromatherapy or skin care, stone crop’s scent is particularly unique. Fans enjoy stone crop products for its crisp smell, and hydrating properties. It is popular with both men and women. Stone Crop naturally lightens the complexion, hydrates, and is very healing for the skin.

 

Why Do I Have Large Pores and Remedies

You should view your face like a work of art. Not only because you’re beautiful, but also because your skin needs to be a flawless canvas. So why are those unsightly pores spoiling the smooth perfection of your skin’s surface? Here are the three main causes for large pores and what you can do to minimize the size of them.

OILS AND IMPURITIES
Pores are openings in your skin that contain a hair follicle and a sebaceous gland. When oil and dirt clog your pores with an ugly sludge of impurities, the diameter of the opening actually expands so the pore appears larger and more prominent. Our best solution is to remove dead skin cells by exfoliating regularly and ensuring that pores stay clean and tight.

Recommendation:  Eminence Pear and Poppyseed Microderm Polisher. This exfoliant is one of the best ways to get rid of large pores caused by blocked openings. A gentle exfoliating mask, the polisher buffs away dead skin cells, improving the texture of the skin and leaving it glowing. Sensitive skins: use Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, is a powder formula that is super exfoliating and cleaning without being harsh on delicate skin. Tip: mix with a fine walnut or olive grain to get that scrubby feel without scratching the skin.

AGING AND SUN DAMAGE 
The double whammy of age and sun damage can alter the look of your pores. With age, the skin produces less collagen and becomes inelastic. The sun causes further damage to aging skin, leading to a greater loss of firmness. The end results are pores that are larger and distended into an oval shape due to slack skin.

Recommendation: Eminence Clear skin Willow Bark Serum, mask, and moisturizer targets the skin with active ingredients willow bark and tea tree oil that reduce the appearance of oil on the skin and specifically control pore size. Citrus and Kale C&E Serum will help collagen production, and firms skin which helps in keeping pores looking smaller and is anti-aging.

GENDER AND GENETICS
Sometimes, you’re just genetically predisposed to inherit large pores, especially on the nose and the cheeks. Men generally have more pronounced pores than women, as do women undergoing hormonal changes. Your skin type is also key: People with oily skin tend to create more sebum, increasing the likelihood of clogged, enlarged pores.

Recommendation: Blackberry Pore Refining Serum or Clear skin Willow Bark Serum specially formulated to control the size of pores, these serums are non-oily and astringent in nature. Regular use minimizes the look of pores and also smooths and refines the skin.

Professional service recommendations: Microdermabrasion will exfoliate the skin and refine pores. Peels are a great way to not only exfoliate and refine pores, but they are also anti-aging.

Prevent: Eminence Peel Pads for extra exfoliation, refining, and anti-aging benefits. Getting monthly Facials helps to keep pores clean and skin looking smooth. Using the right products at home regularly will help to prevent, and maintain skin for better, long term results!

SKIN CARE 101- ESSENTIAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE

CLEANSER

Chose a cleanser suited to your skin type. Place a small amount into your hands and emulsify with lukewarm water. Apply to the face in a circular motion, covering the entire face for 30 seconds. Remove from the skin while gently scrubbing with a damp face cloth or sponge and rinse thoroughly, alternating with warm and cold water. Then pat dry with a soft towel. This action will remove dirt, pollution and impurities from the skin’s surface and prepare it for toning and moisturizing.

 

TONER

Apply one to two sprays of toner, suited to your skin type, over the entire face and leave on. Toners are important to balance the natural pH of your skin and to infuse your skin with natural vitamins and minerals. Your skin will feel rejuvenated with each spray with the added aromatherapy benefit contained in the real fruits and herbs.

 

EXFOLIATE

It is important to exfoliate your skin at least once or twice per week to help remove dead skin cells and dirt that can dull your complexion. To exfoliate, first cleanse the skin, then apply the exfoliant suited to your skin type massaging in to skin in a circular motion for a few minutes. If want you can leave on skin like a mask, to dry for a few more minutes. Use a face cloth moistened with lukewarm water to gently scrub off the remaining exfoliant masque using a circular motion while scrubbing (if skin is not sensitive). Rinse thoroughly with clean water.

PREVENT AND CORRECT WITH SERUMS

Remedy specific skin care concerns, such as lack of firmness, acne or rosacea, with an active serum, booster-serum, concentrate or oil. Optional to use a few times a week ro every day, even 2 times a day. Once you experience the clarifying, hydrating and age-defying benefits of this step you will want to continue to include this essential step in your daily routine. Apply your treatment after toner in a thin layer and leave on. Serums are always applied before moisturizers. A few can be used alone with out needing to put moisturizer on top.

TARGETED CARE

Enhance your skin care routine by targeting specific areas of concern with results- oriented formulations to deliver potent actives where they are needed, as often as needed. Improve problem areas over time with regular usage, or see dramatic instant results. Customized results-oriented skin care—right where you need it most.

 

MOISTURIZE DAY AND NIGHT

Hydrate and soften the skin with a moisturizer suited to your skin type. Even oily skins need a light moisturizer to keep skin soft and supple. Apply a layer of moisturizer over the entire face and neck area and leave on. For a lighter application, emulsify a small amount of moisturizer in your hand with a few drops of water. For extra hydration, apply a thicker layer in dry areas.

Eye Care

Using a gentle tapping motion, apply a small amount of eye cream to the contour area all around the eyes, including eye lids, taking care not to tug the delicate skin around the eye area.

Sun Care Protection

Apply Sun Defense Minerals ( a powder formula that can be water proof) or a daily SPF moisturizer to finish and protect the skin.

 

 

4 Sneaky Causes of Wrinkles (& How to Avoid Them)

4 Sneaky Causes of Wrinkles (& How to Avoid Them)

Aging. It happens to all of us, but as we age, we all want to do so gracefully. Even if you take excellent care of your skin, there are still sneaky little culprits that can speed the aging process, causing an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.

To help you age as beautifully as possible, we’re revealing 4 common causes for wrinkles (a.k.a the “4 Sneaky “S’s”) and what you can do to avoid them. 

1. Squinting

This one might seem obvious but you probably catch yourself squinting those peepers more often than you think. Every time you forget your sunglasses or squint at the computer screen, you’re increasing the likelihood of crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eye area. And the more repetitive the facial expressions, the deeper the wrinkles over time. But don’t panic, your squinting won’t cause crow’s feet overnight, there are a number of things you can do to avoid fine lines around the eye area.

Using a good eye serum and eye cream day and night, wearing sunglasses with good UVA/UVB protection and using good quality, organic eye make up remover/ cleanser is important to prevent lines and wrinkles. Make sure to be conscientious of when you squint so when you catch your self squinting you will stop.

Tip: As a quick fix people are getting Botox. The problem is that Botox is superficial and requires a 3 month maintenance. It doesn't stop long term lines. You must continue to use it if you don't want to see the line. Long term research is limited; use it because you really can't stand that line on your face. Continue to care for your skin using a good serum and an SPF moisturize when getting sun exposure. That way when the Botox wears off your lines will hopefully not get worse.

A cheaper fix: Using Botox temporarily may help some stop using the muscle in the area which can help in preventing them from squinting and increasing the depth of a line. You could try getting Botox a couple of times, use the right products, then go off Botox and continue to be conscientious of when you squint; continue with a good skin care routine to maintain and prevent further wrinkles and lines.

2. Stress

Not only can stress cause strain on your heart and immune system, it can also wreak havoc on your complexion. Researchers found that “people with the most work-related stress had the shortest telomeres, causing cells to die or become damaged, which may speed up the aging process”

The good news about stress-related aging is that it can be averted. Healthy habits like exercise, meditation and a nutritious diet, can help ease stress and premature signs of aging. Aromatherapy is another safe and effective way to reduce stress. “Recent clinical and laboratory research has determined that chamomile is not only relaxing, but it can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression. Aromatheraphy products contain essential oils. Good quality, pure essential oils are therapeutic grade, therefore helping with everything from health to aging and stress.

3. Sugar

Sugar is not only bad for you but it also ages your skin. This scary process is called glycation where sugar bonds with proteins in your body. These sugar-bonded proteins produce free radicals which destroy your collagen and elastin, the building blocks that keep your skin strong and supple. A diet and skin care routine rich in antioxidants like vitamin C will reduce free radical damage to the skin and body.

4. Soaps & Sulfates

If you’re using harsh soaps or cleansers that contain sulfates, you may want to rethink your skin care routine. “Sodium lauryl sulfate is a harsh emulsifier that is found in body washes, facial cleansers, and soap; it rids the skin of dirt and oil while breaking down precious lipids, the glue that binds skin cells together." Most drug store and cosmetic counter cleansers use Sodium lauryl sulfate as well as synthetics and chemicals that in the long run damage your skin causing redness, dryness and wrinkles.

Tip: Don't under estimate your cleanser. I good cleanser is vital to starting your morning and evening skin care routine.