June 04, 2018
What would you do for healthy, glowing skin? For me, all it took was 19 needles in my face, six in my scalp, and seven in and behind each of my ears to get skin that looked like the inside of a ripe peach.
Despite having Asian skin—you know, the kind that is fabled to show hardly even a whisper of a line until old age—my millennial eyes are beginning to detect a slight deflation in the youthful bounce that I thought would forever be mine. So when I was invited for an acupuncture facial—which touts itself as a holistic alternative to injectable fillers and Botox—with Anna Lee at International Orange's Fillmore Street spa,
Our bodies respond to cycles of seasonality like all living things. In the Chinese medicine model, Fall is associated with the element of Metal, which is responsible for developing ritual and engaged in the search for meaning and inspiration. The organs associated with this element are the lungs and the colon, so techniques for self-care orient to these areas.
“Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world.” Though not intended to be a philosophical remark, Greek mathematician Archimedes tapped into a deep spiritual truth: where there is stillness, there is power.
At IO, we are practiced in the art of prevention. While there's no way to entirely avoid environmental aggressors, there are ways to optimize the environment of your own skin, giving it a fighting chance against free radical attacks.
The goal of every sun goddess is to bronze, not burn, during the bright days of summer. And of course, we hope that our sun worship doesn’t leave any lasting marks on our skin. Will a safe non-nano zinc oxide SPF do the trick? It’s definitely a start, but skin experts at International Orange say it’s not enough, especially as the sun’s rays are striking hotter these days.
We spend a lot of time talking about skin. It’s our largest organ, after all. But beauty is more than skin deep. Our skin’s radiance is a good measure of our internal health, and the beauty we seek is achieved not only through products, but also through lifestyle.
After 14 years and 30,000 facials, IO's skincare program is about more than products, peels and potions. IO's Esthetics Director, Jennifer Gallegos, reveals how she built a program rooted in yogic philosophy that delivers legit, get-down-to-business, not-messing-around results.
Offering curated holistic wellness in a simple yet thoughtful sanctuary, International Orange is an urban spa destination for personal transformation, now on both sides of the bridge. Take a look inside the opening weekend at International Orange at Marin Country Mart.
IO expert esthetician and retail curator, Yolanda Porrata, shares her passion and process for selecting artisanal skincare, hand-crafted lifestyle products and other coveted gems found in the IO Shop.