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Local
Published Tuesday May 14, 2019 by Brittany Raine

Your Guide to Our Go-To Facials in the Mile High

Beauty
Skincare

Is your skin lacking a certain luster after the long, dry Denver winter? Yeah, we thought that might be the case. Whether you’re looking for a little *extra* hydration or want to give your face a refresh, let our favorite local professionals take your skin from blah to ta-da in no time at all with our four go-to facials around the Mile High. 


Glow Facial Bar

Congress Park neighborhood
Our favorite: Ready Set Glow 
Express facials? Say no more! From finding time on your lunch break to a self-care Saturday, Glow Facial Bar has your skin covered. With offerings that fit every budget, this fast (and powerful) facial makes dry, winter skin a thing of the past. Focused on hydration, your skin will be glowing in no time at all—hence the name. Plus, you can easily incorporate affordable add-ons to your facial, like a boosting serum or light peel. 


Skin In The City

Capitol Hill neighborhood  
Our favorite: iS Clinical Fire & Ice Facial
It might sound like a treatment straight out of Game of Thrones, but this facial is no fantasy, and the results are real. A boutique medi-spa, this intensive clinical treatment is just 35 minutes and all about rapidly (and safely) resurfacing the skin with a retinol masque. By diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while softening, smoothing and hydrating the skin, you’ll feel rejuvenated instantly—no downtime required.


E5 Day Spa

Goldsmith neighborhood
Our favorite: Customized 60 Minute Facial 
A facial made just for you? That’s what E5 offers with this treatment. Whether you’re prone to oily skin or need a deep exfoliation, the estheticians here will customize a facial catered to your skin type. Utilizing steam, exfoliation techniques, hydration masks and more to soften and rejuvenate your skin, that dry, dull feeling will instantly melt away. You can also add-on affordable treatments to your facial—like an eye collagen treatment—so you’ll get that glow the second you step out of the spa. 


i {heart} skin 

Alamo Placita neighboorhood
Our favorite: Gua Sha+ Gemstone Facial Massage
Channel all the positive (skin) energy with this advanced enhancement from i {heart} skin. Rooted in Chinese Medicine, gemstone tools—like rose quartz, jade, and amethyst—and Gua Sha techniques are used to detoxify, brighten and tighten even the most tired skin as they infuse oils and serums deep into the face. Your facial muscles will be lifted and fine lines relaxed. Sounds like a win-win!

 

Whether you’re looking to book your spa treatment, find a new fitness class, or book a manicure near you, easily find and book what you want with the MINDBODY app or MINDBODY.io

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.