If you’re looking for Oasis in the middle of New York – we got one for you! Recently we visited Oasis Day Spa and test an Elemis Firm-a-Lift Treatment. Kate Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cara Delevingne, Victoria Beckham and MyTopFace team chose Elemis products and treatments as a part of their beauty routine.
We interviewed Bruce(founder) of Oasis Day Spa and Sandra (esthetician) about beauty, Oasis Spa, and Elemis.
– Bruce, please tell us, how did your beauty journey begin?
While exploring a new business opportunity for myself in 1996 as I wanted to transition out of my business that had me frequently on the road. I became aware of the wellness and beauty trend that was becoming more lifestyle oriented. After roughly a year of extensive research which included visits to over 2 dozen local spa’s, attendance at trade shows, running multiple focus groups as well as over 80 hours studying in the NYC Public Library researching retail businesses, along with 5 versions of a business plan, I opened the first Oasis Day Spa in Union Square NYC, which was just transforming as an iconic New York spot at the time.
– What made you open Oasis Day Spa?
Timing is everything, and a career life change because of getting married and wanting to get off the road. I was planning a family and wanted to be able to see my children grow up.
– What are your personal beauty hacks and favorite brands for the skincare regimen?
For myself, I have rosacea so I have always taken the precautions to protect my skin. Since I entered the industry I have educated myself extensively on how critical it is to keep your skin clean, toned and moisturized. I favor Elemis for cleansing and toning, and GM Collin for my rosacea.
– What are the most popular treatments at Oasis Day Spa?
Our signature massage is the Muscle Meltdown which incorporates moist hot packs and cool marble stones. Perfect for sore muscles and anyone who works out, I like to add in deep tissue massage when I receive this rejuvenating treatment. If you haven’t experienced our Vichy showers, it is a revelation for anyone who has never received a body scrub. After having your entire body exfoliated with either brown sugar or lavender sea salt (my favorite), you experience the amazing Vichy shower with 8 shower heads. To sum it up in one word – AWESOME. For skincare, I highly recommend our Elemis Biotec Advanced Technology treatments as they incorporate 5 state of the art technologies such as Microcurrent, oxygen infusion, galvanic light therapy, and ultrasound- something for all skin types. It’s an especially beneficial treatment here in the Northeast where we experience such extremes in weather.
– Sandra, how did you become an esthetician?
My relationship with beauty started very early when I was 4 years old back at my hometown of São Paulo, Brazil – when I used to apply makeup and beauty masks on my mom every day. At 18 years old, I dove into the acting world, performing on stage for 7 years. During that time, I also worked as a makeup artist for theater and aptly decided to move to New York City to advance my acting career. After graduating college with a major in Theater and Communication, I performed theater in NYC and also toured with a Shakespearian Company for 2 years, where I further continued working with theatrical and film makeup. Looking into the best cosmetology schools in NYC, I enrolled and graduated as an Esthetician from Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics. From that moment on my whole world had changed and I had fallen deeply in love with wellness and beauty and the spa world. I have been a full-time Esthetician since and Oasis Day Spa has been my home for 9 years!
– Tell us step by step process (products and tools that were used) of Elemis BioTech facial
I performed our Elemis Firm-a-Lift on MyTopFace expert which is an incredible anti-aging, firming and lifting facial that leaves the skin toned, rejuvenated and hydrated.
First, we removed makeup with our Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. MyTopFace expert loved the smell. Then a second cleanse was needed with our Biotec Skin Energizing Cleanse to remove any remaining impurities from the skin. We proceeded then to remove dead skin with Gentle Rose Exfoliator and finally tone her skin clean with Soothing Apricot Toner. A Pro-Definition Jowl and Chin Mask was placed on her neck for tightening. I then applied our Lift Effect Activator and our Amber Massage Facial Balm Mask and worked on lifting and contouring her facial muscles with Microcurrent. After the Amber Mask was removed, I immediately applied our Hydra Active Soothing Gel Mask and with the use of Galvanic rollers ensured optimal nutrient penetration into her skin. Once the mask was removed, I applied Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal. Her skin looked radiant and firmer and her features were more contoured.
– What’s your recommendation for our readers who suffer from blocked pores and want to minimize their appearance?
Having clogged pores is a result of many things including living in an urban city with pollution and debris in the air, a buildup of dead skin, excess oil production and a poor skincare regimen at home. I always advise my clients to cleanse the skin well every night before bed and to exfoliate the skin twice a week in the shower to remove dead skin and other debris that end up falling into the pores. Maintaining clear pores also require regular visits (every 4-6 weeks) with your Esthetician for a deep cleansing facial with extractions. The longer you leave debris in your pores the more enlarged they will appear. Try our Elemis Biotec Skin Resurfacing Facial for a deep cleanse and all over texture improvement, which includes Ultrasonic Exfoliation and LED Therapy
– What are your must-have treatments/products to prevent early signs of aging?
A good skincare regimen at home combined with results-oriented treatments at the spa is key to maintaining the health of the skin and managing aging. I cannot leave my home without an exfoliant, eye cream, moisturizer, and SPF on a daily basis. About twice a week I use retinol to speed up skin renewal and improve texture and tone and smooth out fine lines. As for spa treatments, I love technology so anything combined with LEDs, Microdermabrasion, Microcurrent, Lasers, Radio Frequency or IPL will work deeper on the skin and give better results.
– What are your favorite treatments in the winter time?
My favorite wintertime treatments at Oasis are Biotec Line Eraser, Biotec Skin Resurfacer and our Phyto Stem Cell Facial with Microdermabrasion.
When you come into the spa you already feel total relaxation. The lights are deemed and everything is quiet. You change into a cozy bathrobe and slippers and escorted to get the treatment. The relaxation room is nice and comfortable, it has healthy snacks and drinks. MyTopFace expert reported that after the visit she felt total relaxation and recharge. Real Oasis in NYC!