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Skin Tip of the Week: #3

As the holiday season kicks in, the cold, blustery winter comes with it. In such harsh conditions it's essential to remember the importance of keeping your skin hydrated. Enter: Moisturizers! This is a product that mimics sebum on the skin surface with the purpose of softening and smoothing it. At Complexions, moisturizers are applied after

Celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is the fastest growing long-term disease affecting millions of people worldwide. We want to be a part of helping to raise awareness of the effects of diabetes and its complications. So, we'll be offering a 15 % DISCOUNT OFF ALL RETAIL PRODUCTS when you schedule a Therapeutic Pedi-kur with our nail technicians Mari or

Introducing: Mystic Inka Treatment

We are excited to announce that we will be the first spa in the country to introduce an elaborate ritual known as the Mystic Inka Treatment. The four-part body treatment includes plants that are 100% native to the Peruvian Andes, where body and mind live a sacred moment of complete liberty and well-being. Developed by

Vegan Facial Specials!

In honor of World Vegan Month, we are pleased to offer a 20% discount on our Na Organic Fruit & Flower Facial (regularly $129). This refreshing, vegan facial therapy incorporates the topical benefits of a unique blend of organic Thai Botanicals and the rejuvenating touch of a Royal Thai Facial Massage. Your skin will be

Meet the Latest Collection of Anti-Aging Must-Haves

In the latest development from the holistic health company Naturopathica, you'll discover a proven solution to reducing fine lines and the appearance of wrinkles, all while improving skin tone and firmness. The Wrinkle Repair Collection uses the latest and most effective active ingredients, including 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, Argan Plant Stem Cells, Matrixyl synthe’6 and a

Wellness vacation for your hands and sole

From 90 degree highs to 60 degree lows, the weather outside hasn't exactly been predictable or entirely comfortable this week. Good news, though, when you need an escape from the elements, or just the hustle of getting back into the school year grind, a quick break for some nail pampering can often do the trick.

Complexions Partners with Matter of Trust by donating hair clippings

This new partnership with Complexions Spa will specifically assist MatterofTrust.org in making oil spill hairmats out of salon hair clippings swept off the floor and previously discarded. Because hair is a natural absorbent fiber, the clippings are used to create oil spill hairmats and help contain disastrous petroleum spills. The hair is stuffed into tubes (booms) made from recycled nylons and used for emergency oil spills around the nation. The mats are also extremely efficient for oil drip pans, machinery, pipelines, and even as booms for storm drains. “There are more than 370,000 hair salons in the U.S. and each salon collects conservatively about one pound of hair a day. Right now, most of that goes into the waste stream. Imagine the positive environmental impact if more salons donated their hair clippings to this great effort,"

Small Business Recycling – How We Make Money Being Green

Being an Eco-Friendly spa I am constantly looking for ways to do good for our environment. Currently I pay my waste removal company for three different types of dumpsters. One for trash, one for paper and cardboard, and one for metal. It seems crazy that we have to pay extra to do the right thing. It's kind of like trying to eat right but at a higher cost.

Using Social Media to Enhance Customer Relationships

We've learned the value of our Facebook page first hand. Social marketing is a game-changing phenomenon that is here to stay. I see less and less print forms of advertising in the very near future for us. In fact, we have already cut way back and saved thousands of advertising dollars by doing so! Every dollar saved equals another dollar re-invested back into what we do best - help people look and feel their absolute best. What's more, less print /direct mail also compliments our commitment to green, environmentally friendly business building practices.

Complexions wins 2008 Energy Small Business of the Year Award!

On September 29, 2008 we hosted a ceremony at the spa to present those individuals who helped us with our "greening" efforts. The awards were presented by Mike Breslin from the City of Albany.   The people who received a certificate for their collaborative efforts with our "greening" process  included our architect Greg Sellman, Naomi

Gold LEED Certification for New Construction is official!

Yesterday we received notification from the US Green Building Council that we have been approved for Gold LEED certification for New Construction. We are so pleased. We will be receiving a beautiful plaque from USGBC which we will display in our reception area. We did do a search and found that we are the FIRST

Follow up to our LEED certification

Just checked the LEED on line web page and the status of our project looks really good. Right now we have enough points approved to reach Gold Level! We are in line to be certified for New Construction. I can't tell you how happy I will be when this is officially awarded. As soon as

Awaiting the results of our LEED Certification.

I recieved an email a few days ago letting us know the status of our LEED certification.  Some of the points we applied for we did recieve and some needed additional clarification.  We had to send it over to the electrical engineer who is working on the project. Many of the points in question pertained to

Monthly Energy Bill Comparison: Before vs After Going Green

We have been in our new Complexions Spa location at 221 Wolf Road for eleven months now.  Earlier this week, I decided to take a quick look at the actual energy savings - if any - we've enjoyed thus far.  Here is the quick, back-of-the-napkin rundown: In our previous location we had 4200

How to build an energy efficient small business: Part 1

We closed on the new Complexions building in November of 2007 and immediately began demolishing the existing building. Many - my sons especially - think of demolition as a super-fun activity. If only that were true with Green construction! Long story short - we had to be very very careful every step of the way.