Cloud 9 Spa Salon Gainesville's Sanctuary for Stress-Relief Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:49:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Seeing Spots? Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:18:06 +0000 Cloud 9 When you think of visible signs of aging, you probably think of wrinkles and sagging skin. But age spots (commonly referred to as liver spots) are actually one of the most common signs of aging.  These unsightly spots can appear as early as your 40s—or even earlier if you’ve had a great deal of exposure to the sun. Those of us living in this beautiful “Sunshine State” are most the most susceptible!

Age spots most commonly appear on areas of the skin that receive heightened exposure to the sun: your face, shoulders, forearms and the back of your hands. Daily sun protection for prevention of additional age spots is key…but what about diminishing the ones you already have? Here are some suggestions:

  • Use products that offer strong, broad spectrum protection (think high SPF rating) every day. A daily facial moisturizer with SPF like Murad’s Essential-C Day Moisturizer is non-greasy and refreshing, and provides daily protection from the damaging effects of the sun.
  • Eat your fruits & vegetables! The antioxidants in fruits & vegetables help fight against free radicals that contribute to the signs of aging.
  • Change up your home care to include products like Murad’s Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel which works to diminish the visible signs of sun damage.

If you’re bothered by these pesky little spots, get a facial! Our Sun Undone Facial gives your skin a topical boost through the use of antioxidant-rich Vitamin-C products that work to restore, rejuvenate and reverse the effects of sun damage. Preventative care is always the best, but age spots alone are not dangerous, just unsightly. As a rule, should you notice any significant or questionable changes in your skin, alert your physician or dermatologist.

*Click HERE to schedule your Sun Undone Facial anytime through 4/15/15 and get 10% OFF! Plus we will throw in a FREE Murad Vitamin C product to take home, while supplies last!

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Monster Feet? We’ve got the PediCURE for you! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:54:16 +0000 Cloud 9 Do you feel that your feet could scare small children? If so, Cloud 9 Pedis offer the CURE for creepy feet!  Besides leaving you feeling like you could walk on air, regular monthly pedicures keep your nails well groomed and keep your toes & feet in great shape. Let our specialists treat your tootsies to gentle and specialized care.  Our pedicures are completely customizable with the following elements so your feet are sure to get the individual attention that will best address YOUR needs and concerns!

  •  Aromatic sugar crystal scrubs slough away layers of flaky, dry skin and leave skin silky smooth!
  • Intensive treatment masks target common foot problems to reduce callus build up, smooth cracked heels and deeply hydrate dry areas.
  • Your choice of Swedish,Deep Tissue or Hot Stone massage will melt away tension and put the spring back in your step.
  • Specialty wraps in your choice of warm, hydrating paraffin for baby soft skin, or cool, soothing aloe for tired, overworked or athletic feet!

All of our pedicures include gentle cuticle care, trimming and filing to restore the beauty of your toes and prepare them for a glossy finish in your choice of  hundreds of different beautiful colors including the latest holiday shades by OPI!

Want to keep your toes jolly through the holidays? Our Flawless Feet series is just what you need! For a limited time only, when you buy 3 Signature Pedicures, you will get another for FREE! Don’t miss out, BUY your series now!

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Make it a SPA-cation this year! Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:00:56 +0000 Cloud 9 Whether time-conscious, budget-conscious, or a combination of the two, people are redefining their ideas about vacation and are creating unique new ways to do so.   Make sure your plans this summer include a “Spa-cation”.  What is a “Spa-cation”?  Instead of spending the money you would normally spend on a trip out of town for an entire week, (which can be quite expensive) instead take a fraction of that money and treat yourself to several spa treatments throughout the summer.  It’s a great compromise! You’ll save money yet still capture the renewal and refreshed spirit that vacation provides.  Relaxation…No passport required!

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Make Massage a Priority! Wed, 28 May 2014 18:09:46 +0000 Cloud 9 People often equate massage and spa with relaxation.  While we do agree that we have deliciously relaxing massage services, we offer relaxation through pain relief as well.    Acute and chronic pain can be relieved and often banished and prevented with regular use of massage.  Did you know that Cloud 9’s therapists have over 80 combined years of experience performing many different types of therapeutic massage? Additionally, all of our therapists are Nationally Certified, and they participate in advanced hands-on training regularly throughout the year.  (Our therapists didn’t just stop learning in school, at Cloud 9 Spa Salon it is a job requirement to keep learning.)  They bring to the “table” specialties such as: migraine relief, therapeutic stretching, TMJ pain management, sports and athletic massage and many other types of soft tissue care.  Prioritize pain relief, pain management and prevention.  Don’t wait until pain needs to be managed…do preventative maintenance; preventing problems BEFORE they arise.  Your body should run like a finely tuned machine.  We can help!

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MOMisms Thu, 08 May 2014 13:10:32 +0000 Cloud 9 Did you know somebody made up a word for all the funny expressions, rules, advice and quotes that mothers pitch out to children?  MOMisms are the one-liners that mothers use to impart sage advice or to make a point during childhood.  At the time, we may have found these “silly expressions” pointless or even puzzling; but reflecting on them in later years we begin to grasp the wisdom gifted through these nuggets.  Recounting MOMisms leave us with fond memories of lessons from daily life that our mothers and mother figures were trying to impart.

In honor of Mother’s Day, here is a list of some MOM-isms our staff came up with.

  • “I don’t care who started it.”
  • “If it were a snake it would have bitten you.”
  • “When I was young…”
  •  “Just wait til your father gets home!”
  • “Do you live in a barn? Close the door!”
  • “If you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all.”
  •  “Who ever said life was gonna be easy?”
  • “Don’t cry over spilled milk.”
  • “Share and share alike”

Click HERE to join us over on our Facebook  page to post YOUR favorite MOMism! On Mother’s Day (5/11/14) one lucky guest will be randomly selected to win a FREE service!

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Sun Safety is Key in the Fight Against Skin Cancer Fri, 02 May 2014 14:12:36 +0000 Cloud 9 May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month. We’re committed to helping you stay educated AND “sun-safe“… so read on!

The skin is the largest organ in the body and according to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States! More than 3.6 million cases of basal and squamous  cell (non-melanoma)  skin cancers are found each year.  These types of cancers typically develop on sun-exposed areas of the skin such as the face, ear, neck, lips, and the backs of the hands. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 76,000 cases of invasive skin cancer in 2014. Melanoma is almost always curable when it is found in its very early stages. Although it accounts for only a small percentage of skin cancer, it is far more dangerous than other skin cancers and causes approximately 75% of all skin cancer deaths annually.

Avoiding the sun in the sunshine state can be difficult, but here are some ideas to help you be ‘sun-safe’:

  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Seek shade.
  • Wear sunglasses with 99% to 100% UV absorption.
  • Avoid tanning beds & sun lamps.
  • Follow the Slap-slip-slop rule:
  • Slap on a hat.
  • Slip on a shirt & cover up with protective clothing.
  • Slop on sunscreen with (SPF) of 15 or higher & reapply every 2 hours when outside; even on hazy or overcast days!

*Information provided by American Cancer Society.

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Shed that Winter Skin for a Healthy Summer Glow! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:58:21 +0000 Cloud 9 Cold days and nights are slipping away for warmer temperatures.   The thermostats have been set to cool, but those long winter months with the heat cranked up have probably left your skin looking dull and scaly. It is time to start looking “as fresh as a Spring Chick” again!

Our Spa Body Treatments exfoliate, quench, drench, soften, soothe and deliciously scent your dry winter skin. A gentle full-body polish with warmed sugar scrub sloughs away that dull layer to reveal the newer, more radiant skin below. Warm oils and rich lotions hydrate and protect that new skin leaving you with a healthy, more youthful glow! Customize your body treatment with a variety of scrumptious scents such as Mint, Lavender, and Almond Biscotti, just to name a few.

From the ever popular, and totally yummy, Chocolate Decadence to the rhythmic brushing of the Bavarian Body Buff, you’re sure to find the perfect treatment for YOU!

Schedule your spa body treatment today! Mention our blog and enjoy 15% OFF the whole month of May!


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What’s in YOUR Pedicure? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:50 +0000 Cloud 9 It’s pedicure season and everyone is rushing to their local nail salon to get sloughed, buffed and painted! It seems like there’s a nail salon on every corner these days. With a wide range of price options to choose from everyone is looking for a bargain, but remember the old adage “You get what you pay for”? It definitely applies here! Have you ever considered the potential health risks at your favorite corner salon?

Most pedicure-related infections can be linked to contaminated footbaths (that nice bowl of warm, swirling water you put your feet into). If not thoroughly & properly cleaned & disinfected after each guest, the tubs, bowls, pipes or jets can easily collect hair, dead skin, and nail clippings which invite bacteria to grow inside the warm wet environment… bacteria that can and end up in your pedicure water and on YOU! Yuck! One tiny shaving nick, cut, scratch or bug bite on your skin can put you at risk for a nasty infection, or worse. Unfortunately, even when cleaned properly, there are unreachable places, like pipes & jets, for bacteria to hide. For this reason, savvy salons have been making the switch to ‘waterless’ or ‘tub-free’ pedicures. Several fresh warm steamed towels are used in place of the potentially dangerous foot baths to soften and soothe the skin, as well as to ensure ultimate piece of mind for both the customer and the Nail Technician.

Unclean tools are another source of danger in the salon. They can transmit viruses from client to client and spread infection. Does your Nail Technicians wear gloves during your pedicure? If you’ve ever noticed you Nail Technician’s tools, they resemble dental or surgical instruments! Those tools are for pushing, filing, nipping & clipping away at live tissue so they should be immaculate…but are they?

So how do you avoid these potential pedi problems? Talk to your Nail Specialist, ask her about their sanitation procedures because you have a right to know!  Ask what they clean, how they clean it, what they clean it with and how often. Everything your specialist uses should be cleaned and disinfected or thrown away. And alcohol & bleach won’t cut it, this calls for hospital grade disinfectants! Don’t shop by price alone, do your research or you could get far more than you bargained for!

For more information on this topic, check out this video by ABC 20/20:

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Bee’t the Pollen with a Trip to the Spa! Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:00:25 +0000 Cloud 9 With a yellow-green dust dulling the shine on our cars and a symphony of sniffles and sneezes… Tis the season for allergy misery! We can’t do anything about those dreaded dustings by the trees and plants; but, we CAN get you relief from the side effects.  Our Intensive Therapy Sinus-Relief Facial is just what the doctor ordered!  This facial focuses on special sinus pressure-point massage to help clear congested sinuses.  Warm towels soothe facial aches and pains, while special blends of aromatherapy oils and a gentle steam clear breathing passages.  The Sinus Relief facial includes all of the great sinus relief elements, and also includes a gentle cleansing, exfoliation, hand and arm skin treat and a myriad of other rejuvenating facial elements.  You’ll leave breathing a little easier and your skin’s appearance and texture will be improved, too. Schedule yours today and enjoy 15% off for the rest of April when you use coupon code POLLEN! For continued relief at home, our Sinus Inhalation beads and Shower Mist Sprays are 10% off this month as well! Who knew a trip to the spa could do so much more than just help you relax?!

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Rosacea: Simple skin care offers symptom relief Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:20:12 +0000 Cloud 9

The word rosacea sounds like it could be a variety of a beautiful flower right?  Wrong!  Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that is often frustrating to manage.  Those with rosacea may experience varying combinations of symptoms on their face such as flushing, swelling, burning, itching or stinging; giving those who suffer a red-faced somewhat sun-burned look.  The redness may become more persistent and visible blood vessels may appear at the sites over time.  Untreated, bumps and pimples may develop and in severe examples, the skin on the nose may become lumpy and swollen.  The symptoms may come and go in relapses and remissions making it frustrating to treat.  There is no known cause of rosacea, or cure.  Symptom management is the key.  Aside from seeking the advice of a health care professional, your favorite spa’s skin care professional has valuable resources for you.

One key management tool is to find products to use on your skin that are not sensitizing nor set off inflammatory episodes.  Find a gentle skin care product for daily use.  Pevonia Skin Care features the RS2 line which is specifically formulated with calming and soothing ingredients proven to regulate blood vessels and regenerate skin cells.  It contains helpful ingredients such as:

  • Green tea, with healing, anti-irritant, and anti-oxidant properties
  • Licorice, with anti-allergic, anti inflammatory and healing function
  • Chamomile with antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties

The RS2 line does not have any of the common rosacea irritants such as alcohol, witch hazel, or fragrance.  It is available in a travel-sized kit which will allow you to use it during a trial period to make sure it is compatible with YOUR rosacea before you commit to buying full sized bottles. And, it is a simple 3-step “system” that is convenient and easy to use.

Because no two people experience rosacea the same way, advice for managing it is not “one size fits all”.    However, know your skin.  Know your triggers.  Know what causes your rosacea to come in to full bloom and take preventative treatment steps to keep the weed that is rosacea dormant.

April is designated as Rosacea Awareness Month by the NRS to alert the public to the early warning signs of this chronic and conspicuous facial disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. For more information on rosacea visit the National Rosacea Society at .



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