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Santa Facials Provides More Than Just Relaxation

By Kelly Church

At Santa Facials, customers can expect more than just a relaxing experience. Owner Marilyn Giasson-Fenker specializes in chemical peels and partners with a line of products that give clients results in addition to a great experience. The Santa Fe, NM spa focuses on skin with sun damage, offering treatments that improve the appearance of brown spots and uneven skin tone.

"Facials are relaxing, but you don't always see improvement in your skin," Giasson-Fenker says. "With our facials, you do. Our specialty is epidermal peels. Benefits [of peels] include fewer blemishes and better texture, better hydration, more even skin color and tighter tone."

The treatments at Santa Facials use natural, botanical ingredients that powerfully improve the appearance of clients' skin. Marilyn Giasson-Fenker uses Rhonda Allison products on her customers' skin, acting under the belief that "your services are only going to be as good as the line you work with." She also sells Youngblood cosmetic products. Her main clientele is women who want to see major improvement in their skin.

"We get many new clients who have lived in Santa Fe or one of the other mountain communities for about a year," Giasson-Fenker says. "The combination of high altitude and dry air shuts down our skin's natural exfoliation process. So by then, many newcomers are seeing bumps! A gentle scrub, one with plant-based beads like jojoba beads or pumice used a couple of times a week is vital to avoid blemishes and maintain beautiful texture."

Services at Santa Facials range from $50 to $250, starting with a brightening eye treatment and going up to what Giasson-Fenker calls "The Works," combining a 90-minute facial with a 60-minute skin-sculpting treatment. Giasson-Fenker is trained in treating acne, hormonal skin conditions and rosacea, and has her FDA certification for performing DNA treatments. She encourages clients to come in and talk about what they want to see improved in their skin so she can find the right treatment.

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