I can’t lie, the struggle getting back into my routine after vacationing in Ojai and Santa Babara has been the realest of real. Add in the fact this is likely our last trip for a while, and well… there’s a little sadness. Excitement for launching Sarah Nicole Skincare is there, too. So it’s bittersweet. We keep joking we can’t visit California anymore because of how significantly our productivity is affected! haha
The Central Coast is magical, breathtakingly gorgeous, it just feels like home to us. We’ve stayed 4x now I think? Santa Barbara is easily the most beautiful place I’ve visited in the States, around every hillside is another jaw-dropping view of the ocean or mountains. In Ojai, you can experience a relaxing, zen escape in hippie country ( and hippie country is legit the best hideaway when you need to decompress, definitely not a dirty word here ). Both are a treat to vacation in, each with a unique experience, and close enough you can visit for the day.
before we get into spa’ing, a skin update
I’m going to start sharing more details about my hormonal acne journey. I think I’ve shared more on IG, so if you only read the blog you may be missing details?
The short story: I’ve been battling hormonal cystic acne for 3 years and this year decided I’d had enough of prescriptions covering up my symptoms. I’ve had bloodwork done, hormones tested, and now I’m eliminating from my diet. I decided to hold off on working with a naturopath because honestly, I just can’t afford it right now.
My skin has improved overall but it’s not 100% yet.
During vacation, my diet went out the window, naturally. I’m not going to miss out on things just because of acne, and I definitely paid for it. My face was the most congested I’ve ever seen it by the time we arrived home, I’m still trying to rid my face of comedones and papules. No cysts though! That’s a win, IMO.
I’m now hardcore cutting out dairy, soy, gluten, and watching my sugar intake. It hasn’t been that hard to cut everything. Until I saw my boyfriend’s hot wings sitting in the fridge. What an asshole, amirite?!
…..or am I?
if I think about Float Luxury Spa I can get over the chicken wings
Float Luxury Spa is quintessential Santa Barbara lifestyle: casual, relaxed, and luxe. The outdoor garden is perfect to relax in after your session, taking in the sounds of the water fountain. Even being in the heart of downtown, the outdoor space is tranquil.
I’m really digging their color palette of ocean blue and sea foam green, the styling in spa is on point. Relaxing but uplifting at the same time.
Clearly, I’m going to be biased towards Santa Barbara style…
Of all the spa’s I’ve visited, the decor here was the most comforting, where you feel like you’re hanging out in a zen space in your own home.
I love that feeling.
Let me tell you though, the linens were NEXT level.
I’ve been obsessing over this Sferra Celine Herringbone throw ever since touching it, mentioning it nearly daily to the BF. If you’re into luxury linens, splurging on throws is your thing…. purchase and thank me later.
They were scattered throughout the spa, they’re just perfect. Vibrant color, heavy woven cotton, warm and cozy.
I may have just received my shipping notification… #treatyoself
Float Luxury Spa is a boutique experience, I think I counted 8 or 10 treatment rooms? Quaint and cozy, with a genuine at-home feel as it appears it could have been someone’s home at one point.
Because of its size, I could see how any large groups could be disruptive to solo spa goers. It was a complaint I read on Yelp, and I think it’s a legitimate concern. I didn’t experience any issues of my quiet time being sabotaged!
In addition to the relaxation room, you can hang out in the garden before or after your service.
Seriously though, how adorable is this spa?
When I first booked I was planning on having a body treatment, they’re so underrated. My chocolate body wrap last winter was insane, fyi. After being in the car 20+ hours and already overdue for a massage I switched it last minute to a Float Signature, combining medium and deep pressure. It was perfect, my massage therapist was fantastic and I’m a terrible person because I’ve forgotten her name!!!!
A variety of facials are offered using Skinceuticals, iS Clinical, and Epicuren. After discussing my skin with my esthetician Hiedi, we decided to go with Epicuren’s Clarifying Facial. I usually stay away from facials designed for acne prone skin, I’m nervous they’ll be too stimulating or drying for me. However, Epicuren’s products are super gentle, a great option for sensitive acne prone skin. I didn’t feel any excess warmth or irritation from any products used!
Thanks to Hiedi’s suggestion and knowledge my skin had the best deep cleanse it’s been needing for a while, as problematic as my skin is I really should getting facials monthly. Much of my congestion either went away or came to a head that evening. Giving myself a facial just isn’t the same!
I was legit jello by the end, exactly what I was looking for.
Another epic spa day for the books. 10/10, y’all, I’d go back in a heartbeat.
Do you guys want to hear more about my acne journey leading up to this point? What I had cut out, vitamins I added, etc? Comment below with your thoughts. xx