Spa Yadira may have opened just a few months ago in Bristol, but I started hearing about Yadira’s facials when I first moved to Barrington two years ago. “She’s the best,” I’d hear hushed voices say, as if it was some sort of classified secret. So when I met the gracious and young (in her 30s) entrepreneur, I was pleased to put a friendly face to the legendary name.
Having worked at salons as in the East Bay for the last decade, Yadira Alexander fulfilled her life’s dream when she opened her own spa in February. “As a young girl, I would be mesmerized when my mother applied her creams. I would sneak in the bathroom and use her products,” she says, laughing and calling herself a skincare junkie. “I’ve always had a passion for beautiful skin and for pampering people.” So when the opportunity came to gut out a space and make it her own, she went for it. Her loyal fan base followed. “My clients are so happy for me,” she says. “They feel like this place is theirs, too.”
It’s easy to see why. The intimate spa is the epitome of relaxation. When I enter for my appointment for a facial I’m given a handled burlap bag that includes a white robe and slippers. After I change into my spa wardrobe, I’m ushered to the Relaxation Room, an elegant lounge where hues of natural beige and brown are complimented by soft seating and low lighting. Yadira comes in to greet me, and even in the dim light I am taken by her glowing skin. This is my kind of addiction, I say to myself as we walk into another room.
Once I’m in the warm spa bed, Yadira takes a close look at my skin and suggests the Collagen Facial. Adding pure collagen helps to replenish moisture and elasticity, as well as leave the skin radiant. The facial is everything it should be – aromatic, decadent and comforting. “It’s about the experience,” Yadira explains. “It’s important to preserve your skin, but I want my clients to also feel special from the minute they walk in.” I can see why her clients are hooked: her vision and dedication are just as addicting.
Though the specialty of the house is indeed facials – the selection ranges from anti-aging to teen – her team of skincare and massage therapists offers a wide menu of services such as reflexology, peels, body treatments and spa parties.
The facial left my face plumped up and smooth for days on end. My makeup went on beautifully and I was able to keep that spa glow for three weeks and counting. Looking this good has never been so intoxicating.