Your Best Of Ojai?

We've been honored to have been voted your Best of Ojai Award for the past 9 years. How amazing would it be to make it 10! Since most of our clients find us through social media and online, being able to add in the Best Of ribbon year after year shows those searching out spa services that we are the top choice! So if you can spare a few minutes to vote for your Ojai favorites, we would be greatly honored.

Voting is officially open just for one more week... take some time now to cast your vote ENHANCED for your favorite BEAUTY SALON (WRITE IN), DAY SPA, ESTHETICIAN (Summer McComas), FACIAL, and MASSAGE, as well as show some love to your other Ojai favorites. And don't worry if you are not local, a lot of these places you probably visited when you are here, and voting is open to everyone, near and far!


* If you are a subscriber or have registered to vote in the past: 
--- Log in at and click the Best of Ojai Valley link in the main menu.

* If you haven’t voted before, the registration process is FREE, quick and easy:

1) Please go to to get started!

2) In the top box marked Vote for the Best of Ojai, please find directions and a link to register! Click on the blue link… 

3) Scroll down until you see “Registered user only”, and click on the blue Sign Up button.

4) Under the header “New User? Please register”, please add all of the information that it asks for!

5) Once your registration has processed (immediately), scroll up and on the menu bar you will see a link for “BEST OF OJAI VALLEY CONTEST”.

6) Click on the link, and away you go!

Rest assured the folks at the OVN don’t use your info for any purpose other than administering the contest (it’s how they make sure people aren’t voting more than once per email address). 

We fully agree and understand it takes more than a few seconds to follow the process of registering to vote for us, which is even more of a reason we really would appreciate your time doing so. I promise to make it worth your time at our celebration spa party once we clean-sweep win all categories! ;)

April = Pixie Month in Ojai!

Ojai goes a bit crazy for our sweet little tangerines. Pixie tangerines are one of Ojai's trademark products, and our valley completely 'pixify's' during the month of April! From our own Annual Pixie Party, schedule on Saturday April 8th at the spa, and our 'experiences' that are inspired by pixies, to having pixie treats and sips during your visit to the spa. Many other businesses in town have been inspired as well, Lavender Inn will be offering a pixie breakfast to their guests during this month, as well as a cooking class on April 9th with Ojai's Chef Robin. And a pause into Azu for a Pixie Drop Martini while you watch the Pink Moment is the perfect way to end the evening in Ojai. And for your little ones, stop into Ojai Baby for some cute Ojai Pixie Tribe wear. Visit for a complete list of Pixie Happenings in our valley.

Can you fix these dark spots?

One of the most often question we hear at the spa from our clients is "How to I get rid of these dark spots on my face?" Always my first response is to practice sun safely and wear SPF, everyday, even if you don't feel like you're in the sun. Most of us forget our 15-30+ minute commute to work each day and unless you've had UV tinting applied to your side windows (which is available and recommended) you get way more sun damage just with these short daily ride than you realize. And the few other mini exposures in the sun add up as well. (not that I am saying you should avoid the sun all together, I do recommend getting your Vitamin D daily form the sun, but I'll save that for another blog.)

But what to do about the dark spots already there? Well, until you are able to commit to wearing a high quality sunscreen of SPF30 on a daily basis, anything you do will not work. But once you're ready to take care of your skin, then we can help! Depending on how much damage is there, what time of year it is, and your lifestyle, depends on what treatments we will recommend. 

One of the best professional treatments is doing a series of lightening lifts, normally using Lactic and Kojic Acids. Ok, if you are like some peeps, the word 'acid' just made you cringe!Let me put your mind to ease... both of these acids are gentle, Lactic is mainly derived from sour milk, and is known as the gentlest AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) for professional skincare. And Kojic Acid is a species of Fungi (mushrooms) and is a wonder acid that is natural melanin inhibitor, which means its stops the skin from producing dark spots from sun exposure. Kojic Acid is highly stable and is all natural, so no worry of harmful chemicals on your skin. With a series of lifts, you will notice your skin lightening and brightening and smoothing out.

But professional treatments are just the workout routine for your skin, you can't forget your daily healthy skincare regime of using high quality skincare products at home to give your skin the nutrition it needs to stay youthful, healthy and balanced. Using a lightening serum daily, which we love Image Skincare's Iluma Lightening Serum, which has a blend of botanicals lightenings including kojic acid, with anti-oxidants. Along with your SPF every day, again we love Image Prevention+ day time moisturizer and sunscreen, will prevent any more sun damage and hyperpigmentation. 

You CAN reverse sun damage on your skin, as long as you are ready to practice sun safety and seek out a professional skincare therapist for your corrective treatments along with a healthy home regime that's right for your skin, your goals and your lifestyle! But prevention is key, so remember to wear sunscreen daily and see your esthetician monthly to keep your skin healthy and glowing!

If you would like to set up a skincare consult with Summer D. McComas LE, you can schedule a session online at