By Caitlin Switzer
OURAY—Location, location, location! Yes, aesthetician Angela Stento has all of the skills and tools needed to make you look and feel much, much better. But when Angela chose to locate her business, the Elevate Day Spa in Ouray, beside the Ouray Brewing Company at 308 6th Avenue, she knew that even those accompanying her clients would soon feel better.
“Your husband can go next door for a beer while you have a facial,” she explained.
After six months in business, Stento has established a steady clientele, and hopes to encourage others to stop in to the Elevate Day Spa for a treatment will help your inner beauty shine through. In addition to facial services and acne treatments, Elevate has two massage therapists to help clients feel renewed and energized.
“Our summer was awesome,” Stento said, “and starting in August and September, more and more locals have been coming in. One sacrifice that we all make to live here is our skin! The climate and the outdoor lifestyle can take their toll.
“We are all aging, no matter how old we are,” she said. “That’s life, and it’s okay. But I think people forget how good it feels just to be hydrated!”
Stento has recently added additional anti-aging treatments to the spa’s menu.
“We offer wholistic microdermabrasion, and ultrasonic modalities,” she said. “This summer we will be adding a new machine for non-invasive, anti-aging treatment series.”
While aging is a source of frustration for many, its impact on your skin and overall health can be mitigated with an awareness of skin care options and a commitment to a regime, Stento said.
“There are so many options!” she said. “You do have to commit and be consistent, but you can get awesome results that build the health of your skin. Making little changes can bring results that you see and feel.”
“Quick-fix” solutions like botox and plastic surgery are expensive, and potentially dangerous, she noted.
“We really don’t know the long-term effects of those things,” Stento said. “Besides, we don’t want to look like Hollywood here—we’re in Ouray, where people care about inner and outer health. As women we are all going through the same thing, and we need to be supportive and non-judgmental with each other. Even if you are a caregiver, you have to make time to take care of yourself too.”
Elevate Day Spa continues to carry the Sanitas Skin Care line, a 25-year old product line compounded by a Boulder pharmacist.
“It’s very results-oriented,” Stento said. “Sanitas is active nutrition for the skin.”
Happiness is also good for the skin, and it is clear that Stento, who grew up in Ouray as Angela Doose, is enjoying her growing business.
“I am thankful to here in my hometown, doing what I did for ten years in the city,” she said.
When asked if she has made the already scenic community look even prettier, Stento laughed.
“Oh yes, one face at a time!” she said.
The Elevate Day Spa can also be found online, or reached by phone at 970-325-7233. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The spa is closed on Tuesdays and Sundays.