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Beauty: Kerstin Florian Facials at Montage Laguna Spa

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This picture says it all, the tranquil atmosphere within the Spa at the Montage Laguna Beach

If you’re looking to pamper and revitalize your skin and your whole spirit, then you’ll want to check out the Kerstin Florian Facials offered at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach. Recently,  I had the opportunity to visit the Montage Spa in beautiful Laguna Beach on Global Wellness Day. It was a cold, rainy day in Southern California,which made it the perfect time to escape indoors to the luxury environment of the Spa at the Montage Hotel.   If you’re not familiar with Kerstin Florian, this is a 30 year old line of spa /skincare products inspired by nature.  Way before there was Gwyneth Paltrow’s organic goop line, there was Kerstin Florian.


The creators behind the Kristin Florian products: Kerstin and Charlene Florian

The company was found by its namesake, a Swedish woman, Kerstin Florian.   Her daughter Charlene Florian also became part of the company and was passionate about mind and body wellness and the healing power of plants.  Sadly, Charlene Florian passed away this year from cancer,  (Global Wellness Day at Montage Laguna was dedicated to her) but her legacy of organic skincare lives on in the Kerstin Florian line of skincare products which she was closely involved in. Kerstin Florian products are carried at a very select group of spas, the line is carried in only four- and five-star resorts in 30 countries across the globe. The Montage Spa t Laguna Beach offers the products and two amazing facials developed by the brand the: Advanced Correcting Repair Facial and the Caviar Facial.

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Door to relaxation: the Lobby View at Montage Laguna Beach offers a breathtaking views

After enjoying the amazing steam room and sauna at Spa Montage in Laguna Beach, I was treated to the Kerstin Florian Advanced Correcting Repair Facial.  This facial was more amazing that I could ever have imagined and the trained facialist at the spa was superb. Truly, the best cleansing facial I’ve ever had.   The facial consists of a thorough cleansing, followed by a skin evaluation.  The facialist determined my skin was a bit dry and had a few red spots (not unusual for fair haired/fair skinned people.) The  Kerstin Florian facial was designed to treat those specific conditions with exfoliation,  extremely gentle extractions and a Vitamin C brightening masque.


Some of the products used in the Kerstin Florian Correcting Facial.

The results-oriented  Kerstin Florian Correcting Facial treatment is customized to address specific skin conditions including hyperpigmentation, congested skin, fine lines and premature aging.  The exfoliation is accomplished via an exfoliating multi-acid or enzyme peel on the face, neck, décolleté and hands to renew the skin, a deep-cleansing massage to promote circulation and a masque to balance and nourish the skin. An amazing neck massage was administered while the Vitamin C brightening masque was on the face  and it was honestly pure heaven. If you’re like me, and you’re working on a computer most of the week, you’ll appreciate this little bit of extra pampering on the “computer neck” that plagues most office workers today.

I can’t say enough good things about the Kerstin Florian Advanced Correcting Repair Facial at the Montage Spa in Laguna Beach. My skin was literally glowing for the next 48 hours. I didn’t wear any make-up the rest of the day. I also didn’t wash my face, as I wanted all the beautiful Kerstin Florian serums to stay on my skin to penetrate the skin layers.

The Montage Spa at Laguna Beach also offers a second Kerstin Florian facial, the ultra-luxe Deluxe Caviar Facial.   This Caviar Facial is designed to plump the skin and infuse it with peptides, protein, co-enzymes to hydrate and renew the skin.

Spending the day at the Montage Spa at Laguna Beach was much needed staycation. It’s a sanctuary of calm just an hour away from Los Angeles and about 30 minutes or less from cities in Orange County. You feel like you have really escaped everything and can just relax.  I even took a little nap in the spa waiting area in my big fluffy Montage robe with a warm blanket over me while I sat near the fireplace.

For more information on Kerstin Florian, visit their website. To schedule a Kerstin Florian facial at the Montage resorts, check the Montage Hotel’s spa page.   If you’re interested in trying Kerstin Florian’s products to “spa at home” you can purchase those now on the Kerstin Florian website and for a limited time and save  20% during the month of  June.  Just use code JUNESALE at checkout to get the savings.


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