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Store Spotlight: International Orange

March 20, 2012

Store Spotlight: International Orange

International Orange unites a relaxing day spa with a calming yoga studio to create an oasis in the heart of San Francisco.  Named after the paint color used on the monumental Golden Gate Bridge, International Orange offers the finest in wellness treatments and personal care products.

Meet Leslie Wang Su of IO, and discover why this unique haven is this week's Store Spotlight.

What makes IO different from other yoga studio + spas? IO: Inspired by the slow food movement, IO makes complete wellness a priority, offering curative treatments for the mind, body and soul.  Our treatments encourage the body’s natural healing capabilities and are well loved by locals and celebrities (Molly Sims, Gwyneth Paltrow), alike.  We like to call it a practice in intelligent skin and body therapy. Our all-white walls, reclaimed Brazilian wood floors, flower market flowers and organic snacks, all speak to our dedication to sophisticated simplicity.  IO is a serene transformative space where silence and purity reign true.

What do you take into consideration when selecting brands to sell at IO? IO: At IO, we’re all about “less is more” and stripping away the chaos.  We’re always looking for beautiful, results-oriented curative products – both in efficacy and in presentation.  So needless to say that post-facials, the last thing that we want is to add toxins back to the skin. What about rms beauty drew you to our line? IO: We’ve been on the hunt for the perfect, “clean” makeup line for years.  We’ve seen it all, and it’s hard to get it right – ingredients, application and presentation. So when we found rms, it was a no-brainer.  Food-grade ingredients in beautiful packaging and natural colors?  It’s a match made in wellness heaven for us.

What is your must-have beauty product and spa treatment? IO: Beauty product?  Too many!  Thanks to what I do, I live in products.  If I have to choose only one, it would be In Fiore Soleil Fleur Before Sun Treatment. Loaded with antioxidants and my daytime hydrator, it’s a highly potent protective guard against UV and free radical damage.  You’ve got to protect your skin, especially if you live with the sun, like we do here in California! Spa treatment?  Our IO Deep Cleanse Facial and the 60 Minute Acupuncture Treatment.  Those two are divine.  More than frou frou pampering, the treatments are requisite for a balanced mind, body and skin.  It’s all about going back to the basics.  Something that we all overlook in our daily, chaotic lives. The Deep Cleanse facial is a must for aging gracefully.  It’s a beautiful mix of deep cleansing, toning, double exfoliation, in-depth pore extraction, specialty treatment mask and rehydration.  And 60 minutes with Ilya will reset your systems so all’s a go.

Which rms beauty product can you not live without and why? IO: I cannot live without my rms beauty raw coconut cream and 'un' cover-up 33. It doesn’t get any cleaner than this.  Raw coconut cream takes the day off with integrity, and 'un' cover-up 33 is the perfect enhancement to those less-than perfect blemishes.  Plus, it’s so clean that it’s safe for open wounds/pimples! Any current obsession (can be ANYHING)? IO: J. Crew (everything!), Sumo oranges, Fraiche Organic Homemade Oreo Frozen Yogurt (a local business and our neighbor here on Fillmore Street) and Pinterest.  It’s a four-way toss up.  I consume them in almost equal amounts daily. Any personal tips on achieving an overall sense of well-being? IO: Moderation and a good healthy dose of acceptance – of who you are. I keep my daily workouts sacred – whether it’s training for my next race or lunchtime yoga at the studio – it’s my “me time” and gives me energy that I need. We spend too much of our time in our heads, so it’s ultra important to be in your body - at least 1x/day. Get out and see the world.  My trips with my best friend and husband Jeff, allow me to be inspired and grounded at the same time. Seasonally, I give my insides a rest with the CAN CAN 3-Day Cleanse. An all-organic, liquid healthy cleanse, CAN CAN (founded here in SF!) allows me to thank my body for dealing with me on a daily basis.  But otherwise, I let myself eat what I want until I begin to feel cranky, tired and my skin is lackluster.  Then it’s on to CAN CAN to reset!

If you're in the Bay Area, be sure to stop by International Orange for all your wellness and relaxation needs!

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