Archive for February, 2015

Before I discovered PCA Skin Peels and Products, I swear I had tried it all!!!! I’ve struggled with acne my whole life. Starting around my sophomore year in high school and all the way into my adult acne years. After college, I decided to go to school to be an esthetician and learn more about skin and particularly my skin. But still years went by, hundreds of products later and no change. I almost want to say it got worse. When I moved to California, I learned many new techniques. First, Sugaring hair removal which I love , love, love!!! I will never wax again and haven’t found one person who has tried sugaring that went back to waxing. Getting waxed…ouuuch! It doesn’t happen because it’s so much better for your skin and leads to permanence twice as fast. That is a whole other blog post though, but it is where my PCA Skin journey began.

One day at the pool at my apartment complex, I sat next to who would become one of my best friends and also my new esthetician companion. Her name is Tarzy Shayne and she was fabulous. We discussed that we both sugared and that’s how we became friends. We began to trade services, since not very many people sugared.

She asked me if I had tried PCA Skin peels and I told her I hadn’t, but I had tried everything from lasering, to oral pills prescribed to me from the doctor. She promised me if I was dedicated to wanting healthy amazing skin, PCA Skin was going to get me there.

After my first peel I could already feel the difference, my inflammation went down and it killed all my live acne bacteria, closed my pores, my pigmentation from old old scares was dramatically reduced and made me more confident instantly. I was hooked!!!!!

I dedicated myself to more peels, every peel went even deeper into the skin layers and every peel was changing my life!!!

My skin now is unrecognizable to the old skin I was stuck with my whole life. Between the PCA Skin peels and the products, I get compliments on my skin everyday! I now believe in miracles…seriously.

I was once told that going to an esthetician for peels is like going to the dentist for a cleaning. It doesn’t stop there!! You have to be dedicated to your skin. After the dentist you don’t stop brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. Same with skin care, you must have a daily routine in order to get where you want your skin to be on an everyday basis. Which brings me to my next point. I started using the PCA skin care products and began looking forward to using them every morning and night, because of the difference I would see everyday!

Your skin is so important and the skin on your face is what you see everyday and thousands of others see too. Don’t you want to be asked, “What are you doing to your skin? It looks amazing!” Trust me with these peels and products people WILL ask you!! People starting asking me and I would send them to my good friend Tarzy. That’s when I decided I needed to go get certified with PCA skin, so I could continue to spread the love that my skin felt. It was the best thing I ever did.  Honestly, before these products I never believed in any skin care line.

Years of owning my own business I never focused on skin care, because I never believed in a line like this one, because none of them produced real results. I finally found the Holy Grail for skin care lines that produces real, amazing results!!! Trust me, because I am living proof! I can’t describe how much better I feel and how much more confident I am. I didn’t realize how much my skin was holding me back! I truly believe in these products.

It is not just one peel for all skin types (which most product lines carry); it is many peels that I pick out to focus on your specific skin care needs. Pigment control (hyperpigmentation, brown spots), age deference (fine lines, deep wrinkles, all over texture of skin), acne control (just horrible acne), and even sensitive skin including rosacea. All leaving you with a youthful glow!

Your first peel comes with a complete package of post after care products for free!! So what are you waiting for… we aren’t getting any younger. Lets look fabulous!!!

I’m lucky and feel blessed to be back in my home town to spread the love and make Durango woman feel their best, as it makes me truly happy!

Xoxoxo Gretchen (come in I’ll show you my before and after pictures.)

PS… thank you Tarzy for changing my life…love you and miss you!!

Sugaring Day Spa

Book 24/7 online

171 E 7th St #5

Durango, Colorado 81301

Located right downtown, a block from the Strater Hotel!

I also offer, Full body Organic Sugaring, eyelash extensions, and South Seas all natural spray tanning.

The Sugared Cookie




  • Sugaring is an ancient art of hair removal that was popular thousands of years ago in Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia.
  • Rediscovered ancient arts often are found to be the most effective methods, and this is clearly the case with sugaring. The technique is not more commonly available because it is a true art that takes much practice to perfect – watching the finger dexterity and curvaceous hand motions is fascinating!
  • 100 percent natural sugar “paste” – consisting of sugar, lemon juice, and water blended into a substance that looks and feels like honey – is more effective, more sanitary and less painful than any other hair removal process.


How does Full Body Sugaring work?

  • At The Sugared Cookie sugar paste is at lukewarm temperature and massaged onto the skin by a gloved hand and then molded against the natural direction of hair growth. With a flicking motion the hair is gently removed in the direction that the hair grows.
  • Sugaring removes hair while it is in the early growth stage – as young as 12-14 days – which minimizes unnecessary discomfort, irritation and ingrown hairs, all while exfoliating dry skin cells. The result is beautifully soft, smooth, amazing skin.  For most areas we recommend about 12-14 days worth of growth.  For the legs we recommend at least 14 days worth of growth for your best results.
  • The Sugared Cookie is great at putting you at ease, beginning each visit with a discussion about your specific needs. Many clients on their first visit aren’t exactly sure where they want to “draw the line” for bikini or Brazilian sugaring: We can start with the bikini and then you can decide if you like it. More hair can always be removed. I will help you define whatever line you want to make!!
  • Aftercare is minimal, such as exfoliating once a week in order to keep your skin safe and smooth for the next few weeks.


Advantages of Sugaring versus wax?

  • Sugaring is often compared with waxing because both are spread onto the hair and then pulled off. But that is where the comparison ends, and in many ways sugar is the opposite of wax!
  • Sugaring pulls in the natural direction of hair growth, wax pulls the hair against its natural growth pattern, often causing rashes and ingrown hairs. Sugar is 100% natural, with no resin or chemicals; all wax products contain resins. Sugar will never burn the skin, as it is barely lukewarm; hot wax can burn and bruise the skin.
  • Sugar does not stick to live skin cells; wax adheres to live skin cells and when removed pulls the skin, increasing the risk of tearing and redness.
  • Sugaring is so gentle it can be used to remove the vellus hair that grows on some women’s faces, and is safe to remove hair on the male scrotum; wax is risky for both.
  • Sugar is a hypoallergenic natural healer of the skin; wax damages fine tissue cells.
  • Bacteria does not spread or survive in sugar; it does in wax. Wax is gross… Trust me.
  • Sugar is water soluble so cleanup is easy; wax requires solvents to clean.

So Why are yo still waxing?

The Sugared Cookie Durango, Colorado 81301

Organic Full Body Sugaring Durango,Colorado. PCA Skin Peels Durango, Colorado. Eyelash Extensions Durango, Colorado. All Natural South Seas Spray Tanning Durango, Colorado. Never wax again Durango, Colorado. Durango Colorado’s only certified, professional, expert Sugaring Day Spa. Sugaring is a full body hair removal service. Brazilians, bikini, eyebrow, legs, sideburns, chest back, men, woman… you name it we do it!! Don’t get waxed, get Sugared!!!!!! All your beauty services in one location. More than a salon… Kind of like your traditional hair salon but’s Your beauty salon!!!!!!

The Sugared Cookie Durango Colorado 24/7 online booking

Dont just go to someone who does esthetics, go to your esthetician expert!!!