Spa 33, a business in Matlacha, welcomed a new member to the team in October to provide facials for customers.
Gay O'Keefe has been an esthetician for six years. She attended school in Fort Myers and began her second career at a spa in North Fort Myers.
After 30 years of working with Verizon, mostly in customer service, O'Keefe decided to retire. Unfortunately, she found she had too much time on her hands and decided to go to school to become certified as an esthetician.
Gay O’Keefe joined the Spa 33 team in October as an esthetician. She uses the product Dermalogica with some of the facials she provides.
"I thought about skin care for the ladies and men," she said of why she decided to take that career path.
O'Keefe said being an esthetician was something she thought would be rewarding, which was deemed true.
"You are never to old to take care of your skin," she said.
About once a month, O'Keefe continues her education by taking classes that are offered to stay informed about skin care.
Over the past six years, O'Keefe said she has enjoyed the relationships with her customers, as well as educating them about skin care and the product line Dermalogica.
A Dermalogica class is held once a month at the spa, free of charge, for those who wish to learn more about the product. The next class, which will touch upon skin brightening, will be held Jan. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Spa 33. The topic will be treatments that brighten and minimize skin discoloration, uneven skin tone, hyper pigmentation and age spots.
She encourages women and men to have a facial at least once a month to obtain the most healthy and youthful look.
O'Keefe offers three facials - the petite facial, classic facial and anti-aging facial.
She said the petite facial is for those who are on the go and need an express facial.
The classic facial provides a more in-depth skin care, which utilizes Dermalogica.
The anti-aging facial is for women over 50 years old who want to look more youthful.
In addition to the three facials, O'Keefe said she also offers facials for men, which is especially helpful for those who work outdoors. She said the facial hydrates, cleanses and moisturizes the skin.
Skin resurfacing is also offered at the spa. O'Keefe said it is a safe non-scaring procedure done to remove skin tags, brown spots and moles.
The spa is currently offering a free mini-facial to new clients, which requires an appointment, to give them the opportunity to meet O'Keefe.
"I'm looking forward to meeting more friends and neighbors," she said, adding that she is also looking forward to helping the community.
Spa 33 is also offering in-home care once a month for someone in need that is disabled or terminally ill and cannot make it to the spa for treatment. The service, which is free of charge, allows an individual to choose a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage at their home. Those interested are encouraged to call Spa 33 at 239-558-8217.
The spa is located at 4547 Pine Island Road, Unit C.