Winter is the toughest season for your skin. Between blustery wind, low temperatures outside, and heated indoors, your skin is prone to significant dryness no matter where you are. Battle the cold and treat your skin right by following Natural Body Spaâs 4 Ways to Winter-Proof Your Skin!
Locking in moisture to your skin is crucial during the winter months, when youâre especially prone to dryness. Once you leave the shower or bath (make it a warm one, not hot â that just robs your skin of necessary oils), make sure to apply a rich moisturizing lotion while you are still a little damp. Natural Body Spa can assist you in choosing the correct moisturizer for your skin type, with a fragrance you prefer – but generally a thicker body butter on your hands, elbows, and other trouble spots will diminish moisture loss while you sleep.
Shop Natural Body Spaâs selection of organic and natural skin care moisturizers which help combat winter dryness â our experts are happy to make suggestions!
2. Invest in a Humidifier
In addition to moisturizing before bed, you may want to run a humidifier during the night. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air and prevents dry skin from cracking during the night. Humid air can also prevent your lips from becoming chapped, and reduces the ability of airborne viruses to cause infection. Since your home is most likely warmed by dry heat produced by a furnace, running a humidifier overnight will allow you to remain comfortable and keep the air moist.
Dead skin cells are constantly accumulating, and it accelerates during the winter due to dryness, particularly on the hands and face. Itâs important to exfoliate to clear away those skin cells. Moisture canât be absorbed into the skin if there are layers of dead cells above it, so be sure to add exfoliation to your routine â twice a week should be sufficient.
Exfoliation also help improve the performance of moisturizers. In the harsh winter weather, youâll want your skin care products to work in harmony with one another. Moisturizing after exfoliation is a great way to lock in hydration for your skin.
4. Cool Off
In the coldest winter months, a hot shower can be the most relaxing part of your day. But donât linger too long â hot showers can dry out your skin. Extremely hot water will strip away your skinâs natural oils which lock in moisture, resulting in dry skin after drying off. For better skin throughout the winter, try a lukewarm shower between 10-15 minutes. Gently pat yourself dry after every shower and donât forget the moisturizing cream!
As always, the friendly professionals at Natural Body Spa are happy to recommend organic skincare and body care products specifically designed to combat winter dryness. Stop by one of our locations today and browse health and beauty products which help you stay moisturized all winter long!
Chemical peels often get a mixed reputation in the spa and esthetic industry. You may have preconceived ideas or doubts about getting a chemical peel, but in reality, many of these ideas are based on old-school practices from the past. Modern chemical and power peels are extremely safe and effective â read on to discover the truth behind some of the myths you may have heard.
Myth: Chemical peels are painful.
You should not feel pain during or after the procedure, although you may feel the âactiveâ ingredients in the products while they work. In the past, some chemical peels were performed using harsh ingredients which may have caused pain; modern spas now have the option to use products that achieve results without the nasty ingredients that can cause real discomfort. Since everyoneâs skin is different, you should expect a thorough consultation or preparatory regimen before your first peel. Your esthetician will be able to choose the safest and most effective ingredients for the peel that is best for you.
Myth: All chemical peels are bad for you.
The word âchemicalâ carries a negative connotation. Most peels performed in a spa can deliver clinical results without harsh synthetic ingredients. For example, an Age-Defying Power Peel with Natural Body Spa uses chemicals such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, extracted from red wine and organic cocoa.
Be cautious of drugstores or online retailers which offer chemical peel treatments that can be done at home. We always recommend consulting a spa professional to perform a peel treatment to ensure safety and quality.
Myth: Iâll need to take time off after a peel treatment.
You may have heard of clients having to wear a bandage over their face for several days after a power peel. Today, there is generally no need to hide your face after a treatment. Most routines address oily or acne-prone skin with controlled penetration to hydrate and soothe the skin without any harsh side-effects. We typically ask clients to avoid sun exposure, and forego makeup, exercise and swimming for as at least 24-48 hours after they have a peel service.
Myth: Chemical peels only do one thing â peel the skin.
Chemical and power peels do so much more than peel your skin. Natural Body Spaâs clinical strength peel treatments can address conditions such as acne breakouts, premature aging lines, dry skin, ingrown hairs, and dull skin texture. These types of treatments may not involve any peeling at all â the actual procedures can be less harsh or invasive than most people may think.
Have more questions about chemical or power peels? Contact Natural Body Spa today to speak with one of our experts. Weâll clarify the entire process and choose the products and ingredients that will compliment your skin.
Your skincare and beauty regimen should change with the seasons. Depending on your environment, the weather can have a huge impact on your skin health and appearance. When itâs difficult to keep up with the best thing to do, follow these guidelines for the change of seasons. And why not integrate a facial for each season to start things off the right way?
Skin Care for Winter
You may have read our guidelines for winter-proofing your skin. Winter is a harsh season with cold temperatures and dry air. To stay healthy, youâll want to make sure you moisturize to protect your skin from harsh elements and cracking.
We recommend our HydraFacial service during the winter months: itâs the perfect way to achieve exfoliation and high potency hydration.
Skin Care for Spring
As the weather warms up and you begin to spend more time outside, itâs especially important to consider sun damage. After the long months of winter are over, your skin may be particularly vulnerable to UV rays â make sure you get a head start on protection by utilizing sunscreen when youâre spending time outside.
If you experience some preliminary sunburn early in the spring, we recommend a VitaSkin Brightening Facial. It can reverse the effects of sun damage and smooth out uneven pigmentation.
Skin Care for Summer
Even if you live in a cooler climate, your skin can be prone to damage if you spend time outside in direct sunlight. Be vigilant about applying sunscreen daily and wearing protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. Extended tanning sessions can leave your skin dry and damaged.
Natural Body Spa recommends one of our VitaSkin Calming Facials during the summer months. Youâll be treated to calendula, chamomile, and arnica herb solutions which combine to sooth sensitive skin and even out your complexion.
Skin Care in Autumn
When temperatures begin to drop again and the air becomes crisp, your skin experiences an increased loss in moisture. Autumn provides a respite from the summer heat, but itâs important to get a head start on bracing for the winter. Use the autumn months to exfoliate and moisturize, and invest in a hand cream and lip balms to combat the coming dryness.
Stop in for our signature Natural Body Facial to talk about your skin care goals and hydration needs as winter approaches. Your skin will have a healthy glow as it recovers from the summer sun and prepares for the winter chill.
Contact Natural Body Spa today to learn more about our facial services â theyâre perfect for any season!
If you want a professional massage but are unfamiliar with the terminology and types of services available to you, weâre here to help. Natural Body Spa offers a wide range of massage services for our guests, but we also want you to choose the treatment that is best for you.
Read on to discover which type of massage is best suited to your own needs.
Natural Body Massage (based on Swedish Massage)
What is it? This is the type of treatment most people probably think of when they hear the word âmassage.â It uses long, sweeping motions of pressure to ease muscle tension and relax the body.
Who is it for? The Natural Body Massage is a great place to start for beginners. If youâve never gotten a massage before and are looking to experience one for the first time and just relax, you really canât go wrong. You can expect light-to-medium pressure with a focus on the entire body.
How will I feel after? You should feel relaxed with very minimal soreness.
What do I do next? We recommend plenty of water throughout the day, and a warm salt bath at night.
Power Massage, with Deep Pressure Therapy
What is it? Deep pressure massages are not necessarily for relaxation â they often treat pain or specific conditions. You can expect a deep pressure massage to focus on a singular area rather than the whole body, with the intent of smoothing out muscle knots.
Who is it for? You may be interested in a deep pressure massage if you notice chronic pain in your muscles, particularly from manual labor or sports. Trouble areas often include the neck or shoulders with a feeling or stiffness or cramping.
How will I feel after? You may experience soreness, as this is a therapeutic massage. The trouble spots may feel tender for a few days. However, after the muscles have recovered, you should be feeling better!
What do I do next? Plenty of water, an aromatherapy salt soak, and some arnica gel applied to the sore spots.
Heated Stone Massage
What is it? A Heated Stone Massage uses conventional relaxation massage techniques, with the addition of warmed stones added to provide weight and warmth to the experience. The heat helps release tension in your muscles.
Who is it for? If youâre comfortable with traditional relaxation massage and want to add an extra component and treat yourself, consider a Hot Stone Massage.
How will I feel after? Relaxed and free of tension.
What do I do next? We always suggest extra water intake after a massage.
What is it? A chair massage is a quick massage which focuses on the upper body, and can be performed in about fifteen minutes.
Who is it for? A chair massage is perfect for someone who is short on time or does not want to remove any clothing or be covered in massage oil.
How will I feel after? You will experience some relief of tension â itâs the perfect short-term fix for soreness.
What do I do next? Consider scheduling a full length, full body massage next!
Speak with a massage expert at Natural Body Spa and learn more about massage services we offer â and schedule an appointment when youâre ready!
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These are so simple, you have probably thought of them yourself – or maybe you have just temporarily forgotten them. Sometimes you have to be reminded of the most basic things. If it helps, we suggestÂ set a reminder in your phone calendar, to prompt you.
The advantages of taking a bath have been known since ancient times. In fact, Kneippâs founder, Sebatian Kneipp, popularized hydrotherapy methods in the 1800âs! The benefits of warm water combined with healing plants and herbs, can be especially beneficial at bedtime. A warm/ hot bath taken at bedtime helps to relax tired, sore muscles and calm the mind. As a result, a deeper, more restorative sleep should result.
Add a capful of Kneippâs Valerian & Hops to your bathwater and be on your way to dreamland in no time! This potent combination helps you to focus, calming a racing mind and makes you drowsy. The result??- It is advised to be in bed 15 minutes after soaking for that glorious, restful and restorative sleep we all dream of!
Now, should you use the liquid Herbal Bath or the Mineral Bath Salt? The answer is quite simple! The liquid Herbal Bath is extra potent and a serious solution when you are overworked, overtired and canât seem to turn the mind off. The Mineral Bath Salt is a great way to detox the body, exfoliate the skin and absorb essential minerals all while promoting a deep slumber.
Do you have a New Year detox or cleanse planned? Not so fast. The beginning of a new year seems like the best time to turn over a new leaf and purge all of those holiday indulgences that may have left you feeling tired and sluggish.
But before you gear up to do a New Year detox itâs worth considering that this time of year may not be ideal for a full body cleanse. The reality is that cleanses are taxing on the system. The body has to work hard to remove toxins that are deeply embedded in the tissues and organs.
Once these impurities are released, the lymphatic system sweeps the cells to remove them from the body. This is a big job! Additionally, cleanses can also result in unpleasant symptoms like congestion, runny nose and sore throat.
Instead of embarking on a New Year detox, consider taking some time to rest and recover. Focus on eating healthful foods that support the body. Soups made with fresh vegetables and homemade broth give powerful support to the immune system while providing the body with nutrients that are needed for high energy and radiant skin.
It’s also important to slow down and create space to relax and nourish your body. Committing to simple relaxation rituals is essential for releasing stored tension and promoting feelings of well being. One way to kick off your commitment to relax in 2016 is with the Natural Body Series of affordable commitments. Here are just a few offerings:
Essential oils are combined with cinnamon and applied to the body to re-mineralize and deeply nourish the skin. Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory widely known for its health benefits. It improves blood circulation, alleviates symptoms associated with respiratory infections, regulates blood sugar and helps to reduce high cholesterol.
This hydrating therapy also combines the technique of dry brushing to exfoliate and encourage skin cell turnover. During the exfoliation Narayan Oil is used to release tension and soothe muscles. This oil combines essential oils of Clove, Eucalyptus and Peppermint for a cooling sensation that also enlivens the senses.
A 75-minute session is just $135
Relax, rest and recover with a comforting sleep massage with Kneipp Massage Oil. Valerian and Hops are botanical extracts that encourage deep, rejuvenating sleep which is essential for the body to function at an optimal level. This massage will leave you feeling well-rested and completely renewed.
The winter season is the perfect time to rest and recharge in preparation for the increased activity that always comes in the spring. Commitment to simple relaxation rituals not only relieves stress, but it also rejuvenates the mind. Take advantage of this time to pamper yourself and prepare for an incredible year!
Erica Jones is a natural and organic beauty educator, co-founder of Designer Health Centers and creator of www.truebeautyyou.com.
The word has been out on oils for a few years now, and this is a great set of recommendations from Dr Trevor Cates. The skin knows what it needs and will not let natural oils build up and cause problems – it takes what it needs, and lets the rest fall away.