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 Spaâ€™s 4 Ways to Winter-Proof Your Skin!
Locking in moisture to your skin is crucial during the winter months, when youâ€™re 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 Spaâ€™s 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. Itâ€™s important to exfoliate to clear away those skin cells. Moisture canâ€™t 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, youâ€™ll 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 donâ€™t linger too long â€“ hot showers can dry out your skin. Extremely hot water will strip away your skinâ€™s 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 donâ€™t 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!
A spa gift certificate fromÂ Natural BodyÂ opens up a bounty of options for that special someone who receives it. More than ever, people are seeking experiences that make us feel better and touch us (literally) in ways that
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.
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 itâ€™s 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.
Get the most out of your services, purchase a series!
Skin resurfacing treatments are cumulative, so a series is the best way to achieve your goals.
10% off a series of 3 Peels, using Auspect Skin Care
$229.50 (reg $255), save $25.50
15% off a series of 6 Peels, using Auspect Skin Care
$433.50 (reg $510), save $76.50
Choose from one of the following:
Quick FixÂ Ideal for hypersensitive complexions and rosacea. AHA Lactic, with Niacinamide Lactic Acid is an excellent skin renewal and collagen building agent.
Color CorrectionÂ Visibly restore your complexion to a smoother, more even appearance. Alpha and beta hydroxy acids lift away accumulated layers of dull, discolored cells.
Age-DefyingÂ Alpha and beta hydroxy acids from red wine extracts and organic cocoa resurface skin to perfection.
DetoxÂ Combines the powerful skin renewal action of alpha and beta hydroxy acids, to calm and perfect skin. Great for oily, acne-prone skin, helps clarify blackheads and ingrown hairs.
Vita-A MetabolicÂ Reduce fine lines, rough texture, visible pores, and return a luster to your skin. A retinoid-mimicking blue micro-algae, with milk derived L-Lactic Acid and botanical calmatives work in tandem to deliver spectacular anti-aging results.
Some people say that everyday rules don’t apply on vacation. Sometimes it’s a matter of being out of your routine and being away from your products that cause this to happen. Having fun on a getaway doesn’t mean you can’t still make good, healthful decisions, and it also doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your enjoyment. Our friend Dr. Trevor Cates shares a few suggestions.
This story from Alice teaches of the many different perspectives that there are, and how many ways it is possible to be distracted from our true intention.
“As you know, I love these monk stories. I think they can touch us deeply as metaphor. I have a bunch, and here is another one:
Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.
The first monk said, ‘Oh, no! The candle is out.’
The second monk said, ‘Arenâ€™t we not supposed to talk?’