Beauty

HOW TO SPOIL YOUR SKIN

Is the cold weather zapping your skin of its usual glow? We asked top-notch spas for their best winter skin strategies


HOW TO SPOIL YOUR SKIN
Is the cold weather zapping your skin of its usual glow? We asked top-notch spas for their best winter skin strategies

Spoil your Skin


 
Spoil your Skin

Giorgio Armani Crema Nera


 
Giorgio Armani Crema Nera

Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Mineral Cleansing Balm, $70.

Perfect the art of washing your face

Yoshimi Akazawa, senior manager of the Armani/Spa in Tokyo, Japan, advises taking the time to massage in your best wintertime cleanser—try a milk or balm formula if you have dry or combination skin and a foam formula if you have oily skin—to thoroughly wash away excess oil and dirt. Next up, an alcohol-free toner. “This will help to hydrate and provide comfort to the skin,” in addition to prepping your complexion to “receive and absorb moisturizer.” Also, use a scrub (preferably one with smooth micro-beads) once a week.

Canyon Ranch


 
Canyon Ranch


Canyon Ranch Your Transformation Restore Intensive Moisture, $95.

’Tis the season to change your skin cream

Laura Hittleman, corporate director of beauty services for U.S.-based Canyon Ranch spas, recommends booking a facial so a pro can personalize your cold-weather protection. As a guideline, dry and combination skins should both commit to day and night formulas made for dry skin. If you have oily skin, switch to a nourishing night cream and a lightweight day lotion with SPF for combination skin (you’ll need the extra hydrators a lotion for oily skin usually doesn’t offer).

Guerlain Orchidée Impériale


 
Guerlain Orchidée Impériale


Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Exceptional Complete Care Eye and Lip Cream, $187.

Treat your peepers and your pucker, too

At the Guerlain Spa at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, it’s standard practice to firm and hydrate eyes with soothing hydrogel eye patches, plus an eye cream, during the spa’s customized facials. It’s an easy extra step you can introduce at home once a week. About your pout, Ryan Bedford, the spa’s operations manager, says, “Lips are especially hard to keep moisturized because they do not have oil glands. The best thing to do during cold, harsh weather is to keep them covered with a scarf. Additionally, a lip moisturizer is imperative.”

Sanctuary Spa


 
Sanctuary Spa


Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray, $13.

A silky-soft bod starts in the shower

Olivia Head, GM of The Sanctuary Spa in London, England, advises maximizing your shower with a body scrub 2–3 times a week (like your complexion, the body’s dead-skin cells need to be sloughed away so your skin can make the most of your moisturizer). Next up, smooth on body butter. If you don’t like its thick, rich feel, try a skin-quenching body spray or dry oil.

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“How to Spoil Your Skin” has been edited for FLARE.com; the complete story appears in the February 2009 issue of FLARE.
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