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Winter Spa Beauty Fixes

In the dead of winter, a healthy glowcan be tricky to pull off. If a chapped-lip pout, dry, ruddy cheeks and hideous hat hair are getting you down,simply pull into your nearest spa– there are spa treatments designed to deal with those pesky winter beauty problems,pronto, so you don’t have to wait for summer to look and feel gorgeous!

Why is My Skin Dry in Winter?

For most of the country, winter means cold, dry weather – and unsightly, uncomfortable winter alligator skin. The drop in humidity means that moisture evaporates more easily from the skin, leaving it drier than in the more humid summer months. Then, indoor heating dries skin out even further. This dryness causes the skin to feel itchy; scratching to ease the itchiness can leave the skin flaky, raw and inflamed. Most hard hit are the face, elbows, hands and feet. An added problem for some is breakouts, as the skin tries to compensate for the dryness by producing more oil in the sebaceous glands.

Spa Treatments for Dry Skin

A spa facial treatment will not only ease the winter itch, but will put moisture back into the skin. Unless your skin is painful and raw (like eczema, in which case, skip this step), start with an exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells and exposenew skin cells underneath. Next, use a hydrating spritz toner to prep the skin for the following step – massaging a rich oil-based moisturiser into the skin (the oil will create a protective barrier). If winter breakouts are bothering you, opt for a purifying facial to unblock clogged pores. For cracked heels and chapped hands, book yourself in for a spa pedicure and manicure – ask for both an exfoliating and moisturising hand and foot treatment (including cuticle oil to repair the cuticles).

Tips to Combat Dry Winter Skin:

  • Keep a little spray bottle of water on hand and spritz skin throughout the day – add an essential oil, like sandalwood or lavender, for extra TLC
  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated
  • Eat foods rich in Omega fatty acids
  • Apply a facial sunscreen and chapstick to the lips when outdoors
  • Use hand and foot cream regularly, and wear gloves and socks to protect hands and feet from the cold.

Why is My Hair Dry in Winter?

Cold, dry weather can make hair dry and brittle – prone to frizz and split ends. Dry hair is made drier still by indoor heating which some have likened to sitting under a hairdryer for hours at a time. Even if you live in an area of winter rainfall, you won’t escape the damaging effects of artificial heating – chances are you’re blasting the car and office heater to dry off and keep warm. Add the regular harsh treatment you dish out to your hair – hair irons and home hair colour, for example – and you’re in need of some serious winter hair damage control.

Spa Treatments for Dry Hair

Set aside anhour and book yourself into a spa for a hair spa treatment. A hair spa kicks off with a stimulating oil scalp massage – which de-stresses you, stimulates sebum production and improves blood flow – followed by a deep-cleansing shampoo and deep-conditioning hair mask to restore moisture and nourish the hair and repair hair damage.

Tips to Combat Dry Winter Hair

  • Use a good quality, moisturising shampoo and conditioner
  • Washing dry hair too often can strip it of vital moisture – rather wash twice to thrice weekly
  • Don’t over-style your hair or submit it to frequent, harsh chemical treatments.

Why Do I Have Dark Undereyes in Winter?

Lower levels of Vitamin D (which we get from the sun) are to blame for the more pronounced, darker appearance of undereye bags in winter. Indulging in red wine or copious amounts of hot coffee may be warming in winter but excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine can also cause dark, puffy undereyes.

Spa Treatments for Dark Undereyes

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments can be an effective, if pricey, way to deal with dark undereyes. IPL is a non-invasive procedure wherehigh-intensity pulses of visible light target the lower layers of the skin to rejuvenate it. IPL treatments are offered at medical spas and should always be carried out by qualified technicians or a dermatologist.

Tips to Combat Dark Undereyes

  • Place cool compresses – such as chilled cotton wool, tea bags or slices of cucumber – over closed eyes and rest for ten to fifteen minutes
  • Use an eye gel or cream with Vitamin K and retinol
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine intake
  • Get some fresh air and sunshine!

 


Author: South African Spas