Pampering Your Wintertime Skin
SKI FACE BE GONE
It’s lovely to have a touch of colour on your cheeks, but when that redness doesn’t fade, it’s time to take a trip to the Spa at Nita Lake Lodge. Head Esthetician Amanda Piché recommends the Moisture Restore Facial, a 60-minute remedy for dry and dehydrated skin using the Naturopathica skin care line. The treatment begins with a hot towel that cocoons the face and opens the pores while you breathe in the incredibly relaxing smells of lemon verbena and neroli blossom. A spritz of lavender and honey mist prepares the skin and relaxes the mind before a soothing chamomile cleansing milk is used to wipe away impurities.
A gentle hibiscus enzyme peel mask is brushed gently onto the skin. The mask features anti-inflammatory power pair chamomile oil and arnica, with bentonite clay and hibiscus flower to help clarify, tighten and hydrate the skin. Next, a plant stem cell booster that plumps and protects the skin is layered under an aloe replenishing mask to reduce redness. While this works its magic, lavender blossom oil is massaged across your shoulders and upper chest. Calming carrot seed oil is massaged gently onto the face and then a white tea antioxidant mask, which firms and hydrates, is placed over the top. While this sinks in, you’re treated to a hand massage, and a primrose lip and eye treatment combats fine lines.
A rich calendula cream is used to calm, soothe and hydrate the skin. The treatment is finished off with another luxurious hot towel and head massage that leaves your skin feeling adored.
Amanda has a few more tricks up her sleeve to combat dry winter skin. She uses Jane Iredale Dream Tint SPF 15 Peach Brightener to give the skin a healthy glow, but also to protect it from the harmful UV rays that still find their way through even the cloudiest of days. She also suggests using a night cream — such as Naturopathica’s Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream, which has a tri-retinol blend that tightens, tones and renews — to help restore your skin while you sleep.
Call 604-966-5715 or visit nitalakelodge.com/spa.
IT'S TIME TO WRAP UP
You know it’s time to grab your wooliest sweater, scarf, and gloves when the wintry weather hits, but the Four Seasons Resort and Spa takes wrapping up to a whole new level. Jackie Goldbloom, head therapist, suggests an 80-minute scrub and wrap treatment for dry, winter-abused skin. The Four Seasons’ Seaweed Salt Scrub is known for softening and detoxifying the skin using the restorative powers of Pacific Coast seaweed. They use the Beauty Through Balance skin care line, which harvests the seaweed from remote areas of northern British Columbia. It’s one of nature’s oldest superfoods, rich in vital nutrients, micro minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and naturally occurring antioxidants, which have a healing and protective effect on the skin.
First, fine sea salt is applied to dry skin to take care of any dead skin cells, awaken circulation and prepare the skin for hydration. After a quick shower using a seaweed chamois, it’s wrap time. A luxurious seaweed mineral firming mask is applied all over the body, combining the healing properties of geranium and lavender, and the stimulating effects of peppermint and eucalyptus Canadian glacial clay, used for centuries by the First Nations people because of its healing properties. The aim is to draw out impurities, while almond oil and vitamin E work to restore and hydrate the skin. While you’re warmly cocooned in the wrap, opt for an upgrade to the deep conditioning Argan oil during the head massage — your scalp will thank you for it. After another shower to rinse off the body mask, it’s time to add hydration with the Organic Acai Antioxidant Emulsion. Acai works to target signs of age caused by overexposure to harsh environmental factors such as wind burn on the ski hill. Combined with the restorative and reparative nature of cupuacu butter, geranium and vanilla, the luxurious cream is massaged all over, leaving you hydrated from tip to toe.
To keep your skin hydrated throughout the winter, Jackie suggests limiting hot showers to five minutes, exfoliating once a week and applying lotions as soon as you get out of the shower to make sure they help create a moisture barrier. She would splurge on the Beauty Through Balance Acai Antioxidant Emulsion as it’s packed full of natural nutrients that make your skin feel loved.
Call 604-966-2620 or visit fourseasons.com/whistler/spa.
At the Avello Spa, located inside the Westin Resort and Spa, they like to get dirty. Moor Mud, used by the Romans and the Celts thousands of years ago, is known for its ability to soothe aching muscles and reduce swelling joints — perfect for the après-ski crowd. It’s a natural exfoliator that hydrates the body because it’s full of herbs, plants and flowers that contain vitamins, minerals, essential oils and lipids. Spa Director Suzanne Johnson explains that the mud draws out toxins while nourishing and softening the skin, working on both the inside and outside of the body. The 50-minute treatment begins with a full-body exfoliation, mud wrap, and is completed with a blissful soak in their 144-jetted Bouvier hydrotherapy tub, imported from France.
If you’d like to add massage into the mix, opt for the 80-minute Moor Mud Soak. The treatment starts with a 40-minute massage, followed by exfoliation, and then plenty of relaxation time in the tub so you can just float away. Another treatment unique to the Avello Spa is their Paraffin Wax treatments for the hands and feet. The wax is applied warm and as it hardens, it traps in the moisture you need to leave your skin feeling silky soft. This is an incredible way to add extra hydration to a manicure and pedicure.
For tired, achy, dry feet and legs — basically, anyone who wears a ski boot — Suzanne recommends the Gehwol product line. One of her go-to items is the Fusskraft Blue, which contains rosemary, pine and lavender oils, which act as natural antiseptics while soothing chapped, dry feet. There’s also the Leg Vitality, which uses avocado oil, algae extracts and vitamin E to help with moisture balance. From Europe to Africa, another favourite of Suzanne’s is the Moroccan oil Body Soufflé, a whipped body moisturizer that hydrates parched skin with Argan oil and creamy shea butter.
Call 604-935-3444 or visit whistlerspa.com.
CALMING THINGS DOWN
If your skin is feeling rubbed raw, tight and sensitive, it needs a hero, and that’s where the team at the Whistler Day Spa comes in. Using a new product from the Dermalogica Ultracalming range, their Winter Rescue Facial is a 75-minute skin saver. After a thorough skin consultation, your therapist will customize the products used in the treatment to suit your specific skin needs. Now it’s time to settle onto your heated massage table, relax in the candlelit room, and start to de-stress. The treatment begins with a cleanse and exfoliation followed by a pressure point facial massage. The serums used for the massage contain oat and botanical actives, which work to minimize redness, and Oil of Evening Primrose, Sunflower Seed and Avocado Extracts to act as defenders. This is followed by a relaxing neck, shoulder and scalp massage.
The first of two masks is then applied. The Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Bond holds 1,000 times its weight in water for incredible skin hydration. While you receive a hand and foot massage with heated oils, a Cool Oatmeal Contour Mask is going to work. Spa Owner Stacey Gaff explains that this helps constrict the blood capillaries that are the cause of the red and blotchy look so many of us display over the winter months. The oats work in tandem with ginger and red hogweed to soothe and calm the skin. The treatment is finished off with Dermalogica’s Ultracalming Serum, which helps with hydration and tackles redness, while the Barrier Repair cream adds a velvety rich protection layer that acts as a shield against the ravages of winter weather.
To keep your skin feeling loved and protected, Stacey suggests washing your face with tepid, room-temperature water, especially if you’ve recently come in from the cold. Because she knows that a ski holiday is often jam-packed with activities, the Whistler Day Spa also offers the Winter Rescue Facial as a 50-minute treatment option. It showcases all the same products but not as much massage. I know which one I’d choose!