January is the perfect time to treat yourself to a spa day after all the shopping and family gathering stress in December. Jessica Barber, an aesthetician at Bladez Salon in Algonquin, recommends the “oxygenation facial” or the “pumice peel facial.” The oxygenation facial provides vitamins and minerals to the skin, as well as much-needed hydration. As a bonus, Barber said, the facial helps to eliminate fine lines.
“It’s going to help open up everything,” Barber said. “When your skin is breathing, it allows moisture to get in.”
The pumice peel facial also offers anti-aging benefits, Barber said, and rids the skin of dead cells.
“That one is going to really brighten and clean up the face,” she said.
Bladez also offers a number of relaxing body wraps, including the “herbology body wrap,” which Barber recommends this time of year.
“It’s like a heated thermal cocoon,” Barber said. “You come out, and your skin is fresh and alive.”
Barber said the salon also can custom-blend moisturizers for clients. Vitamin K is a crucial ingredient in moisturizers because it brightens the skin, she said.
Paraffin dips on the hands can work well for winter skin, said Denise Croft, licensed medical aesthetician and laser technician at Dermatique Laser and Skin in Geneva. Near Valentine’s Day, Croft said, the chocolate paraffin dips are popular.
“You lose a lot of moisture,” Croft said. “It’s important to take care of your skin all year round.”
Don’t forget the sunblock
What’s the most common mistake when it comes to winter skin care? Experts say that many people neglect to put on sunblock. But the risk of sunburn exists whether it’s 90 degrees and sunny or 20 degrees and cloudy, Derick said.
“The UV light reflects off the snow,” Derick said. “Sometimes you can get a double dose.”
Barber recommends using sunblock year round that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
“People forget that the sun is out this time of year,” she said. “UV rays still come through when it’s cloudy.”
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