3 Spa Secrets for Combating Dry Skin This Winter

November 26th, 2014

Winter is the time to amp up your skincare routine to combat dry cracking skin so common during this season.  Leading spas are aware of this predicament and share their coveted secrets to rejuvenate dermal health with enduring moisture for a naturally glowing complexion year round.  Imagine when you hit that city corner in sub-zero temperatures, your skin will thank you for the protective botanicals you’ve generously lathered on courtesy of the ultimate professional skincare advice.

Without substantial moisture the skin tends shrivel with the loss of hydration, eventually bringing about the signs of aging.  Dehydration during winter not only prompts dryness throughout dermal layers, it also leads to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.  This is the reason respected day spas recommend choosing ultra nutrient-rich, thirst-quenching face care with humectant properties.  Before shopping for your winter moisturizer, both aestheticians and dermatologists suggest assessing whether your skin type is normal, oily, dry or combination.   That considered, there are few tried and true ingredients that are safe for all skin types including the most sensitive…


Deeply Hydrating Ingredients

Moisturizers that are sourced from natural oils or butters thoroughly saturate dermal tissue to remedy dehydrated skin.  These are two of the most effective botanical varieties found in the much-lauded Daily Hydrating Cream.

Shea Butter.  For thousands of years Shea has been extracted from tree nuts of the same name to treat and prevent extremely dry skin in desert climates.  In its pure state shea has a long shelf life and melts at body temperature for topical application.  The unrivaled phytonutrient content has been proven to enhance overall dermal health.  Abundant in healing Vitamins A, E, F, this soothing butter promotes a silken look and feel while completely eliminating chaffed and dull appearance.

Cocoa Butter.  Cracking skin has long been relieved from the butter of the cacao pod found in tropical climes.  Loaded with nourishing fatty acids and protective antioxidants cocoa butter shields against all manner of environmental impact as it improves elasticity.  With this renewed cellular buoyancy the face looks years younger.

Sealing in Moisture…

Larch Tree Extract. This coniferous tree native to North American contains the hydration-boosting compound Galactoarabinan (GA) that prevents moisture from evaporating.  Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas says, ‘according to various studies conducted, Galactoarabinan has shown to minimize the formation of fine lines, while inhibiting moisture loss and speeding up cell turnover, even more than lactic or glycolic acid.’  That is why you’ll find this superior humectant in most of her tightly edited haute face care line.  It naturally locks in hydration for an ageless luminous visage.

The preferred aestheticians at the Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary provide consultations for a personalized winter face care regime.  They provide a complete profile on the benefits and effects of leading skincare ingredients and products.  Be sure to schedule well in advance during the holiday season.

Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…