The Spa Way to Soothe Dry Skin Year Round

September 10th, 2015

While summer can do a number on dermal health, the top NYC spas see clients who are on year round quest for ways to soothe dry skin conditions.  The signs of aging are  easily aggravated if dryness persists so it is critical to find soothing hydration for all seasons.

Thorough exfoliation and cleansing to release old skin cells and open the pores facilitates the absorption of moisturizing face care.  Spa facials achieve the best results to that end with cutting edge and holistic treatments.  Part of the challenge with home face care routines is getting deep beneath the epidermal surface to remove blockage that inhibits full saturation of a Rejuvenating Serum or Daily Hydrating Cream

But once you’ve had the ultimate professional facial an effective daily regime aids in sustaining those much desired skin-quenching results.  Knowledgable aestheticians at Joanna Vargas Salon suggest the purist natural ingredients to soothe and achieve a flawless youthful complexion.


Ingredients to look for in soothing hydrating skincare….

Anti-inflammatories are known for soothing inflamed conditions but are often found in the best nutrient-rich emollients.  These traditional botanical ingredients have proven effects for glowing ageless skin.

Olive Oil.  The Mediterranean favorite for youthful vitality not only diminishes irritation it brings a gloss to skin without clogging pores or a greasy look.  It’s easily absorbed to deliver three major protective antioxidants including vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols.

Cocoa Butter. This is a tried and true nourishing moisturizer for the driest climates as it is derived from the nibs of the cacao pods.  Abundant in fatty acids it naturally improves skin’s elasticity for a youthful appearance.  It also contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), that can ease symptoms associated with dermatitis or rashes that appear with very dry skin conditions.

Shea Butter.  While it’s counterpart cocoa butter offers aromatherapy shea is a bit more neutral but has equal emollient potency.  It restores radiant vitality to skin with daily use as it protects from the elements.  The butter’s caffeic acid content can reduce the ravaging effects of UV exposure. A 2010 study published in the “Journal of Oleo Science” found that shea’s cinnamic acid content could prevent or eliminate inflammation.

Larch Tree Resin (Galactoarabinan).  GA is extracted from the resin of this conifer native to North American.  It is highly recommended for retaining maximum moisture to offset the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in a dramatically visible way.

Hyaluronic acid has an unsurpassed ability to lock in moisture so the skin is relieved of dryness and chapped conditions on contact.  It is generally sourced from a poultry diet but is found in synthesized form in high end skincare.

For a thorough consultation on the specific needs of your skin type schedule an appointment at a trusted day spa.  This will help determine a customized daily routine to meet your personal moisturizing needs.


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 exploring the art, social media and blogging scenes…