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winter health from head to toe

December 2013

Emma WIlson


wellness photoBetween the cold, wet weather outside and the hot, dry heat inside, Pacific Northwest winters can wreak havoc on your body. While the idea of taking on an entire new winter body-care regimen can be intimidating, making minor changes to your routine can be beneficial for everyone’s beauty routine. Here’s a quick guide on how to keep your skin, hair and nails beautiful, no matter the weather.

Facial Care

Moisturize. Though we welcome the warmth, turning on the heat can mean drying out your skin. Quality moisturizers are the best defense to combat dry, flaky winter skin. While water-based moisturizers tend to be noncomedogenic (poor clogging), investing in an oil-based night cream may be especially helpful in keeping skin fully moisturized.

Minimize peels and scrubs. While exfoliation is an important aspect of facial care, it’s best to limit exfoliating treatments to once a week during the winter. Scrubbing away dead skin cells also means scrubbing away vital oils that keep skin from drying out.

Don’t forget your sunscreen. The sun is still creeping behind those clouds—meaning harsh UV rays are still reaching your skin. Using a moisturizer or BB cream that contains sunscreen of SPF 15 or more will keep skin happy and healthy.

Total Body Skin Care

Stay hydrated. We all know that drinking water is generally good for your health, but it’s a particularly important aspect of skin health. Drinking enough water keeps skin healthy, hydrated and elastic—preventing redness, dryness and wrinkles.

Slather on the lotion. Moisturizing can’t be emphasized enough and shouldn’t be limited to our faces. Once or twice a day ought to be enough, but be strategic—bathing, especially with hot water, tends to strip our skin of its natural oils, so try to slather up immediately after toweling dry to lock in hydration.

Invest in a Humidifier. A humidifier might not be at the top of your must-have appliance list, but perhaps it ought to be. In addition to keeping skin hydrated, moist heat soothes stuffy noses and sore throats, minimizes static electricity and helps prevent the spread of viruses.

Nail Care

Wear gloves. Our hands tend to get the brunt of winter’s worst. Gloves, even cotton ones, offer an extra protective layer against the cold and damp outside, while locking in moisture. Buy a few pairs and keep them in the pockets of all your favorite winter coats.

Supplement your diet. Daily multivitamins and fish-oil capsules can greatly contribute to all aspects of health, right down to your nails. Take them with breakfast each day to maximize their effect, but don’t use them as an excuse to skip your fish and vegetables!

Hair Care

Use conditioner. There’s a reason why most shampoos have a conditioner counterpart: conditioner is a vital aspect of hair care. Simply put, conditioner helps replace the natural oils that shampoo strips away. When choosing a winter conditioner, aim for those with fatty acids and humectants that are as natural as possible.

Put down the hair dryer. And walk away slowly. It may be more efficient, but blowing hair dry leaves it just that—dry, brittle and vulnerable to static. Still want the blown-dry look? Towel your hair mostly dry and then blow-dry it to finish; this method is less harmful to hair, but still gives a boost of volume.

Avoid alcohol-based products. The alcohol in products like hairspray or gel evaporates quickly, drying out hair and leaving it with a flaky look and frizz. Many companies offer alcohol-free products that produce the same results; just check the labels.

The Spa

at the Bellevue Club offers a variety of services to fight the winter blues. Here are a few of our favorites:

Vitamin C Infusion Facials smooth wrinkles and protect skin, while also providing some of the more traditional benefits of Vitamin C.

Therapeutic Spa Manicures & Pedicures clean, clip, exfoliate and moisturize nails and cuticles to keep them looking healthy year-round.

Hot Stone Massages can help fight off the winter aches and offer a relaxing escape from end-of-the-year stress.

Hand, Foot and Back Sugar Scrubs nourish, purify and hydrate those often-neglected parts of the body, returning them to the silky feel of summer.

7 essential beauty tips

by Katie Wallis, Spa Director

1. Use a mild cleanser that’s not drying and has lactic acid and enzymes.

2. Include a toner to stimulate oil production.

3. Incorporate a serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to penetrate deeper into your skin layers and repair it.

4. Stay hydrated with water and skin products. Dehydration causes wrinkles and fine lines to appear, so stock up on creams and hydrating masks. Make sure to use them two to three times a week.

5. Add paraffin to your manicure and pedicure services to seal in moisture to your hands and feet.

6. Applying cuticle oil to your nails prevents drying and peeling.

7. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Soak in a warm bath, then add a capful of organic body oil. After relaxing, grab a Clarisonic (or other exfoliation device) for a lymphatic massage and gentle exfoliation. Stimulating the lymphatic system is a great way to keep the immune system healthy.

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