Favorite Spas Reveal How To Combat Dry Winter Skin

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The cold, wintry weather has many travelers looking for skin relief. From combatting windburn and dry skin to reviving chapped lips and a sallow complexion, here’s ten expert tips to fight the worst winter skincare woes, along with associated treatment suggestions from top hotel spas around the country.

Sun and Wind Burn

Expert Tip: “Use chamomile tea to ease the discomfort of burned skin. The tannins offer anti-inflammatory properties that relieve and calm the sense of burn.” – César Sánchez, Spa Manager – Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose

Treatment: Antioxidant Facial – Ingredients rich with antioxidants hydrate burned skin, combat premature aging and provide a healthy glow.

Dry Scalp

Expert Tip:  “Massage your scalp to enhance circulation and help produce natural oils for a healthy, happy scalp and silky soft hair.” – Gabie Holloway, director of SoSPA at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Treatment: Pure Tranquility Head and Scalp Treatment – A localized acupressure massage nourishes hair, while also alleviating headaches.

Increased Skin Sensitivity

Expert Tip: “Avoid taking hot showers and overusing scrub brushes while showering in the winter months.” – Daniela Braswell, lead esthetician at Spa al Mare at The Reach in Key West

Treatment: Oxygen Facial from Luzern – Infused with oxygen, peptides, stem-cells and active BioSuisse botanicals, this facial improves skin barrier function.

Chapped Lips

Expert Tip: “Apply a lip hydrator with healthy, skin-loving ingredients early and often to prevent cracking and soreness.”  — Meagan Bowers and Kelly Scott, lead estheticians at Well & Being at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Treatment: Lip Enhancement – Organic green coffee bean grounds and cane sugar exfoliate and plump lips, while soothing aloe and primrose lip crème aids hydration and elasticity.

Dull, Lifeless Skin

Expert Tip: “Apply replenishing oil before moisturizing during a nighttime skin regime – these two products work together to restore and maintain skin’s moisture.” –Monica Coutinho, Spa Manager at Spa del Rey at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Treatment: Hydrafacial – LED light therapy softens the appearance of large pores, repairs the skin surface and improves texture and tone.

Sallow Complexion

Expert Tip: “For a healthy winter glow, scrub your body in circular movements, then apply coco oil to promote the removal of dead cells and brighten a dull complexion.” – Nicole Courrau, Spa Manager at Sibö Rainforest, Spa & Retreat – Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

Treatment: Well-Being Body Massage – Removes dead skin, oxygenates outer layers of tissue and stimulates the lymphatic system.

Dry Skin

Expert Tip: “An easy, natural way to keep skin from drying out is to drink plenty of water daily, and be consistent with moisturizer.” – Lindsey Neeley, Assistant Spa Director at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Spa

Treatment: Illuminating Mineral Facial – Mineral-enriched products from the healing waters of Budapest are massaged into the face, rehydrating dry skin.

Cracked Hands

Expert Tip: “Treat hands to an aromatherapy oil infused paraffin bath, such as lavender, to soothe cracked skin.” – Sheila Bracewell, Director of Spa & Fitness at Hilton Orlando’s eforea spa

Treatment: Paraffin Hand Treatment – Increase blood flow and decrease pain with a hand massage that infuses oils into skin for deep, long-lasting moisture.

Red Nose & Cheeks

Expert Tip: “Products with oats, aloe and essential oils soothe the skin, while antioxidant-rich seed oils and probiotics support the body’s immune response to inflammation.” – Barbara Close, founder of Naturopathica Chelsea, Healing Arts Center & Spa

Treatment: Soothe & Restore Facial – Soothing oats, calendula and an aloe replenishing gel mask immediately fight redness and calm inflammation.

Tired and Aged Appearance

Expert Tip: “Layer up! After washing your face, apply a serum to refresh, followed by a rich cream to hydrate and revitalize overnight.” – Alina Cimpoeru, lead esthetician at Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York

Treatment: Beauty Lift Facial – targets and contours facial muscles to improve the appearance of wrinkles, enhance tone and increase blood flow.


Tips courtesy of QUINN, Photo courtesy of Querlain Spa/QUINN

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