When the furnace is turned on in your home and your workplace, the humidity in the air is drastically reduced. and your skin can feel drier and often more irritated. It doesn’t matter whether you burn oil, wood, pellets, propane or natural gas, the air is always drier. Have you ever noticed that if you are lucky enough to escape to the Caribbean in the winter, it takes about one day for all the dryness to leave your face, your hands, the rest of your skin and your hair? A humidifier in your home is a great option.
To protect your skin over the winter, here are a few tips that can help make your skin softer and more comfortable.
Cleanse less and use milder products.
You may need to stop cleansing as often and switch to a milder, non detergent based cleanser. You may also need to use a stronger moisturizer to protect your skin from cracking and peeling. Most night creams are oil based, and you may want to consider using them during the day as well.
Protect yourself before you go outside
When outside during the winter, it is important to apply a protective layer of moisturizer to ward off the effects of cold and wind.
Don’t forget to top off with sunscreen, especially if you are outside in the sunshine where snow can reflect UV rays just as water does in the summer.
Care of your Hands and Feet
You will certainly be aware that your hands and your feet are much more dry and scaly. Try using a pumice stone on the dry skin of your feet when you come out of the bath or shower, and then apply a moisturizing barrier cream. Some suggestions are Uremol or lac-Hydrin that can be bought over the counter in pharmacies. Uremol contains urea, a moisturizer naturally present in the skin but reduced in dry skin conditions. Skin becomes smooth & supple. Lac-hydrin contains lactic acid, which is very hydrating to the skin. It can be used anywhere on the body. If you have deep, painful cracks in your feet, consider using Nexcare Skin Crack Care, made by 3M, which is a serum you can paint over your painful cracks. It contains Vitamin C, E and Tea Tree Oil. It forms a water resistant seal which protects and soothes.
Care for the skin on your body
While the Lac-Hydrin and Uremol can be great on your hands, feet and the rest of the skin on your body, you may also want to try Glaxal Base which is also available at the pharmacy. This is the base cream that the pharmacists use to make up hydrocortisone cream. It is very gentle, and helps to form a barrier on your skin to prevent water loss. It is most effective if you apply these lotions to your skin immediately after bathing to lock in the moisture.
Medical Grade SOS
You may want to invest in some more potent and medical grade products for facial skin, to keep it healthy and glowing in the winter months. Check out our Medique Multivitamin Enriched Cream, which contains vitamins A, D and E, pantethol and Riboflavin. It will protect your skin from becoming dry and rough. The Medique Face Lotion helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It contains the 5 naturally occuring fruit acids including glycolic, tartaric, citric, malic and lactic, and also includes B hydroxy acid, which is salicylic acid that dissolves sebum and keeps the pores clean and minimized in appearance. I often tell clients to use a little bit of the Medique Lotion on a clean washcloth as a cleanser to remove makeup and dirt, and then apply fresh moisturizer to the face and neck while thse skin is still moist to lock in the humidity. If you do prefer a more gentle cleanser, the Vivier Hexamer Cleanser is mild, hypo allergenic and less likely to dry out your skin.
If your skin feels dry, dull and lifeless, think about a chemical peel to gently remove the waxy keratin layer that can build up on your skin. We will discuss the features and benefits of the various peels in our next blog post.
Leave a comment and let us know what works for you to keep your skin from feeling to dry over the winter!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we have great packages and gift ideas for you and your sweetheart this year.
Treat yourself or a loved one to some pampering with these great gift ideas
This package includes a day pass at AQUA, use of plush robe, and one of our European facials! Spoil yourself with this refreshing and invigorating experience!
Drift Away! ($116 +HST)
This Package includes a day pass at AQUA, use of plush robe and our signature total relaxation package: (European facial, scalp massage & foot massage)! A combination sure to leave you feeling relaxed and revitalized!
Spoil Me! ($140 + HST).
This three-hour treatment includes a spa manicure, a spa pedicure and a European facial.
Give us a call to book any of these sessions as a gift or to book one for yourself at 613-264-0888 ext 1 or purchase a gift certificate online.
A Special Day For Two
Looking for a fun and special activity to celebrate Valentine’s Day? We’ve put together an amazing package for you!
Romance and Relaxation
We have the perfect setting to relax and spend some quiet quality time together. Spend the day or the evening relaxing in our hot tubs, having a drink in one of our relaxation gazebos, cozying up by the fire or spending some time in our red cedar sauna.
Three course dinner
Our executive chef Kevin has put together an amazing menu to enjoy during your day at AQUA.
Sweet Potato and Nutmeg Soup
Organic Greens with Sundried Tomato,
Julienne Vegetables and Pesto Vinaigrette
Marinated Chicken Breast with Exotic Mushroom and Artichoke Sauce
Panko Crusted Basa
with Citrus Herb Butter
Accompanied by Jasmine Rice and Seasoned Vegetable Medley
Chocolate Strawberry Heart Shaped Cake for Two
$200 + HST per couple
Access to Tay River AQUA for the day (12-8pm)
Use of a plush robe for your stay
Includes 3 course gourmet dinner
2 glasses of champagne
10% off any treatments in the spa
Buy online now or give us a call at 613-264-0888 ext 3.
Fine print: Book by February 10, payment is required at time of booking, cancellations must be made by February 9 to receive a credit to your account.
We look forward to seeing you at Tay River Reflections this February!
We’ve been busy at Tay River Reflections this Fall with one of our most exciting expansions yet. What started as an idea two years ago is now reality with the opening of Tay River AQUA, our own outdoor Northern Spa experience.
Outdoor Hot Tubs
Open year round, our beautiful outdoor hot tubs are ready to help you relax and enjoy the amazing country air. We have two hot tubs that seat 26 people each. The pool deck is heated making the walk from the change room or any of the other AQUA facilities to the tubs comfortable all year round.
Take a break from your time outside in our lounge. We are fully licensed and have a private chef on staff who has put together an amazing lunch menu with delicious quiches, paninis, wraps and salads. In the evenings we have snacks and munchies available and as a fully licensed establishment you can get a delicious cocktail, glass of wine or beer from our fully stocked bar. (Please note, as we are a licensed facility you must be 19+ to visit AQUA.)
Relax and enjoy
Relax your muscles, increase blood flow and sweat out the toxins in our red cedar sauna. Spend some time in our heated relaxation gazebos, by our outdoor fireplace or in the red cedar dry sauna. We have a variety of locations for you to sit and quietly reflect or socialize with friends.
Access to the gym and our trails
When you come to AQUA you get access to the T’N’T gym (and all the classes running) and to our trails that are perfect for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter.
Our new locker rooms have keyless lockers that are easily programmable when you put in your belongings. You can safely lock your belongings at AQUA without having to worry about a key or remembering to bring a lock.
How it works
We encourage you to book ahead in order to create the best possible atmosphere for your visit, including ensuring our chef is ready to prepare a delicious lunch or snacks for you.
Spend the day with us celebrating a birthday or anniversary, for a girls’ weekend getaway treat or to unwind from the every day. We look forward to seeing you at AQUA soon!