espa endorses facials

March 24th, 2009

In a recent New York Times article, aestheticians and dermatologists crossed swords over whether or not facials are a necessary step in caring for skin. We have an exclusive verdict from spa skincare authority ESPA, and as you might guess, the luxury spa gurus are in favor of a facial performed by a properly trained therapist. However, they also tout recreating the spa experience at home with natural products that nourish and strengthen skin, not break it down with synthetic chemicals. ESPA’s reasoning addresses the necessity for setting aside time to restore the mind, body, and spirit, leading to overall wellbeing and radiant a complexion. ESPA’s philosophy reveals that modern lifestyles are demanding more than just traditional skincare and there is a powerful and deep need to stop, consider, and rediscover our natural balance.

To get the most out of your treatment – whether it’s a facial or massage – a spa visit should be carefully planned to include an hour before and half an hour after your scheduled treatment. This allows time to take advantage of heat and wet experiences (such as steam rooms and cold plunge pools) to relax your mind and body and prepare skin. Post-treatment, spend 20 minutes or more in relaxation areas to ease back to reality.

Spa visits can be expensive and recreating the experience at home can be just as beneficial to promote wellness. If you are winding down from a long day, relax in a warm bath for 20 minutes with ESPA’s Soothing Bath Oil. Post-soak, gently cleanse skin (and exfoliate if needed) and follow with a mask application, then rest for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply a moisturizer. For instantly glowing skin, we love ESPA’s new Super Active Skin Brightening Mask and Complex . Remember that less is usually more when it comes to applying products! Cozy up with a good book or some soft music and a cup of herbal tea before turning in for the evening.

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