Adjust Your Winter Skin Care Routine

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As the weather continues to get colder, it is even more important to pay attention to your skin’s needs.  Dehydration and chapped lips can be kept away by choosing products that can better protect you from the cold.  It is a good idea to use an organic product line that is free of harsh chemicals and preservatives that can be damaging to your skin.  At Balans, we use MARIA ÅKERBERG Deepskin Organics from Sweden.

Hydration is essential for a healthy complexion.  Due to dropping temperatures outside and having to crank the heat indoors, many people experience flaky skin and dry lips in the Winter.  This time of year, it is helpful to use a thicker moisturizer.   For sensitive and dry skin try Face Protection by MARIA ÅKERBERG.  It contains chamomile which is soothing and can help heal dry patches.  They also have an amazing vanilla lip balm that helps keep lips soft and supple, Lip Care Vanilla.

If you are not already using facial oils, balms and masks, now is the time to start!  Facial oils help maintain balance and restore your skin’s natural production of oil.  Balms also deliver the healing properties of essential oils to treat your skin but are thick so I prefer to use them at night.  Masks are also a great way to deliver healing ingredients directly to your skin.  There are many to choose from, so look for ones high in antioxidants.  Some products from this line that work particularly well during winter months are Olive Cleansing, Royal Facial Oil Rose,  Face Balm Neroli and their Eye Balm.

These products can be purchased in the online store at http://www.bostonbalans.com, or you can call Balans at 617-450-8333 to schedule a facial and I will customize a routine for you.

DIY Face Mask

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It’s that time of year when the holidays take us by storm.  With plenty of family obligations and less time than we would like to meet them, it is important to take care of yourself.   What is your skin’s defense against the stress of the holidays?    I recommend taking a few minutes just for YOU to relax and do an at-home facial treatment.   This is an easy DIY face mask that uses ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen.

Exfoliating Pumpkin Face Mask:

1 Tbs. honey

1 Tbs. coconut oil

3 walnut halves -( crush them until they are almost a powder)

1/2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

2 Tbs. pumpkin puree*

*If you are not a fan of pumpkin, you can substitute 1/2 of an avocado.

Take all of the ingredients and mix them.  That’s it.  You are done.  Now, simply take 10 minutes to lay down and relax with this mask on your face.   This anti-aging mask works wonders because it is naturally high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Zinc.  It is also hydrating, brightening and has anti-bacterial properties that will help clear acne.

What is a Facial?

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Getting a facial for the first time can seem overwhelming. What kind should you get? What should you do to prepare? How long does it take? What are extractions? Will it hurt? Might I break out afterwards? These are all questions that may be running through your head as you decide to book an appointment. Relax. This is YOU time. A facial is your time to evaluate what products are working for you right now. Just like you put away your summer clothes and edited your closet for Fall, use this as an opportunity to edit your beauty routine. Rest assured that any questions you have about your complexion or what to use on your face will be answered.

There is a type of facial for everyone. The facials we offer at Balans are Traditional Swedish, Deep Pore Cleansing, Hydrating & Nourishing and Anti-Aging. We use the Sonya Dakar product line because it combines the best that science and nature have to offer. The steps to a facial include cleansing, exfoliating, massage of the face, neck and shoulders, steam, extractions and a mask suited for your skin type. The products used in each of the different types of facials have different types of botanical extracts in them to meet the needs of any skin type. If you are not sure which facial is the best for your skin, schedule a Traditional facial and discuss the other options when you arrive for the treatment.

Still worried about the extractions? Don’t be. Let me start by saying that the benefit you will see with healthy glowing skin is worth a moment of pain during the extractions. Hot steam and an exfoliant open the pores and prep your skin for extractions. During an extraction, the esthetician removes white heads and blackheads from the skin using fingers wrapped in cotton. Expect a little pinch. Your newly unclogged pores will thank you. After a facial you may be red for a little while, but it is similar to the redness you’d get after you go running because it’s from having a healthy blood flow to the surface of the skin. I call it a healthy glow. Get your glow on, and try a facial!

Healthy lifestyle = Beautiful skin

Healthy lifestyle = Beautiful skin

I love what celebrity skincare expert, Sonya Dakar, said about the importance of working with your esthetician on creating a skincare routine that truly works for you.

“We call it bootcamp- it’s a fitness. I compare it to the gym. If you work on it, you sweat, you have a great body. If you work on your skin, you achieve beautiful, healthy skin.”

This idea of looking at your behavior in order to get to the root of your skin’s needs, gets results that last. If you want brighter and more glowing skin, it is crucial that you have a diet filled with the proper nutrients that your body needs to function. Similarly, if you want to build muscle, you would eat certain foods. Many of us lead a busy life, but it is still important to detoxify your body often and maintain your level of stress. When the body becomes acidic, due to stress or poor diet, you feel tired, bloated, and anxious. This often shows up on the skin as breakouts, dry patches, and sensitivity.

Getting your body moving, eating well, and regular beauty routines will make you look and feel better. Yoga, pilates, cardio, and strength training are great ways to build a strong core. These activities will improve the elasticity of the skin all over your entire body. Foods rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C also improve the look and elasticity of your skin. Some foods to incorporate into your diet are dark leafy greens, broccoli, bell peppers, berries, and lemons.

Your skin is your largest organ and it can absorb nutrients topically. The Berry Mask from Soyna Dakar is one of my favorite anti-aging facial products. It not only smells good but delivers antioxidants directly to your skin. It meets eco-friendly principles and is free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances and dyes. It is important to choose beauty products wisely- the ingredients in a product matter.

This is why I believe that a healthy lifestyle equals beautiful skin. At Balans, we can help you achieve this balance. We take the guess work out by offering services that address every every aspect of designing a healthy and workable lifestyle.