Coming out of a facial at Stillwater Spa is a feeling that is hard to beat, but extra soft skin, clean pores and even tone can’t last forever. Luckily there are ways to help extend the benefits of any facial, whether you only have time for one of our Express 30 Minute Facials, or decide to treat yourself to an Advanced 75 Minute Facial. We caught up with Stillwater Spa’s Lead Aesthetician, Sarah Thompson, to find out her top at-home treatments to help that facial last this spring.
Double cleansing is the key to a face that is squeaky clean. This process is a great way to feel confident that you’re removing all traces of makeup, while also tackling environmental impurities that can really affect your skin. Despite having low risk air quality in Calgary, we are not immune to pollution that comes from living in a densely populated city, which can cause dark spots and premature aging of the skin. To help keep skin spotless, Sarah recommends beginning with an oil based cleanser such as Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Soothing Cleansing Balm and following up with Luzern’s Pure Cleansing Crème.
Using a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week will help remove dead skin cells, leaving you with new cells and promoting regeneration. Exposing a fresh layer of skin and increasing facial circulation will almost instantly leave you with a healthy glow. In the long term, exfoliating will help even out skin tone, prevent breakouts and fight signs of aging. You’ll also get more out of the rest of your skin care arsenal, since other products will be able to penetrate deeper. Try Luzern Micro-Exfoliant, a gentle yet effective rich cream scrub, that is best used in the evening, according to Sarah, as your skin is more exposed to free radicals and needs time to regenerate.
Another great way to maintain your skin is at-home facial peels. Choosing from Enzyme peels, AHAs and retinols allows you to customize your routine to best suit your needs. Peels encourage healthy cell turnover that can help target many concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, scarring and tone. Sarah’s go to for at-home facial peels is Luzern Force de Vie Crème Nuit. Combining active retinol, peptides, a lipid barrier repair complex and pure oxygen, Force de Vie works while you sleep to give you luminous skin by the time you’re out the door in the morning.
Face masks are a favourite at-home treatment of Sarah’s that she believes we do not use enough. By detoxifying and replenishing nutrients, a good face mask can quickly take dry and blotchy to beautiful and glowing. Aromatherapy Associates Anti-Ageing Overnight Repair Mask is Stillwater Spa’s “version of liquid gold,” says Sarah. This mask is very user friendly, and since it’s an overnight mask, it’s easy to fit into your routine, so you’ll only have to get used to waking up to a hydrated and brighter complexion.
Serums are often an underrated product when it comes to skincare, usually used after cleansing. They can be water or oil based and contain a high concentrate of active ingredients that penetrate deeply into the skin, which makes them the perfect solution for working on problem areas. If you’re looking to reduce fine lines and increase skin’s firmness and elasticity, Sarah recommends Luzern Laboratories Serum Absolut WE3 Wrinkle Eraser, which she says acts like a topical Botox. For skin that is looking for a refresh, Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Rose Radiance Skin Serum is “like a drink of water for your skin”.
Moisturizing is one of the most important steps to have in your daily skincare regimen – if you don’t already use this with your regular routine, now’s the time to start. In the past there have been some misconceptions with moisturizers, saying that they can make skin oily or cause breakouts. The trick here is to make sure that you’re using the right moisturizer for your specific skin type and routine. For example, if you suffer from dry skin, the answer might not be an intensive moisturizer. “Hydrating serums [layered] with a light moisturizer can also be very effective in combating the Calgary climate,” Sarah reveals. At Stillwater Spa you’ll be able to find a range of moisturizers perfect for every skin type and experts that will be able to help you find exactly what you need.
The most important facial tip is to educate yourself on your own skin! When you receive a facial at Stillwater Spa, the professional and experienced aestheticians will address your personal skincare needs to make sure you’re getting the facial that’s best for you. They can also help build a personalized regimen, so that you can get the most out of your regimen year-round.
Book your appointment today and get ready for brilliant skin this spring.