4 Ways To Soothe Dry Winter Skin

It happens every year – brutal winter weather whips around your skin until it’s raw and dry. Chilling winds, low temperatures, and indoor heating – if your skin isn’t fully irritated by winter conditions, it’s at the very least in a bad mood. To combat the dreaded dry face, we’ve got four ways to soothe your winter skin, restore moisture, and protect it from further damage:

1. Use a humidifier

Forced-air heaters blast the moisture out of skin during winter-time, stripping important oils and often resulting in itchy skin. Try counteracting these drying effects by blowing a warm- or cool-mist humidifier. Re-introducing moisture into the air helps soothe and calm irritated skin. (Health)

2. Step up with your moisturizer

Is the moisturizer in your winter skin care routine cutting it? We recommend our Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream – great for all skin types and specially formulated to reduce the appearance of skin irritation and inflammation.

3. Eat more healthy fats

Fight winter skin symptoms from the inside – fill up on foods rich in healthy fats. Fatty acids like omega-3s help create your skin’s oil barrier and protect against moisture loss. Chow down on flax, safflower oil, and nuts as well as fish like salmon and sardines. (webMD)

4. Try a chamomile toner

Treat your battered skin to our Soothing Chamomile Tonique. Spritz on this toner after a masque or anytime on its own to relieve irritated winter skin. Want to know more about how it fits in with a skincare treatment? Read more about this calming product in the Ottawa Citizen’s review of Oresta Spa’s Éminence facial.

This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

The Green Spa & Wellness Center recommends all the aforementioned products Eminence Organics offers to anyone who needs to keep their skin from getting
raw and dry.

Should I Use Oil On My Face?

When it comes to moisturizing the face, there’s nothing hotter than facial oils right now. That’s right – the same stuff you pour on salad and use to lube the engine of your Prius. Of course, facial oils come in a more refined form than your average vinaigrette. When formulated for skin care, these magical liquids work super-hard to add moisture to your skin, balance oil production and provide nutrients. Here are a few ways that facial oils benefit your skin and help you achieve a glowing and hydrated face.

Oils are highly effective moisturizers

Because oils are lipophilic (or “fat-loving”) elements, they pass through the lipid layer of the skin faster which leads to superior hydration. Try Calendula Oil for moisturizing dry skin types. (Allure)

Oils are packed with nutrients

Oils naturally contain nourishing vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. Our Facial Recovery Oil combines polyphenol-rich olive oil as well as Vitamin E-enriched sesame oil, providing much-needed nutrients for the skin. (Chatelaine)

Oils balance sebum production

If you suffer from overactive sebum production, applying oil can actually reduce oil generation. When skin is properly hydrated, overactive sebaceous glands decrease activity and promote balanced skin. (Huffington Post)

This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

The Green Spa & Wellness Center recommends all the aforementioned oils that Eminence Organics offers to anyone who needs to keep their face hydrated and glowing. Skin care is incredibly important and oils do make a difference.

Recap of the Makeup used at the Grammys

The Makeup Artists for some of the celebrities at the Grammys really understood that focusing on strong features is the key to highlighting beauty. Here’s a list of some of the celebrities that caught our eye:

Taylor Swift:

Taylor went with a smokey eye with just a hint of a teal color. An eye pencil over black could achieve a similar look. Going against her habit of using red lipstick, she instead decided on pink instead. Not using her signature red lipstick really did make stand out and she looked adorable. A little bit of blush on her cheeks finished off a great look.


With her minimalist makeup on, it almost made you think she had woken up straight out of bed if you didn’t pay attention to the finer details. Her makeup added a light bronze and made her face glow. She had her skin highlighted and her cheeks really stood out. Neutral lips sealed the deal and made her look beautiful.

Other standouts:

Ariane Grande really went all out with the defined cat eye. Hey eyes were the main focus here, and her lips were mostly neutral, not leaning towards pink or red.

Lady Gaga always goes against the norm but what we really appreciated was her eyeshadow. Going for a green eyeshadow and making it work takes guts, but she pulled it off brilliantly.

Gwen Stefani is also known for her red lipstick, and ditched it for a muted pink color. This kind of pale pink lipstick seems to becoming a new trend if the Grammy’s have anything to say about it.

Need help recreating these make up styles?

Come to the Green Spa & Wellness Center for a consultation any time. We can give you a lesson and guide you to the right products you need to make you outshine the stars.

Unique Events for February

While the specials we went over in our last blog post were amazing, you can’t go wrong with the events we have planned this month. February is one of our favorite months of the year, and we make a conscious effort to have interesting events that can teach you something new or make you feel better then the day before. Our Therapists are brimming with excitement and are ready to make our workshops a fun and unique experience. Bring your loved one and let’s make February a blast. Here’s a list of all our events this month.

Events For February 2015

Our First Event is “Heart Health Acupuncture Circle” which is $35 for 90 minutes on Thursday, February 5th at 7PM. You will receive a full acupuncture session in the comfort of a group atmosphere. Join us to experience the healing power of Heart Health Acupuncture and collective energy, in a comfortable, serene setting that’s easy on the budget.

Our Second Event is “Hypnotic Seduction for Couples” which is $30 for 90 minutes on Wednesday, February 11th. In this workshop you will learn: What the “Love Languages” are, and how to read your partner like a book, How to turn up the passion meter even if you’ve been together over 20 years, The dangers of role playing without rules, How to role play the right way, and How to fall for each other all over again in one month.

Our Third Event is special. It’s called “Love Your Skin” and it’s a Free Event on February 12th at 6pm-8pm. Reserve your 20 minute space in advance as space is limited. In this event you will learn to LOVE Your SKIN this Valentine’s Day with Organic Skincare!  Enjoy a Complimentary Skincare Mini Treatment, Skincare Goody Bag, Wine & Gift with Purchase Specials 1 Night ONLY!

Our Fourth Event is “Introduction to Tai Chi Workshop” which is $30 for 90 minutes on Tuesday, February 17th at 6:30PM. Introduce your body to the ancient benefits of Tai Chi theory and practice in this beginners workshop where you will learn the full form of Tai Chi movements and proper form along with the basic Chi Gong movements. We will focus on the cultivation of Qi, through specific breathing techniques. Qi can be described as the “Life-force Energy” at the foundation of all matter. The cultivation of Qi enhances focus, vitality, alertness, strength, and balance; with a myriad of other clinically tested, health benefits.

Our Fifth Event is “Chakra Cleansing Circle with Guided Massage” which is $25 for 75 minutes on Wednesday, February 18th at 6:45pm-8pm. Releasing stuck energy in the chakras through breathwork and guided imagery can be very powerful. Experience chakra cleansing followed by connecting with each other through a guided massage. The entire experience will leave you feeling centered and relaxed.

Our Sixth Event is “Empowerment Workshop: Find Love! Land a Job! Or get promoted in 2015!” which is $37 on Monday, February 23rd at 7pm. Space is Very Limited So Act Now! Join us for an Amazing Workshop with International Public Speaker, Best Selling Author and Business Coach Orly Amor. Orly is a Certified Behavior Analyst (Profiler) and has helped hundreds of people learn about their personality type and how they communicate and are perceived by others.

Our Seventh Event is ”Winter Weight Loss Workshop” which is $30 for 90 minutes on Wednesday, February 25th at 7pm. Maybe it’s not just the way you look, but the way you feel at the top of the stairs, the way you feel after you eat or the way you feel before you going to sleep, telling you, “it’s time to change”. Now is the time to make the changes you wanted in your New Year’s resolutions!  Now is the time to take control of your life, and feel great about the way you look, feel and behave!

Our Eighth Event is “Love your Brows Workshop” which is $25 per person on Thursday, February 26th. Reserve your 30 minute from 6-830pm. Allow our Eyebrow Expert to re-shape your brows (choose from pain free lavender wax or tweeze) to best match your facial structure.  She will then teach you how to best care for and maintain your brows to best frame your face.

Our Ninth Event is “Facial Rejuvenation with Tuning Forks! An Anti-Aging Wellness Workshop” which is $35 for 90 minutes on Friday, February 27th at 7pm. Looking for a beautiful and non-painful way to retain a youthful looking appearance? Afraid of Botox and seeking a natural solution to anti-aging? Come experience Green Spa’s newest wellness offering: Facial Rejuvenation with Tuning Forks!

In Conclusion

There’s something for everyone this month between our events and specials this month. If you need to relax, relieve some stress, feel empowered, or get some healing, then The Green Spa & Wellness Center is the destination for you. Stop by anytime this month. Click here to book yourself now before all our spots are reserved!