THE SPA AT THE FOURSEASONS
STORY BY DEE RAFFO
YOUR WINTERTIME SKIN
SKI FACE BE GONE
It’s lovely to have a touch of colour on your cheeks, but when that redness
doesn’t fade, it’s time to take a trip to the Spa at Nita Lake Lodge.
Head Esthetician Amanda Piché recommends the Moisture Restore
Facial, a 60-minute remedy for dry and dehydrated skin using
the Naturopathica skin care line. The treatment begins with a
hot towel that cocoons the face and opens the pores while you
breathe in the incredibly relaxing smells of lemon verbena and
neroli blossom. A spritz of lavender and honey mist prepares
the skin and relaxes the mind before a soothing chamomile
cleansing milk is used to wipe away impurities.
A gentle hibiscus enzyme peel mask is brushed gently onto
the skin. The mask features anti-inflammatory power pair
chamomile oil and arnica, with bentonite clay and hibiscus
flower to help clarify, tighten and hydrate the skin. Next,
a plant stem cell booster that plumps and protects the
skin is layered under an aloe replenishing mask to reduce
redness. While this works its magic, lavender blossom
oil is massaged across your shoulders and upper chest.
Calming carrot seed oil is massaged gently onto the face
and then a white tea antioxidant mask, which firms and
hydrates, is placed over the top. While this sinks in, you’re
treated to a hand massage, and a primrose lip and eye
treatment combats fine lines.
A rich calendula cream is used to calm, soothe and hydrate
the skin. The treatment is finished off with another luxurious
hot towel and head massage that leaves your skin feeling
Amanda has a few more tricks up her sleeve to combat dry winter
skin. She uses Jane Iredale Dream Tint SPF 15 Peach Brightener
to give the skin a healthy glow, but also to protect it from the harmful
UV rays that still find their way through even the cloudiest of days.
She also suggests using a night cream — such as Naturopathica’s Argan
& Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream, which has a tri-retinol blend that
tightens, tones and renews — to help restore your skin while you sleep.
We in Whistler love the winter, whether we’re spending it on the ski hill, snowshoeing in the backcountry, or building a snowman with the kids; but it does wreak havoc on our skin.
Cold temperatures followed by blasts of central heating dry our skin out,
leaving us feeling chapped, tight and sensitive. However, a visit to a local
spa can help remedy the ravages of winter.