Home' Spa and Clinic : Volume 63 October 2015 Contents AESTHETICS
Yin moves inward and downward while
yang moves outward and upward. In spring
the extroverted yang energies replace the
contracting and colder yin energy of winter.
Food not only offers different nutritional
content pending on the season har vested
but can deplete or replenish the balance of
yin and yang.
Natural medicine models of prevention,
like naturopathy, Ayur veda and acupuncture
focus on building resilience to protect,
strengthen and balance so the concerns and
indications that cause us to reach for more
aggressive remedial measures
Likewise our skin is
constantly exposed to the
swings in humidity, photo
intensity and temperature
along with elements like wind,
rain and snow; all conditions
which demand us to seasonally
evaluate the need for change.
As the body's largest
organ and a key pathway for
detoxification, vitamin synthesis
and protection it is a highly
visible report card reflecting the
quality of our general health.
The same dynamic and
holistic approach needs to
apply not only to our diets
but how we topically care for
Spring is the season for
change. While the colder
months offered a har vest of
root vegetables along with
warming spices of ginger,
black pepper and garlic,
spring is a time to include
the new seasons leafy greens,
fruits and salad including
cooling herbs like mint, basil,
parsley and coriander.
In Chinese medicine, the element for
spring is wind and the corresponding organ
is the liver; ideal conditions to detoxify,
release and spring clean.
As the days warm and humidity increases
complexions are prone to oiliness and
congestion. An increase in UVA and UVB
demands we are mindful of sun exposure,
which can lead to photo damage and
pigmentation. Higher temperatures can
dehydrate skin due to the water loss caused
by perspiration while exposure to wind dries
and irritates skin.
penetration of other active vitamins and
water- soluble nutrients.
Regular exfoliation is essential for refining
and detoxifying the complexion and spring is
the ideal time to purge skin of impurities.
Choose an exfoliant that delivers more
than just mechanical refinement. Fruit
extracts and concentrates are great support
for the complexion during spring. Rich in
naturally occurring minerals, vitamins and
antioxidants fruits like apple, kiwi, papaya
and pineapple deliver enzymes that munch
away at the inter-cellular glue which bind
dead skin cells together. The effect is a more
hydrated, refined and luminous complexion.
Masques and serums are another way to
drench the skin with active content. Look
for botanical actives like hibiscus, vine leaf
and licorice to target pigmentation and
brighten skin tone.
Silk peptides effectively activate the
skin at a cellular level to enhance cell
metabolism and function in line with the
Collagen as an ingredient is an
outstanding hydrator. Marine-derived
collagen holds up to seven
times its natural weight in
water, a great way to boost the
skins moisture content during
the warmer months while
smoothing fine lines
Seasonal offerings are fast
becoming an enticing feature
on spa menus; rituals that
bring together active nutrients
targeting seasonal indications
and deliver them in an
innovative sensory spa journey.
Moreover, clients are
seeking not just the ser vices
of a beauty therapist but a
professional facialist whom
they can partner with to work
towards the results they want.
A seasonal review that
includes homecare and a
performance facial program
tailors a skin solution that
ensures skin is treated in line
with environmental change.
This also encourages a
complete wellness prescription
to highlight lifestyle and
dietary factors, essential
elements that play a vital role
in our aesthetic.
If wellness and health are our goal then
beauty will always be the reward!
Founder and formulator for leading spa brand,
Waterlily. Each season Waterlily releases
limited edition performance rituals to capture
the essence of the season. To celebrate Spring-
Summer Waterlily's Apple Collagen Spa Facial
is a luxe hour treatment layered with organic
apple, vitamin A, silk peptides, and marine
collagen. Each treatment is finished with
500mg of pure vitamin C infused with this
season's botanical harvest.
Transition from winter to spring with
professional skincare products that are
free from congesting mineral oil,
lanolin and petrochemicals. Instead,
opt for lightweight cold pressed plant
oils like jojoba, seabuckthorn, calendula,
argan, marula, pomegranate seed and
These oils are not only biochemically
compatible but nutritionally dense to
support and protect healthy cell function.
Importantly, they also provide an effective
lipid delivery system for the transdermal
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