It’s no surprise that winter brings with it all sorts of skin woes. The cold wind breaks down our skin barrier and the high heat indoors zaps moisture. Which means that many of us are left with dry skin that’s flaky and uncomfortable. Might we recommend a skin-care treatment? These local options focus on giving your skin the stuff (think moisture and exfoliation) it needs to stay healthy and radiant all winter long.
C3L Treatment at Consonant Skincare
Opt for the new—and very impressive—cold laser treatment from Canadian brand Consonant Skincare. One of my favourite things about the brand is that they combine natural ingredients with scientific innovation in exciting ways, and the same can be said for the brand’s new treatment offerings, including the C3L Elevated Treatment ($245). Though if you’re expecting spa music and plush robes, this might not be the treatment for you. Instead, expect 80 minutes of the great skin-care technology including Diamond Microdermabrasion, Biosonix Ultrasound Therapy, Microcurrent Stimulation, LED Light Therapy and an Oxygen Infusion. It sounds like a lot, but you’ll walk out with fresh, hydrated skin that looks firm and toned. I loved how supple my own skin felt after the treatment and despite the many steps, it wasn’t irritated at all.
Hammam and Gommage Treatment at
Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie
The Hammam and Gommage body treatment at the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie (starting at $145) is a must if you suffer from dry or flaky skin in the winter. The deep steam helps to open up pores and sweat it out while the body exfoliation with eucalyptus infused black soap leaves you feeling smooth and refreshed. The Hammam and Gommage is a traditional Middle Eastern treatment and aims to reinvigorate and refresh your senses, while leaving you with a silky smooth body.
Microneedling at Dermalogica
I won’t lie, microneedling is something that has both intrigued and scared me, but I decided to take the plunge when an opportunity game up to try the treatment from Dermalogica ($250). In case you’re not sure, microneedling is a treatment that punctures the skin to stimulate collagen production which in tern affects texture, tone and helps reduce acne scars. It’s also allows your skin-care products penetrate more deeply and absorb more effectively. While it’s not necessarily geared just towards winter, it’s definitely something to consider if you already have a robust skin-care routine and could use an extra dose of love. But, there are a couple things to note. First, this is not your relaxing spa treatment. A needle is piercing your skin, repeatedly, so while it’s not crazy or unbearably painful (especially with the addition of a numbing cream), it’s not exactly a walk in the park either. Second, you will leave your appointment with a red face. Even my skin, which is typically not very reactive, was a shade of red I haven’t ever seen on my own face. The second day it looked more like a bad sunburn, but that first day was a little shocking. Rest assured, it’s normal (as is the peeling that occurs after too), but it’s a little surprising if you’re not used to more heavy-hitting treatments. The price also includes a little at-home care kit for the days following your treatment.
The Works Facial at Blitz Facial Bar
Blitz Facial Bar originally made a name for itself as a quick way to tune up your skin. But the brand has since expanded it’s offerings so that you can get more traditional and cutting edge treatments too. While the set up is the same—you’re in the same room as others, sort of like a nail bar set up—you can opt for lengthier treatments and even options like IPL or oxygen infusions. For winter, try The Works ($130). It’s a traditional facial with the addition of microdermabrasion so you get a truly deep clean to take care of your skin this season.
Céla Seed to Skin Ritual at Hammam Spa
When the Hammam Spa launched its own skin-care line, Céla, it also added a few spa treatments to its menu including the Céla Seed to Skin Ritual ($155). It’s an incredibly relaxing deep cleansing ritual that includes bubbles and sea salt, Abyssinian oil and a scalp, neck and shoulder massage—not to mention the application of a cream from neck to toe that leaves you feeling smooth and incredibly hydrated. I love the tailoring of this ritual, where you can pick the scents you like and let your practitioner know your preferences. And being wrapped in bubbles is pretty neat too.
Hydrafacial at North Medical Spa
A list of wintery skin-care treatments wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a hydrafacial. The one from North Medical ($175) includes cleansing and exfoliating while also giving your skin a necessary dose of hydration (thanks to hyaluronic acid) alongside antioxidants and peptides. While the treatment is only 30 minutes long, it packs a serious punch and you’ll see results right away.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Alexandra Donaldson)