By Betsy Aaron
Suddenly it’s time to prepare for the new season. Stock up on your form of back-to-school supplies, see if you can get another year out of your ankle boots, assess your inventory of black tights, perhaps get a new gray sweater and—take a long, deep look in a well-lit mirror. Is your face a bit parched from summer? Here, a few things to do:
Thing #1: Amala’s DIY home facial. I’m not one for following directions but since Amala has never steered me wrong, I took to heart Global Spa Training and Education Director Teresa Linke’s five-step step tutorial on how to treat my face for fall—with glowing results. The Hydrating Face Polish is a gentle exfoliator that sloughs away the tired, most topical you. I followed up by treating my freshened face with Hydrating Treatment Oil, which is light in texture, readily absorbed, and softly redolent of essential oil of jasmine. Next, I applied a thin layer of Hydrating Yogurt Mask. It’s cooling, calming and so comforting that I went to sleep with it on, with magical results. The jasmine, Macademia nut and rosehip seed oils hydrated while I slept and in the morning, after a quick rinse, I patted a few more drops of the hydrating oil on my face and applied Hydrating Eye Treatment around my eyes, and also my lips. These elegant, jasmine-infused products are simple to use and do precisely what they promise. Teresa suggests performing this hydrating ritual twice a week and I promise I will.
Thing #2: The Organic Pharmacy’s Carrot Butter Cleanser is a revelatory product. Even though it is a cleanser, it too provides a kind of daily facial. It mildly warms on contact and melts away the day—and eye makeup too. I applaud products that do more than one job, and in one easy step. This medicine chest must-have contains shea butter, cocoa butter, calendula, rosemary, chamomile, St. Johns wort and of course, carrot, which is packed with antioxidants to protect you from pollutants. The texture is balmy and rinses with ease when you use their lovely muslin cloth. I followed with Enzyme Peel Mask, a cooling gel of sqaulene (olives,) papaya, pine bark extract, acai & goji & carrot and fruit acids that gently clears your face of goo and replenishes. If you do nothing else that I recommend, I beseech and implore you to use this peel on the back of your hands. It softens like no hand cream can and reduces pigmentation. Completely genius.
Thing#3: Superheal O-Live Mask from Phyto-C. I have always loved olives and am never without them. I cannot recall a day in which I have not had six at sixish. I have used squalene oil on my face, as noted above, but who knew extract from the leaves of the olive tree could stimulate collagen production, reduce scar tissue and pigmentation and protect against UV damage– apparently ancient Egyptians– who used it for both internal and external healing. I loved the olive-y scent and found the texture pleasantly un-goopy and cooling. It’s easy to forget you have this mask on and easy to rinse off. You will be left looking refreshed, replenished and ready to face fall.
Optional Things: Toss your old and/or never gonna-be-used products, and clean the spaces in which you store your stuff. While you’re at it, why not clean out your refrigerator too? If you’re not the sort who relaxes while your mask goes to work, you can do these activities instead and you will glow as well with internal satisfaction