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How to ‘Spa’ Your Way to Better Skin

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Spas are a big deal in Europe and while I won’t delve into the whole ‘mixed sauna’ situation; I can safely say some of the most beautiful spas I’ve ever seen are here in Switzerland. You’ve probably read, ‘you need 8 hours of sleep to replenish your skin,’ but what if you don’t have 8 hours to sleep every night? That’s exactly how my lifestyle was for a couple years in San Francisco starting in 2011 – work all day, run errands, dinner, checking out events, blogging until 3 am and then waking up again at 8 for work. I needed to find a solution to maximize my 5 hours of ‘beauty sleep‘ which was also the same time Savvy Sleepers were born and I discovered how effective steam rooms and spas are for skin.

After quick late night workouts, I’d hit the steam room at the San Francisco Tennis Club for about 15 minutes, then go in the sauna, followed by 2 huge glasses of water. I noticed a huge difference in my skin after the steam room and face felt so calm and relaxed after a stressful day. Since then, I started getting facials a few times a year. Last month we visited the Palace Luzern Spa in Switzerland for an afternoon of R&R. Here’s how to ‘Spa Your Way to Better Skin,’ plus how to know if a facial is worth it and how to create the same ‘spa treatment’ feeling at home...

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How to Know if a Spa is Really Worth It? – After getting suckered into a couple Groupon ‘spa’ deals, I learned my lesson. There is absolutely no reason to splurge on a spa unless you can truly relax and stay a few hours of pure relaxation can make anyone’s skin look and feel younger. The Palace Luzern Spa is beautiful and even had this Relaxation Room where you could lounge as long as you wanted, nibble on fresh fruit, before and after your treatment.

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Facial Confessions ~ Trusting your make-up free face to an esthetician is not always pleasant. They see every imperfection, but you should never feel uncomfortable or even worse, have your skin or products you use at home insulted. I’ve had facials with no steam, no extractions, that felt like 10 layers of oil were being massaged into my pores. Those are the bad ones. You should feel relaxed the entire time (hence my carefree pineapple pom-pom ponytail). The best facials I’ve had involve a light peel, extractions, a tingly toner, a head a neck massage and most importantly, when you look in the mirror after it’s all done, you have no redness. This is exactly what happened at The Palace Luzern. It’s one of the best facials I’ve had since Nob Hill Spa in San Francisco last year.

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Treat Yourself Head to Toe~  If you’re going to the spa for a facial, try not to rush in and out for your treatment. Take your time and enjoy all the ammenities of the Spa. If you’re new to steam rooms, take a handful of ice (like I did above) and massage it on your skin which cools down your body.

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How to Continue the Feeling at Home ~ Estheticians tend to massage lotions and products in a circular motion especially light around the eyes which you can do when you wash your face at home and apply moisturizer. Try taking a few deep breaths when your head hits the pillow to calm your skin as you fall asleep. And if you’re joining a gym, splurge on the one that gives  you have access to a steam room. Also, a product I’ve loved for years is Clarisonic Cleansing System. It truly exfoliates.

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The Proof is in the Water ~ I’ve never been great about drinking a lot of water, but it’s so important if you use the steam room or sauna regularly and it does wonders for skin. My old roomie from SF, Lisa of Cocobella Ballerina, just shared her secrets to LOSING 100 POUNDS and water was a big factor! Lisa says in her post, ‘One thing is for sure since I’ve switched over to drinking predominately water and tea it’s made my skin AMAZING!!! I used to break out so much more (never EVER left the house without foundation) but since switching to water my skin has never been clearer.’

I’ll be sharing more skin care tips over the next few weeks. If you have any at home ‘Spa’ secrets or experiences (good or bad) you’ve had getting facials in the past, please share.

~xo 

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Special thanks to Palace Luzern for the Spa day. Check out the monthly special deal.

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  1. Hm, this is so interesting. I always feel very uncomfortable in a spa because I am not totally confident with my body so I am forever covering up with my arms and stressing about how I look, but you are right that a spa should be a stress-reducing experience. A spa treatment to banish the effects of little sleep is interesting. I definitely need my 8 hours (more like 10 hours) a day, and I can’t imagine a spa to cover for that. It is truly a gift if a spa does relax you as much as sleep does. x

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  2. Hm, this is so interesting. I always feel very uncomfortable in a spa because I am not totally confident with my body so I am forever covering up with my arms and stressing about how I look, but you are right that a spa should be a stress-reducing experience. A spa treatment to banish the effects of little sleep is interesting. I definitely need my 8 hours (more like 10 hours) a day, and I can’t imagine a spa to cover for that. It is truly a gift if a spa does relax you as much as sleep does. x

    rosemaryofelephants.blogspot.com

  3. Hi Dale! Your tips are just good, Id need some facial treatments for my skin especially now it looks a bit tired and stresses, also in preparation to the summer. The SPA in Switzerland sounds and looks great and inspires me a lot, it makes me feel more relaxed only to look at the view, so amazing!:) Btw, I usually drink lots of water, 2L a day. Many hugs dear! xo

  4. Hi Dale! Your tips are just good, Id need some facial treatments for my skin especially now it looks a bit tired and stresses, also in preparation to the summer. The SPA in Switzerland sounds and looks great and inspires me a lot, it makes me feel more relaxed only to look at the view, so amazing!:) Btw, I usually drink lots of water, 2L a day. Many hugs dear! xo

  5. awww heart dale!!! thanks for the shoutout girl :p i super appreciate it!!!

    this is sort of embarrassing but i’ve never been to the spa before lol! i do a lot of at home facials..and i’ve always wanted to get them done professionally but just like you stated i’m scared!!! i’m terrified they’ll wreck my skin lols.

    i wanna try sauna/steam rooms too. suppose to be so amazing for opening your pores and a great way to lose the bloat/excess water weight!!

    oh man the lucerne switzerland one looks so glam fabulous!!!! so lucky it must be so relaxing!

    http://www.lisalovescoco.blogspot.com

  6. Oh wow! Palace Luzern looks like such an awesome place to chill out. Definitely a great place for R&R. Great tips as usual, Dale. I’m guilty of not drinking too much water, which explains why my skin is all kinds of crazy:(

    • Yes, the Palace Luzern is really beautiful and don’t worry…I’m with you on the water. I just need to make a goal to really drink 8 glasses a day.

  7. I have never been to a spa but they sound divine and your friend is totally right… I was only drinking water for about 10 months and my skin was in great condition… now I drink tea and water… 🙂

  8. I love spa’s! They are so relaxing. I need to go to the ones you’ve been to Dale! HaHa My skin is much better now, but everytime I had an extraction I was red. HaHa It’s so important to drink water. Love reading about Lisa’s weight loss. So inspiring. She looks awesome.

  9. Oh to Be a Muse says:

    I don’t really spa, but your tips are quite helpful. What I really need to do is buy a Clarisonic already. I’ve been drinking more water and green tea these days so I think that should help too.

  10. chicncheapliving says:

    You look like you had a fabulous time at the plaza Luzern! I’ve had great massages, but not facials. You and Lisa are definitely right – water is the best for skin!

    xoxo,

    little luxury list formerly Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  11. chicncheapliving says:

    You look like you had a fabulous time at the plaza Luzern! I’ve had great massages, but not facials. You and Lisa are definitely right – water is the best for skin!

    xoxo,

    little luxury list formerly Chic ‘n Cheap Living

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