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Under the (Memorial Day) Weather

Yhst-97190650557817_2106_2716397The Memorial Day weekend weather may not be the stuff of which summer dreams are made, but you can perk up your mood with a little pampering. When there’s a chill in the air, grab some Kniepp bath products in our spa boutique and head to the tub. If allergies are getting you down, soak in a Eucalyptus Herbal Bath. If the grey weather is making you sleepy, pop a Rosemary or Spruce Sparkling Bath Tablet into the bath and awaken your body and mind.

If you do happen to hike up Mount Si or bike the Burke-Gilman, soothe tired legs with Arnica Intensive Cream, Arnica Active Gel, and Arnica Warming Massage Oil. Arnica has been used for centuries for sprains, bruises, and wounds. While you may not be recovering from road rash or surgery, arnica can help reduce inflammation and speed the healing process.

Happy Memorial Day!

How to Create a Skin Log

Just like with a food log or monthly expenses report, we suggest keeping a log for your skin.

When you wake up in the morning, take note of the condition of your skin. Does it look dry, flaky, rashy? Are their any reddened areas? Breakouts? Excessive oil? Write down your findings and take note of where any suspicious activity seems to be happening (chin, left cheek, around the nose, etc.).

Jot down what you eat and drink during the day (even water), including the quantity. In particular, take note of anything that varies from your normal diet. 

It may seem excessive, but we want you to log your activity, be it a long plane flight or a brisk workout, or a day of nonstop phone calls. As with your diet, pay special attention to any unusual activities or events, not to mention if they were unusually strenuous or stressful. If you spent most of the day out of doors in bright sunshine when you are usually behind a desk, write it down. Record the dates of your menstrual cycle as well.

Get the picture? Armed with this information, say after two weeks of logging this valuable information, you’ll be able to see what things in your life might trigger issues with your skin. It makes sense that the wrong food or a surge in monthly hormones can bring on a breakout but other internal and environmental factors can play into the health of your skin as well. Talk over your findings with your esthetician—Jill loves to talk about this and you can play skin detectives together—who just might be able to craft a skincare regime that works beautifully with your lifestyle.

What to log each day:

  • Skin: hydration level, flaky, rashy, areas of breakouts
  • Food: what, how much, when
  • Activity: what, when, where (outside, airport, office)
  • Weather: sun exposure, temperature
  • Period: dates, length, duration