6 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Now that the holidays and all that partying are past us, we are making time for the things that help us to reflect and to focus. A new year means a new start: a reset before the reminders, notifications and alarms go off. Then it’s off we go — consumed by sending messages, hooked on browsing the internet, keeping up with social media, absorbing the 24 hour news cycle. All of this might happen before and/or after juggling the demands of work and family. Welcome to modern life.

A recent study has found we are spending too much time on our devices. No one need tell us that we are hyperconnected. We all feel that sense of constant urgency of the 24/7 lives we lead. We do a lot but at what price? With the ever-increasing speed of daily life we forget to disengage, take the time in our day for a little quiet to replenish the well, so to speak. Self-care is a large part of what’s missing in the lives of people who are very busy and stressed.

There’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of self-care. What is it? In essence, self-care is the mindful taking of time to pay attention to you — not in a narcissistic way, but in a way that’s protective of your own well-being. What does self-care look like? Here are six simple ways to put self-care into practice on a daily, or at the least, a weekly basis that goes a long way to managing stress and, most importantly, to living your best life.

Know Thyself

Since ancient times philosophers understood the importance of “knowing thyself.” Today that means not only getting to know who you are, but also knowing your limitations. Why? So that you can recognize the moment you are doing too much. Knowing when to slow down is imperative when we are so often running full steam. To figure out your limits is a welcome shift as it helps to shed patterns that don’t serve you and allows you to concentrate on positive, healthy choices. Clearing the way for good habits creates clarity in mind and body, elevating you to a higher, more peaceful state.

Decompress

Morning meditation or a bedtime ritual are wonderful tools for self-care. But decompressing is not just for the beginning and end of day. Don’t wait. Throughout your day, every day, take the time to catch your breath, reset your mind. Be still. The mind needs to rest and have periods of calm. Putting this into practice is not always easy, but the art of disconnecting is essential for living a more mindful life. Taking the time to integrate small/mini breaks helps to refresh your mind and your body, too. Take a brief walk, make a cup of tea, breathe deeply, and/or visualize loved ones, a special memory, a favorite place… These are the pauses the brain and the spirit need.

Find Your Pleasure

Identify what you enjoy to do. Figure out what’s fun for you and integrate it into your day or at least your week. Make it a habit to do or plan something that gives you pleasure that you look forward to. It can be as simple as buying weekly flowers on a Friday as a reward for a week well lived and enjoying their presence in your home. Consistency matters. What we do every day counts more than what we do only once in a while. Make sure to carve out some “happy” space in your life.

Feed Your Spirit

Self-care means finding out what feeds your spiritual self. The good news: there’s no wrong answer! It is whatever feels right and inspires you. Stand in the sunlight, sit like Buddha, honor the rhythms of Mother Nature. Whether it’s meditation or prayer, making spirituality a priority, no matter how busy you are, awakens inner vibrations and peacefulness. It lets you discover wisdom and compassion; it’ll focus your mind, open your heart and sometimes surprise you with insight. Making space in your life for your own personal spirituality beautifully imbues the day-to-day with the sacred and profound.

Gratitude

A great consequence of feeding one’s spirit is the inevitable direction the spiritual path takes towards giving thanks. When we give thanks for all we have, we open the floodgates of connection to ourselves, and to others. The practice of gratitude every single day teaches us to love what we already have. And when we do that, something magical happens: we find that there’s more to come and then some.

Love

All you need is love. In the end, self-care means taking the time out of daily life to love yourself because there is only one person who knows you well enough to do that, and that is YOU! Be love!

Stay Beautiful.

How to Have Radiant Skin through the Holidays!

The most wonderful time of the year is here! To celebrate the season, Haven is thrilled to share with you some simple skincare tips for getting and keeping gorgeous, radiant skin during the holidays. We’re talking at-home holiday hacks for how to ensure you radiate your inner joy on your face. So, get ready for all the compliments that will be coming your way at every single festive event. Let’s glow for the holidays!

EXFOLIATE

‘Tis the season to be merry and bright! But dry, dull skin won’t let you get your glow on as old skin cells pile up more rapidly in the cold weather months. One simple yet effective way to slay those dead skin cells to reveal younger and fresher looking skin? Exfoliate. Does everyone need to exfoliate? Yes. In fact, we should exfoliate all year round, but it becomes even more important in the dry season. Drinking plenty of water will help, but water alone won’t prevent dry, flaky skin. Through exfoliating, the skin’s natural clarity and brightness is restored leaving you looking hydrated, beautiful, and oh-so radiant. It’s one of the best things you can do for your skin to get party-ready!

HELLO GLOW!

It’s important to exfoliate. But how? The best secret to fresh-faced skin is a facial brush. Simple, easy-to-use, and with no harsh ingredients for your skin to react with, it’s the perfect tool for at home skincare, delivering the equivalent of a mini-microdermabrasion facial or a mini face massage. With your own manual pressure (remember not to press too hard), impurities will literally be swept away while stimulating lymphatic flow for a smooth, radiant complexion.

Our biggest crush: Naturopathica’s Facial Cleansing Brush (pictured above) with its ultra-soft nylon bristles. Here’s how:

  • Apply cleanser to the face.
  • Dip facial brush in water.
  • Using short strokes, brush the skin in an upward direction.
  • Then say helloooooo glow!

Our second, at-home, exfoliating tip: use a face polish. It simultaneously cleanses and gently exfoliates (essential in DIY skincare). A fabulous glow-boosting product is Naturopathica’s Oat Cleansing Facial Polish. This thick, creamy cleanser coddles the skin with oat protein and soothes with aloe vera while jojoba wax beads get down to work resurfacing your skin. It smells of lavender, rose, and ylang-ylang so don’t forget to close your eyes and lose yourself in this inspiring blend of essential oils while your skin’s natural clarity and brightness is being restored. Yes! Brush and polish can be used together.

USE A LUSCIOUS BALM

Baby, it’s cold outside! That’s when a cleansing balm is brilliant. When your regular cleanser that you love to bits becomes a little too drying in the winter months, make the switch! Every time you wash your face your skin will look and feel ahhhmazing! How? A balm offers you precisely what it sounds like: a face wash that is deliciously moisturizing and designed to clean your skin while offering big-time hydration.

The luxury of washing your face with Naturopathica’s Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm (also pictured above) feels tailor-made for the holidays. With the special moisturizing powers of honey and royal-jelly peptides plus hyaluronic acid, this luxurious cleanser removes makeup and dirt, rinses off clean without stripping the skin, reinforcing the skin barrier, all while delighting the senses. To use:

  • Apply to skin with fingers or facial brush.
  • Add water.
  • Gently massage.
  • Wipe off with warm washcloth.

Alternate the days you use a balm with the days you use a face polish and  you will be able to maintain a bright, holiday glow throughout the season.

SHIMMER WITH FACE OIL

Between all the dinners and parties, you’ll have tired days and your face will need a little extra pick-me-up to restore dull skin to a natural glow. There’s one bona-fide way to maintain that post-exfoliated, radiant skin and that’s by adding a face oil to your skincare ritual. Yes, this very old beauty secret is making a big comeback! But save your oil for the final step (after you moisturize) so it can do what it does best. Keep all that luscious moisture in, leaving your skin looking and feeling hydrated. You can even pat face oil on over makeup — it’s a great quick fix for a grand entrance as your skin will get that instant luster and shimmery-radiance that will rival the ornaments on any Christmas tree! Try our absolute favorite, MU FACE to unveil your gorgeous, luminous skin. Getting glowy for the holidays was never so easy!

Stay Beautiful.

New Year’s Eve Party Prep

Our spa & boutique have everything you need to make your New Year’s beautiful!


1. Dazzle Dry Manicures
Dries rock hard in five minutes, chip-free up to four weeks, high gloss & non-yellowing, strengthens the natural nail, no UV lamp needed, non-toxic and vegan!


2. Moisturizing Lip Color

Be ready for your midnight kiss with Jane Iredale Kiss & Tell Lip Kit. Create an irresistible lip look with two long-lasting, saturated stains and a crystal gloss. Complementary shades can be worn solo, layered or blended. Add gloss for shine and shimmer — perfect for New Year’s Eve.


3. Environ’s Derma Lac Lotion & Enhanced A, C & E Oil

Uplift your spirits and pamper your skin with the lightly fragranced Derma-Lac lotion that helps soften rough spots and leaves skin radiant. Best boosted in combination with Enhanced A, C & E Oil for even more renewed radiance.


4. Nest Candles & Diffusers

NEST Fragrances candles are made with a premium, highly refined, cosmetic-grade soft wax formulation that was developed over many years to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. The ingredients used are the highest grade of wax materials and the finest fragrance oils available — perfect for creating nice mood lighting and scent for New Year’s.


5. Julie Vos Jewelry

Treat yourself to some “wearable luxury” with Julie Vos’s classically inspired pieces, guaranteed to glam up any outfit for a New Year’s night on the town.


6. Dermaplaning

We now offer dermaplaning, a favorite skincare treatment of celebrities and models for a smoother, brighter complexion. It involves gently scraping off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells with a scalpel to exfoliate, remove peach fuzz, allow skincare products to penetrate more deeply, and create a flawless canvas for makeup.


7. Lash Lift & Tint

The hottest trend in the eyelash industry gives you luscious, lifted lashes in the blink of an eye. Just one 20-minute professional treatment lifts your own lashes from the root, creating the illusion of dramatic length that is retained — even after a shower or swimming — for up to 12 weeks. And our tinting includes a wide range of exciting colors that are the perfect for a night out on the town.

8. Sugarfina Treats
Add a little sweetness to your New Year’s with these fine candies and cookies. These gourmet treats that are just as lovely to look at as they are to taste. A box or two of Sugarfina makes a great hostess gift along with some hot chocolate…or a bottle of Champagne.

Remember, all of the above are available in our Spa Boutique this season. Stop by and pick up some for yourself, or as a gift for someone glam! And if you can’t make it in, you can always get an online Haven Gift Certificate any time, day or night, that can be used in the Boutique!

10 Great Holiday Gifts

When you’re looking for something special for a special someone, remember to stop by our Spa Boutique. We carry an array of hand-picked items that embody elegance, soothe or stimulate the senses, and contribute to one’s overall sense of peace and wellbeing.

1. Nest Diffusers & Candles
The aroma of a sparkling holiday season is created by blending pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber into Nest’s various candles, diffusers and fragrances.

 

2. Julie Vos Jewelry
Add a little more sparkle and fun to someone’s holiday with 24K gold-plated jewelry by one of our favorite designers, Julie Vos.

 

 

3. MacBailey Candes
Each of their candles are thoughtfully designed and hand poured right in their studio. Adding a touch of trendy industrial style to your home décor, the vessel will stay cool to the touch when lit. It’s finished with a water-based seal and always filled with 100% domestically sourced soy wax with zero additives.

4. Jane Iredale
Create an irresistible lip look with two long-lasting, saturated stains and a crystal gloss. Complementary shades can be worn solo, layered or blended. Add gloss for shine and shimmer. Gift-boxed for easy giving!

 

5. Jurlique Skincare
For more than 30 years, Jurlique has evolved what’s possible with pure, natural-based/botanical ingredients. From their farm in the unspoiled Adelaide Hills of Australia, Jurlique’s botanical ingredients are nurtured and harvested in their most powerful state. Each one is carefully combined in unique formulas to deliver exceptional results.

6. Farmhouse Fresh Lotions
To make these uncommonly crafted lotions, Farmhouse Fresh slow-steeps fragrance-infused milk, which is then blended into their products, making these the most precious & pristine bottles of infused, feathery softness you’ve ever enjoyed.

 

7. Lenny & Eva Bracelets
Lenny & Eva was founded with a single purpose: to inspire women. Their mission is to design beautiful, bold products that encourage women to be brave, live compassionately, and be the best version of themselves.

 

8. La Fiorentina Accessories
Founded in Florence, Italy in 1991, this family owned fashion house is richly enhanced by the Italian culture, nature, architecture, and passion for life. They specialize in scarves, wraps, shawls, ponchos, fur vests, outerwear, gloves, and hats all made of quality materials — many of which we carry in our Spa Boutique.

9. Barefoot Dreams Robes & Throws
Perfect for cozy evenings at home, these cushy products are made from CozyChic, a machine-washable microfiber that won’t ever shrink or pill.

 

 

10. Haven Gift Cards
Always the perfect gift for anyone on your list — because our spa and boutique have something for everyone! Visit our online gift card shop 24/7 — certificates are available immediately. Great for last minute gifts! Or visit our boutique for certificates in a nice gift box.

 

 

Why We Mist

Never use a face mist? Wonder what all the hype is about? Well, if you have never tried a face mist before, you might think that it’s just fancy water in a pretty bottle. Refreshing, like bottled water, but that’s about it.

Then you try one and it’s like that totally ‘aha!’ moment. Yup, that’s when you go from Does face mist actually do anything to your skin? to Oh baby, where have you been all my life?! Because, who doesn’t want that natural, glowing, instantly dewy, hydrated skin? Yes, it does all that! Hence, why so many people become obsessed with misting — and why we mist  again and again and again! So, be warned: after one use you might get hooked. And, that’s when face mist becomes your skin’s new BFF.

If you haven’t joined the face mist team yet, here are 6 reasons why you should:

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
With just a few sprays, mists deliver a burst of moisture that helps boost hydration of the top layers of skin. It fills in for the toner step between cleansing and moisturizing when you add it to your morning and evening skincare ritual. Not only does it provide another way to increase your skin’s hydration, sealing in extra moisture, mists also prime your skin to absorb serum or moisturizer better because damp skin acts like a sponge, thus maximizing your skincare’s performance. Just mist skin, then while it’s still damp, apply serum and moisturizer to trap in all that hydrating goodness. It’ll leave you looking your luscious best!

Great for Winter Skin
Mists can be used all year. But it’s when the dry season hits (right about now) that this unique skincare tool really rises and shines. In fact, it leaves you glowing — literally. Once we hit fall, it feels like all the moisture drops out of the air and lands in puddles at our feet when where we want it is on our face! As a result, our skin feels parched. Face mist is like drinking water. What people don’t realize is that when the skin is dehydrated your skin’s moisture barrier breaks down faster — that’s bad. The good news: keeping the skin well hydrated prevents this from happening. So, when the dry skin season is upon us, misting is the best fix for putting moisture back into the skin quickly while imparting that elusive glow that’s so hard to come by in the cold fall/winter months. Talk about the fastest way to revitalize sad winter skin!

Use Mist Anytime, Anywhere
Mist on-the-go! One of our favorite things about face mists is that you can simply throw ‘em into your bag and that means anytime, anywhere you can have that fresh-faced appearance. Keep it in your makeup bag, your gym bag, stash a travel size face mist in your purse, sit it on your desk next to that picture of your kids, or Fido — there’s nothing better for dull skin. Just spritz when you feel wilted to instantly look and feel revitalized — then soft, radiant, glowier skin is yours. Use as needed to perk up your skin and keep it looking that dewy way throughout the day!

Mist Is a Makeup Booster
When used after applying makeup, mists help to undo that cakey, powdery finish, creating a look more natural and blended, making you look more beautiful (yes, please). Mists can help set up make-up, allowing it to last longer; that means less reapplying throughout the day — a real bonus. Face mists can be used as the last step in your makeup routine — after skincare — to give your makeup that coveted no-makeup look. Or they can be used throughout the day to give your makeup a re-fresh. Either way, don’t spray too close or it will make your makeup smear. Hold the mist around 8 inches from your face (with eyes closed) and use small spritzes to create a fine mist, like a cloud, to dispense mist in an even way that settles on your face. Don’t dab — in a few minutes, you’ll look fab! Repeat as necessary.

The Benefits of Rosewater
Mists have come a long way since they were first introduced back in the day when they were essentially just water. Now, they come in a wonderful variety of forms made from ingredients like essential oils, botanical extracts or glycerin: everything from soothing aloe vera, to calming lavender, to fragrant rose. Not that we are playing favorites, because there’s a mist for everyone, but did you know rosewater has been used for centuries as a beauty tool? It naturally helps to balance pH and control excess oil. Oh, and it has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial powers, too. One of the many reasons why Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist is much beloved at Haven Spa (yes, it’s that ahhhhhmazing).

Mist for Mindfulness
In our busy, modern lives, when it seems we are plugged into machines 24/7, it becomes more than nice (gosh, it seems imperative) to take a moment to find mindful ways to live your life well. At Haven, we are more than just skincare, we are about trying to find a way to imbue life with inspiration. Making a space for your morning/evening skincare not so much as a routine, but as a ritual that either sends you off beautifully into your day or that gently ushers you into sleep. How? It’s hard not to get into the heavenly fragrances of some mists — in fact, it’s transporting. All you do: close your eyes, lightly mist around your face in the shape of a heart, then let those botanicals and essential oils create a personal space and an aroma-therapeutic calm for your body and mind. Mists also offer a mindful moment of relaxation: take a few breaths throughout your day — deeply and slowly — while your skin is getting hydrated. Pausing for a moment to experience the luxurious effect is yet another bonus to the face misting star!

Visit our Spa Boutique to try Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist — we think you’ll love it so much you just might go home with a bottle or two.

Stay Beautiful.

 

Illuminate Your Skin with Celluma Light Treatments

We’re pleased to offer a new, high-tech way for you to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while experiencing an improvement in skin texture, quality and smoothness: Celluma LED Light Therapy Treatments.

ANTI-AGING

Using wavelengths that are scientifically proven to stimulate fibroblasts to increase collagen and elastin, Celluma’s low-level light therapy is a safe, effective and convenient way to achieve a healthy, youthful glow in a natural, non-toxic, non-invasive manner.

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ACNE TREATMENT

When acne bacteria builds up in pores, skin becomes inflamed, causing acne lesions and blemishes. Celluma light therapy works safely and effectively, without abrasive chemicals, harmful UV-rays or side effects, to destroy this acne-causing bacteria — not only clearing up existing blemishes, but preventing future breakouts before they happen. Book a series of treatments and you’ll be on your way to a clearer, smoother, more radiant complexion.

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There are many ways you can take advantage of this new service, whether as an add-on to any facial or as a series of stand-alone treatments. Please see our menu for pricing details.

We recommend a series of treatments to see the long-term benefits of LED, but you can certainly try it as a solo add-on to your favorite facial to see if you find it as relaxing and effective as other clients do. They’ve even been known to call it their “magic light”!

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Wake Up Younger Skin with a Microneedling Facial

Some people like to call this treatment the Vampire Facial, but Mircroneedling isn’t that scary! Our trained aesthetician will gently use a special tool — either a roller for full face treatments or a stamp for targeted areas — on your skin to create micro-perforations which better absorb the Environ Facial. It also promotes the release of growth factors, which stimulate collagen production, blood vessel growth and tissue regeneration. The results?

  • Tighter skin
  • More even skin tone
  • Improved skin texture
  • Reduction in the appearance of fine lines and acne scars

There is no damage to the skin other than an initial, mild sun-burnt feeling, with skin returning to normal the next day or two. As time passes, you’ll see more and more improvement in your skin!

Call us to learn more about our new Environ Cosmtic Microneedling Facial (Full-face Roller: 60 min, $220; Targeted-Area Stamp: 60 min, $165) — we think you’re really going to love the results!


Unveil Your Most Beautiful Skin with a Dermaplaning Facial

Is your skin looking dull or dry lately? Do you have peach fuzz you wish weren’t there? Want to improve the efficacy of your facial treatments? Then our new Dermaplaning Facial could be perfect for you!

Dermaplaning is a super-effective exfoliating treatment in which our trained aestheticians use a surgical scalpel to gently and safely scrape the surface of your skin using light, feathering strokes. Benefits include:

  • Removal of fine vellus hairs which don’t respond well to laser hair removal treatments — and not to worry: this type of hair does not grow back any thicker or faster!
  • More even skin tone
  • Improvement of mild acne scarring
  • Reducing the look of fine lines
  • Increased efficacy and penetration of follow-up facial products
  • Baby-soft skin

The process takes only 15 or 20 minutes, and is followed up by our popular SkinCeuticals facial — which will work even better because of the improved penetration effects of the dermaplaning. There is no downtime and this facial can be done as often as every two weeks. So why not give new life to your skin and try this popular new trend in skincare?

*New!* DERMAPLANING FACIAL
60 min. $185

*New!* DERMAPLANING FACIAL with CELLUMA LED LIGHT THERAPY
90 min. $265

Haven Spa’s Winter Survival Guide

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Now that we’re in the thick of winter, freezing temperatures and dry air wreak havoc on our skin and bodies causing dry skin, chapped lips and cracked hands and feet.  Add seasonal stress to the bone-chilling weather, and you’ve got the perfect reason for a spa day! Whether it’s achy muscles, dry skin or winter blues, Haven Spa can offer a solution to all your winter woes.

BODY CARE

When you’re not able to hop on a plane and escape to a warm destination, why not come to Haven for a quick getaway? Let one of our Body Rituals whisk you away to a place of warmth and relaxation. All of our rituals include: a rich, exfoliating scrub to slough away dry skin; an aromatherapy-infused steam shower to hydrate, cleanse and relieve those clogged sinuses; and a relaxing massage which incorporates an enriching and moisturizing body cream, leaving your skin soft, smooth and hydrated. You’ll leave feeling as if you just spent a week away at an island oasis.


HAND, FEET & NAIL CARE

It is no secret the harsh effects that the cold weather can have on your skin, but the winter months can also wreak havoc on your hands and nails as well. It’s important to adjust both your skin and nail care for the changing seasons. A spa manicure and pedicure at Haven Spa is the perfect solution to keeping your fingers and toes looking healthy throughout the winter months. By adding a warm paraffin dip to your service, you can keep them looking as radiant as they do during the summer months. Paraffin moisturizes dry and brittle nails, soothes tired hands and feet, and protects your skin from the harsh elements of the winter months.

SKIN CARE

This winter restore your skin’s youthful vitality. Now is the ideal time to make a deep difference in your skin’s appearance. Your body naturally enters into its restorative stage during winter, so why not make the most of it with a Revitalizing Anti-Aging Facial? In three simple steps you can brighten dull lifeless skin, tighten pores and refresh your skin to obtain that youthful glow. Commit to the difference you are looking for today — by spring you will be a New You!

AT-HOME CARE

Lastly, a few at-home tips to remember to help keep your skin and body in tip-top shape during the winter months:

  • Drink plenty of water. Even though you may not feel thirsty, it’s especially important to stay hydrated during the dry winter months. Your skin will thank you for it.
  • Take a nice warm shower in the morning. Make sure not to make the water too hot or else the water will dry out your skin instead of hydrating it.
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Immediately after drying off from your shower, apply a moisturizer to your face and body while the pores of your skin are still open. This allows the moisturizer to penetrate much more deeply into your skin.
  • Exfoliate. Do this for your face and body at least two times a week to get rid of all the dead skin cells. This will allow the skin to absorb your moisturizer more efficiently. Dry brushing before your shower is also a nice way to exfoliate and it gets your lymphatic system moving.
  • Soothe those chapped lips by moisturizing with a lip balm – one that contains shea helps soothe chapped lips and prevents further chapping. Use your lip balm throughout the day and be sure to apply it before you go out into the cold.
  • Protect your hangs. Avoid rough red hands and protect them from the cold by frequently using a good hand moisturizer throughout the day and wearing mittens or gloves outdoors.
  • Get plenty of restful sleep. With a rested mind and body, you’ll be ready to face those long, cold winter days.