Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Stop by our Spa Boutique for your last-minute holiday and New Year’s party gift shopping — we have scented candles & diffusers, luxurious beauty products, essential oil rollerballs, stylish gloves, cozy hats, beautiful jewelry, Haven Gift Cards of course, and even adorably packaged holiday candies. We’re open Tuesday, New Year’s Eve day until 5pm — because you can gift big when you shop small (small local businesses, that is).

And if you can’t make it in to our boutique, our online store is open 24/7 for last minute gift certificates:

Happy New Year from Haven!

The 5 Best Skincare Products for Winter

Winter is here so we asked our talented senior esthetician, Melissa, her personal recommendations to address the cold weather:

Hydration is key to healthy skin. As the weather changes so does my skin! I switch to products that are heavier and contain ingredients that protect from the harsh outdoor elements and the drying heat of indoors. Here are my top 5 recommendations for cold weather products, all available in our Spa Boutique.

1. SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier Serum
Hyaluronic acid is a powerful natural humectant which helps regulate moisture levels in skin. Reduce fine lines and firmer skin with long lasting hydration!

2. Environ Vita Complex Super Moisturizer

Does your skin crave moisture constantly? The moisturizing emollients in the Vita Complex Super Moisturizer enhances the skin’s barrier function while providing additional moisture.

3. Environ Vita-Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules

These hydrating capsules are a true hero for winter! They deliver a concentrated burst of vitamin-enriched hydration for the skin.

4. Jurlique Nutri-Define Rejuvenating Overnight Cream

With a rich and buttery texture, this intensely nourishing moisturizer simply glides onto the skin to rejuvenate it overnight.

5. Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Mist

A spritz or two of this lightweight facial mist immediately hydrates, softens, and helps protect it from the cold. With no artificial fragrances or colors, it’s scented with natural extracts of Rosa gallica, Lavender and Citrus Unshiu Peel.

Stay warm!
Haven’s Senior Esthetician

Dazzle Dry Holiday Nails

With New Year’s fast approaching, make sure your nails are as festive as your New Year’s Eve parties with a Dazzle Dry Signature Manicure.

Dazzle Dry was developed as a more natural alternative — one that would still provide healthy-looking nails with rich color that lasts for at least two weeks. The polish line is free from harmful chemicals, animal byproducts, and animal testing. It strengthen nails, protects against abrasion, dries in just five minutes, and delivers long-term results.

See for yourself what beauty without compromise looks like: call us today for an appointment and we’ll add a little more sparkle to your holidays.

Our Extended Holiday Hours

For your convenience (and pre-holiday stress-relief), we will be open on extra days and hours. Book your appointment now for a calming massage, a clarifying facial, or just a little beautifying maintenance before your busiest days! Don’t forget to stop by our Spa Boutique to pick up a lovely hostess gift for any of your holiday fêtes. Call us at 845-876-7369.


  • Tuesday, November 26th: 9am-8:30pm (two days before Thanksgiving)
  • Tuesday, December 17th: 10am-6pm (a week before Christmas Eve)
  • Tuesday, December 24th:  9am-3pm for services; 9am-5pm for Gift Certificates (Christmas Eve Day)
  • Tuesday, December 31st: 9am-5pm (New Year’s Eve Day)

5 Essential Steps to Prepare Your Skin for Fall

The beginning of fall marks the time of year when we reassess our beauty routines, focusing on skin repair and renewal to make sure our recently sun-kissed faces are still radiant come the colder months. Yes, we love summer but soaking up the sunshine and chlorine can wreak havoc on our skin. And as the warm weather wanes, the damage begins to show on our complexion, be it dryness, age spots, collagen loss, or increased lines and wrinkles. So here are five tips to keep your complexion smooth, bright and beautiful in the cooler days ahead.


Letting go of summer means letting go of the last remnants of our bronzed skin. This is a good time to get a professional facial to remove sun damaged pigmentation, uneven skin tone and discoloration caused by fading tans. Let’s not forget the layers of dead skin cells present on the epidermis from tanning that can clog pores and dull the overall appearance of your complexion. The most effective way to slough off the summer buildup of dead skin is with advanced treatments like microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, or pharmaceutical-grade TCA peels designed to leave skin looking refreshed and beautifully luminous. To maintain a healthy glow and continue to promote cell turnover, use an at-home cleanser brush daily with a moisturizing cleanser.


Just because our moments basking in the sunshine are numbered, doesn’t mean we should slack on sun protection. With dryer weather on the way, there is less moisture in the air for our skin to absorb, which is why switching sunscreens to accommodate the change of weather is important: move from sheer light formulas to sunscreens that contain moisturizing ingredients. And remember: be consistent with applying it!


As with our sunscreen, fall is when we say goodbye to our light moisturizers and reach for a richer, more luxurious formula to restore moisture that is lost due to dry air and colder temps. To keep dry skin at bay, add deeper, ultra-rich moisturizing products that are nourishing with humectants, such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid, to bind moisture to the skin. Occlusive emollients such as organic avocado oil form a physical seal or barrier on the outer layer of the skin to lock in the moisture. Be sure to apply moisturizer to skin that is moist, either by using a fragrant, hydrating face mist or directly after you wash your face or shower.


Adjusting a skincare routine to gracefully shift from summer to fall means understanding that as the weather grows cold, so does our need for thicker, richer cleansers. Your skin begins to produce less sebum in the colder months which leads to less grease on your face. During the summer months, chances are you’ve been using a cleanser that does away with that extra greasiness. Now, switching to a gentler, more moisturizing daily cleanser will help retain hydration. That might mean exchanging a foam cleanser for a creamy formula which nourishes the skin instead of cleansing away the moisture it needs.


Dry skin under the eye can suddenly become an issue as the moisture in the air disappears. When the pumpkin spice lattes come out, so do the fine lines and wrinkles. The skin around the eyes is especially fragile and fine so it needs special attention. Because the skin surrounding your eye is thinner — in fact the thinnest on your entire body, with moisture producing glands —  a moisturizing cream specially formulated for the eyes used daily both morning and night is necessary to take good care of it and can make a noticeable difference. A heavier formula for night and a lighter one for day are must-have tools in the transition from moist, hot and humid days to drier fall weather.

Apply gently with a delicate, patting touch using your ring finger while making sure not to pull too hard on the delicate skin. Be careful not to get too close to your eyes and avoid applying directly to the eyelid. Allow your eye cream a minute or two to be absorbed before applying another product or make-up on top of it. The Ancients believed the eyes were the windows to the soul, so make sure yours will appear brighter, firmer and smoother by using a high-quality eye cream designed to pamper the skin that is unique to the undereye area.

Stay Beautiful.

Voted Best Day Spa in the Hudson Valley!

We’re thrilled to be voted again as the people’s choice for Best Day Spa in the Hudson Valley. For 18 years, we’ve been honored to offer Hudson Valley residents and visitors a serene spa retreat where they can unwind, relieve stress, soothe tension, clarify skin, find new favorite accessories, get unique gifts, and feel beautiful all year long. We hope you’ll come relax with us again — or for the first time — soon.

The Benefits of a Body Scrub

Who doesn’t want to have smooth, glowing skin? We all do! To keep our limbs looking lovely, to help our summer-sun glow last longer and yes, to get ready for fall, we need to exfoliate consistently. Just as with the face, the body also needs exfoliation. Using a scrub on your body regularly will help make your skin look more vibrant and youthful. Read on to find out how body scrubs can improve your skin’s health and keep your epidermis looking its best.

One Word: Exfoliate, Exfoliate Exfoliate

At Haven, we talk a lot about exfoliation and there is good reason to expound on a process that helps to remove dead skin cells and clear away oil, dirt, and residue from pores. Many people have a tendency to concentrate on the face but the skin on our body also needs extra care.

All seasons uniquely challenge the skin. Over the summer, layers of moisturizer, sunscreen and oils build up. Combine that with swimming, sunbathing and a bit of sweating, and our bodies build up dead skin cells and residue very quickly — more than we realize. That’s when we turn to a good body scrub for help, especially as we transition into autumn.

At any time of year, the combination of cleansing, exfoliating and massage provide that all-important benefit of sloughing off old cells and banishing dry skin. In fact, a professional body scrub is a great way to make rough skin smooth again.

Different Types of Professional Body Scrubs

Haven offers a delightful menu of relaxing, yet invigorating body scrub treatments. If you want to detoxify, then espresso, tobacco and black silt clay blended with Indian sarsaparilla and honey will remove old skin cells while drawing out impurities and sealing in moisture.

A sea salt scrub is a quintessential method to exfoliate the body from head to toe, removing dry skin and importantly increasing overall circulation — yet another benefit to a body scrub. The rubbing action not only boosts circulation, but helps to drain your lymph nodes thanks to the increased blood flow to your skin’s surface.

Enjoy lemon chiffon? A full-body scrub with lemon and jojoba beads is the perfect body polish that will help your skin feel and look brand new! Whichever treatment you choose, your body will thank you with fabulous, healthier skin.

Turn Your Shower Into a Spa-like Experience

Before heading outdoors, it’s a good idea to exfoliate first. Removing the uppermost layer of the skin helps with skin discoloration and uneven tone. It also keeps the epidermis both softer and firmer, while allowing sunscreen or moisturizer to be applied more easily so that it penetrates more deeply.

Most of us have a variety of hair and skin products at the ready in the shower, but do you have a body scrub? Most of us don’t, but we should.

A scrub in your shower is actually a must-have; essential for maintaining healthy, smooth skin, whether it’s a store-bought scrub or homemade (see below). Scrubs can be applied with a loofah pad or an exfoliating glove to give your skin the invigorating rub-down it needs. Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil and suddenly your scrub turns your shower into a beautiful aromatherapy session.

Try This Homemade Scrub

Yes, you can make your own scrub at home from things you already have in your cupboard! Simple ingredients like honey, sugar, salt, a quality organic oil, oatmeal, and even coffee all work well. Here’s one recipe:

  • ¼ cup raw honey. Warm honey in the microwave for a few seconds until it becomes runny but not too hot to the touch.
  • Stir in two tablespoons of either coconut, olive or sweet almond oil (or any other carrier oil)
  • 1 teaspoon (fine or course) sea salt
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • ½ cup oatmeal (or coffee grounds for a more invigorating scrub)
  • 1-3 drops essential oil (lavender, citrus, peppermint, or almond)

Tip: Store in a mason jar or any airtight container and keep in a dry place. Sugar scrubs can last up to three weeks or more, as long as the container has a lid on it. Use a few scoopfuls at a time. Enjoy!

Some Things to Keep in Mind About Scrubs

If you have healthy skin, you can use a scrub up to three times a week. If your skin is more sensitive, limit a good buffing to once a week. Be careful not to over scrub.

After you scrub, you will notice a difference in the look and feel of your skin. To keep it that way, immediately apply moisturizer to protect the moisture barrier, making skin smooth and supple and looking its best!

Stay Beautiful.


6 Ways to Use Essential Oils for a More Beautiful Life

What are essential oils? Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic extracts derived from plants and a variety of plant material via various means: steam distillation, cold press, or CO2 extraction.  Containing healing and wellness power, they have been used throughout history for medicinal and aesthetic purposes. It’s no secret that a Haven we are big fans of essential oils. They enhance spa treatments, giving you the sense of being grounded and carried away at the same time. But they can also be used at home to recreate that relaxing or rejuvenating spa feeling every day.

Fill Your Senses

Scents are powerful! You can harness that power from each bottle of essential oil and transform your mood and even your day. Essential oils remind us of the bounty and gifts that come from Mother Nature, let us bask in the beautiful outdoors by filling our senses with the scents of summer fields, exotic locales, bountiful gardens. They can remind us of watching a sunset, heading to the mountains or simply communing with Nature. Come into our Spa Boutique to sample the selection of Naturopathica’s Aromatic Alchemy we carry.

Elevate Your Bath

Set aside some time. Take a luxurious bath with salts that improve cleaning of the skin, treats skin irritation and inflammation, relaxes muscles and loosens stiff points, adding your favorite essential oil. Tip: don’t add essential oil directly to your bath water, first mix the essential oil to a “carrier” oil like coconut, jojoba, or olive oil. For a single bath add three to twelve drops, depending upon how strong you want the scent to one tablespoon of carrier oil and how sensitive your skin is. Your best skin-loving bet for a relaxing bath is an essential oil that promotes relaxation: Lavender, Camomille, or Rose.

Become a Beauty Buff

Set aside some time to incorporate essential oils into your beauty ritual. That can mean adding essential oil to your DIY mask. A clarifying clay mask to help with excess shine can be made with five simple ingredients plus water:

  1. One teaspoon of Moroccan clay which is rich in calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
  2. One tablespoon of aloe vera gel for a hydration bomb packed with enzymes, vitamins, and amino acids.
  3. One tablespoon of water.
  4. Three drops of Tea Tree essential oil, to clear out blemishes and cleanse.
  5. Two drops of Lemon essential oil for that ah-mazing refreshed and clean feel.
  6. Five drops Geranium essential oil for uber velvety skin.

Mix all the ingredients together to form a thick paste. Add more or less water and aloe vera gel depending upon how you like the consistency. Tip: it should be thin enough to spread and thick enough to stay in place. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off, pat your face dry, then use your favorite moisturizer.

Make Your Mist More Meaningful

Add essential oil to your face mist or make your own! It’s easy. Fill a spray bottle ¼ of the way with filtered/purified water then top it off with organic Rosewater and a few drops of Evening Primrose essential oil to create a romantic, delicately sweet Rosewater Mist. Or try Jurlique’s Rosewater Mist, which we carry in our Spa Boutique. Then spray away!  For more, read: “Why We Mist”

Step Up Your Self-Care

Pause from the busyness of modern life and social media with the help of your favorite essential oil. Drop some in a diffuser and let the scent waft through the air while visions of orange blossoms and lemon groves, bushels of geranium and baskets of roses dance in your head.

Dab a small drop of essential oil directly onto your wrists, whilst sitting in a comfortable position with a straight, elongated spine. Gently rub your wrists together, with palms facing each other, letting the scent drift upward. Inhale. Then bring them up to your nostrils and inhale again, deeply, closing your eyes to allow the scent to ignite your soul. In this posture, bring your hands together, palm to palm, down to your heart center and then take a few more deep, cleansing breaths. Repeat for a few minutes with the essential oil that moves you.

Or simply place a few drops on a tissue and place inside a pillow to promote rest and relaxation.

For more, read: “6 Ways to Practice Self-Care”

Celebrate Life

Essential oils remind us of what’s important. They help us to usher in a greater appreciation for the everyday. With a love of essential oils, we learn to cherish what’s important. Because when we pause, during that pause, it becomes clear, what is essential in our lives. Most often, it’s specific, important people who make our lives special. Reach out, let them know — via a text, a call, or better yet, a visit — how much they mean to you.

Stay Beautiful!

Haven’s 10 Best Summer Products & Services

1. Dazzle Dry Manicure — 
You get enough UV exposure in the summer, you don’t need it in your manicures! Not only does Dazzle Dry not require any UV/LED light, but it has no harmful or reactive ingredients, is exceptionally non-yellowing, and is also 100% vegan! It’s FLEX TECH technology bends, expands and contracts with the natural nail to provide exclusive protection against lacquer breaks, chips and lifting. Dazzle Dry wears like a gel, but removes like a polish, and comes in lots of bright summer colors.

2. Super Goop — Experts in SPF, Super Goop offers feel-good formulas with clean ingredients that provide super-powered sun protection in a variety of products, from SPF 50 Everyday Sunscreen Lotion to Antioxidant-infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C to Mint Fusion Lip Balm with Shea Butter!

3. Oka•B Footwear — We’re delighted to feature this premiere brand’s line of sandals and flip-flops in a variety of fun colors. Stylish and comfortable, Oka•Bs are perfect for summers on the go! They not only look great with every outfit but feel great with every step.

4. Seasonal Luxe Pedicure — Feet take a beating in the summer months thanks to the heat, the sand, the chlorine and the flip-flops! Our seasonal pedicure with green-tea-infused Pure Fiji products will treat your beleaguered feet to a green tea mineral-bath soak, a green tea revitalizing scrub, a hydrating green tea masque, a soothing creme massage, a green tea Eco-Fin oil treatment, and a perfect polish.

5. MD Solar SunscreenOur boutique carries only the best, which includes MD Solar Science’s 30 SPF Mineral Tinted Creme and 40 SPF Mineral Sunblock Stick. The former has a universally flattering tint and a silky-smooth texture  with lightweight matte finish that makes this formula a perfect primer for makeup. Their sunblock stick’s non-whitening formula glides on easily and flawlessly to deliver powerful mineral protection that is perfect for on-the-go application. Both are  non-irritating, oil-free, water resistant up to 80 minutes, and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin types. Naturally derived and safer mineral UV protection helps reduce the risk of photo aging and skin cancer.

6. Laser Hair Removal — For a more permanent solution to unwanted hair, we offer our new Medi-Spa Laser Therapy. This breakthrough, revolutionary technology has been described as one of the most comfortable hair removal options available. Call us for your free consultation on how you can remove hair for silky, smooth skin without any fuss.

7. Tone & Glow Body Treatment — Our effective SkinCeuticals Facial & a full-body Pure Fiji Body Treatment with the power of guava fruit will firm, tone and brighten skin. Its high vitamin C content generates collagen, the vitamin K improves skin tone, and the lycopene reduces wrinkles and smooths skin. Perfect for swimsuit season! 

8. Tickled Pink Sun Hat — One of the best ways to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ways is with a hat! So why not cover up in style with one of Tickled Pink’s Natural Roll-Up Beach Visors? Available in black, white and straw-color. 

9. SkinCeuticals UV Defense Products — We’re proud to carry the Skinceuticals line of premium skincare, which includes several powerful products that help prevent and fight sun damage:  SkinCeuticals Light Moisture UV Defense, Sheer Physical UV Defense, and Sport UV Defense — all SPF 50. Born from decades of skin cancer research, Skinceuticals’ high potency formulas are concentrated in pure actives and proven to penetrate optimally into skin.

10. Shiraleah Tote Bags — The breezy summer essential for carefree beach days is a tote from Shiraleah, which makes responsibly-crafted lifestyle products inspired by different cultures from around the world. Most feature double handles, a magnetic snap closure and an inner slip pocket. Plus, they’re vegan!

Stop by our Spa Boutique to try these fabulous products in person or call us to book an appointment for one of our refreshing summer services. 

What Collagen Can Do For You

Collagen is the buzzword being used by beauty gurus everywhere — and with good reason. It’s thought to be ‘beauty in a bottle.’ Though not the kind we apply onto our bodies; rather, the kind we put into them.

At Haven, we are big believers that good skin starts with good nutrition. Collagen is essential to the optimal health of the skin, but as we age — even if we eat well — we make less of it due to hormonal changes, resulting in fine lines, loose skin, and dryness. So supplementing becomes necessary.

Read on to learn why your skin needs collagen to stay young and how to get more of it.

Get the Glow

Want a healthier and more youthful looking appearance? Want to reverse skin aging? As the main structural protein found in your skin, collagen can make skin smooth, supple, and firm, especially when levels of it are high. That’s because this important building block helps skin cells to renew and repair themselves, which improves the skin’s structural integrity and elasticity — diminishing sagging, cracking and wrinkles. When our own collagen production declines, it’s time to maintain or boost this vital amino acid by supplementing it.

One of the most well-known benefits of taking collagen in a nutritional form is its ability to promote a glowing, vibrant complexion. Consumption of collagen also increases skin moisture content, may help fight UVB photo-damage, and can noticeably decrease elastosis (the degeneration of elastic tissue usually due to sun exposure). In other words, collagen helps to get your glow on from the inside out!

It’s Easy!

How to get collagen into your diet? First, make sure it’s from a pure, organic source. Second, be consistent: take collagen daily.

Today, it’s found in so many quality food products: in protein bars (by reputable companies like Primal Kitchen) or snacks, in pre-made coffee, tea, and power-shots (that you can take before or after your workout). At home, add collagen in a high-quality powder (such as Vital Proteins or Bulletproof) to your daily smoothie or ingest as a supplement with your multivitamin in the morning. For lunch, there are wonderful, easy recipes for the now popular, collagen-rich bone broth — take your pick of adding nutrient dense cilantro, parsley or mushrooms. Pack all that nutritional goodness into your thermos and take it wherever you go or simply add bone broth to soups or stews for an even bigger protein punch. Put collagen in your pancakes, your favorite recipe for cookies, or any delicious, home baked goods.

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, not to worry! There are several plant-based protein supplements in capsule or powder form available. For pescatarians, a variety of marine collagen is on the market that you can simply mix with water or anything that strikes your fancy.

However you get it, collagen makes your skin beautiful!

Strong Nails

Let’s talk about nails! As if having glowy, dewy, youthful skin isn’t enough benefit for adding it to your daily nutritional routine, extra collagen can also give you really nice nails. It’s a major protein constituent of your nail bed. Evidence shows that this little amino acid has a big impact on tissue regeneration. Stronger connective tissue means stronger nails; cells form in the root of the nail and then harden as they extend beyond it, transforming brittle nails that break with frequency into strong, resilient, and oh-so-gorgeous nails. Leaving you to do one thing: choose a new polish as your favorite go-to color for summer!

Vitamin C

Did you know that you can boost your own body’s production of collagen? How? By eating foods rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to help this natural process and now that it’s summer, Mother Nature is here to lend us her ever-helpful hand.

From oranges to bell peppers, she gives us the bounty with which we thrive! In warm weather, that means local strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries — the season for picking is upon us. So have fun! Or go to your local farm stand for watermelon or an abundance of leafy green goodness like kale, mustard greens, and watercress. And, don’t forget herbs like parsley and thyme.

Not that we are rushing things, but by the end of summer come the delicious cruciferous veggies: sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli.

For all this natural assistance in helping us to make our own collagen so that we can have naturally beautiful skin and nails, we give our eternal thanks, as always, to Mother Nature!  

Stay Beautiful.