The Top 12 Rules of Skin Care

We asked our experienced aestheticians for the absolute essential rules everyone should follow when it comes to skin care. Learn and benefit from their wisdom! All products mentioned below are available in our Spa Boutique.

  1. Wash your face at least once a day with a gentle cleanser & luke warm water. Too hot or too cold water temperatures can aggravate the skin and cause unwanted redness. Bar soap interferes with your skin’s ability to produce natural oils to keep the skin hydrated naturally. So stick with a cleanser that is creamy or milky and use it with luke warm water — this will keep skin calm while still removing dirt and makeup. We recommend SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser.
  2. If you wash your face only once, do it at night! The skin heals at night, so treat it to a makeup free face that can breath.
  3. Never over-exfoliate. Too much exfoliation can strip the skin’s natural barriers and over sensitize, leading to fragile, irritated skin.
  4. Don’t forget to tone!  Toning restores your skin’s ph and also takes away any remaining dirt and oil that can clog pores and lead to blackheads and breakouts. This is an important step that is often overlooked.
  5. Feed your skin with serums! In addition to a quality moisturizer, a serum rich in potent antioxidants can pdenetrate deeper into the skin than a lotion and deliver a higher concentration of active ingredients. SkinCeuticals has a great line of highly effective serums.
  6. Moisturize your face. This is a must for any skin type, including oily skin. When a moisturizer isn’t used on oily skin the oil glands overcompensate for the lack of moisture by producing more oil. Well hydrated skin is key to fighting fine lines and wrinkles.
  7. Don’t stop at the chin! The skin on the neck and decolletage area need some TLC as well. Continue the steps right down to the breast bone. Trust us, it’s well worth the extra effort.
  8. In fact, moisturize your whole body. By doing this, you will strengthen your skin’s barrier along with keeping bacteria and viruses out of the body. Applying right after the shower locks in the moisture best. Try Envrion A, C & E Body Oil, or Envrion Derma Lac Lotion.
  9. Avoid products with alcohol. Especially toners, so check the labels, because alcohol can really irritate the skin.
  10. Incorporate vitamins into your skin care regimen. Vitamin A and C are top free-radical fighters and anti-aging ingredients found in skin care products today. These vitamins protect your skin from pollutants and slow the aging process down while benefiting the appearance with a brighter, tighter more youthful looking skin. We like Environ’s AVST Line.
  11. Use sunscreen everyday, all year round.  And remember to re-apply when exposed for longer periods of time. The sun is one of the biggest contributors to premature aging of the skin. One of our favorites is MD Solar Science Tinted Mineral Cream.
  12. Drink even more water. Double your water intake and in about 6 weeks you’ll see it reflected in your skin.

Our 10 Best Summer Products & Services!

Correct any sun damage you may have already accrued this summer and protect yourself for the rest of what’s left of it! Call today to schedule one of our special summer services, or stop by our Spa Boutique any time to pick up some of our essential summer products that will help keep you and your skin their most beautiful this season!


1. Au Courant Sunless Tanning Spray  Excellent for people on the go who would like a sun-kissed look instantly without harmful UV rays, Au Courant is a synergy of botanicals, vitamins, and alpha hydroxy acid applied by our professionals. Designed to renew your skin as it tans you, this premier spray will give you a light and airy glow.


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 to Handcream with Sea Buckthorn, from Mint Fusion Lip Balm to Setting Mist with Rosemary, and more!

infinitynails1503. Dazzle Dry Manicure — Dazzle Dry is our latest in nail color options. The world’s first FLEX 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. Its features include: 5-minute rock-hard air dry, no UV/LED Light, no harmful or reactive ingredients, exceptionally non-yellowing, and 100% vegan!

pedicure-pool4. 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 guava-infused Pure Fiji products will treat your beleaguered feet to a mineral-bath soak, a salt scrub, a masque wrapped in hot towels, a hot-stone massage, a paraffin treatment, and polish to perfection. 

medispawoman5. 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 permanently for silky, smooth skin without any fuss.

tintedsunscree6. Mineral Tinted Creme Sunscreen — Our boutique carries only the best, which includes MD Solar Science’s 30 SPF UVA and UVB Sunscreen: a natural, light-tint, broad-spectrum cream that blends with most skin tones and leaves a matte finish. It’s water-resistant (for up to 80 minutes), non-comedogenic, suited for most skin-types (including acne and rosacea), and formulated without fragrance. Naturally derived and safer mineral UV protection helps reduce the risk of photo aging and skin cancer. It also provides ProVention-RTM antioxidant protection including green tea, cranberry fruit and pomegranate extracts and Vitamin C.

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. Call to schedule your appointment today! 90 minutes | $210

skinceuticalssunscreen8. 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 SPF, Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50, Sport UV Defense SPF 50, and Fusion UV Defense 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.

okab9. Laminated Beach/Pool Bags — “Rock, Paper, Flower” makes these bright totes with a waterproof laminated exterior, which protects belongings from getting wet and ensures the colors will be just as bright years from now. It’s the perfect time to upgrade your beach or pool or travel bag — they’re on sale in our Spa Boutique and going fast!

okab10. 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.


The 8 Essentials of Winter Skin Care

Not only is winter the time to employ preventative skin care to protect against the cold, dry elements of the season, it’s also a great time to undo the damage incurred during all your outdoor summer activities! All services and products mentioned here are available to try out and purchase at the Haven Spa Boutique:

  1. Consider Peels & Microderm Abrasion: Whether you opt for a series of peels (lactic peels will lighten sun damage from the summer and help with cell turnover without causing dryness), or microdermabrasion (which will help with texture, clarity and skin renewal), or a combination of both in conjunction with one of our custom medi facials, these treatments will slough away all the damaged skin to reveal a brighter, more even skin tone. It’s a great way to start the cold weather months!
  2. Gently Cleanse: You want to use a gentle daily cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser does just that: its creamy formula removes excess oils, make-up and other impurities while leaving skin hydrated, soft and refreshed.
  3. Exfoliate: Properly removing dead surface cells will help maintain your spa treatment until your next visit. How often you exfoliate depends on your skin type: 1) Excessively Dry Skin: Lightly massage the skin with something like Astara’s Refining Scrub using a physical exfoliator once a week. 2) Combination Skin: You could use Astara’s Daily Refining Scrub or Green Papaya Mask 1 to 2 times per week.  3) Oily Skin: Using SkinCeuticals Hydrating B-5 Gel daily would be perfect.
  4. Hydrate from Within: Drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in omega -3 fatty acids which are responsible for keeping skin well lubricated and giving skin a glowing appearance.
  5. Add Oils to Your Every Day Regimen: Nourishing topical oils are good for protection and hydration. Jojoba, coconut, Vitamin A and Vitamin C oils are all good choices. One of our favorite blends for dehydrated winter skin is Mu Face Oil. Apply it after exfoliation, before your moisturizer.
  6. Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize:
    After exfoliating, an emollient, rich, free-radical-fighting moisturizer is best for protecting skin from the harsh elements of winter. Be sure to use one in both the AM and PM. Some of our favorites are the Triple Lipid Restore from SkinCeuticals, the MU Moisturizing Complex, and either the rich Radiance Renewal or the lighter Antioxidant Moisturizer, both from Astara.
  7. Avoid Super Hot Showers: They can strip the skin of its natural oils.
  8. SPF It Up: Don’t forget, the sun still shines in winter! So wearing a sunblock is a must, especially during outdoor winter activities like skiing and sledding!

All of these winter skincare essentials and more are available at our Spa Boutique in Rhinebeck. Stop in any time or give us a call about any of the lines we carry!

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Facial

Before a Facial

1. Discontinue the use of any exfoliating products and avoid any facial waxing at least 48 hours prior to service, especially if you are receiving a peel or micro. This will ensure the best and safest results.

Before AND After a Facial

2. Have a proper home care regimen. You can book any Haven facial and your esthetician will examine your skin and suggest the appropriate at-home products and practices for your specific skin type. 

After a Facial

3. Exfoliating two times a week with an exfoliant appropriate for your skin type will keep the skin cells regenerating to maintain a youthful, healthy, radiant appearance. Try Astara Daily Refining Scrub, Naturopathica’s Oat Cleansing Facial Polish, or Astara Green Papaya  Mask.

4. Masks are also an option for maintaining your professional treatment at home. From a simple, gentle, hydrating mask (Astara Golden Flame Mask) to an at home treatment (Envrion Revival Mask), there are many ways to make the best of your treatment at home.

5. Apply an SPF (of at least a 30) everyday to avoid pigmentation and further sun damage. One our favorites is from MD Solar Sciences: it’s none greasy, won’t clog pores and leaves the skin with a smooth, dewy finish.

 All of the above-mentioned products are available at Haven in our Spa Boutique!