3.04.2014

Spring Clean Your Skin Care Routine with this DIY Facial Tip from Cary's Umstead Spa

I have been testing some very high-end skincare lines this week thanks to Saks Raleigh for #BeautyWeek. Between us, I am secretly hoping I don't see much of a difference in my skin and eye area because this particular product line has a moisturizer that costs over $400 and an anti-aging eye cream that goes for $350. My eyes have never seen $350 dollars on them before, and I'm not sure they should start now. At 45, I want the best for my skin, but the reality is that I don't make the money for that type of skincare line. Here, I thought the eye cream I purchased from my dermatologist for $65 was expensive. Silly me!

DIY Spring Facial Tip for the Umstead Spa in Cary, N.C.
The Umstead Spa in Cary, N.C. 

When I receive great skincare tips from spa experts, I listen. Since I cover luxury travel, I have a great relationship with my local five-star hotel, The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C.  As I've told you, it's one of the best spas in North Carolina. I consider staff at the hotel as my "friendly neighbors". I love the information that they can share with me. They are truly experts in the hospitality and tourism industry. I'll be at the Umstead this Thursday for the hotel's art gallery opening so you can bet I'll be looking for some more tips. I'm sure Hai Tran, the Umstead's sommelier, will have a great wine for us to try.

But, today I have an easy DIY beauty tip. Carolyn Doe, the Umstead Spa Director, has this great tip for getting a jump start on spring cleaning your skin at home in between regular professional visits.

DIY at-Home Spring Facial

·         Wash face with a mild cream cleanser,  rinse well and pat dry
·         In a small bowl, mix half of one lemon (Organic is best), with 2 tablespoons of raw honey
·         Mix until product is a smooth and blended consistency, then apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes
·         Remove with warm water or a warm towel to reveal a smooth, bright and glowing complexion 


Lemon and water. I think we can all get those ingredients easily.

For the ultimate spring-cleaning professional spa treatment, Doe recommends trying this facial treatment at the spa this spring.

The Spa at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, N.C.
Spring will be a great time to enjoy the outdoor areas at the Umstead Spa in Cary, N.C. 

Skin Perfecting Facial (75 minutes, $155)
This skin rejuvenating facial exfoliates and brightens the skin, cleaning the pores to rid it of dull, dry winter skin, and revealing a fresh face for spring.

Combining healing herbal products, a peel suited for guest’s personal skin care needs, and a Vitamin C mask to boost skin’s natural radiance and beauty, this facial helps even out skin pigmentations, promotes skin firming, helps fight breakouts and aids in moisturizing.  Spa-goers can enjoy a luxurious hand and foot massage while the mask is penetrating and replenishing the skin.

Let me know if you try the Umstead's beauty tips. I plan to do this soon. 

See you Thursday for #IGTRAVELThursday, and we're going to have a Twitter party next week. I hope you join us. We're still waiting to confirm the time. 






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