My beautiful younger sister has skin that tends to be a bit oily. As a talented golfer she is active and outdoors more often than not, which adds to the battle in keeping her face clear of any blemishes. She has been forced for years to use product lines that are full of chemicals that were incredibly harsh on her skin. Her skin would literally crack from the dryness caused by her old skin care regimen.
After a loving suggestion from her older sister to try the Yes To Tomatoes products, she was hooked. The Salicylic based gel cleanser helps to keep blemishes at bay and oil production in check. TheDaily Pore Scrub helps to unclog pores and exfoliates dead cells for a fresh healthy glow. The Clear Skin Balancing Daily Moisturizer adds rich antioxidants and hydration to keep your skin balanced. My sister’s favorite item in this line are the Blemish Clearing Facial Towels. She is a girl on the go and these moist towels make it easy to keep up on her routine. If a pesky blemish does pop up, zap it with the Acne Spot Stick, it is a miracle worker.
The formulas natural ingredients are mild, but amazingly effective and free of petroleum, SLS & parabens. This eco-fabulous skin care line is reasonably priced online or at your local Whole Foods Market.
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While taking in all the natural beauty that surrounds Alderbrook Resort and Spa, it only made sense that we indulge in the eco-friendly services that the spa offers, by scheduling their Organic Facial. The spa is located close to the water, off the main building in its own quiet nook. As you walk into the front lobby, you are enveloped into an immediate sense of tranquility. Elizabeth, their fabulous and attentive Spa Director, escorted me back into the cozy locker room decorated in rich color, plush Northwest decor with all the modern amenities you could need.
After changing into one of their plush terry cloth robes, I retreated to the steam and traditional dry saunas to let the relaxation unfold. Both saunas are spectacular and after basking in their heat, we made our way to the spa’s private lounge with secluded patio. During our brief wait, we were able to hydrate on cucumber infused water, an apple from their fresh fruit bowl and an array of teas. It wasn’t long after us getting settled that my esthetician, Jennifer, scooped me up from the relaxation room and brought me back for my organic facial.
Jennifer used G.M. Collin’s Bio Organique collection that is certified with 99% natural and organic ingredients. The products in this line are free of all GMO ingredients, harmful chemicals, petrochemical actives, mineral oils, alcohol, parabens, and silicones. The Bio Organique products are produced in an non-toxic manufacturing process and are formulated with 100% natural essential oil aromas. One of the things I really like about this line is that they seek ingredients that are from Sustainable Developments. This helps to reduce the environmental impact that collecting material can have on the local communities where these ingredients are found.
An hour seemed to fly by and my much-needed facial was over. I returned to the ladies locker room with a fresh glow and freshened up with complimentary amenities for the rest of my day. Elizabeth, with her excellent customer service, checked in to see how everything went and see if there was anything else they could offer. I couldn’t think of a thing, it had been an enjoyable and refreshing experience.
When you visit Alderbrook, be sure to reserve your appointment in advance. You can also check their site for current Spa Specials and packages. We of course recommend the 60 minute Organic Facial for the health of your skin and the planet at a reasonable $135.
The Spa at the Four Seasons hotel is the definition of luxury and natural beauty. You walk into their zen reception area and you feel the weight of the world fall off your shoulders. A soft-spoken team member welcomes you and glides your tired body back to settle you into your new home for the next few hours. She opens a large locker stocked with everything you need to relax and gives a quick overview of the amenities their sanctuary includes: saunas (yes, plural), large private shower, toiletries, tea, orange water, cold compresses, and a changing area to name a few. After I snuggled into my robe and slippers I sat in the hot dry sauna to relax and open my mind and pores up for the organic treatment I was about to indulge in. If you prefer, you can also choose their beautiful tiled steam room to unwind and bask in humid air.
Ten minutes before my organic Amala facial (my absolute favorite facial to-date) I relaxed in their interior lounge with a cup of hot tea and snacked on complimentary dried fruits. If you so desire you can also enjoy a lunch from room service in this cozy, dim room. Before I knew it, I was quietly escorted off to my organic, 80 minute Amala Amala Rejuvenating Anti-Aging facial (a lot more to come on The Spa’s Amala Facials).
After my facial, I retreated back to the gorgeous and simple locker room for a splendid warm rinse in their shower with low-water technology. The shower was stocked with PABA-free shampoo, conditioner exactly like the famous L’Occitane Verbena fragrance. I wrapped back up in the cozy robe and pampered myself with the body lotions and other toiletries they make available for their patrons. I lingered and primped probably longer than anyone else ever has, but I just had to get my fill of the serenity they offered.
If you are visiting the fabulous spa as a guest of the hotel or purchaser of one of their spa packages, you are welcome to all amenities that the property has to offer, like the Energy Star rated equipment and televisions in the Fitness Center. Afterwards, take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool with its spectacular views of the Puget Sound. Perhaps enjoy a fresh lunch from the restaurant with ease, knowing that any morsel left behind will be composted.
The Four Seasons Hotel and The Spa masterly operates green and luxury simultaneously and fluidly. Approximately 70 percent of the energy consumed within the hotel is renewable and it uses steam produced from Seattle Steam Co. for heating and for their hot water, to help reduce their environmental footprint. Who ever says luxury can’t be green, hasn’t had my experience….yet.
About the same time, every month, I have a few of ugly blemishes that like to show up on my face and try to ruin my day. My skin is very sensitive, especially to anything with high concentrations to combat unsightly “bumps”. Based on a recommendation from a friend, I started using, Yes to Tomatoes Acne Roller Ball Spot Stick. The stick itself is quick and easy to aim and is very effective with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree, that starts diminishing my “bumps” on contact. The blend of Ginger Root and Bisabolol also in their formulas is clinically proven to reduce the redness around the blemish.
I previously applied these messy drops on my finger and I always felt like I was adding oil from my fingers to the solution and “bump”. The spot stick has handy roller ball at the tip that allows you to target and treat breakout “bumps” without using your hands to apply the formula, reducing added dirt and bacteria that may be on your hands. My skin is very sensitive and will get irritated easily, but the ingredients in the Yes To acne stick doesn’t cause any reactions on my skin and reduces my bumps in a couple of days. On top of that, my previous “bump” treatment was expensive, the Yes to Tomatoes spot stick is only $10.
If you aren’t familiar with the, Yes To brand, try it out. They use vitamin packed organic fruits and veggies in their recipes and are always free of harmful ingredients like petroleum, SLS & parabens, and phthalates free. I religiously use the biodegradable Yes To Cucumber Facial Towelettes at night when I am too tired to do my face care regiment, after yoga, on a road trip, etc, etc.