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The Best Winter Skincare Tips

Don’t let your skincare routine go lax. Visit these local spas for products made especially to get your skin through the long, harsh reality of winter air.

By Morgan Carleton

Feb 2021

PCA Skincare Hyaluroinc Acid Boosting Serum
Photos courtesy PCA Skin, LILFOX, EmerginC, by Brandon AlmsPCA Skincare Hyaluroinc Acid Boosting Serum
LILFOX Maracuja + Rose Oil
Photos courtesy PCA Skin, LILFOX, EmerginC, by Brandon AlmsLILFOX Maracuja + Rose Oil
EmerginC Hydra-Repair Vitamin-C Serum
Photos courtesy PCA Skin, LILFOX, EmerginC, by Brandon AlmsEmerginC Hydra-Repair Vitamin-C Serum
Acacia Spa Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Photos courtesy PCA Skin, LILFOX, EmerginC, by Brandon AlmsAcacia Spa Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Grove Spa

When Grove Spa (1522 E. Sunshine St., Springfield; 417-881-8887) first opened in 1995, manager Mallory Dunn said the founder, pharmacist Gary Grove, wanted to take a thoughtful approach to the business. “He was a pharmacist but wanted to provide a more holistic way of healing,” Dunn says. This can be seen in some of the products Grove offers today. For keeping your skin healthy, Dunn recommends the Hyaluroinc Acid Boosting Serum, Apres Peel Hydrating Balm, and Creamy Cleanser to help you make it through winter. “All of our products are sourced from PCA Skincare,” Dunn says. “The Creamy Cleanser is a great daily face wash because it is gentle and cleanses the skin without stripping your skin of the necessary moisture; it should be used as the first step of your skincare routine. The boosting serum should be used after cleansing but before moisturizing, and the hydrating balm should be used as the last step.” The spa is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Skin/Craft 

Skin/Craft (5000 S. Highland Blvd., Studio 6, Springfield; 816-892-0988) is a local spa that was opened by Alex Sands in March 2020. “I have always been interested in skincare,” Sands says. “Once I reached my mid-20s I noticed my skin changing and wanted to work towards preserving it, which led to me beginning Skin/Craft.” While Skin/Craft offers a variety of products and services, Sands recommends the LILFOX’s product Cupu-Cool and Maracuja + Rose, as well as BOTNIA’s product Wisdom Oil, which can all be purchased from her spa to help with dry winter skin. “The Cupu-Cool product is great because it is a cleanser but can also be used as a moisturizing mask that can be kept on overnight,” Sands says. “The Maracuja + Rose and Wisdom oil are also great moisturizing products that are meant to be applied after cleansing and before moisturizing.” The spa is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nu Essence Spa

Layton Alsup was interested in skincare for years before she finally decided to open Nu Essence Spa (1319 E. Republic Rd., Springfield; 417-890-7378) in 2007. Alsup says her top three products for combating dry winter skin are the Hydra-Repair Intensive Topical Infusion Capsules, Vitamin-C Serum and Hyper-Vitalizer Cream. “All of these products are meant to be put on after cleansing your face but before moisturizing, except for the cream, which should be the last step of your skincare routine,” Alsup says. These products are from a skincare line in New York City but can be purchased locally at the spa. Customers can visit Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Acacia Spa

Before opening Acacia Spa (4058 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield; 417-823-8318), Allyson Kennedy had a career in sales. Facials became a part of her monthly routine when she needed to step away from the corporate world for a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation, and before she knew it, she found herself switching careers to become an esthetician. To combat the dry winter air, Kennedy suggests exfoliating with the Éminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant followed by the Acacia Spa Hyaluronic Acid Serum. She says the hyaluronic acid serum holds 1,000 times its weight in water, helping to hydrate and plump the skin, leading to a healthy glow. Follow up with the Éminence Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque to seal in the moisture. Acacia Spa is open Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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