The Swiss Spa
Gertrud of Switzerland
The Ultimate in Skin Care Treatment

                A Message from Gertrud...

      As you know, the field of skin care has been evolving rapidly, particularly in the past few years. While we have been witnessing the transformation of the skin care treatments, moving away from the idea of indulgence into a much more results-oriented concept, the greatest change I've seen has been the transformation of the clients themselves, in terms of their sophistication level as consumers.

    Skin care clients are far more discerning and demanding than they were even five years ago. Some spas and salons still promote skin care on the basis of pampering and luxury. I've always thought that was a mistake. In fact that's why I insist on offering my clients something more than champagne wishes and caviar dreams. People today are pressed for time, and they don't want to waste it on something frivolous. When someone books a skin care appointment, they have every right to expect their skin to be healthier as a result.

    Anti-aging is the specific context for a great deal of this shift away from being passive consumers. We all remember how our parents looked at 40, and, with all due respect, we want to create something different for ourselves through our lifestyle. Skin care treatments are leading the charge in changing how we perceive the aging process. Age is now seen by clients as a problem to be solved, just as skin conditions like acne and rosacea are conditions that may be treated and, while not fully reversed, slowed down and minimized. No previous generation has thought about age this way.

    Natural beauty is considered to be the greatest form of beauty. With cosmetic enhancements being the rage nowadays, a naturally beautiful face is like a breath of fresh air. It beckons one and all with its natural appeal. A face smeared with make-up may be attractive to the eyes, but the mind wonders what the real face behind this gloss and polish is like? It’s never easy to maintain a natural face and go out without make-up.

    As an esthetician and high-end skin care spa owner for over 25 years, I have treated many people who want to look and feel their best as they visit the beach or pool. With the excitement of summer comes sometimes oily skin and clogged pores from changes in weather patterns and high humidity coupled with drying air conditioning.

    Here are some important steps to follow in order to enjoy the summer while keeping your skin clear and bright:


During the summer the skin changes and can become oilier than in fall or winter months, so it’s important to cleanse the skin morning and night. Others might need to clean during the day depending on outdoor activities. Cleansers and toners might need a little boosting as well.      

For normal to oily skin, look for a cleanser that has salacylic acid, and for dry or sensitive skin, latic acid is great because it is non-drying at the same time it does not strip the skin of its natural oils. So many women remove cleanser with the palm of your hands. That is a NO NO... in my book. The proper way to use a cleanser is to apply it all over the face, then remove with a damp face cloth or sea sponge using lots of warm water to rid the skin dirt and dead cells. DO NOT FORGET THE NECK!!

Toners should be applied directly after cleanser and can also be up-graded to a non-alcohol toner or an astringent for oily skin. Toners should be applied with a cotton ball using circular movements all over the face and neck.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS? Tightens, closes pores and removes any
excess of dirt on the skin.


While it's tempting to want to grab some rays, always use a sunscreen! Seek a SPF 20 or higher. If you’re of darker skin tone, then 15-30 is fine. If you are of lighter skin tone, try to use a SPF 30 or higher.

Sunscreen should be applied everyday. If you are planning a day at the beach,
make sure to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before and reapply every hour, and DO NOT FORGET YOUR EYE AREA. The eye area is thin and sensitive so it’s important to use protection, or use a hat to guard against the ultra rays.

For darker skin tones or skin with sunspots or pigmentary problems, if you are using any kind of lightening creams or AHA’S, use it only at nighttime. Any peels or lightening products with hydroquoninne is not advisable to use during the summer months and should be used at nighttime ONLY.


I am a big fan of facial masks especially in the summer time and you should be, too: WHY? Masks can be nourishing or healing for the skin. Cream mask will add moisture to your skin that was taken away from the sun. Look for a mask with hyaluronic acid, which is rich in moisture. For oily skin, look for a mask with Aloe Vera gel, goldenseal or salicylic acid.


It’s ideal to seek the help of a professional Esthetician every 4-6 weeks for regular skin treatments to maintain that healthy look. Skin treatment can vary depending on the condition of your skin. If the skin is problematic with uneven skin tone, lactic/glycolic or microdermrabrasion peels are valuable treatments for the skin because they help to smooth the texture, remove dead cells and smooth out deep wrinkles and help with the production of new collagen cells.


As they say, you are what you eat! The skin reflects what you are eating and drinking. Studies have shown that eating essential fatty acids found in foods such as salmon, tuna, nuts and seeds creates a huge benefit, improving the condition of hair and skin. General good health can be maximized by eating fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, and drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day. Do not indulge in junk food, but don’t deprive yourself either. A small treat is fine, keeping in mind portion control is the key.


Drink caffeine only in moderation, and stick to one cup in the morning. Even half decaf and half regular is a bonus!

For those of you who drink more than one cup a day, try drinking an extra glass of water to flush out some of the toxins. Some studies have shown that caffeine dilates the blood vessels, which can make for a rosy glow – but limit your intake because in some, it can cause redness as well. Alcohol consumption especially during the summer months can cause dehydration on the skin and cause wrinkled, crepey appearance. Eat, drink and be merry - but in moderation.


Keep up the exercise - your body shows it if you keep moving! Start a regular exercise routine at a health club or outside and you’ll be on your way to better circulation, which will help your skin from the inside out.

In terms of your body physiology, when you work out, you sweat- thereby eliminating lymphatic fluid and toxins which are your body’s way of natural boosts of endorphins, the “feel good” hormone!

REMEMBER: Summer is for a few months, but good skin can last you a lifetime if you follow these easy tips.

Stick these tips on a bulletin board or tack onto your fridge to help you stick with these suggestions. Follow the above guidelines, and your summer will be happy and relaxed.


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