Skin deep

The Mansion House Spa carries the Jane Iredale mineral makeup line, which is recommended by skin care professionals. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

While many of us have made a New Year’s resolution to improve our appearance with a fitness regimen, few may have thought to spend a little more time on the care of our skin – a good way to appear more youthful without raising a sweat.

The Mansion House Spa in Vineyard Haven offers a variety of facials and body wraps to refresh your skin. The Vineyard Classic might be the way to begin. It includes a skin analysis by their aesthetician to determine your treatment with their exclusive Phytomer products. You can also be treated to an exfoliation, steam, deep pore cleansing, facial massage and a mask that will restore your skin’s moisture back to its natural PH levels.

And then there’s their Jane Iredale mineral makeup line, recommended by plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and skin professionals. Why not make it a complete experience and take advantage of the hotel’s 25 Year Anniversary special for Islanders, which offers a room for a night for $25 (yes, that’s all!). Why not combine your stay with a visit to the Spa, possibly a side trip to the Health Club, and a fabulous finish of dinner at Zephrus.

If you want a house call, contact Janine Milakeve, a Mary Kay Island representative, who offers cruelty-free products such as their oil-free eye makeup remover ($14) along with their Time Wise 3-in-1 Cleanser ($18) that helps develop younger-looking skin. Follow it up with a great moisturizer, such as their Time Wise Age Fighting Moisturizer ($22). Janine is also trained to provide techniques for applying the products, and will visit you for a free one-on-one personal consultation. Call her (508-627-1497) to begin your transformation and drive away the winter blues.

Keep in mind that you can find “facial finesse” in many places on the Island. Many Island hair salons have added day spas, with manicure, tanning, and more. For example, Bouclé (which carries Dermalogica products), Panache, Wave Lengths, and Hair by Dana offer facial/skin treatments. Check out what else your salon has to offer.

There are several wonderful spas on Island, from An Island Touch to Aazora Face, and Body Sanctuary. There are also some more specialized options at Body Balance and Body Sense, both in West Tisbury.

At Body Sense, master aesthetician Suzanne Roberge introduces a 90-minute Dr. Hauschka facial and organic sugar scrubs – a great way to get rid of dry winter skin.

Shoppers’ Tips

Oak Bluffs resident Gwyn McAllister writes: The girl, Seniel, who runs Circuit Style salon is doing $25 haircuts for the next six weeks for students (high school or college). She specializes in confidence building for young women.

Have some ideas of your own? If you have a tip to help your fellow Islanders, send them to me. Include your name and we’ll make your ideas known.