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Mineral Bathing is the Ultimate Winter Hack for Dry Skin

How to utilise New Zealand’s natural geothermal assets to beat dry winter skin

Many of us know that feeling when the calendar flips to June, and the cold chill creeps in – the hydrated sun-kissed summer skin benefits are long left in warmer months, and the dry skin settles in for the winter.

This winter, in particular, is looking to be a cold one for New Zealand, and the effects of chilly weather have been long noted for the drying effect it has on the skin. The lack of humidity in the air and blustering winds can lead to dry, flaky skin, and in serious cases, even mild scales. Combine that with dry indoor air courtesy of the heat pump, and you’re looking at a bad case of the winter dries.

The warmth of a hot bath is one such way that cultures over the centuries have sought relief from winter’s cold clutches. However, plain water can be pretty dehydrating for skin and leave you reaching straight for the moisturiser to apply immediately after taking the plunge back out of the bath and into the cold.

Mineral water, on the other hand, has been long renowned for its soothing hydrating effects on the skin. Mineral water is usually high in silica, which is incredible at soothing irritated, dry skin. Bathing in acidic mineral water helps your skin by restoring the natural acidic pH balance of the skin’s protective barrier – the epidermis.

Bathing in alkaline mineral water can help to soothe irritated skin and is known for its ability to provide pain and itching relief for the skin. When you step out of an alkaline bath, there’s usually a noticeable feeling of silky smooth and hydrated skin.

Regular mineral bathing can really help combat the age-old dry winter skin issue that so many of us face. New Zealand’s geothermal bathing hotspots are world famous for a reason, so we recommend trying out alkaline and acidic mineral bathing this winter. Trust us, your skin will thank you for it.

How to Nourish the Mind, Body and Soul (Literally) this Winter

Books, yoga, and mineral bathing as the ultimate holy trinity to get you through the cold months

As the sunlight hours decreased, so have our moods. The winter blues are real and we’re always on the lookout for new ways to help beat the winter chill. Gurus and coaches all speak to treating the mind-body-soul holistically – so here’s a few simple steps to integrate into your winter routine to nourish yourself this winter.

1. Nourish your mind with some fresh reading this winter:

Curling up under blankets with a cup of tea and a good book is everyone’s favourite winter-pastime. We suggest turning off the Netflix and flicking through some good reads this cold season – Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes is a good place to start, full of inspiring ways to break out of your comfort zone when in a rut.

2. Nourish your body with some new yoga stretches:

Tired of quick morning sun-salutations, or downward-facing-dog? The app market is full of new apps that can help to change up your yoga routine or introduce you to new forms of yoga to help combat the winter aches and chills that settle in far too often over the colder months. We recommend Daily Yoga – set yourself a challenge to be able to do the splits by spring!

3. Nourish your soul with some self-care:

Winter can seriously drain the best of us, so try not to beat yourself up too much if you’ve found yourself in a comfortable rut this winter. Sometimes, self-reflection and growth can come out of dark places, but why not let it come out of a place of warmth and self-care? We recommend treating yourself to a mid-winter mineral bathing getaway at one of New Zealand’s best spa facilities – Polynesian Spa. Throw in a massage for good measure, and come away feeling relaxed, rested, and reset.

Winter can seriously bog people down, but by challenging yourself to keep on top of your mind, body and soul, you can emerge from the cold months feeling warmer and fresher than ever.

Corporate Well-being – 4 Ways to Integrate Well-being into the Workplace

The government’s Wellbeing Budget has promised investment into the mental health and wellbeing of kiwis across the country. How can the private sector get on board,
and work to support the wellbeing of their corporate teams? We’ve pulled together a list of simple strategies to help you do just that – whether you’re in HR, management or entry-level.

1. Get away from the desk and get active instead.

Too many of us work in sedentary roles, staring at screens and sitting on office chairs all day. Exercise has been proven over and over again to be a massive mood-booster, so we suggest setting mid-morning and mid-afternoon stretch reminders, starting office social sports teams, encouraging walking meetings, and offering gym/yoga/sports team discounts to the team.

2. Social activities that encourage healthy lifestyles.

The classic 5pm Friday team drink could be easily substituted for a first Monday of the month team lunch or outing to a healthier venue of the team’s choice. Another option is setting incentives for the team to accomplish wellbeing goals outside of the workplace – for example, a voucher to a gallery for the employee who wanted to learn to paint in their free time, or a ticket to a cooking class for that staff member who wanted to learn to hand-make pasta.

3. Hand it over to the professionals.

Sometimes, we’re just too busy to integrate daily/weekly/monthly wellbeing practices into our workplaces. So, how about putting it into the hands of the professionals? For the team getaway this year, why not head to a wellness weekend retreat for massages, spa therapies, yoga, and mindfulness techniques taught by professionals at facilities like Polynesian Spa? We can hear your team thanking you for suggesting this already.

4. How are you? Not your work.

One sure-fire way to shoot down workplace wellbeing is to treat people like they’re cogs in your corporate machine. If the other options are too much, we challenge everyone to start slow – ask people a simple ‘How are you?’ not ‘How’s your work?’ in the morning and get to know your fellow colleagues as people – not just workmates.

Investing into the wellbeing of teams is something that has been proven to increase productivity, job satisfaction and workplace happiness by dozens of studies. How are you going to help make your workplace better this year?