HELP FOR AGING SKIN

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As we mature, our skin's ability to retain moisture and elasticity weakens, which makes skin look older. Luckily there's a product at the drugstore that can help: Gold Bond's new Strength & Resilience lotion. 

Clinical studies show that thanks to its plumping moisturizers and proteins, it strengthens, increases resilience, and improves the texture of aging and mature skin. During the study, testers reported 92% improvement in moisture retention in one day; 84% improvement in skin texture in five days; and 77%  felt stronger, more resilient skin in four weeks. 

WHAT'S NEW AT BALLANTYNE SPA

 The Spa at Ballantyne's signature Carolina Lavender services feature locally-sourced lavender.  Photo courtesy of The Spa at Ballantyne.

The Spa at Ballantyne's signature Carolina Lavender services feature locally-sourced lavender. Photo courtesy of The Spa at Ballantyne.

Just in time to help alleviate the stress of the hectic holiday season, The Spa at Ballantyne, a Forbes Four-Star recognized spa, has introduced a new menu that promotes overall health and sustainability. It includes Custom Massage Therapy and Stress Relief Therapy complemented by mainstays such as The Spa’s signature Carolina Lavender services featuring locally-sourced lavender.

“Our carefully curated menu supports our holistic approach to wellness,” says Jana Powers, the spa's director. 

Highlights of the new menu are Custom Massage Therapy, a completely customizable experience that's ideal for those searching for a combination of pressures and techniques. It offers different tensions in different areas catered to the individual. Pricing is $140 (50 minutes) and $180 (80 minutes). And Stress Relief Therapy, a nurturing body wrap that combines the power of biodynamic flower essences, probiotics and rich butters blended to detoxify and calm the nervous system. After a light touch massage the treatment concludes with a mineral-rich foot scrub and relaxing scalp massage. Pricing is $140 (50 minutes) and $180 (80 minutes). Appoinments: 704-248-4141.

Although some purchase minimums apply, an added perk is that guests have access to the spa's resort-style amenities. Its luxurious facilities include a seasonal outdoor pool, indoor pools, Jacuzzi, fitness center and spa lounge area. And since gift-giving season is upon us, gift cards are available at www.theballantynehotel.com.