Island Beauty

Prep your skin and hair for beach season at this natural Block Island spa


It isn’t exactly beach weather yet, but just give it a few weeks. Warm weather means sand and sun, but it also means a whole new set of challenges to protect your skin. We sat down with Jill Seppa of Koru Eco Spa, who encourages all of her clients to “be your own kind of beautiful,” to talk prevention and pampering.

Now that the weather is warmer, our skincare needs to change, right?
With the weather changing, it is time to change up your daily skincare regimen. It’s time for spring cleaning, and that includes your face. Get a facial or use a pore deep cleansing mask at home. Your face suffers in the winter, going from chilly winter outdoor conditions to warm indoor conditions, and the elements do a number on your fragile face. So get rid of that flaky winter dead skin with a good exfoliant and mask. Another way to cope with flaky dry skin is to moisturize internally by eating melon, which is high in antioxidants, and cooking with coconut oil which is a natural internal moisturizer. Your skin will glow from the inside out. 

It’s also a great time to spring clean your products. You know the ones I’m talking about, like your favorite but crusty mascara that it’s time to replace. Expired sunscreen is very important to replace. It’s also a good time to purchase or unpack your wide brim hat for added sun protection. 

What should our daily skincare/suncare routine be in the warmer months?
Sunscreen is important year round, but extra diligence in this department is required in the warmer months as your exposure times to sun are increased. We carry Block Island Organics, which is a non-toxic mineral based sunscreen.  Your skin is your largest organ, which is very porous, so loading it up with chemicals only works against best wellness practices. Always be diligent about natural and organic products. 

What about for a beach day?

A great product to utilize for the Block Island summer are face mists to keep your face fresh and clean. When it’s sunny and warm they keep your face cool. It’s easy to find a scented face mist for a little lift to the spirit as an added bonus!

At Koru Eco Spa we carry local made Island Mist Bath & Beauty products, which utilize local ingredients such as rosehips (power packed with vitamin C) and clay for tightening and cleansing properties. We use this and Rhode Island-made Farmaestethics in our facials. They’re all natural, all local and they leave your skin feeling stellar. 

A lot of people will say that they should skip facials in the summer, because of their tans. What do you say to that?
Facials are a great way to maintain sun exposed skin in the summer. The ocean air and excessive sun exposure can do a number on your skin cells, and regular facials can keep your face deeply moisturized and clean for that summer glow that we all love!

We offer specials on our facials in May, as we want people to experience the benefits of local products and deep relaxation, which is the best way to maintain a youthful look and feel. 

Koru Eco Spa
232 Water Street, Block Island