These Underrated Habits Are What You Need for Healthy Skin This Winter

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“Best Spa in Tampa” runner-up Botanica Day Spa is encouraging safe and beneficial at-home skincare remedies for maskne, seasonal dryness and more

Botanica Day Spa - Best Spa in Tampa - Gen Obolensky

Gen Obolensky, pictured here inside the spa's Clearwater Beach-side locale, has led Botanica since 2004.

"Even if you can’t make your regular spa appointments, bringing regular self care into our daily routine at home is a positive thing." -Gen Obolensky

Botanica Day Spa, a recognized leader in wellness and skincare for the last 25 years, is sharing safe and effective skincare rituals to try at home in the upcoming colder months.

Spa owner Gen Obolensky says not only is it possible to adapt spa-quality beneficial skincare to an at-home routine, but that she encourages it.

“The way 2020 went, it forced us all to look at our lives at home and to adapt and make changes. Even if you can’t make your regular spa appointments, bringing regular self care into our daily routine at home is a positive thing,” says Obolensky, who has been a practicing aesthetician and facialist since 2000. She has led the spa since 2004, and is now one of Pinellas County’s most sought-after skincare experts.

Mask-induced breakouts, commonly referred to as ‘maskne,’ and skin irritation are among the most common issues skincare enthusiasts are reporting this year, for obvious reasons.

“Adding in more hydration—not less—is often the key to mask breakout prevention, as well as easing into a routine that treats acne gently without stripping the skin’s natural barrier,” says Obolensky.

Skipping extremes, bumping up exfoliation and hydration are also on the list this season.

“During the winter months is when we sometimes find ourselves feeling like taking a hot shower, but this can be highly damaging and dehydrating to the skin, further exacerbating things. Instead, skip the hot shower and stick to tepid water on the face. Increasing exfoliative treatments in colder periods will enable the skin to more effectively absorb your efforts to hydrate,” she adds. “I can’t recommend enough the Enzymo-Spherides® Peeling Cream from the Pevonia line as an exfoliator. Pairing this with the Micro-Pores™ Bio-Active Serum can be really transformative to the skin.”

The spa carries these products and will continue to offer curbside service for anyone who needs it. They are also requesting the use of masks and adopting deep cleaning protocols in the spa indefinitely.

Fresh off recent local recognition from Creative Loafing as well as the Tampa Bay Times’ Best of the Best Awards, Botanica Day Spa recently expanded their 4,500 square foot oasis for relaxation in 2020. The spa, which now features a dedicated couples massage room, is a must-visit destination for visitors to Clearwater Beach.

To book an appointment at this local gem for a special occasion or a day of relaxation, contact 727-441-1711 or visit them online.


Botanica has been recognized as Clearwater’s leading day spa for more than 25 years, specializing in natural treatments for the body, skin and nails. The award-winning spa has been honored by Creative Loafing, CitySearch, Tampa Bay Times and others for exceptional standards in body treatments and therapeutic massage as well as manicures, pedicures and eyebrow shaping. Botanica’s menu of services features cutting edge beauty and wellness treatments with an emphasis on the use of organic and natural product lines. The stunning 4,500 square-foot facility is an oasis of relaxation and tranquility located in downtown Clearwater, Florida, accessible from the Pinellas Trail and just minutes from Clearwater Beach. For more information, please visit or on social media at @BotanicaDaySpa.

Corina Froese

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