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2017 Spa Lover’s List

We are halfway through the spa year. Let’s take a look at what is new, trendy, and what clients are loving in the spa. As a small boutique spa, we have the privilege of really getting to listen to and know our clients needs and seeing the results of their treatments. Grab a cup of tea or your favorite fruit/antioxidant infused water and get the skinny on the latest fabulous face and body treatments.

    Graceful aging treatments top the list. We all want to look younger, but do not want to go under the knife (just yet, anyway). The key to graceful aging is to assess each person’s skin individually, know their skin goals, and to develop a customized plan to achieve their best skin. One person may be concerned about wrinkles in the eye or lip area, pigmentation on cheeks, or overall firming of the skin. After accessing current ingredients, medications, and health concerns, a treatment plan may look like this:  
    Microneedling and microcurrent treatments to address wrinkles and skin muscle tone with customized exfoliation to address pigmentation. A quality, handheld microcurrent machine or red-led light are also tools that can be used at home that will help boost and maintain results. If glycation is evident (bumpy, uneven skin texture, crosslinking of collagen strands), avoiding sugar in the diet is very important. A vitamin C and peptide serum would be a must. A good face and neck mask and physical sunscreen are also helpful. Physical sunscreen is preferred to avoid rays being absorbed in the skin (chemical) and the inflammation that results. The right treatments, nutrition, and homecare can make a big difference in restoring skin tone and firmness for a more youthful appearance.

    Acne continues to plague skin of all ages. Clearing is life changing and is one of the most rewarding treatments we do at the spa. Accessing the type of acne, and again customizing a routine for each individual, is key. Nutrition is a huge component of clearing acne. The hormones in dairy, iodine, and sugar top the “bad food list” for acne sufferers. Eating clean and avoiding all pore-clogging ingredients is a must. Exfoliation both at home and in spa are also part of the clearing plan to address retention keratosis (build up of skin, sebum, and debris in the follicle). Led light treatments in the spa and at home can boost inflammatory acne clearing and is important for those who are allergic to certain ingredients. Microneedling and serums are an effective combination to reduce the appearance of acne scarring. Many are finding that a good, holistic acne treatment plan is very effective for controlling teen and adult acne, without the side effects of antibiotics or Accutane-type drugs.

    They are not new to the skin care scene, but have made a huge comeback this year. I am not talking about the homemade, charcoal and glue, skin-barrier-harming, DIY peel-off masks. A good professional mask customized to your skin conditions can really boost and help maintain the results of your skin treatments. Masks are formulated to address oily skin, dry, pigmented, and even detoxifying environmental stress on skin (perfect for city dwellers) and more. Leave a home care mask on for 15 to 30 minutes. Some can even be left on overnight. Professional masks are the safest and best as they contain a balance of fatty acids and lipids and the skin lightening and firming ingredients that get results. They also contain ingredients that prevent bacteria from growing. Some popular masks in the spa are collagen eye and lip masks, contour face and neck masks, bamboo firming masks, lotus detoxifying masks, and vitamin C brightening masks.

Brows and lashes
    Brow restoration is more popular than ever. Micropigmentation (permanent cosmetics and microblading) are definitely the trend in 2017. The best results will be from an artist who is trained in all types of micropigmentation. Each person must be assessed individually and skin type and condition will dictate the best type of pigmentation for each. Not everyone is a good candidate for microblading! Pigment removal is also on the rise, so choose your technician carefully. Ask to see before and after pictures of their work and references. Lash lift is a new, popular service that lifts lashes from the roots for a lengthening appearance. It can last six to eight weeks, and combined with lash tinting, it is absolutely beautiful.

    Body contouring and detoxifying continue to be popular in 2017. Our most popular continues to be a niacin-based, contouring wrap that stimulates the lymphatic system. Seven-day detox and weight loss nutrient-based programs work synergistically and can really jumpstart a healthy eating plan.
    Cupping became popular again in the 2016 Olympics and continues to be a great massage therapy technique to release fascia and provide lymphatic drainage. Customization is the trend in massage therapy also. Best results are achieved by combining multiple therapies in a session. Many of these integrated therapies include Thai massage, deep tissue, pressure point, as well as traditional Swedish massage and more. Adding a steam therapy treatment after your massage can boost the effects and provide additional benefits. A well-trained therapist will be able to customize a massage session best suited for your body.

    The last trend, but by no means the least. We know how much you need and want to just be unplugged for awhile. Our lives are busier than ever, and that stress shows on our skin and body over time. Even if you are in the spa for a results-oriented skin treatment or therapy for a strained muscle, relaxation can and should be added onto your treatment. A scalp, foot, or upper body massage can do wonders to rejuvenate your body and soul. The aroma of essential oils can be calming and invigorating. Requests for 90-minute massage services, or more frequent sessions per month, increase every year. We know that keeping our stress level under control is one of the best preventative measures we can take to maintaining overall wellness.
    Spaing is more popular than ever. This year’s clients are more savvy than ever, expect results, and a relaxing escape! A trip to the spa continues to be one of the best investments in yourself.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call glo Facial Spa, a skin health and wellness boutique, at 309-808-2805, or schedule online at glofacialspa.com. Brenda Berndt is a permanent make-up artist with 10 years of experience in all aspects of skin care, including acne and anti-aging treatments. She is board certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation. The spa is located at 203 ½ W. North St. in Uptown Normal.


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