OCT 2013

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Behind the Masks Efficient Exfoliators Hydration Station The spa pro: Christie Citsay, spa director, Vito Mazza Salon & Spa Woodbridge, NJ ( Mask of choice: Repêchage Seaweed Facial Mask ( Effects on the skin: Rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, this mask is Citsay's go-to powerhouse. It's suitable for all skin types as it calms inflamed skin, and hydrates and brightens, leaving a radiant, more youthful glow. Star ingredients: Pure fresh seaweed harvested off the coast of Brittany, France Why clients love it: "Clients adore this mask because it combats all their concerns at once and it can be incorporated into any of our treatments," explains Citsay. "Its cooling properties make it ideal for parched summer skin, but it also hydrates winter-weary skin. As well as in our Four-Layer Facial, we use the mask on its own, as a hydrating treatment, and at our Facial Bar. Our clients see an immediate, dramatic increase in firmness, tone and an overall rejuvenation of the skin. It keeps them coming back!" 72 DAYSPA | OCTOBER 2013 Custom by Nature Let's face it: Today's clients expect customization in every aspect of their lives, from programming their favorite iPod playlists to, yes, facials that feel made just for them. At the same time, they increasingly seek all-natural and organic solutions for skin care—as long as the results are phenomenal, of course. At the Auberge Spa at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina, lead spa therapist Angela Comfort fulfills both of these modern-day requests by incorporating Marie Veronique Organics powder bases into all-natural, customized facials. The powder bases, featuring oatmeal, wheat germ and rice bran, can be mixed with plain—or vanilla, for an enhanced aroma—yogurt; for a brightening treatment, Comfort may also mix in a gel with hyaluronic acid and bamboo, plus fresh lemon. "We paint on the mixture and top it with a cheese cloth to hold the mask in place; it's really popular with clients because it's calming, healing and brightening—and completely organic!" she raves. "We can also make a soothing version by leaving out the lemon and instead using coconut and honey; the old-style wheat germ-based mask is so softening for skin, and it's really a neat option for clients who want custom facials and love to see products mixed right in front of them." Of course, the great results—including hydrated and soothed skin, plus plumping effects—don't hurt either. Tracy Morin is a freelance writer and editor based in Oxford, Mississippi. TOP: © ISTOCKPHOTO; BOTTOM:© DAJ/GETTY The spa pro: Paulina Alexander, spa director, Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Parksville, British Columbia ( Mask of choice: Éminence Organics Rosehip & Maize Exfoliating Masque ( Effects on the skin: Alexander notes that this mask's gentle yet effective exfoliation properties leave the skin silky smooth, while its antiseptic qualities reduce blemishes. The formula, rich in vitamins and fatty acids, also help it to soothe and heal sensitive skin. Star ingredients: Rosehip, maize flour and honey Why clients love it: "This mask is a hit with our clients because of its creamy, rich texture and fresh scent," says Alexander. "But it's not just that—it calms sensitive skin, and has smoothing, brightening and hydrating properties, which leave a glowing complexion. It doubles as an exfoliant and a mask, making it one of our top sellers."

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