JAN 2019

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20 @dayspamagazine • Januar y 2019 IN TODAY'S EVER-CONNECTED CULTURE, it's becoming clear that time spent on smartphones, tablets and other digital devices can wreak havoc on the mind and body. Everyone knows that hunching over a screen can put undue pressure on the neck and shoulders, resulting in muscle tension and poor posture. But screen time also takes a toll on skin, as increased exposure to blue light—also known as high-energy visible (HEV) light—prompts the release of free radicals. "Most of us spend multiple hours a day in front of our screens," says Neal Kitchen, PhD, chief operating offi cer of HydroPeptide. "This constant exposure to artifi cial light has been shown to accelerate aging primarily through free radical damage, leading to the appearance of dull skin, infl ammation, discoloration and even the potential loss of collagen." Luckily, spa products and services that counteract the effects of tech overload have emerged to help quell these conditions: From facials packed with protective ingredients, to massages that pinpoint key areas of discomfort, digital detoxifi cation is giving techies permission to put down their devices and tune into their bodies' needs. For instance, HydroPeptide has formulated Somnifera Root Mist, a fi nishing product containing three key ingredients for fi ghting screen-related skin damage: antioxidant and anti-infl ammatory somnifera root extract protects cells from artifi cial light; Pollustop, a polysaccharide, creates a non-occlusive barrier to defend skin from pollution; and HydrO18 Activated Water hydrates and boosts water retention. Because skin types range from dry to oily—and everything in between—treatments that aim to undo artifi cial light damage can vary. At BABOR Beauty Spa Vancouver in British Columbia, the Skin Solution Facial (50-80 min./$78-$112) can be customized for different concerns and features the brand's SKINOVAGE collection containing Blue Light Protect— an ingredient made of cocoa peptides, sugar and © GETTY IMAGES Digital Detox Treatments addressing excessive screen time are trending with tech-savvy clients who need to decompress. by Pamela Brill MAKING WAVES

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