APR 2019

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April 2019 • 55 Estheticians Choice Facial (80 min./$120) A Natural Difference Day Spa Portsmouth, New Hampshire Because customization is key, rarely are any two facials alike at A Natural Difference, says owner and operator Kimberly Bourbon. After analyzing each client's skin, the esthetician selects which products and procedures to use in this seven-step session, often beginning with a calming, cleansing face massage using Yon-Ka Paris Cleansing Cream with peppermint to gently constrict capillary walls. Instead of hot steam, the complexion is then sprayed with a handheld Dr. Lucas facial machine fi lled with distilled water and Emulsion Concentrate, featuring Yon-Ka's original blend of lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme essential oils. Next, an exfoliating gel containing carob, brown algae, white nettle and lime oil softly rubs away dead skin, leaving the face hydrated and soothed. A second analysis and repeat spritz from the Lucas machine accompanies a 15-minute face massage with ultra-gentle Yon-Ka Paris Sensitive Cream and a nourishing oil designed to reduce fi ne lines. The service concludes with a purifying mask, along with a moisturizing hand and foot massage. Sensitive skin all-stars: The Sensitive Cream hides visible redness with natural green pigments from the Mirabilis jalapa plant, also known as "the marvel of Peru." Kudos from clients: "Guests say their newly glowing skin has never looked better and that they want this facial every day," enthuses Bourbon, adding that redness and blotches are gone, leaving an even, "homogenized" complexion. Oasis Body Moisturizing Treatment (60-120 min./$70 a la carte, $40 add-on weekdays, $50 add-on weekends) Ivy Day Spa Valencia, California Boasting a nourishing and versatile body mask, this signature service is especially benefi cial for extremely dry, itchy or weather-stressed skin, says senior operations director Christina Lafayette. It begins with an exfoliating sugar scrub that is self-administered by the guest, allowing them to control pressure, avoid problem areas or skip it altogether if they fi nd it uncomfortable. Once the skin is rinsed and lightly dried, an attendant uses a brush to apply a smooth body mask enriched with shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera. Guests then relax in the hammam-like HydraCave, where the warmth encourages pores to receive the mask's nourishing and healing ingredients. Finally, they rinse off in a rainfall shower, wrap up in a cozy robe and lounge in a cool-down chamber, sipping tea and enjoying snacks. Sensitive skin all-stars: "The natural soothing and moisturizing properties of shea, coconut and aloe are instrumental to the deeply hydrating effects of this treatment," says spa director Wendy Whitehead. Kudos from clients: Guests say they feel like completely different people after emerging from the cool-down chamber, and love that the treatment can be enjoyed independently or with friends. They also appreciate being able to guide the experience as they move through the different phases at their own pace. TOP: © GETTY IMAGES; COURTESY IVY DAY SPA

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