APR 2019

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SENSITIVE MATTERS 56 @dayspamagazine • April 2019 TOP: COURTESY XHALE SALON + SPA; © GETTY IMAGES Hydra Medic Facial (60 min./$90) Oasis Day Spa South Weymouth, Massachusetts Acne and rosacea are targeted by this service featuring Repêchage Hydra Medic products. After cleansing the face, the esthetician massages in a serum under steam. Next, a mask containing seaweed—high in essential fatty acids—preps skin for extractions by softening comedones, which helps minimize trauma. Following extractions, a mud mask is applied, reducing redness thanks to seaweed, brown and red algae, and an oil-absorbing mineral. That mask is removed and replaced with another containing calamine, zinc, buttermilk and tea. Once the fi nal mask is taken off, a mattifying moisturizer designed to smooth skin and heal acne lesions is applied. Sensitive skin all-stars: "The Hydra Medic line's ingredients help regulate normal oil production and heal the skin," says spa owner Julie Mahoney. Plus, the at-home Beta Hydroxy Serum combines glycolic and salicylic acids in a low percentage to remove dead skin and reduce sebum retention while minimizing irritation. Kudos from clients: "People are amazed by this gentle healing approach, especially after trying strong cosmeceuticals that initially improve but never completely heal their acne," says Mahoney, who recommends monthly Hydra Medic facials, a weekly mud mask and twice-daily use of Repêchage home- care products. Aloe Martini Body Wrap (55 min./$140) Xhale Salon + Spa Louisville, Kentucky A hydrating service for sensitive skin, as well as spa-goers suffering from sun overexposure, this offering begins with a gentle body brushing along lymphatic drainage pathways to release toxins, stimulate the immune response and open the pores. Next, skin is drenched in a creamy aloe and shea butter concoction, and the client is cocooned in a warm wrap. At the same time, heated neck and eye pillows are put in place for additional comfort, while the therapist performs a 15-minute scalp massage. To fi nish, the wrap is loosened and any remaining product is massaged into the body. Sensitive skin all-stars: The crafty "cocktail" of aloe and shea butter is a vitamin-rich must-have for burns, infl ammation, abrasions and other sensitive skin concerns; it's also ideal for relieving dryness, alleviating damage caused by UV exposure and pollutants, and encouraging collagen and elastin production. Kudos from clients: People who've been plagued by chronic eczema are fl oored by the wrap's ability to rehydrate without irritation. "Because it helps kick-start the skin's own ability to produce moisture and collagen, it can continue to relieve symptoms of eczema, dermatitis, dehydration and more, even days later," adds spa owner Melissa Happel.

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