APR 2016

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16 DAYSPA | APRIL 2016 TREND WATCH TREND WATCH California's ongoing drought and concerns about water consumption became so important to the staff at eco-luxury facility SpaBlue at Del Mar ( in Del Mar that they went so far as to remove the spa's Vichy shower. Now, the menu features the Silky Exfoliating Body Scrub (30 min./$85), a completely waterless, full-body treatment that can also be offered as a pre-massage add-on. To begin, a gentle exfoliant is smoothed onto the skin until it becomes a fine powder that is brushed off using towels. The skin is then moisturized with a creamy body milk formulated with hydrating marine extracts. "Our spa might be located near the ocean, but that only increases our desire to protect our earth and make a positive impact on our environment," says spa manager Cassandra Clough. "This waterless service isn't only popular with our clients, but it also helps promote our spa's mission of sustainability," she adds. There are no fewer than six steps in the Fat Burning Wrap (120 min./$195) at Alternatives in Health Care Detox Therapy Spa ( in Tucson, Arizona—and none include water. Owner and licensed esthetician Debbie Shaw intends to keep it that way, for many reasons. In addition to convenience, there are sanitation advantages. "There's no risk of mold growths," explains Shaw, who also cites spa maintenance benefits such as less laundry, and wood floors that are kept intact because there can be no water spills. To begin the treatment, the guest ingests "accelerator" capsules and a cleansing drink aimed at kickstarting the fat-burning process. Next, an electrical stimulus is performed on targeted areas. The guest is then wrapped in layers of plastic, with a focus on the upper legs and midsection, before resting under a far-infrared dome designed to boost relaxation and detoxification. For a continued, 72-hour effect, clients receive a dermal detox patch to take home. The Halekulani Supreme Pedicure (75 min./ $105) at SpaHalekulani ( in Honolulu provides all the bells and whistles of a posh pedicure—exfoliation, moisturizing masks and softening paraffins—but (virtually) none of the water. "It takes nearly 18 gallons to fill a standard pedi bowl," remarks spa director Kamala Nayeli, "and that doesn't even include the extra water required to clean and sanitize afterward." The spa's nail services use warm, damp towels to remove product, rendering the treatment both hygienic and sustainable. According to Nayeli, guests appreciate the pedicure's zero- gravity chairs and noise-canceling headsets, but the real aha moment comes when their feet are wrapped for the first time to "soak" and "they realize just how amazing it feels." Nayeli believes that this type of protocol is becoming more popular, and has received calls from other spa owners seeking advice on "going waterless," in light of diminishing resources and the desire to ensure continued client satisfaction. These forward-thinking spas prove that H 2 O-free protocols can still make a splash! By Alisha Racker Just Subtract Water © GETTY IMAGES

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