JUL 2018

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Page 17 of 76 • july 2018 • [ 15 ] DermaQuest Essential B5 Hydrating Serum Why it's a skincare all-star: Gotu kola—found primarily in antiaging and sun-care products—helps encourage collagen production, reduce scarring and stretch marks, and increase antioxidant levels in newly formed tissue, says Ralys. "It can also keep skin cells 'tough' and boost their resistance to sagging," she adds. Triterpenoids, which play a role in plants' self-defense mechanisms, are part of why gotu kola is so benefi cial to the skin. "Studies have shown that triterpenoids are responsible for stimulating collagen synthesis," says Ralys. "Gotu kola is also known to contain vitamins B and C, as well as phytonutrients like fl avonoids, volatile oils, tannins and polyphenol. These components help promote wound healing, and provide antimicrobial and antioxidant properties." The ingredient's recent uptick in popularity can be traced to the natural skincare movement. "The green beauty boom is a top trend because today's consumers expect results, but want alternatives to harsh ingredients," reports Sophia Yost, assistant director of the Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Koloa, Hawaii. "The increased focus on preventive skin care that slows aging—especially among millennials—is also contributing to the growing interest in ingredients like gotu kola." In the treatment room: Radiance Wellness Spa's skin-fi rming face and eye creams feature gotu kola, and are applied at the end of the All Age Management MicroCurrent Facial (120 min./$275) and Ultimate Facial Experience (150 min./$345), which are aimed at reducing fi ne lines and wrinkles. "Our clients love how smooth their skin looks afterward," notes Ralys. The Anti-Aging Facial (50 min./$190; 100 min./$340) at Anara Spa features the professional Éminence Arctic Berry Peel and Peptide Illuminating System, formulated with gotu kola and designed to tighten skin and re store elasticity. "Clients say their complexions appear more fi rm, calm, luminous and plumped," says Yost. "They also appreciate that re sults are immediate and there's no downtime. They can go out and apply makeup right away!" During the Gotu Kola Body Polish and Body Mask Hydrotherapy Treatment (55 min./$100) at Spa Lux in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the guest is fi rst scrubbed from neck to toe with the SUNDÃRI Gotu Kola and Walnut Body Exfoliator, in which fi nely ground walnut shells slough away dead skin while gotu kola, rosehip and cardamom fi rm and rejuvenate. Then, a gotu kola and oat body wrap is applied and the client rests in a steam pod for 20 minutes, which promotes circulation and allows the product to penetrate and tighten the skin. "Clients leave feeling totally relaxed and pampered!" boasts lead esthetician Lindsey Wertenberger. u SUNDÃRI Gotu Kola and Oat Body Wrap Treatment Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare Orange Zest Revitalizing Mask Éminence Arctic Berry Peel and Peptide Illuminating System Diana Ralys Skin Health Peptide Firming Eye Cream GOTU KOLA PRODUCTS © GETTY IMAGES A When ingested, the herb can help relieve symptoms of anxiety (Phytotherapy Research, April 2016) and even depression (Asian Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, April 2012). A Gotu kola has been credited with contributing to enhanced mental performance and memory retention. A According to a 2001 study published in Angiology, the plant's ability to improve circulation can help prevent ankle swelling and edema during long-distance fl ights. el ieve y t a l n . QUICK FACTS

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