Glo reports on the U.S.'s hottest new facials
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By Mary Bemis
Top spas tend to be at the forefront of what's new in skincare. To get the scoop on the latest buzz-worthy ingredients, we found out about the freshest treatments on their menus.
Penny-Wise2 of 8
Research has shown that copper is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin and also helps build elastin, improving skin firmness and elasticity. What's more, copper is known to help heal and soothe skin—the ancient Egyptians used it in skincare to treat everything from burns to boils to eye ailments. Copper is the hero ingredient in the Illuminate Spa Therapy Facial at Exhale Spa in Los Angeles, where, at the end of the facial, a copper mist is applied, leaving skin firm and refreshed.
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It may represent second place for Olympiads, but silver is being celebrated as a top skincare ingredient in spas across the country. This semi-precious metal is believed to have purifying and anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically. Silver is a natural preservative and has great anti-bacterial properties, to boot. The Pure Silver Facial at Pure Skin Spa in Spokane, Wash., incorporates the metal, a natural antiseptic, and especially recommends the treatment for those with rosacea, a skin disorder traditionally treated with antibiotics.
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The principles of traditional Chinese medicine are gaining traction in both medical and beauty circles. The Chroma Lift Facial at the Aspira Spa in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., uses products from Phytobiodermie, a cult favorite based on the priciples of Eastern medicine. Each facial is incorporates Eastern energy work to help correct the balance of vital energy within the body. Added bonus? All of the Phytobiodermie products are certified organic by EcoCert, an organization that requires a minimum of 95 percent natural origin.
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A new spa trend—the use of cold or icy elements—is the star of Beverly Hills skin-care guru Sonya Dakar's new Snow Facial. Dakar developed the treatment for celeb clients looking for a quick fix before red carpet events. The treatment incorporates a chill by mixing pure Icelandic glacial water with Dakar's own Stem Cell Transformer, a super-hydrating cream that's a cocktail of 14 anti-aging ingredients. (Rare green-apple stem cells and oils of acai and avocado included.) An application of her chilled Snowflake Concentrate cools the skin at the end of the facial, helping to decrease puffiness.
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The VitaD Fortified Infusion at the Spa at Four Seasons Westlake Village, Calif., incorporates products from Skin Authority, an anti-aging product line that uses potent doses of vitamins D2 and D3. According to makers, the brand's VitaD products brighten and smooth skin while stimulating collagen growth. It's a great choice for those with sun-damaged, acne-prone, and hyper-pigmented skin.
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Proponents of magnetic therapy believe that using metal and magnetic fields on the body attract healthy blood to areas that need healing. The Magnetic Facial at the Waterstone Spa in Ashland, Ore., is based on these principles. The treatment incorporates a gel-based mask, iLike's Magnetic Skin Therapy, which contains ferrite, a substance derived from iron oxides and used to make magnets. The facial is said to reduce redness and inflammation.
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The Natural Facelift at Body of Santa Fe features Naturopathica products, most notably a plant-stem-cell serum created to increase the suppleness and elasticity in the skin. The spa touts the facial's power to deeply hydrate, diminish fine lines and tone the skin.