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Excellent Extracts

By: Desiree Mattox
Posted: September 24, 2010, from the October 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Watermelon extract. Rich in vitamin C and amino acids, watermelon extract is a powerful antioxidant and skin-conditioning ingredient. Because of its antioxidant activity, watermelon extract is an effective ingredient for fighting free radicals released by sun exposure. The vitamin C content of this fruit extract also works well to gently exfoliate the skin without the use of physical exfoliants. True to form, this ingredient helps promote skin-cell regeneration, revealing a healthy, glowing skin tone. Watermelon extract lends itself well to both leave-on and rinse-off products, including masks, cleansers and moisturizers for the face and body.

These few extracts are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a wide array of botanical and fruit extracts available for use in spa services and products, and the selection is growing steadily. As consumers continue to demand natural and organic products, researchers are honing in on the power of a multitude of plant life for their skin benefits. Fortunately, there is an option to incorporate these and other botanical and fruit extracts to suit every spa budget. An in-house product line—otherwise known as a private label line—for use during services and in retail offerings is an ideal way to maximize the benefits of extracts for your clients. The products used during spa services should utilize extracts that will have an immediate effect on the appearance of clients’ skin. Additionally, products for retail should contain extracts that enable the client to maintain their spa-treated skin at home.

Unique and unmatched

Every client that walks through the door of a spa is expecting to leave with noticeably better skin. In order to gain a client’s trust and loyalty, each service must deliver those positive results in a way that is unmatched by competing businesses. Using extracts to create unique ingredient combinations will make the services you provide stand out from the crowd, while improving results and increasing revenue. Pair that with an explanation of why and how the ingredients used treat the skin, and you’re sure to see repeat business.


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