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Beautifying the Body

By: Mary Bemis
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the May 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

“Clients not only are concerned with anti-aging treatments for the face, but for the body as well,” says Ursula Longo, spa director at the PSYC at The Parker Palm Springs in Palm Springs, California. “The body is not to be neglected.”

To help restore skin’s elasticity, the spa offers Extended Youth, a two-hour body treatment that is popular with 30-plus women—specifically those who recently have given birth, and men seeking to combat sun damage.

Spa away the age

At the new Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the more popular treatments is the De-age Body Wrap. Spa director Kyra Johnson believes that clients should start anti-aging treatments while in their early 20s. “The idea of anti-aging is about taking steps to prevent premature aging. Aging is natural, and skin will lose elasticity. We can, however, slow down this process by taking good care of our skin from the inside out and the outside in. The best possible thing to do to prevent premature aging, stretch marks and cellulite is dry brushing,” asserts Johnson.

When it comes to the best anti-aging spa treatments, Howard Sobel, MD, founder of Skin & Spa Cosmetic Surgery Center in New York, says, “Scrubs will help eliminate dry dead skin cells and smooth skin texture. Wraps will aid in eliminating water retention for temporary results.”

“For optimal health of the skin, it’s necessary to remove dead skin cells through exfoliating with sea salts or mildly abrasive products, such as body scrubs, loofahs and brushes,” says Tiffany Craig, spa director at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. “This refinement of the epidermis not only makes the skin smoother, but it actually improves microcirculation, enhances penetration of products and accelerates the growth of new cells—all of which lead to more youthful-looking skin.”

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