In our February issue, we talked about how texture-changing ingredients and products are taking over the spa scene. Now, our experts are sharing some of the most in-demand texture-changing experiences.
- Skin Tightening: Skin-tightening products, such as the Rhonda Allison Natural Lift Masque, are popular among spa-goers, because they help tone the skin and make it appear younger and healthier. “Products we’ve seen become favorites among spa-goers are those that produce an instant tightening effect,” says Rhonda Allison Clinical Enterprises' Shannon Esau.
- Exfoliating: When dead skin cells build up, they leave skin with excess oil and clogged pores. The feeling of instant exfoliation indicates the removal of these dead skin cells. The Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant from Eminence Organic Skin Care , for example, contains baking soda, chickpea powder, and rice to provide a radiant glow. According to Boldijarre Koronczay, president of Eminence Organic Skin Care, exfoliating with such products removes dead skin cells and makes body lotions more effective at providing hydration.
- Bubbling: Powder-to-fizzy and cream-to-bubbly masks are all the rage. Clients love them, because they are fun to apply, offer many benefits, and provide the perfect selfie shot to post on social media. Several FarmHouse Fresh partner spas, for example, offer a special bubble-masking service during manicures, pedicures, and body treatments. The bubble-masking technique works because of its delivery system, which includes sodium PCA and a blend of targeted extracts. “This combination allows the product to be applied as a whipped mask—not just an immediate rinse-off cleanser—and as it remains on skin for longer lengths of time, the bubbling action continuously delivers hydration and extracts into skin,” says Shannon McLinden, president and founder of FarmHouse Fresh.
- Rubberizing: Face masks that start as a cream or gel and harden into a rubbery texture provide clients with that highly desirable hydrating and softening effect. Repêchage’s alginate-based masks, which are blended at the spa and applied to the face in a cream form, harden into a semi-permeable “rubbery” solid finish that can be peeled off. “These treatments provide unique tactile experiences as well as engage the senses through cooling or heating effects and through the sense of smell with natural ingredients,” says Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repêchage.