Spas’ Go-To Strategies for Soothing Sun-Kissed Skin

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“We recommend the Éminence Stone Crop line and Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator to our clientele, in addition to a Restorative Facial & Body Wrap (75 min./$180). During the service, the Soothing Hydrator is applied from neck to toe, and while the guest is wrapped they receive a complete customized facial designed to calm, strengthen and repair the skin, as well as defend it against the harshest elements of the season. We promote these offerings via email, on social media and with printed materials displayed in the spa.”—Lisa Kruger, assistant spa director at Glacial Waters Spa at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota

“We offer a Softly Glowing Before Sun or After Sun Body Treatment (90 min./$314). The Before Sun option features a complete body exfoliation that rids the skin of impurities; an agave body mask, which provides antioxidants and is uniquely nourishing; and a light massage with agave sunblock SPF 30, so guests are ready to immediately enjoy the sunshine. The After Sun service is ideal for the end of their holiday. It moisturizes and heals the skin with agave, native tepezcohuite and special essential oils, which are used in a body mask; after it’s removed, the therapist applies a special balm.”—Blanca Almeida, spa manager at Currents Spa at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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“For localized areas, we have a Sun Soother Sunburn Relief treatment (25 min./$65), which is available as an add-on to any body service and includes the application of a refreshing active foam bubble mask made with nourishing aloe, vitamin E and green tea. It works perfectly on skin that’s been kissed by the sun just a little too much! For those needing help with a more extensive sunburn, we recommend our Wine and Dandy Body Wrap (45 min./$135), which consists of a full-body application of a specialized serum rich in antioxidants from fresh winery grapes and a powerful agave body oil that significantly minimizes skin’s transepidermal water loss.”—Jennifer Goodermote, lead massage therapist at Sawgrass Spa at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

“Our Hydrafacial (50 min./$265; 80 min./$375) delivers instant and long-lasting results for sun damage in just five treatments. Guests notice a difference right after the first visit: Their skin is plumped and hydrated, fine lines are diminished, sun spots are lighter and their complexion is brighter. We also recommend products from the Éminence Bright Skin line to help clients continue to see results at home and protect their skin all summer long.”—Christina Weller, lead esthetician at Aviara Spa at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California

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“Especially in the summer, we tend to see more bookings for facials that address sun damage, such as our Vitamin C Brightening Facial (50 min./$155-$165) and Moisture Drench Facial (50 min./$155-$165). During these services, our estheticians educate and provide recommendations for adding SPF products to the client’s routine, and at the end of every facial, SPF is applied so that the guest leaves protected. For those who don’t have time for a full service but are feeling the effects of the sun, we offer products from SuperGoop!—a local brand that takes UV defense seriously—and Babor After Sun ampoule concentrates containing rosemary extract to strengthen the skin’s own defenses, as well as promote rejuvenation and reduce redness.”—Zach Thomas, spa director at Mokara Hotel and Spa in San Antonio, Texas

“We recommend the Carneros Ageless Facial (75 min./$225), which incorporates cooling Babor products such as Stop Stress Ampoule Concentrates and Skinovage PX Intensifier Comfort Cream Mask. The latter contains stem cells derived from roses of the Swiss Alps that naturally live and thrive in very stressed environments (with a lot of sun and very little water), which really helps soothe sun-damaged skin.”—Kristin Brock, spa director at the Spa at Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa, California

This story first appeared in the July issue of DAYSPA Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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