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    Ask an Esthetician: National Director of Esthetics for XSport Spas, Perri Polowy

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    Across the U.S., you’ll find one of the nation’s fastest growing fitness chains: XSport Fitness.  XSport's mission is to promote an atmosphere that creates a healthy lifestyle, understanding that spas and skin care are part of the equation. At the fitness centers you’ll find XSport Spas which offer a full menu of salon and spa services. Leading the way is Perri Polowy, the National Director of Esthetics for XSport. Perri chatted with us to share what products and treatments have proven effective for XSport Spa clients and her take on skin care and wellness. To learn more about Perri Polowy and XSport follow them on Facebook and Instagram. What makes XSport Spa treatments different than other spas? At XSport Spa we focus on creating customized experiences. We use Repêchage facial treatments and add upgrades to enhance the treatment and overall client experience. This concept has really worked for our spas and clients. (Image courtesy of Perri Polowy/XSport Spa) What helped produce the before/after results shown above? This was a customized treatment that included the following: Spa Treatments: For 9-10 months, the client received the Repêchage Hydra Medic Facial (for oily, problem skin) and Biolight Miracle Facial (to help reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin). This client was very dehydrated on the surface and preferred more hydration than someone who has oily, problem skin. These treatments and an at-home regimen worked very well for her, and never dried her out. The client also eliminated dairy and gluten from her diet. At-Home Skin Care Regimen: MORNING Cleanse: Hydra Medic Face Wash for Oily Problem Skin – To deep cleanse excess grime build up that contributes to problem skin.  Toner: Biolight Brightening Toner – To help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone. Serum: Biolight Brightening Skin Serum – To help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone. Moisturize: Hydra 4 Moisturizing Day Cream or FUSION Face Moisturizer – To add hydration. (Hydra Medic Face Wash was used as step #1 in the client's morning routine) NIGHT Cleanse: FUSION Face and Body Wash – It works especially well on a skin that pools sweat and debris from working out, and is hydrating to compensate for harsh hot water showers at home. Toner: Biolight Brightening Toner – To help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone. Serum: Hydra Medic Beta Hydroxy Serum – Used overnight, it helps improve the appearance of problem areas. Moisturizer: FUSION Face Moisturizer – To add hydration. What are the most common skin concerns you see amongst clients, and how do you help with these concerns? Puffy eyes, tired skin, oily/problem skin for those 40+, and people with combination of skin issues (i.e. aged eye area, sagging skin, and oily/problem areas around the jaw and neck line areas.) We have single treatment options for these issues, but to target multiple skin concerns we will add treatment upgrades. The following express treatments have been wonderful upgrades to help target those additional skin concerns: Biolight Express Brightening Facial Biolight Luminex Mask Red-Out Express Soothing Facial Lamina Lift Hydrating Seaweed Mask Triple Action Peptide Mask  What have the results been for clients since using these products and treatments? Clients see a difference in as little as two weeks!   As long as clients follow our at-home recommendations, the results will come rather quickly. We also work very closely with clients and do “skin wellness check-ups,” so if any adjustments need to be made, we are here to help. (Perri says cleansing is the most important step in a skin care routine.) What do you tell your clients is the MOST important step in their skin care routine and why? Cleanse your skin at night! It’s so important to cleanse at night because this is when the skin is in repair mode. You must remove daily grime from the surface of the skin which then allows whatever you put on it to work. PERIOD! If dirt and debris from the outside elements such as pollution, etc. are still present, it’s not possible to get this done. (Perri recommends all clients "feed their face" with a facial serum.) What are your top 3 skin care tips for clients?  Use a proper cleansing skin care program. Feed your face with serums and facial treatments. Keep skin hydrated on the surface. What are your top 3 health and wellness tips for clients? Taking care of your body actually brings results to the surface of the skin. It’s really amazing how the skin will repair itself when it has the right vehicle to work with. Here are a few rules to live by: Stay hydrated, i.e. drink your fluids Stay active! It puts that “glow” back into your skin. Repeat steps 1 & 2 daily! For more information on XSport Spa, go to xsportfitness.com/spa

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