Julie Puccio, Julie Mahoney, Cheryl Hernandez

Notes From The Spa Side

Julie Puccio, owner, Bella Nova Day Spa and Salon, Houston, TX
“As someone who has personally faced this problem, I am dedicated to providing quick and effective results for our clients. First, we help the client identify the problem with a Woods Lamp face analyzer. The majority of the time, the hyperpigmentation has increased slowly, and the lamp gives us a realistic picture of what’s to come. We then take a three-step treatment approach, which we sell as a package—Step 1: Bye Bye to Spots, a brightening facial from 5 Star Formulators that uses retinol, glycolic, botanical lighteners, ascorbic acid/vitamin C, and other vitamins and minerals to help correct, blend and improve uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation of damaged and photoaged skin. Step 2: Two weeks later, we administer a PCA peel. Step 3: Two weeks after that, we do a Palomar photofacial. The results are absolutely amazing and, most importantly, visible to the naked eye! Follow-up care, of course, is sunscreen with SPF 30 every single day. We get amazing results with one package, but in a series of three or six, it’s truly remarkable.”

Cheryl Hernandez, esthetician, Hawaiian Experience Spa, Chandler and Scottsdale, AZ
“We use Éminence Organic Skincare at our spa—we like that their ingredients are all-natural and organic. Our most popular treatment would be our Native Facial. It consists of all of the Stone Crop products, which were especially made for hyperpigmentation. The stone crop plant is like aloe vera, but on steroids! It is very healing, hydrating, soothing and lightening—and great for every skin type. This particular facial is only $49 with a spa membership.”

Julie Mahoney, president, Oasis Day Spa, South Weymouth, MA
“We have two options for hyperpigmentation treatments. For a clinical approach, we perform a Jan Marini RX facial that combines a progressive glycolic peel layered over a retinol-based mask. We send the client home with the company’s full five-step program with Retinol Plus—because home care is essential for maintenance. For a more holistic approach, we perform the Repêchage Biolight Miracle facial, which provides immediate lightening with just one facial. It uses natural ingredients like bellis daisy and hexapeptide-2, known to help reduce melanin activity, and a glycolic peel combined with seaweed. This facial also has the additional benefit of firming!”

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