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Turning Back the Clock

January 11, 2007

The Ona Spa helps its clients look their youngest with high tech tools.

Turning Back the Clock



The Ona Spa helps its clients look their youngest with high tech tools.



By Lindsay Elkins



Ona Environ + clients are able to get a technologically advanced facial treatment without sacrificing the relaxing spa atmosphere.
Demand for anti-aging products is expected to post average annual growth of 6.4% between 2005-2010, according to Euromonitor International. With most personal care segments growing half as fast, it’s no wonder new anti-aging treatments are constantly being developed. Salons and spas are cashing in on this trend and offering consumers luxurious services that not only pamper and soothe, but also tout some serious damage repairing benefits.

According to Spa Travel News, consumers are becoming increasingly curious about advances in anti-aging products and treatments and want to understand the science behind them so they can make intelligent choices. And with high tech treatments such as serums that penetrate the skin with peptides, nanotechnology and growth factor hormones becoming more readily available, there’s plenty for consumers to sink their teeth into.

One innovative treatment, available exclusively at Ona Spa in Los Angeles California is the Ona Environ + facial, a 75 minute treatment that is quickly becoming a favorite among Hollywood’s elite including Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo. Ona Environ + is a multi-step clinical facial treatment designed to fight free radicals and help repair even the most damaged skin according to Jerome Rousseau, a 10-year Ona Spa veteran who masterminded the Environ + facial.

Each treatment is designed to stimulate maximum thickening of the skin, normalize and improve collagen and elastin, better control pigment production, restore normal skin blood flow and properly oxygenate the skin and is also personalized to suit each individual client’s needs.

“As I clean the skin, I can see what each client needs and what their skin requires. Based on the clients skin type, I can then alter the facial accordingly,” said Mr. Rousseau.

Consumers are becoming increasingly interested in the science behind spa treatments.
The first step of the treatment is to remove dead skin cells with a gentle, non-invasive exfoliator, which helps prep skin and allows the subsequent steps to better penetrate skin. A reparative algae mask is then applied, which infuses the skin with the highest concentration of vitamins A and C available, both of which are key in maintaining healthy and youthful looking skin according to Mr. Rousseau. A spirulina mask may also be added to help brighten and heal skin faster because of its heating properties.

“The algae mask is very cold and when applied to the skin, has cooling properties, helping to take away redness and tighten pores. The spirulina mask has heating properties and helps the skin to heal faster and become brighter.”

After the mask is applied, an Iontophoresis Machine––the key differentiator between the Environ + facial and other treatments available––is hooked up and massaged over the face.

“The Iontophoresis Machine is a combination of sonic and galenic penetration that is designed to help vitamins penetrate the skin 1000 times more than if applied topically,” explained Mr. Rousseau.  

And what’s the payoff of deep penetrating vitamins? “Lifting, tightening and brightening and an overall younger appearance,” said Mr. Rousseau.

Some results, such as a brighter complexion and skin that appears tighter, are instantaneous, and after repeated visits, Environ + clients can expect to see younger looking skin when they look into the mirror, according to Mr. Rousseau.

“Everyone wants to look younger, fresher and brighter,” emphasized Mr. Rousseau. And Ona’s Environ + facial may be just the ticket to help consumers beat the clock.

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