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Patent Pick: Witch Hazel and More to Exothermally Heat Up Spa Care

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Spa products, ranging from facial masks and massage oils to handheld devices, have grown in popularity over recent years. In relation, a new patent application from Forever Young explores a novel way to impart heat during massage.

According to the inventors, heated massage in the spa can involve heating natural stones or ceramic implements using an external heat source such as hot water or an electric heater. This approach has several drawbacks, including the need for the operator to ensure these implements are not too warm to use, and the fact that these implements immediately begin to cool once the heat source is removed. 

There is thus a need for a self-contained heating apparatus or products that generate a prolonged heat-producing reaction that is both safe for the skin and easy to use. While sensorial warming and other heat-producing ingredients for topical products are not novel, their application in spa treatments is a new twist and the focus of the present invention. 

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Self-heated consumer spa apparatus, products and applications thereof
U.S. Patent Application 20170304111
Publication date: Oct. 26, 2017
Assignee: Forever Young International, Inc.

Described in this patent application is an exothermally heated apparatus and related formulations. The apparatus consists of an outer layer with an open-ended enclosure that is capable of receiving a hand or foot; a heating layer inside of the enclosure; and an innermost layer.

The heating layer includes an outer fabric layer, an exothermic layer that activates when contacted with an activating solution, and a second outer fabric layer. In addition, the inner layer may include a topical treatment composition. Said topical treatments may include at least one wax and an exothermic therapeutic composition, wherein the wax is solid at body temperature and becomes liquid when the exothermic composition is activated.

Further, heat-enhanceble topically administered compositions are described including compounds for pain relief such as witch hazel, menthol, camphor and capsaicin; bioactive enzymes such as those derived from Thermus thermophilus, and anti-aging peptides such as palmitoyl-pentapeptide-4; and herbal products such as extracts from green tea, grapefruit seeds and yucca root.

Patent application accessed Oct. 30, 2017

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