American Spa Staff

Lasers on Point

The holidays are right around the corner, which means clients will soon be celebrating with friends and family, reconnecting with old acquaintances and meeting new people, so it’s essential that you look your very best. Laser treatments are a quick option to get your skin glowing for the holidays. Below, Dangene, founder of dangene, The Institute of Skinovation, answers commonly asked questions about lasers to help you provide the information clients need to feel at ease before their first treatment:...

Information Overload

Learn how to properly protect, manage, and use the data your spa collects to create effective marketing campaigns without compromising client privacy.
In our digital age, when spas face heightening competition and price erosion, information management isn’t just the mere act of collecting names, email addresses, and credit card numbers. It’s critical to a spa’s success, as it can streamline your business, save you money, and help you gain and retain customers. But the data that can act as a valuable resource can disintegrate into an overwhelming mess if not managed and protected properly. We interviewed some experts at leading software companies...

The Luxe Factor

Precious Metals
With the party season upon us, why not add a little sparkle to your spa menu with a precious metal-infused treatment? Gold, silver, copper, and platinum are all sought after ingredients—and they certainly speak to the holiday season’s indulgent nature. Thanks to evolving technology, skincare companies are finding better ways in which to penetrate the skin with these luxe ingredients. Nanotechnology and peptides are just a couple of the methods they’re exploring. Fortunately, the high price tag associated with such...

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Hyperpigmentation
For many spa-goers, the fight against hyperpigmentation caused by changing hormones can be a lifelong struggle. From the years spent on oral birth control pills to the months of pregnancy to the transition of menopause, hormonal fluctuations—and the ensuing hyperpigmentation that can result—are constant companions. But thanks to innovative products and therapies, spas are becoming ever more equipped to handle the problem. It’s a good thing, too, because an increasing number of people are demanding it. For example, Erica Connor,...

Body Slam

Bodycare
For some time now, demand for anti-aging products has predominantly focused on the neck and up, but as a growing number of customers recognizes the need for a holistic approach to wellness, more and more skincare companies are answering the call and providing a host of nourishing body-oriented products. “A focus on both internal and external health has helped clients understand that early prevention is critical to taking care of their bodies,” says Angela Eriksen-Stanley, director of education at Phytomer...

Flower Power

Fragrant Flowers
For many spas and skincare companies, aromatic flowers such as frangipani, jasmine, lotus, orchid, and ylang ylang are prized just for their delicate fragrances. It’s no secret that the subtle, yet intoxicating scent of these tropical blooms can awaken the senses and set the stage for the ultimate spa-cation. While there is no denying that aromatherapy offers its own form of stress relief, many spas and brands are digging deeper to put these flowers’ less publicized attributes to work. Fragrant...

Burn Notice

Aloe Vera
It’s commonly recognized as a bit of eye-catching greenery, but its benefits run deeper than its decorative appeal: Aloe vera, or “true aloe,” as the name translates, is a wellspring of nutrients. One of hundreds of aloe species in the lily family, this succulent’s thick, pointed leaves protect a middle layer of bitter yellow latex (harvested primarily for use as a laxative) and, beneath that, a fleshy gel that boasts amino acids, lipids, sterols, and a veritable alphabet of vitamins...

Red in the Face

Are clients wondering why their faces are peppered with tiny red lines? These broken blood vessels affect millions—especially as age creeps up—and don't typically disappear on their own but can be treated quickly and effectively by a dermatologist, according to Joshua Fox, M.D., medical director of Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery (New York City). Known as telangiectasias, the tiny spider or thread-like blood vessels can develop anywhere on the body but are especially prevalent...

Sweet Massage Dreams

Learn a new way to promote massage in May
May is not only the month of spring flowers and graduations but also Better Sleep Month. I’m one of those people who says they can function perfectly fine on less than six hours of sleep but I’m just cheating myself. Healthy sleep patterns are a vital part of overall wellness. Our bodies need enough deep sleep to properly repair and...

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