American Spa Staff

Shake It Off

Skin therapists can offer clients expertise and treatment for a range of cosmetic issues as well as more serious concerns including severe acne, rosacea, and shingles. Facials and other solutions create more than just a pretty face. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one million Americans experience shingles each year, and the disease is most common in older adults. A vaccine, which can help prevent shingles, is available to people ages 50 and older, and it...

True Reversal

Discover a new facial incorporating innovative anti-aging ingredients
Spa-goers who want to turn back time can now experience the next best thing with Babor 's ReVersive Anti-Aging Facial ($185, 50 minutes; $225, 80 minutes), which helps them to look as if they had. The facial uses a revolutionary time-reverse technology as part of its Re-Youth Complex, which depends on four high-performance ingredients to counteract some of the factors...

Barbering Bonanza

Barber Services
Back in the day, barbershops were neighborhood institutions. They were where stockbrokers, gangsters, and the everyday Joe got a haircut, went for straight-line shaves and beard trims, and hung out to shoot the breeze. While neighborhood barbershops may not be as prevalent today, the concept is making a modern comeback. Recognizing the appeal, the spa industry has caught on, and spas across the nation and abroad are adding barber services to their menus, a trend that capitalizes on a robust...

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...

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