Jennifer Barnes

Roasted Chestnuts in Skincare

Discover the skin-healing powers of chestnut
Not only are chestnuts roasting on an open fire this season, they are also sneaking into skincare. This holiday ingredient tones up tissue to treat and help prevent wrinkles. In addition, the leaf of the chestnut has its own special powers—anti-inflammatory properties that work to prevent various skin irritations. It’s the perfect ingredient to help counteract the effects of winter’s...

Daily Exercise Counteracts Holiday Habits

Learn how daily exercise fights seasonal weight-gain
Since Thanksgiving I’ve put extra effort into my exercise routine thanks to a fun trial membership at a swanky New York City athletic club. After reading a new Journal of Physiology study completed at the University of Bath, I’m so glad I did. Researchers found that daily exercise will counter many of the long-term negative effects of overeating and inactivity,...

Pampering with Perks

Learn new ways to wow clients with unexpected extras
Last week I had an indulgent facial experience matching the opulent hotel spa I visited. I realized there are many small details that elevate a good treatment into the realm of extraordinary. Here's a few noteworthy perks that came along with my BioRadiance Facial (starting at $225, 50 minutes; $340, 80 minutes) at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York...

Holiday Makeup Tricks

Share this brow expert's ideas with clients for perfect holiday makeup
Many clients are looking to up-the-ante with their beauty routines for holiday parties. Celebrity brow specialist, Elke Von Freudenberg offered a variety of on-trend makeup tips to add a bit of glam this holiday season for your clients. She says, "The holidays are the perfect time to experiment a little, and make makeup look ultra glamorous and elegant. Think color,...

Power Lunch in Review

Get the inside scoop from the Repechage Power Lunch
I've quickly learned skincare companies know how to throw a party as well as they treat skin. Last week I was happy to attend the Repêchage 's annual Network Power Lunch – Champagne Brunch in the company's Seacaucus, NJ headquarters. President and founder Lydia Sarfati hosted the gathering to provide industry professionals with the tools to expand their spa business...

Pampered with Peppermint

Check out a holiday-themed massage from a New Orleans spa
Anytime of the year, I’m drawn to peppermint, especially in chocolate. In December this fresh minty aroma and flavor makes a big splash clients are sure to love. The Spa at Windsor Court (New Orleans) offers a Peppermint Aromatherapy Massage ($190, 80 minutes) for a total-body immersion in potent peppermint, a hybrid mint indigenous to Europe. It combines a relaxing...

Gift of Relaxation

Bring in more clients with stress-free gift card promotions
I’d like to think I’m among the 20 percent of Americans able to keep their cool in the midst of holiday stress, but the majority feels extreme pressure this time of year to socialize and find the perfect gifts according to the American Psychological Association. Spa Week Media Group, a wellness marketing company, hopes to remind consumers to slow down...

Spa Cocktail Creations

See how spas get creative with treatments based on seasonal drinks
Holiday parties filled with decadent cocktails and desserts are surely crowding all of our social calendars this month and also adding a few extra pounds along the way. Luxury spas have a festive solution and are embracing guests’ love of seasonal drinks with calorie-free, yet indulgent treatments. Spa at Sanderling (Duck, NC) launched Hot Toddy for your Body ($110, 50...

Gift-Wrapped Treatments

Learn how a seaside spa gets in the holiday spirit
Gifts aren’t the only things that need wrapping this season. At The Spa at L’Auberge (Del Mar, CA) holiday treatments are enveloping guests in luxury scents of champagne, peppermint, and frankincense. Clients can take advantage of special holiday pricing and receive a complimentary stocking stuffer with any service booked or retail purchase at the spa. Here are a few festive...

Twelve Days of Spa La La Specials

Get inspired by carols for new promotions
Holiday tunes are buzzing around my head and filling the airwaves in your spas too. The Twelve Days of Christmas carol is surely on the mind of guests at Spa Ssakwa’q’n at Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort (Worley, ID), where a number of “Spa La La La” specials are on the menu during its “12 Days of Spa” celebration beginning Dec...

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