Jennifer Barnes

Amazing Avocado

Discover new research supporting health benefits of avocados
I am a big avocado advocate; they are simply delicious in smoothies, dips, and sandwiches. Now there's even more reason to love the green The tortilla chip’s trusty companion, guacamole may have a place on many more tables as new research reveals new benefits of avocados. Loma Linda University researchers explored the effects of avocado consumption on healthy overweight adults...

Hydrotherapy Sanitation Solutions

Check out our Q&A with hydrotherapy design expert
In the midst of research for this month’s Water Solutions story, I had the pleasure of interviewing Don Genders, managing director of Design for Leisure, a company specializing in custom concepts and prefabricated elements for wet areas of spa and health resorts. He shared so much helpful information about designing smart hydrotherapy areas in spas, there wasn't space in the...

Winter Waxing Benefits

There's more to waxing than hair-free results
Have you noticed the number of waxing clients dropping with the temperatures? If so, keep them coming in by sharing the beauty benefits of regular appointments year-round. Aside from the obvious hair-removal perk, waxing is one of the best ways to effectively exfoliate skin and fight dryness during the cold winter months. It encourages faster turnover of dead skin cells...

Skincare Ingredient Research

Check out these hot ingredients worth the hype
I switched up my normal morning routine to attend a special presentation by Diana Howard, Ph.D., International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica vice president of research and development, who set the record straight about some of the latest skincare ingredient trends. Here are a few of her favorites to keep in mind when stocking the shelves of your spa: Peptides. Though...

Mustaches for Men's Health

Learn more about the proliferation of mustaches this month
If you’ve noticed a few new mustaches around your spa and on the streets lately, don’t be alarmed. The extra facial hair is helping a good cause, Movember , which was founded by a small group of Australian surfers and is now a global movement for growing mustaches during November to raise funds and awareness for testicular cancer. This year...

Healthy Skin Smoothie

Check out a smart skincare and healthy food collaboration to help clients
Even when the temperatures start dropping, I still crave smoothies packed with fruits, veggies, or nuts. At a recent event I tried a new scrumptious recipe and was introduced to a genius beauty collaboration idea. The smoothie was simple, containing five locally sourced, natural ingredients, but Mulberry & Vine created it to provide skin benefits based on Sarah McNamara's Miracle...

Maintaining Masculine Features

Whether it’s to delay retirement, retain a professional edge, or stay competitive in the dating game, more men are turning to plastic surgery. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the number of men having Botox shot up 27 percent from 2011. Manhattan plastic surgeon Sam Rizk, M.D., whose patient base is 25 percent male and is a respected expert in facial plastic surgery, says this group of clients have unique...

Holiday Season Statistics

Stay ahead of the trends with SpaBookers must-have info
Halloween and all the candy, carved pumpkin s, and crazy costumes that come with it are here! It’s a perfect excuse for spa specials to drum up extra business and serves as a reminder that the big holiday season push is right around the corner. If that’s an anxiety-provoking prospect, check out the statistics compiled by SpaBooker below for some...

Water Solutions

Although a potential breeding ground for bacteria, hydrotherapy circuits offer a host of healing benefits, provided effective sanitation practices are employed.
Even the bravest among us sometimes squirm and second-guess taking a dip in a public hot tub or pool. Ancient civilizations may not have been clued-in to the cause and effect of germs in their popular bathhouses—the original hydrotherapy circuits—but ignorance is not bliss, and today savvy spa-goers expect a clean, germ-free water journey at the spas they frequent. “Hydrotherapy circuits reinforce what we do as a spa,” says Jean Kolb, director of wellness for Kohler Co., which operates Kohler...

Sweet Mango Salsa

Check out a new salsa recipe from Rancho La Puerta
I’m always on the hunt for a new nutritious recipe, and spa chefs seem to have the most delicious ideas. At last week’s ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award Dinner, I received a booklet of salsa recipes and salsa bowl from Rancho La Puerta ’s culinary team. Here’s a delicious, sweet salsa worth adding to your repertoire: Mango Tango Salsa Ingredients...

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