Jennifer Barnes

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...

Spooktacular Skincare Ingredients

Discover the benefits behind these Halloween-worthy actives
Among many fun responsibilities for each issue of American Spa , I cultivate the products that will appear in the Spotlight section. I end up reading hundreds of ingredients and claims to decide which new lines and beauty concoctions we will feature. Maybe due to watching spooky movies, I recently noticed how many ingredients could fit just as comfortably in...

Healthy Halloween Treats at Miraval

spa halloween specials
Avoid sugary treats and indulge in a pampering retreat promotion at this Arizona spa
Halloween is this week and tempting sweet treats are everywhere. For those opting for a healthy All Hallow’s Eve, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa (Tucson) offers the Discover Miraval Package at a discount when booked by midnight on Oct. 31. The package includes bonus resort credits, luxury accommodations, healthful meals by executive chef Justin Macy, daily activities, and welcome tote...

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