Jennifer Barnes

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...

Dry Scalp Remedies

Help clients maintain a healthy scalp with these celeb stylist tips
After my trip to the desert for ISPA earlier this week, my skin is super dry and in need of moisturizer around the clock. The same is true for my scalp; it and my hair are suffering in the dry weather. Even back on the east coast cooler temperatures and low humidity deplete moisture. Many of your clients are likely...

Powerful Pedicure

See how Clarisonic's new device can boost your pedicure services
Today ISPA is wrapping up and I can't believe how fast it's come and gone. The last few days have been filled with inspiring stories, beautiful displays, and pampering treatments. I can't wait to see what new ideas all of you come up with after returning home. One new launch I was able to experience was the Clarisonic Pedi Sonic—so...

ISPA Kick-Off

Check out a snapshot of our first day at ISPA 2013
As the newest member of the American Spa editorial team, this is my first opportunity to attend ISPA . It’s been a wonderful, whirlwind experience so far­­­—inspiring speakers, educational sessions, and pampering products. The products top my list and I’m happy to say I spent most of day one perusing the aisles of the exhibition hall and learning about new...

Time Traveling Treatment

Discover how a Cincinnati hotel helps guests glow
In the last week I’ve noticed how much shorter the days are getting. It’s tough to wake up early for a run in the park when it‘s pitch black outside and looks like the middle of the night. One spa has found a way to help guests cope with darker days and the end of daylight savings time as well...

Spooky Specials on the Menu

New Halloween-inspired promotions bring in business for the spa
Have you designed your disguise for Oct. 31 yet? I love dressing up for Halloween and checking out all the other creative costumes. This year I’m considering an homage to Coco Chanel or perhaps my best Girl on Fire impression, but even if you aren’t the costume-party type your spa can celebrate the spooky season in style. Kohler Waters Spa...

Beauty Makeovers Are Easy With New App

Check out a new app that simplifies beauty makeovers virtually
For many, the change of seasons also means the perfect time to revamp their look. Maybe your clients are due for a hair update, or a makeup overhaul is in order. I’m on the lookout for new eyeshadow hues myself. The new Beauty Mark App makes trying new ideas easy and brings a step-by-step virtual makeover to your fingertips. It...

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