Lisa Cheng

The Truth About Antioxidants

Every company claims that antioxidant-rich products combat the signs of aging, but are there really benefits behind the hype? That depends.
People often equate antioxidants with anti-aging. Just about every advertisement for a skincare cream claims that its antioxidant ingredients turn back the hands of time and that they’re a panacea to wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. But what are they exactly? Produced by the body and also found in vitamins, enzymes, and botanicals, antioxidants are best known for fighting free radicals, the unstable molecules that cause damage to healthy cells and genetic material, over time accelerating the signs of...

Skin So Smooth

The latest in waxing trends cater to client safety and comfort.
With the arrival of summer, spas and salons are gearing up for the waxing season. “Waxing is one of the easiest, fastest, and most economical choices clients have when it comes to hair removal methods,” says Regina Rodriguez, brand manager of Gigi. Indeed, this method of epilation requires less upkeep and causes fewer ingrown hairs than shaving and costs less than laser treatments or electrolysis. As clients increasingly turn to waxing, spas, salons, and product companies have worked to make...

Bridal Bliss

Every bride and groom wants to look and feel their best for their Big Day. Here’s how your spa can help them.
Good news for spas: Brides have always been big spenders. From the invitations to the wedding cake to the flowers, couples plan their weddings down to the last detail and wield more- than-your-average everyday budgets. “Brides are a fairly untapped market in the spa industry, though they have been big spenders in the salon world for years,” says Jessica Timberlake, spa director at The Spa at Laguna Cliffs at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa (Dana Point, CA). According...

Bright Spot

Learn how to integrate the latest lightening treatments in your spa.
Just about anyone under the sun—literally—can be prone to hyperpigmentation, those dark patches of skin formed by an overproduction of melanin. The sources of these unsightly spots—triggered by UV rays from past or present exposure—are many. Anything from hormonal changes to skin inflammation to adverse reactions to facial peels and other chemicals can cause them. Though harmless, hyperpigmentation ranks as a legitimate and growing concern among clients. If not on equal par, it is a close second to wrinkles, according...

Naturally Green

Discover how to make your spa a healthier place for both your clients and employees, as well as the environment.
What does it mean to be green? That may not be an easy question to answer when words such as “organic,” “eco-friendly,” and “sustainable” abound in the industry. Green- ing your spa can win you clients and save you money. But only recently, according to the Green Spa Network (GSN), a non-profit organization that brings together spa professionals and industry experts, are spas making socially and environmentally responsible practices an intrinsic part of their businesses in contrast to reacting solely...

Generation Spa

Discover how some spas are attracting younger spa-goers in a bid to capitalize on an untapped market.
Long gone are the days of when kids and teens were seen and not heard. In today’s society, youth have more influence and presence than generations past. They’re dictating the clothes they wear, the food they eat, what they want, and how they want it. These choices include discretionary purchases at the mall, at the movies, on vacation, and in the spa. In recent years, an increasing number of kid- and teen-focused services have made their way into the industry...