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Beauty Boosting Oil

olive oil beauty booster
Discover new spa uses for olive oil
I wholeheartedly enjoy cooking, so for me a day spent in the kitchen hard at work is almost as relaxing as a spa treatment. Almost. That's why I'm excited to share these creative new uses for a kitchen staple, olive oil. Makeup remover: Dabbing olive oil onto a cotton ball can gently and naturally remove makeup. Be sure to thoroughly...

Adventures in Spa

Get a sneak peek into warm weather spa specials
While I'm still enjoying winter activities and looking forward to spending a week checking out spas in Vail, CO in between time on the slopes, many resort spas are looking far ahead and already planning action-packed summer specials. The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa (CA) has launched a new two-night adventure perfect for a girlfriend getaway with all...

Green With Envy

Learn new beauty tricks for St. Patrick's Day makeup
What better time to prove to clients it's easy being green than St. Patrick's Day? If you've always wanted to try green looks, it's the perfect time to play. With these quick tips from Stephanie Fell, owner of Merle Norman Studio (Augusta, GA), to share with clients, they won't have to worry about getting pinched! To ease into green, try...

Wearin' O' the Green

Check the latest St. Patrick's Day spa treatments worth celebrating
We all know that when four-leaf clovers come out, it's St. Patrick's Day. Whether you are Irish or not, it is one of the holidays that gives us a chance to let loose with friends and of course, indulge in fabulous spa experiences to correct mistakes made from one too many green beverages. A spa therapy recovery kit is a...

IECSC Takes On New York City

Get an editor's inside scoop from our latest trade show
This past weekend, the American Spa team and I attended the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) at the Javits Center in New York City. Co-located with the International Beauty Show New York , the show took place March 9 to 11, and attracted an impressive number of spa and beauty professionals to the nation's beauty and fashion capital...

Spring Awakening

Find out how one New York hotel is enticing guests after a bitter winter
Wellness immersion is the goal of most destination spas for their lucky visitors, and the idea sounds especially appealing to potential guests emerging from a bitter winter. Castle Hotel & Sp a (Tarrytown, NY) is pulling out all the stops for a mind, body, and spirit total rejuvenation that sure to lure them in. The Spring Wellness Package (starting at...

Precious Oils

Rediscover an ancient oral hygiene trick that works
Oils for hair and skin are sky-rocketing in popularity and certainly making a name for themselves in spas. I've adopted an evening ritual of applying a cocktail of oils to my hair and have all but forgotten the words "split ends." I'm not as eager to jump on the latest oil boom in oral hygiene, which has roots in ancient...

Spring Clean Your Skincare Routine

Take advantage of changing seasons to update products
Just like the seasons change so does the skin and March is the perfect time to urge clients to spring clean to reveal a fresh new face. Carolyn Doe, spa director at The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, NC) recommends regular facials, such as The Umstead Spa ’s Skin Perfecting Facial ($155, 75 minutes), along with a DIY facial to...

Wake Up Call

Learn quick tips on how to get a good night’s sleep
It’s almost time to spring ahead and start Daylight Savings Time. Unfortunately for many, myself included, that means losing a much-needed hour of sleep. Falling short on Z's can lead to a host of health issues, including hypertension, diabetes, depression, cancer, and obesity according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, so it’s time to get serious about good...

Detox From Technology

Find out how to reap the benefits of the National Day of Unplugging
As avid spa enthusiasts and professionals, we are well aware of the cleansing power of detoxes utilizing food or spa treatments, but have you considered the positive benefits from a tech detox? This Friday, the National Day of Unplugging (NDU) gives all of us the perfect opportunity to test it out. Join in the NDU by detaching from your devices...