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Food Industry Facts

Check out shocking insight into the obesity epidemic
Spas are a refreshing oasis for nutritious dining options in a culture bombarded with processed, quick faux foods. According to research at the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service have even linked the cheap availability of these unhealthy food products to the subsequent increase in obesity among the average American over the last 30 years. None of these quick, inexpensive meals...

Star-Studded Spas

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Check out our insights on the 2015 Forbes Guide Star Award winners
As a relative newbie to the spa industry everything is truly thrilling, but I don't think my excitement about spa openings and updates will ever subside. The latest update that has me giddy is Forbes Travel Guide list of Star Rating winners from around the world. This year's list includes 18 new Five-Star hotels, seven new Five-Star spas, which brings...

Teatime

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Check out an immunity boosting drink recipe
To me teatime is a special afternoon moment filled with fancy treats, and of course, hot tea. Most spas I’ve visited offer their own tea blend to all guests upon arrival or while waiting in the relaxation room. Some offer tea and treatment pairings to elevate the experience further. Teatime isn’t all frills, it can also help fight illness as...

Grey Expectations

Discover Fifty Shades of Grey inspired beauty offerings
Even if you or your clients haven’t read the books, you most certainly have heard of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" phenomenon, starting with a book series three years ago and now turned into a movie. The movie opened in theaters this weekend with a record setting $94.4 million debut. With spending like that, it’s no wonder the beauty and...

Balance Backstage

Learn how to destress during Fashion Week
We've been checking out hair styles, makeup looks, and nail inspiration backstage at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week over the weekend and it's been a bit chaotic. (Be sure to follow us on instagram.com/americanspamag to see the trends as they unfold backstage.) Cramming that much creative energy and beauty into small spaces is just a recipe for a high stress...

Warm Front

Discover how spas help guests warm up in the winter
It may be frigid in much of the U.S. for a few more weeks than many of us would prefer this year no thanks to Punxsutawney Phil . Spas can make the most of the extra chilly days and frozen spa-goers by offering heated treatments to warm them up with wraps, baths, hot stones, and tropical ingredients. The Spa at...

Romance on the Road

Learn about luxe spa packages for traveling couples
This year Valentine’s Day conveniently falls on a three-day weekend giving couples the opportunity for an opulent romantic getaway. Naturally, luxe resorts and spas have stepped up with packages to entice couples to spend their leisure time on property. Warm weather, white sand beaches, and luxurious spa treatments at Spa by Clarins entice visitors to Le Guanahani (St. Barth). The...

For Love of Chocolate

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Learn about the benefits of chocolate-covered treatments
Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day in my mind. It seems many spas are on the same page given the chocolate-infused treatments on menus in February and created for couples all year round. The antioxidants in chocolate help boost the skin’s moisture content and the caffeine improves circulation and provides a temporary tightening effect. Here are a few chocoholic-approved services...

Sanitize for Sanity

Check out new research showing the need for clean
Personally, I'm not a clean freak. I think a little dirt won't hurt and believe in the five-second rule, in spite of evidence to the contrary. Even so, I like my spas sparkling and free of all the hidden hazards that pop up when cleanliness isn't top priority. Those invisible germs are all around as I learned from research from...

Blooming Nails

Check out step-by-step tips for a lasting manicure
While you can't guarantee any romance stoked this week by luxurious couples' treatments will last, you can guarantee a certain longevity in gel manicures. This rosy red gel manicure using Gelish Backstage Beauty and Gelish Arctic Freeze is sure to bloom for weeks. Gel manicures are here to stay, and you can learn more in Show of Hands .

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