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Hot Oscar Trend? Manly Stubble

Are you offering men’s grooming treatments at your spa?
Though women tend to be the headline makers at the Academy Awards, the guys got into the act for the 2013 Oscars. The hottest trend? Sexy stubble. From George Clooney to Ben Affleck to Bradley Cooper to Hugh Jackman, some of Hollywood’s hottest actors were sporting beards of various lengths. But even though these guys were not clean shaven, I...

American Spa Goes Spa-ing in Colombia

Discover why this South American country is making headlines
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Colombia, a destination that has in the past gotten a rather bad rap. Recently, however, it has emerged as a hot destination for adventurous jetsetters. With a flavor all its own, the country offers charming boutique hotels, fabulous restaurants, and fascinating tourist attractions, such as the spectacular Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and...

Skincare Myths Revealed, Part 2

An acclaimed dermatologist demystifies some common skincare beliefs.
In part two of her article, Rebecca Baxt, M.D., a board certified Manhattan and New Jersey dermatologist, exposes some common skincare myths and provides a dose of reality. Myth #1: Your skin will age just like your mom's. The reality: Sure, genetics play a role in how your skin looks, from the size of your pores to its texture and...

A New Pearl-Based Luxury Skincare Line Launches for Mothers and Babies

Find out why it's never too early to benefit from pearls
Although I don't have children of my own, I can certainly appreciate the fact that it's never too early to start protecting their baby-soft skin. That's the idea behind Perfect Pearl , a luxurious pearl-based skincare line for both mothers and babies. Recently launched, the line is just one of a growing number of maternity-related skincare lines. This one, however,...

Spa Pioneer Sheila Cluff Shares Her Story in an Autobiography

Learn more about the founder of The Oaks at Ojai and her role in the industry
Late last year, I had the opportunity to catch up with Sheila Cluff, founder of The Oaks at Ojai (CA), when she was visiting New York City. A pioneer in the industry and a wellness visionary, she is now sharing her story in an autobiography titled, Living Your Dream (Storyzon). Available on and soon as an ebook on Amazon...

Be An American Spa Insider

Share your spa's insights in the 2013 Industry Insider survey.
It’s time once again for American Spa ’s Industry Insider Survey. We need your help—and your input. Help us fulfill our mission of providing you with valuable information about running your business, and take our annual poll. We want your input on •Marketing •Purchasing •Treatment Trends •Employee Issues •And more The results of this survey, which will be printed in...

Skincare Myths Revealed, Part 1

An acclaimed dermatologist sets the record straight about common skincare issues.
Rebecca Baxt, M.D ., a board certified Manhattan and New Jersey dermatologist says she has noticed an influx of female patients who feel they are doing everything right and still are unsatisfied with the appearance of their skin. What’s more, she often sees patients who feel they are doomed to bad skin based on myths that “you get the genes...

Gelish Announces Year of the Snake Duo

New collection released in time for the Chinese New Year.
I find the Chinese zodiac to be fascinating, and I always love reading about the traits of my zodiac sign (which is a dragon) and those of my loved ones. But now, I’m a little jealous that I wasn’t born under the year of the snake after checking out the fabulous new collection from Gelish. In celebration of the Chinese...

Spas Celebrate Valentine's Day with Inspired Treatments for Both Singles and Couples

Find out how some spa's are showing the love to their clients on this romantic holiday
Happy Valentine's Day! Whether you're single or attached, today's spas have a treatment or package to help spa-goers celebrate the occasion. The Spa at La Costa (Carlsbad, CA) is offering its Friends with Bellinis package ($295 per person) for all the single ladies. The relaxing retreat features a 50-minute treatment for each along with lunch and a signature Spa Bellini...

Rachel Zoe Opens a Blow-Dry Salon in New York City

Discover the new blow-out bar that fashionistas are buzzing about
As if celebrity stylist, reality tv personality, and now emerging fashion designer Rachel Zoe didn't have enough on her plate, she can now call herself a salon owner with the recent opening of DreamDry in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. The 17-chair blowout and hairstyle salon joins the ranks of a growing number of blowout bars, such as Blow and...