Editors' Perspective

Gratitude Challenge

Learn what the American Spa team is most thankful for
I want to wish everyone a thankful Thanksgiving this year! My cousin shared this fitting sentiment this week and I wholeheartedly agree. As much as we’d like to be full of holiday cheer on cue, life and work can be unpredictable and get in the way. This is especially true in the spa and hospitality industry that gets into high...

The Award Goes To

Be the first to know the winners of the Professional’s Choice Awards
We are thrilled to unveil all the winners of the 2014 American Spa Professional’s Choice Awards in our December Issue . Celebrating its 10th year, our annual awards offer industry insiders a chance to vote for their favorite spas, products, and more in a write-in online survey. This year, approximately 4,000 decision-makers from destination spas, day spas, medical spas, and...

Spooky Spa Specials

Discover how resort spas celebrate Halloween
The many pop-up costume warehouses on the streets of New York City make it impossible for me to forget Halloween is coming soon. Though I don’t go all out anymore, a jack-o-lantern and some treats hit the spot., it’s still fun to be festive. The trick-or-treating holiday may not be as top of mind for spa-goers, but it presents a...

Personalized Peels

Learn how to boost business with client-focused peels.
Peels can be intimidating even for seasoned spa-goers, and often it is for the same reasons these treatments are effective. The common ingredients in peels are concentrated and powerful, so the products used provide visible results and positive changes in the skin. Still, modern peels contain balanced formulas (some, like Cosmedix, are chirally correct) and precise protocols so informed clients...

Behind the Beauty Scene

Follow along on our tour of a cosmetics company.
It's part of the job description working at American Spa to go behind the scenes throughout the industry to learn more about it so we can share tips, tricks, and the latest innovations with all of you. Recently I was invited to visit NuWorld Beauty, manufacturer of Hard Candy cosmetics and a variety of other beauty brands, as a part...

Amazing Aromatics

Check out more essential oils for a scentsational spa experience
One of my favorite parts of the spa experience is the pleasant aroma awaiting inside. Just one whiff and I'm whisked away into another world of calm, relaxation, and serenity even if I'm only around the corner from the office. Scents are indeed very powerful, and aromatherapy research has proven essential oils have a wide variety of benefits for the...

Garden in the Sky

Learn end of season tips from a New York City garden.
On a recent tour of the rooftop garden of The Waldorf Astoria New York , I learned some creative ways to make the most of the end of the growing season. Chef David Garcelon took me to the 20th floor and out onto the rooftop on a lovely fall afternoon. So many fresh ingredients are packed into the garden space...

Yoga with a Twist

Check out our rooftop yoga and cocktails experience
Thanks to September’s National Yoga Month festivities I’ve had ample opportunities to practice yoga in unique spots around the city (like on cobblestones ). This week I attended Solerno’s #DrinkPlayLove alfresco yoga class taught by an Exhale Spa (multiple locations) instructor atop the Dream Hotel Midtown (New York City). The rooftop location heightened the yoga experience in more ways than...

Honey Mask Recipe

Try out a sweet and easy skincare cure.
There's still time left in September to celebrate National Honey Month with a sweet skincare treat. As a fan of her athletic accomplishments, I'm excited to share professional volleyball player and gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings' recipe for a glowing complexion. Ingredients: 1 tbsp of oatmeal (rolled, instant, or plain) 2 tsps of honey 3/4 tsp of distilled water Steps...

Haute Honey

Discover how one luxe Manhattan spa elevated the sweet elixir.
September is an especially sweet time of year for many spa-worthy reasons. Among them is the celebration of National Honey Month. A natural humectant, honey has a host of benefits for skin on the face and more. Many luxury spas around the world have incorporated honey in their treatments. Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York took honey to...

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