Editors' Perspective

New Regulations for Medical Spas Make Headlines

With a surge of new businesses and increasing injuries, states expand policing of medical spa industry.
Are a few bad apples ruining the whole medical spa bunch and putting patients at risk? They certainly are making headlines in this rapidly growing niche, prompting new state regulations in the last few months and a growing debate. With a high demand for lucrative treatments and procedures, it’s no wonder physicians from varied backgrounds as well as cosmetologists have...

My Own App Gives Users a Reading on How Their Skin is Aging

Discover how your skin is aging with a facial-recognition app
Anyone who knows me knows I'm somewhat paranoid when it comes to the sun and its damaging rays. I've never been one to lounge in the sun or sport anything resembling a tan. Instead, you'll usually find me coating myself in 50+ SPF sunscreen every five minutes or so. That probably explains why I'm so fascinated with My Own App...

Aveda Introduces an Interactive Website to Help Spa-Goers Find Balance

Find out what chakra is feeling neglected today
Feeling like one or more of your chakras might be in need of a bit of attention these days? If so, you're not alone. I was feeling a bit out of balance myself when I decided to pay a visit to Mr. Chakra , an new interactive website from Aveda. The site explains the specific senses, emotions, and areas of...

Time for a Spring Facebook Clean?

Is this a good time to take a look at your collection of “friends”?
I will admit I’m not the most active Facebook participant. My posts tend to be about my pets, my nephew, or a trip I’m taking, and they often come months apart. Pretty much the only thing I do religiously is check the weekly birthdays so that I can give my friends and family a shout out. I also recently realized...

A Local Deal With Appeal for the Budget-Conscious

Learn how New Yorkers can spa for less.
Every once in awhile, I come across a deal that sounds almost too good to be true. Today, I found an email from Travelzoo in my inbox with a local deal from New York Fashion Beauty (New York City). The spa is offering a choice of a 60-minute facial or Swedish massage along with a glass of wine and access...

Massage Envy Named to 2013 Military Friendly Franchises List

Discover how one spa franchise is honoring our veterans.
With Memorial Weekend about to commence, it's nice to call attention to those who honor our veterans on a regular basis. Massage Envy , a national franchise dedicated to providing therapeutic massage and spa services, has recently been recognized among the top 10 percent of franchise companies named to the 2013 Military Friendly Franchises list. The list, compiled by Victory...

Aura Cacia Sings the Praises of Geranium in its Choose Calm Campaign

Discover why you and your clients may want to pack geranium essential oil for any upcoming travel
This month, geranium is the featured ingredient in our In the Mix column, and for good reason, considering all the benefits it provides. It's also part of Aura Cacia's Choose Calm campaign, which is promoting ways in which its geranium essential oil can be used to invoke calm while traveling. Here are a few tips from the folks at Aura...

Mirbeau Inn & Spa Hosts a Vino and Vinotherapy Event with the Founder of Caudalie

Raise a glass with Caudalie's Mathilde Thomas
I recently had the opportunity to meet Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie Skincare , at an event launching the line's Divine Body collection. As a fan of the vinotherapy-based line, it was great to meet the woman behind the popular products. I had interviewed Thomas earlier in the year for our From the Ground Up column in which we featured...

A Limited Edition Nail Polish Launches to Support Sandy Hook Victims

Discover another reason to go green
While new nail polish shades are often introduced in honor of celebs and new movie releases, OPI has created a limited-edition green nail polish in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization that was founded after the school shootings in Newton, CT. Not available for sale, Sandy Hook Green will be given to anyone who donates $10 or more...

St. Lucia Introduces Line-up for Third Annual Health & Wellness Retreat

A lush island paradise makes health and wellness a priority
Two years ago, I attended St. Lucia's inaugural Health & Wellness Retreat . The event was such a success that it is now back for its third year. Scheduled for November 1-3, the retreat, which is being billed as a means to "Elevate Yourself," will include noted experts such as Cat Cora, the first and only female Iron Chef winner;...

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