Skincare

Fill the Shelves

Discover more gift-worthy items for spa retail.
All year round you’ll hear us shouting the praises of a good retail strategy ( here and here , for example) and what an impact retail sales have on your spa’s bottom line. That’s never truer than around the holidays when spa-goers are already thinking about gifts for loved ones. If your spa's retail area is well-stocked and inviting, you’re...

Beauty Business Milestones

Dive into the history of top professional skincare lines.
In the last year a number of top professional skincare companies have reached significant milestones. Jane Iredale-The Skincare Makeup celebrated 20 years as did John Masters Organics . Valmont looked back upon 30 years . Yon-Ka Paris feted 60 years . Deborah Lippmann honored 15 years in the nailcare business. XpresSpa and HydroPeptide both marked 10 years in the business...

Indulgent Apple Creations

Discover creative culinary and spa twists for National Apple Month
Earlier this month, I ventured to Amish Country in Pennsylvania for a friend’s wedding and to soak up the best of fall. After a drive through farmland and quaint towns, I stumbled upon a bustling apple orchard and pumpkin patch. There I got my fill of autumn activities plus a hefty bag of straight-from-the-tree apples and hand-selected pumpkins for carving...

Skin Cancer Statistics

Stay informed about the facts that affect clients and their skin.
October brings well-deserved awareness to the research efforts, organizations, and people working on a cure for breast cancer and helping those affected by it. Check out retail products that give back in Think Pink (in the current issue) to step up your spa's charitable contribution. For example, Gotham Skincare (New York City) offers a Pink Cranberry Facial ($99) and donates...

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...

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...

Spa Comfort Food

Stick to a healthy lifestyle with no-calorie scrumptious fall treatments.
As the temperatures and leaves begin to drop, spa-goers are looking for comfort from seasonal favorites. While the long-beloved PSL may have suffered as a result of its ingredient list, spas have worthy substitutes on the treatment menu this season. Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort (Green Lake, WI) welcomes classic fall-favorite flavors with seasonal harvest spa treatments through November...

Itching for a Cure

Learn new tips for clients to treat eczema.
Each seasonal change also influences skin concerns and a whole host of new reasons for spa-goers to book appointments. Fall ushers in cooler temperatures and often more dry skin and related conditions. October is recognized as National Eczema Awareness Month to raise awareness of this uncomfortable skin condition afflicting more than 30 million people in the U.S. according to the...

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...

Ingredient Inquiry

Learn more about updated sunscreen legislation
There is good news this month for sunscreen manufacturers across the U.S. The Senate passed a bill that requires the FDA to respond to pending sunscreen ingredients within a shorter period of time. Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S., and sunscreen is the primary protection against it. It’s more important than ever that Americans are...

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