Skincare

Shop Til You Drop

Learn about after Thanksgiving skincare deals and spa promotions
I love shopping and adore a sale, but I’ve never felt inclined to battle the inevitable crowds and chaos of Black Friday. I’d much rather relax and spend time with friends and family. I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority considering the number of spectacular promotions and sale previews all around. It’s a good time to take stock of your...

Collegiate Care

Learn about a fanatic skincare line that gives back to the community
If you or your clients are college football fans like myself, you know how important November games can be. There’s still time to recover from lackluster games, or solidify dominance. Thanks to Jennifer Walsh, former owner and founder of The Beauty Bar, there’s another way for fans to show support their favorite college teams with Pride & Glory , her...

Spa Shots

Check out a new product for a burst of energy
More often than not we’re talking about how relaxing and calming the spa experience is. We even have a few stories coming up in the next couple months about treatments geared toward a good night’s rest. That’s all well and good for clients in search of Zen, but sometimes they need a burst of energy or extra oomph to make...

Sage Advice

Discover the skin healing properties of this savory herb
For the second year in a row I am in charge of roasting the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. My recipe includes a number of fresh herbs, including sage, for extra flavor without slathering it in butter. Fresh sage is also ideal for festive spa treatments this month. Through December, at The Spa at El Encanto at Belmond El Encanto (Santa...

Clear Skin Ahead

Learn how to effectively get the spots out
Often skincare products and treatments aim to speed up the natural processes associated with a healthy complexion, improving collagen and elastin production and increasing cellular turnover rate for example. Improving and evening skintone is different. A mottled, uneven skintone results from an overproduction of melanin, so slowing that down is top priority. To improve the look of pigmented skin caused...

Java Rejuvenation

Discover new caffeinated spa treatments
Now that the daylight is getting shorter, my morning cup of joe is a non-negotiable. I'm definitely not alone, since about 83 percent of Americans say they drink coffee according to the National Coffee Association's 2013 online survey. The buzz about coffee goes well beyond a morning pick-me-up in the spa industry. Java-infused treatments deliver more than just therapeutic benefits...

Squash at Your Service

Check out this season’s pumpkin-infused treatments
Pumpkins are a sure sign of autumn outside the spa and I personally love carving a Jack (or Jill) O-lantern each October. Now, thanks to the many skincare benefits of pumpkins, they are a treatment room mainstay now too. Here are a few treatments that don’t require any tricks, just pure pumpkin, to make clients glow from head to toe...

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...

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