Skincare

Haute Cocoa

Solve the winter blues with a hot cocoa facial at home
On a snowday like today, with transportation limited and snow drifts piled high, there's no need to venture outside for some pampering. Personally I'm enjoying hot drinks (tea, coffee, and cocoa) on this chilly day and planning on an at-home spa treatment like this one from Bliss Spa (New York City) below. All-Natural Chocolate Facial Mask Ingredients: 1/3 cup of...

Skin Benefits of Coffee

Discover new research showing coffee’s cancer-reducing power
I’ve mentioned my love for coffee a few times before. My morning cup—a latte, Americano, or iced brew—is vital to my daily routine, and having a productive day. A new study by the National Institutes for Health- American Association of Retired Persons has added a few more benefits of coffee to the already long list. Higher coffee consumption is linked...

Wellness on the Ranch

Learn about a bodycare line launching with pizzazz
Olive oil is a key addition to most of my meals and an excellent source of healthy fats. I haven't tried the oil-pulling trend, though it too boasts serious health benefits. It makes sense that the leading U.S. producer of certified organic extra virgin olive oil is focused on wellness and offers a bodycare line packed with this nutritious oil...

Clear Skin Diet

Discover nutrition tips for clear skin
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S.; and that's not because there's a larger population of teens. No age group is safe from blemishes, but new research suggests some effective ways to fight it. According to Eric Schweiger, M.D., founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group (New York City), foods high on the glycemic index are likely responsible for...

Clean Sweep

Check out the proposed grading system for NY salons
Report cards may be returning to beauty businesses around New York City. Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz, J., and council member Rafael Espinal introduced the legislation this week that would grade such establishments on cleanliness. The system would function similar to that used for restaurants, with grades A, B, C, and D based on evaluations. Most salons and spas keep...

Afterparty Spa Refresh

Check out a skincare regimen perfect for reviving skin
Late-night holiday fêtes can take a toll on the body. Clients may not realize how lack of sleep and overindulging on food and drinks can all have a negative impact on the skin. To help them combat these inevitable skin stressors, Terese Linke, global spa training and education director for Amala Beauty, shared her tips on how to keep skin...

Gilded Facial

Discover the glowing benefits of golden skincare
Everything seems to glitter and glow around the holidays. Even skincare services get a bit gilded this time of year. This month I checked out the new Orogold Cosmetics outpost in New York City and was treated a luxurious mini-facial with products recommended by the skin specialist on duty. I tried out The Heat Radiance Facial (using products from the...

Sweet Spa Sensations

Celebrate Christmas with sugary seasonal services
White Christmas is one of my favorite classic holiday movies. It’s a sweet reminder of the simple joys of the season—singing, dancing, and snow. Each year I hope for a glistening snow fall to cover everything in white. This year I got my wish by traveling to the Rocky Mountains where I’m guaranteed a winter wonderland. Snow or not, spas...

Spice Up the Spa

Discover how spicy treatments benefit the skin
Aromatic, flavorful spices are integral to the holiday season. It's really not Christmas until you get a whiff of cinnamon sticks and gingerbread, pine trees and peppermint. Adding these aromas to spa treatments makes them extra festive and beneficial for clients too. Many spices have proven skincare benefits and are powerful antioxidants. For example, cloves are an effective cleanser and...

Sustainable Beauty

Check out the winners of the Sustainable Beauty Awards
Many companies are proving going green is indeed a beautiful endeavor. Here to recognize those that have gone above and beyond in preserving the environment is Organic Monitor with its 2014 Sustainable Beauty Awards . The awards recognize organizations that are pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry. This year’s winners include a diverse group of green-leaning companies,...

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