Trend Watch

Farm-to-Treatment-Table Trend Takes Hold of the Industry

What New Trend is Sweeping the Industry?
Although I'm often asked about spa trends, I've found it difficult, lately, to pinpoint any that are truly original. One, however, that has been gaining momentum recently is the farm-to-treatment-table trend. A variation on the farm-to-table concept found at restaurants, it fits well with the industry's efforts to be greener. The Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods,...

Fall Nail Fashion

Learn how to recreate a popular pattern on nails
Argyle has come a long way from the moth-eaten sweaters I remember in vintage stores, and it is not just for the early-bird special crowd. Stylish lines at all price points are bound to have a few pieces marked by the popular pattern this season. It's not limited to clothing either, as nail artist Rita Remark shows in her design...

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...

A Picture of Stress

Discover new statistics about stress
Living in today's always-busy, results-driven society brings on loads of stress. It seems unavoidable and neverending. On the plus side, stressed, overworked people flock to spas for relief and you reap the benefits of more business in your havens of relaxation. Here's a little more information about stress, its causes, and its cures to spur some new creative treatments to...

Good as Gold

Get nail inspiration for the changing season from Essie.
Pedicures may not be high priority for spa-goers now as they slip feet into socks and boots instead of flip flops and peep toes, but that doesn't mean nail services are off their radar. There are still ten fabulous fingertips worthy of artistic expression. Here is a golden nail art idea to try on your daring manicure clients from nail...

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...

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...

Highbrow Habits

Learn more about the everyday activities of geniuses
In the last year, we've taken extra time to get to know the spa directors behind the beautiful properties featured in the pages of American Spa . You can learn more about your colleagues too by checking out the latest Bright Spots . We've found that many spa directors came upon their initial opportunities in spa and hospitality by chance,...

Help Yourself to Health

Discover new ways to improve immunity
Just in time for a batch of seasonal sicknesses to make their way through the office, I stumbled upon a list of surprising habits that improve overall health and immunity from Psychology Today . Complete with research to prove effectiveness, these tips were news to me and, even better, many were already a part of my daily lifestyle. Here's a...

Frozen Facial

Discover the anti-aging effects of crystals
The summer months may be beautiful, but all those sunny days unfortunately take their toll on the skin. On any normal day the skin is already enduring pollution, travel stress, sleep deprivation, and more. It could use a little extra boost. La Prairie , known for its luxury anti-aging products available at five-star hotel spas, has introduced a luxury facial...

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