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The 10 BIG Trends of 2010!

This year, at the Repêchage 12th International Congress for Salon and Spa Professionals in NYC, I was fortunate to share The 10 BIG Trends of 2010!...
This year, at the Repêchage 12 th International Congress for Salon and Spa Professionals in NYC, I was fortunate to share The 10 BIG Trends of 2010 ! As a skincare industry professional for over three decades, I have seen the ‘latest & greatest,’ come and go. I decided to look into some of the trends I believe have lasting...

Is your spa ready for cancer patients?

Forward-thinking spas are offering services and treatments tailored to specific issues or health challenges, and oncology patients are a major focus and opportunity.
At the last IECSC show I met an educator and pioneer in the field of esthetics, Morag Currin. She literally wrote the textbook on Oncology Esthetics. As an esthetician by training, I was very excited to see someone actively broadening the scope of our industry, by welcoming a marginalized group of would-be customers: cancer patients. Both patients and spas alike...

Is your spa offering full-circle wellness education?

As spas move further into wellness services, here are some valuable and easy methods to create nutrition programming.
With obesity and health issues in the spotlight in the United States, the public is becoming more health conscious and demanding better food choices and programs to fit their hectic lifestyles. Wellness is the root of the spa industry, and a key factor is nutrition. In addition to relaxing and rejuvenating at the spa, nutrition programs are a key component...

Acne Vulgaris - The diabetes of skin?

Helping clients to understand the relationship between acne and the glycemic index can result in much-improved skin conditions.
Diet plays an important role to play in many skin disorders, and when it comes to nutritional advice I am frequently asked about the “Acne- Diet” connection. Acne is by far the most common skin disease and is increasingly affecting both adolescents and adults in North America. Clinical evidence suggests nutrient imbalances in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium, Chromium,...

Nutricosmetic recognized by top beauty editors as "Product of the Week"

Formulators are beginning to add nutrition to their beauty programs. Krill oil, anyone?
Yesterday, I read the Club Spa Blog by SpaFinder and was happy to see that the “Product of the Week” (tested and chosen by SpaFinder’s top beauty editors,) was a Nutricosmetic! Although the Editor had some minor comments (such as the fish oil smell from the soft gel,) she confirmed that after a month her skin was glowing and that...

Understanding "Beauty from Within" Nutricosmetics 101

Antioxidant Cocktails, functional foods and sophisticated supplements define a growing category within the Wellness & Spa Industry, known as Nutricosmetics. But what are they, really?
Antioxidant Cocktails, functional foods and sophisticated supplements define a growing category within the Wellness & Spa Industry, known as Nutricosmetics. Nutritcosmetics Defined Nutritional Cosmetics (or more widely known as Nutricosmetics,) are nutraceutical (active components purported to offer a therapeutic action commonly found in food or botanicals) products formulated to support and enhance ones natural beauty (skin health, hair, nails, slimming...

Fad Dieting & Skin Health, is there a Connection?

Are you suggesting the right combinations of food and nutrients for your clients?
We have all experienced it! Fad diets focusing on imbalanced nutrition and claiming rapid weight loss (and there are millions out there!) To date, there are a few staple diets that have been around for some time and most of us seem to gravitate to one over the other (depending on our body type and lifestyle). High Protein Diets for...

Great new marketing concept bridges beauty and retail worlds!

In what could be a powerful new business model, a beauty products retailer and a service provider/manufacturer team up on the national stage.
Professional salon and spa products have long had a challenge; the manufacturers exist to sell products, and of course they’d like to sell more and more of them. But many manufacturers of professional beauty products have always treaded carefully so as not to alienate the salons and spas, and licensed professionals, who use the brands in service and recommend them...

Sun Protection through Nutrition?

We all know a little bit of Vitamin D is a good thing, but in this industry educating our clients on the incredible stress chronic sun exposure plays on your skin is a critical foundation of our beauty programs.
We all know a little bit of Vitamin D is a good thing, but in this industry educating our clients on the incredible stress chronic sun exposure plays on your skin is a critical foundation of our beauty programs. With the latest controversies about the effectiveness of topical SPF’s, there is a growing trend consumers are seeking from spas to...

June labor figures don't disclose any secrets

June labor figures are somewhat improved for the Hospitality sector; what are spas seeing?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released June employment figures today, and the news is mixed. Overall, employers cut 125,000 jobs in June, and that decrease was expected due to the end of temporary employment for 225,000 Census workers. However, the overall unemployment rate declined to 9.5% from 9.7%. Department stores and general merchandise stores added jobs, while specialty retailers had...

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