Spa News Stories

UVA-Blocking Sunscreen Receives FDA Approval for Sale in U.S.

The sunscreen Anthelios SX has finally received approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Anthelios is made by the French cosmetics company L'Oreal SA , and will be distributed by L'Oreal's brand LaRoche-Posay . The Anthelios formula underwent 28 safety and effectiveness studies before being approved by the FDA. The sunscreen contains ecamsule or Mexoryl SX, an ingredient better at blocking ultraviolet A, or UVA, radiation than other sunscreen ingredients currently sold in the United States. Mexoryl SX has been patented by L'Oréal, and has been used in the Group's sunscreen formulas sold in Canada and Europe since 1993. Savvy...

FORBES.COM Announces Most Luxurious Spas

Forbes.com has compiled their 2006 list of the most luxurious spas in the U.S. and the most luxurious spas in the world. Forbes.com most luxurious spas in the U.S. Canyon Ranch , Lenox, Mass. Cornelia Day Resort , New York City Enessa Wellness Spa , Los Angeles, Calif. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui, Hawaii Golden Door , Escondido, Calif. The Lodge at Woodloch , Hawley, Penn. The Mandarin Oriental , New York City The Mayflower Inn , Washington, Conn. Miraval , Catalina, Ariz. Okeanos Club Spa , New York City Forbes.com most luxurious spas in the U.S. Ana...

US Medical Institutions Embrace Traditional Chinese Medicine

More Americans are turning to traditional Chinese medicine on the advice of doctors at prestigious medical institutions. Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford Medical Centers are among a growing number of medical institutions that offer traditional Chinese approaches such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and meditation. Hundreds of clinical studies show significant results with these treatments, including a 2002 review from Harvard Medical School that concluded that acupuncture can safely ease chronic pain as well as nausea caused by chemotherapy and pregnancy. A 2004 Tufts-New England Medical Center review of 47 studies on tai chi found the Chinese discipline of meditative movements promoted...

Retailers See Strong Growth in Bath and Beauty Products

Spas will have to fend off increasing competition from retailers such as Target and Gap, as they step up sales of bath, beauty, and at-home spa products. The trend is fueled by mass market interest in luxury goods, and by harried consumers who don't have the time or inclination to go to a spa. 'Ten years ago, most Americans hadn't even heard of a spa outside of a small group of higher-income consumers,' says Tom Vierhile, director of Product Scan Online a division of researcher Datamonitor. 'Today, you can get spa products everywhere.' (See SpaTrade.com, 2/19/06 'Self-Prescribed' Home Spa Products...

Blu Spas, Inc. and Yamaguchi Enterprises, Inc. Announce Partnership

Blu Spas, Inc. and Yamaguchi Enterprises, Inc. have joined forces to create a new strategic alliance. The internationally-acclaimed Yamaguchi Enterprises will be the salon partner in select Blu Spas' future projects. Both Yamaguchi and Blu Spas have extensive histories in the beauty industry. "Individually, each organization has its own strengths," says Doug Chambers, co-principal of Blu Spas, "but the synergy of the merged organization is going to allow a solid core of unique, unsurpassed beauty industry services, training, and products, centered around the revolutionary Yamaguchi Feng Shui Beauty concept and Yamaguchi coloring techniques." Billy Yamaguchi, president of Yamaguchi Enterprises, adds,...

California State Bill 1423 Held Back

The proposed bill that would have made constant supervision by a physician necessary for any type of medical spa treatment has been held back momentarily because of an extremely negative reaction from vast amounts of California physicians and medical spa personnel. Democrat Sen. Liz Figueroa struck the entire body of Senate Bill 1423 that would have required physicians be in the office for all laser and cosmetic medical procedures. Another related bill, also introduced by Figueroa, would have made it a misdemeanor for anyone but a physician, nurse or a physician's assistant to use laser devices. Figueroa argument is that...

Questex Media Acquires International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conferences (IECSC)

Questex Media Group, Inc., a global, diversified business-to-business media provider, and owner of American Spa magazine, Medical Spa Report, American Spa Expo, American Salon magazine, and the International Beauty Show today announced the acquisition of the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC), and the Las Vegas Hair & Nail Conference from Show Management, Inc. Founded by Magda E. Fichter in 1991, the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference quickly found success and became the two largest professional esthetics, cosmetics and spa conferences in the world. Jointly, it has grown to 190,000 net square feet with 1,100 exhibitors and 56,000...

Aveda To Launch Residential Spa Community In Florida

Estée Lauder Co.'s Aveda Corp. is building a $500 million oceanfront community on Singer Island in Florida called the Amrit Resort and Residences with Aveda Lifestyle. The resort, where villas and apartment residences are priced from $1.1 million to $5 million, is scheduled to open in 2008. The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the USA, based in Honesdale, Pa., will offer wellness programs like yoga therapy, homeopathic consultation and therapeutic massage. Spa Finder Inc., which runs the Web site SpaFinder.com, currently has about 100 residential spa properties in its database, compared with about 25 in 2004, says President Susie Ellis.

Gene Juarez Sold to Local Private Equity Firm; Janet Denyer Appointed CEO

Gene Juarez Salons & Spas, the Pacific Northwest's fashion and beauty icon, today announced the sale of the company to Evergreen Pacific Partners (EPP), a $275 million buyout fund. It also announced that Janet Denyer, a veteran of the salon & spa industries, will join the company as Chief Executive Officer. As a result, Gene Juarez Salons & Spas will expand the number and variety of services and products it offers its current customers, upgrade a number of existing salons and spas and increase the number of locations throughout the Puget Sound Region. Founder Gene Juarez opened his first salon...

Starwood Moves From "Selling Beds To Selling Experiences"

Steven J. Heyer, CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide , has unveiled an all-new brand positioning strategy to make the comapny's eight hotel chain's into cult brands. "Starwood's brands must be ideas and feelings attached to rooms, but not just words...we've moved from selling boxes and beds to selling experiences," said Heyer at a recent New York media event. In the past year, Starwood purchased the luxury hotel brand Le Meridien and launched aloft , a concept developed by the W design team. Starwood's proposed growth strategy is to move from the current 850 properties in 95 countries, to...

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