Spa News Stories

#1 RATED SUNSCREEN INGREDIENT STILL AWAITING FDA APPROVAL

American women "in the know" are clamoring for Mexoryl , the miracle sunscreen ingredient considered to be one of the most effective filters of all wavelengths of ultraviolet light. The product has been a key ingredient in sunscreen lotions for more than a decade all over the world, including Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America. Mexoryl is currently illegal in the United States because it has not yet received FDA approval, but it is easy to purchase online. A recent New York Times article titled "Psst! This Stuff Keeps You Young, but It's Illegal" reported on the sunscreen Mexoryl SX,...

REVITALIGHT RECEIVES FDA APPROVAL FOR TREATMENT OF ACNE

Skincare Technology, Inc. today announced it has received a letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (#K042630) giving the company the right to sell the company's innovative Revitalight unit for the treatment of: 1. Moderate Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris (blue pulsator) 2. Promote Increased Blood Flow (red and amber pulsators) 3. Facial Massage (red and amber pulsators) 4. Relief of Pain (red and amber pulsators). The announcement was made today by Jim Raim, president and CEO of Skincare Technology, Inc., which developed and markets the patented Revitalight Skin Care System. According to Mr. Raim, "We are pleased that our...

NIRVANA TECH. PARTNERS WITH SPAFINDER FOR WEB-BASED SPA-BOOKING

As spas become the in-demand amenity for hotel guests, the ability to book appointments in advance becomes paramount. Spafinder, the world's largest on-line Spa directory, has partnered with Nirvana Technology to create an automated on-line spa reservation service that ensures guests secure the appointments they want and the spa booking calendar is maintained in real-time. Through Spafinder use of Nirvana's BookNow!, guests can quickly locate a spa in their destination or home city and immediately make confirmed Spa appointments. The partnership enables immediate, real time Spa reservations direct from a spa's own website or Spafinder site listing. "Travel continues to...

8-DAY MEXICAN RIVIERA CRUISE PROVIDES ADVANCED ESTHETICS EDUCATION PLUS OPPORTUNITY TO RENEW

The Advanced Skin and Body Intensive at Sea is an eight-day Mexican Riviera Cruise which departs from Long Beach, California, January 22-29, 2006. More than a series of seminars, this is a healing and educational journey with the LUXURY of TIME. Here is what Christine Heathman, a featured presenter on the program says about The Advanced Skin and Body Intensive at Sea: "Are you ready for a successful 2006? As the dedicated professional you are, a 2006 commitment to renew your mind, body and spirit will set the pace for your success all year! Envision the relaxation and renewal after...

UC IRVINE PROVIDES REAL-WORLD SPA AND WELLNESS CURRICULUM

UC Irvine Extension is launching a new course in the Spa and Hospitality Management Program entitled, "Integrative Wellness within Spa Environments: Rituals of Healing." The program is the first on the West Coast established to provide real-world curriculum to meet the demands of the bourgeoning spa market. The innovative new course will take place July 13th and 14th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Spa at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort, Dana Point, California. "This course is designed to provide a deeper level of awareness of the psychological effects and archetypal roots of the spa experience in ways that...

SEVERAL US STATES CONSIDER VANITY TAXES

A number of states are considering taxing certain cosmetic surgery procedures, including laser hair removal, face-lifts, and Botox® injections. Plastic surgeons and their patients have been lobbying hard to prevent these 'vanity taxes' or 'Botaxes', as some call them. States legislators consider the taxes as plastic surgery continues to grow in popularity. Nationally, there were 9.2 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed last year, a 24% jump from 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Americans spent $8.4 billion on cosmetic surgery last year. New Jersey passed the first cosmetic surgery tax law last summer, slapping a 6%...

NUVO INTERNATIONAL DECLARES BANKRUPTCY

SpaTrade has learned that Nuvo International, a "medispa" chain that badly burned two Northen California women during laser hair removal procedures, has declared bankruptcy. Both women are now suing Nuvo International, and state officials have launched an investigation. Television station KRON's recent investigation on Nuvo illustrates that, in the eyes of the media and the public, laser clinics and medical spas are viewed as synonomous. KRON's put Nuvo in the category of "so-called medispas -- clinics that looks more like a spa, performing medical cosmetic procedures at malls." Nuvo has 12 clinics in the Bay Area and Sacramento, supervised by...

SPATRADE INTERVIEW WITH "SELLING WITH SOUL" SPEAKERS

Peggy Wynne Borgman and Holly Stiel Over 175 SpaTrade members have pre-registered for SpaTrade's August 2nd webinar "Selling With Soul," with industry heavy-hitters Peggy Wynne Borgman and Holly Stiel. Yesterday, Nancy Griffin interviewed Borgman and Stiel about their exciting new partnership: Griffin : So, how did you guys hook up? Borgman : I had been impressed with Holly's customer service programs, and have used her techniques successfully in our two Preston Wynne Spas. When we got together and started talking about our teaching philosophies, we realized we had a lot in common. Running a spa starts out as a labor...

NMI'S TOP TEN HEALTH & WELLNESS TRENDS OF 2005

The Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) presented their Top Ten Health & Wellness Trends of 2005 at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, CA on March 18, 2005. Approximately 600 industry professionals attended the seminar to explore the future of health and wellness. These trends are the result of various NMI research sources including the Health & Wellness Trends DatabaseTM (HWTD), the LOHAS Consumer Trends DatabaseTM (LCTD), the Organic Consumer Trends Report (OCTR), HealthBeat InteractiveTM, ESPTM (e-Screener Panel) and ImmerzionsTM. NMI databases, now including 200,000+ U.S. consumers, provide comprehensive information across more than 150 product categories. NMI's Top...

OWNER OF AWARD-WINNING MEDICAL SPA PROVIDES INSIGHT

Blue Water Spa, a plastic surgery medical spa in Raleigh, North Carolina, is owned and operated by Kile Law and her husband, board-certified plastic surgeon Michael Law MD. Prior to opening the spa, Kile was a medical spa and laser hair removal consultant in her hometown of Orange County, CA. Kile has used her expertise and experience as a medical spa consultant in opening a very successful spa of her own. Kile recently received the honor of being asked to serve on the Day Spa Association Advisory Board. Kile explains the appeal of medical spas to consumers. 'I think I'm...

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