Spa News Stories

Youth embrace spa culture as never before

Spas are increasingly attracting the younger set. Driven by the growth of day spas, the popularity of alternative medicine, and a new generation concerned with taking responsibility for their own health, the average age of spa-goers will continue to decline. Hot new Aqua Day Spa in Santa Monica boasts a stong repeat following of 20-somethings. 'And they are educated about health and wellness, says an Aqua attendant,'One sixteen year old asked me, will I lose fluids during my hydrotherapy treatment.' The spa experience has even may its way into the college experience. The latest campus housing trend is 'health and...

CEW Beauty Awards

Cosmetic Executive Women is looking for A FEW GOOD PRODUCTS to join a host of other amazing new beauty products in skincare, fragrance, hair, sun, body & bath, plus color cosmetics for the annual beauty awards extravaganza! Winners will receive national acclaim & recognition from the media and consumers. Previous winners include fabulous 'must have' products from some of the top brands in the world as well as fresh & innovative newcomers. For deatils on how to enter your product or to recommend one that should be entered, contact the CEW office at 212-717-2415 or log onto their website at...

Spa at Bernardus Lodge

Opening in September 1999, the Spa at Bernardus Lodge is located within Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, California. The Spa is situated on property grounds and is easily accessible. A total of eight rooms are dedicated to specific treatments and include five massage and body treatment rooms, two facial rooms and a private steam room with vichy shower. One of the massage and body treatment rooms, the Vineyard Room, is designed specifically for couples as it offers over-sized treatment tables, a duo shower and an outdoor aromatherapy bath with private Meditation Garden.

Independent licensing

Estheticians in Utah, led by Candace Daly, are making plans for licensing independent from the existing cosmetology license. Letters addressed to the Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing Review Committee should stress the issues that arise for safety and welfare of the public in an environment of inadequate licensure. Connecticut also is pursuing independent licensing for estheticians. A bill, currently in the state's House of Representatives, splits the licensure into three parts: esthetics—a 600-hour license, manicuring and hair dressing. --information courtesy of Annette Hanson, EMDA Director, Legislative Issues/Atelier Esthétique president.

Non-Invasive Facials Banned

The California state assembly recently passed a bill disallowing massage therapists from performing non-invasive facials. The bill may become law only after going through committees and the Senate. --information courtesy of Annette Hanson, EMDA Director, Legislative Issues/Atelier Esthétique president

EMDA Victory in Florida

The Florida state legislature has amended the Florida Massage Therapy Act so that estheticians again have the right to perform body treatments in conjunction with other skin care services. Supporters include Bioelements, CA Botana, Colorlab, Dermalogica, Dr. Grandel, Eva's Esthetics, Guinot Paris, International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference, Mark Lees Skin Care, M.D. Formulations, Murad, PETER THOMAS ROTH, Pevonia, Repêchage, Skin Inc. magazine and Wilma Schuman Skin Care.

The Professional Beauty Federation

The organization will create an all-industry, unified voice in Washington, D.C. to address industry issues and support individual segments when needed; encourage legislation that will positively affect the industry; strive to develop a positive view of the beauty business; educate the professional beauty industry about the political process; help the professional beauty industry become proactive in regard to issues and legislation; and develop a system to educate the public about beauty careers and opportunities.

Hydroquinone Study

In response to FDA's request for additional safety studies, a 2-year hydroquinone carcinogenicity study is to be initiated in 2000 by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. The active ingredient is used in over the counter skin discoloration fade creams.

Sunscreen SPFs Under Debate

The Food and Drug Administration is in the process of making a final decision about the proposed cap on sun protection factors (SPF). The American Academy of Dermatology continues to argue that capping sunscreens should be avoided, because clients apply a lower concentration than what is used in testing, and sunscreens that prevent UV-induced erythema do not prevent other harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals offers memberships to Canadian massage therapists

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals offers memberships to Canadian massage therapists and bodyworkers. Membership provides liability insurance with combined aggregate coverage in the profession. Other benefits include handbooks, a referral service, and discounts on various services. Email

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