Spa News Stories

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

Business Makeover

The Preston Wynne Success Systems Business Makeover is a thorough analysis of salon and spa operations and their efficiency. The goal is to find opportunities for cost reduction, improved sales, improved client retention and more productive employees. The cost of the service is found in the operations of the salon. Email

EMDA's Top Esthetic Issues

The members of the Esthetics Manufacturers and Distributors Alliance (EMDA) have identified the top issues on consumer health and safety: Ensure continuing, consistent and mandatory licensure. Ensure continued research of sun damage and cancer. Lobby state boards for enforcement of sanitation laws. Monitor investigation of alpha hydroxy acid levels. Provide accurate consumer eduation in proper skin health.


Reprinted with permission from John R. Dent, Editor of HOSPITALITY LITIGATION NEWS. HOSPITALITY LITIGATION NEWS is a publication of Tuttle & Taylor--a law firm specializing in the hospitality industry. An Illinois state appellate court has held that the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is not liable for the sexual misconduct of two masseurs who, in separate incidents, went beyond massaging to inappropriate contact. One of the masseurs was convicted of criminal assault; the other (the spa director) was prosecuted but ultimately prevailed at the trial. The victims of these two incidents sued the hotel. In a 2-to-1 decision, the court held that because...