Trends & Research

Top 10 Consumer Trends for 2011

The 2011 consumer is branching out: mobile and online, making time for self-care to stay ahead and well. Consumers are reaching out to higher-end products, greener consumption if the price is right and experience-based consumption while considering purchases more. Brands need to tap into the on and offline cultural zeitgeist to best connect with their existing and potential customers. 1. DOLPHINS, YOUNG VALUE-SEEKERS AND OTHER FRESH TAKES ON THRIFT For consumers worldwide, thriftier lifestyles and considered purchasing, even when buying luxury, are now the norm, fuelled by the 24/7 'servant' that is online value checking. This is impacting on the...

New Survey Finds Teen Girls and Young Women Need a Lesson on Dangers of Indoor Tanning

Despite repeated warnings from dermatologists on the health dangers of tanning, results of a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) confirmed that a large percentage of Caucasian teen girls and young women admitted using tanning beds or intentionally tanning outdoors in the past year. Thirty-two percent of respondents had used a tanning bed in the past year, and of those respondents, one-fourth (25 percent) used a tanning bed at least weekly, on average. An overwhelming majority (81 percent) of all respondents reported that they had tanned outdoors either frequently or occasionally in the past year. “Our survey...

Survey Shows Spa Days and Gift Cards Most Desired Mother's Day Gifts

With less than two weeks until Mother's Day on May 8, the best bet this year is giving mom her choice for gifts and pampering, according to a new survey(1) conducted by independent research firm Toluna and released today by Buy.com®. Over one third of Americans (35 percent) will find out from mom what she wants before shopping – and topping her list this year is a day at the spa or a favorite gift card as the most desired gifts. In the survey of more than 1,000 adults, which included nearly 200 moms, a day at the spa ranked...

Intelligent Spas Publishes First Asia Pacific Spa Industry Report

Intelligent Spas' published the first Spa Industry Report for Asia Pacific which contains data on all 42 countries across the region. This new research covers total industry revenue and employment numbers by country, collected during Intelligent Spas' Global Spa Benchmark Program, as well as information relating to which spa markets are supported by industry associations and government departments, enforce legal requirements and training standards, plus practice traditional spa therapies. Each country was also analysed and categorised according to market status including mature market, growing market, emerging market or potential future market. 'The Asia Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition (APSWC) is...

Professional Skin Care Market Rebounds in Europe and US

A rise in visits to professional outlets for skin care treatments in 2010 gave way to sales growth for the global professional skin care products market. While Japan remained flat with 0.1% growth, Europe recovered in 2010, posting a 3.0% increase following a 3.3% decline in 2009, and sales in the United States increased by 2.7% in 2010, according to the recently released study Professional Skin Care 2010 Global Series: Market Analysis and Opportunities by worldwide consulting and research firm Kline & Company. Most of the leading professional skin care companies enjoyed respectable sales gains in 2010. Brands from the...

Wealthy Young Woman More at Risk for Skin Cancer, New Study Finds

A new study published March 21 found that wealthy young women are more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, than their less-privileged counterparts. Regardless of how much money you have in your bank account, here's what you need to know to reel in your risks (and your time in the sun). The study looked at wealthy young American women and teens in California and found them to be nearly six times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma than less-wealthy women and teens. Experts point to the fact that wealthy women have more...

Spa Trends and Tips for 2011 From IECSC

Coyle Hospitality Group’s hospitality consultants are on hand for this week’s International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) in New York, where, among the sessions, spa experts are advising operators on how to capitalize on growing trends in the industry. In yesterday’s seminar, “Trend Watch 2011: Worldwide Spa Trends”, spa consultant Bryan Durocher of hospitality consulting company Durocher Enterprises, shared tips to make the most of marketplace trends. “The spa business has proven to be recession-proof for those who run their businesses correctly,” said Durocher, who added that the spa industry accounts for $13 billion of annual revenue in the...

Americans Splurge on "Untouchables"; like Hair and Nail Care

As the economy improves, Americans are beginning to splurge again -- but in a small way. Meals at casual sit-down restaurants, a daily cup of gourmet coffee and personal-care services, such as haircuts, hair colorings, manicures and facials, are among the so-called 'small luxuries' that are trickling back into Americans' budgets as job prospects improve and the economy expands, according to a report released last week by the National Retail Federation's Stores Magazine. Others include department-store purchases, new shoes and even fancy handbags. In the NRF's survey of more than 5,000 adults in December, approximately 42% called haircuts or hair...

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Increase by 5% in 2010, Says ASPS

As the U.S. economy pulls out of the recession, so are nips, tucks and lifts. According to statistics released this week by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 13.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including those that are minimally invasive or surgical, were performed in the United States in 2010, up 5% from 2009. In addition, more than 5.3 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 2%. The increase in cosmetic plastic surgery mirrors the rise in consumer confidence throughout most of 2010. 'The economy is showing signs of improvement and, financially, things are a little...

Men's Cosmetics Take Off in China

More and more Chinese men are looking to the power of skin creams and anti-age serums to help them get ahead professionally, sparking a booming new market that has major cosmetics firms salivating. Chinese men have fewer hang-ups than Western men about using skin care products -- and keen customers, especially in urban areas, are even snapping up pots of foundation, toners and whitening creams traditionally bought by women. Industry giants such as France's L'Oreal and German group Beiersdorf, which makes the Nivea line, are spending big on ads and distribution in China to conquer the promising market -- and...

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