Spa Treatment Articles

Body Language

Discover the right words to encourage clients to experience the myriad benefits that body treatments offer the skin.
When it comes to spa services, facials and massage still rank among the most requested, but body treatments are becoming more and more popular as spa-goers are discovering the many benefits they offer. From cleansing and exfoliating to smoothing, firming, and hydrating, body treatments pamper the skin on the body in a similar way that a facial treats the complexion. “Body treatments provide both therapeutic and esthetic benefits for overall wellness for the mind and body,” says Lynda Solien-Wolfe, vice...

Shades of Beauty

Ethnic skin facial tips
Discover why the treatment of ethnic skin is not always black and white.
Developed in 1975 by dermatologist Thomas B. Fitzpatrick as a way to classify a person’s genetic disposition and their skin’s response to ultraviolet light, the Fitzpatrick scale is the color range used primarily by dermatologists today. It places skin type into one of six categories, ranging from skin type I (very fair) to skin type VI (very dark). Within this scale, there is a wide range of human skin color variation. The differences in skin—including tone, texture, sensitivities and reactions,...

Scents of Place

Improve spa brand power with customized aromatherapy
Learn about aromatherapy’s mind-body connection and how the right aroma can create lasting memories—and loyal clients.
All of the five senses—sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch—are connected to memories, but it’s smell that is directly linked to the part of the brain that processes emotions and memories. Research by the Sense of Smell Institute reveals that while people’s visual recall of images drops to about 50 percent after three months, they recall smells with a 65 percent accuracy after an entire year. This is good news for spas, as aromatherapy is such an integral part of...

Smooth Moves

Effective spa cellulite treatments
Discover how treatments and products can help clients over- come an often bumpy road by preventing and reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Dimples on the face are cute, but dimples found pretty much anywhere else on the body can be a source of embarrassment and frustration for many people. According to Angela Eriksen-Stanley, director of education for Phytomer Group Brands, these body dimples, typically found on the hips, thighs, lower stomach, inside of knees, and buttocks, are referred to as cellulite or uneven deposits of excess stored fat in the subcutaneous layer of the adipose tissue. “This area of tissue also contains...

Red Diamonds

Discover how some spas are incorporating a potent berry into treatments to give skin a much needed antioxidant boost.
Best known as a healthy snack, the goji berry is indigenous to China and is thought by many, especially those in Asia, to help extend longevity. The orange-red berries, also referred to as wolfberries, are considered by some to be a veritable fountain of youth. Through the years, they’ve been used to treat a myriad of health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. Unfortunately, the claims have not always lived up to the hype, at least when...

A Hairy Dilemma

Gentlemen with beards spur a rise in men's grooming services  in spas
Discover how scruffy spa-goers are helping to drive the boom in men’s grooming products.
Beards and mustaches used to be a sign of a disheveled man, one who was slovenly and unshaven. But the new trend has shaken up this stereotype. Hipster-style facial hair is the new thing. And men’s grooming—on a steady uptick—is in. “The male grooming market recently experienced the rise of the ‘lumbersexual,’ an ultra-masculine yet meticulously maintained grooming style for men, featuring full beards and trim mustaches,” reports Alexander Kwapis in GCI Magazine. “The key to this trend is defined...

Sugar Shock

Discover the not-so-sweet effects that sugar has on the skin.
It’s common knowledge that too much sugar is bad for one’s waistline and health, but its negative effects on the skin are less known, yet just as detrimental. The process, known as glycation, is the result of a sugar molecule—either fructose or glucose—bonding to a protein or lipid molecule. According to Rhonda Allison, founder and CEO of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals, the glycation process is haphazard and impairs the function of biomolecules. When sugar molecules are present, they come in contact...

A Grain of Truth

Thanks to a variety of nourishing benefits, wholesome grains are cropping up in a host of skincare products and treatments.
While there is no shortage of innovative skincare ingredients on the market today, the increasing interest in more natural ingredients has certainly shone a light on grains, such as corn, oats, rice, quinoa, and more. Found in various skincare formulations, these hard, dry seeds are proving to be effective exfoliators. According to Szilvia Hickman, senior vice president of Szép Elét, which distributes Ilike Organic Skin Care, they’re also a great natural substitute for synthetic microbeads, which have been banned in...

Banning the Bead

Discover the creative natural solutions skincare manufacturers have developed to exfoliate the skin.
Plastic pollution is a growing problem in oceans and waterways worldwide. Obvious sources include fishing gear, as well as plastic bags, bottles, and caps. But recent studies reveal that the tiny microbeads often found in cleansers, scrubs, soaps, toothpastes, and many more skincare and personal care products are major culprits when washed down the drain. In fact, the same little beads that help deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin are also polluting the ocean. “Microbeads are causing quite a stir...

Stitch in Time

Discover how a centuries-old Asian hair-removal practice is taking hold in spas and beauty boutiques.
A single strand of cotton in the hands of a skilled artisan can turn into a beautiful garment, tapestry, and more. That same simple thread can also clean up unwanted hair with the flick of a wrist. Known as khite in Arabic, threading dates back thousands of years with an elusive origin in Central Asia or India. It is a longstanding tradition in Indian grooming culture and also a noteworthy facial hair-removal technique throughout the Middle East and China. There,...