Spa Treatment Articles

Good Gourd

Pumpkin
As the leaves begin to change and cooler temperatures take hold, you may want to consider adding some fall favorites to your treatment menu. One ingredient that never disappoints is pumpkin, which is chock-full of alpha- and beta-carotenes, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E, making it as gratifying to skincare as pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving dinner. Ultimate Nourisher According to the National Institute of Health, vitamin E protects against free radicals and helps combat acne. Pumpkin seed oil contains...

Key Notes

Aromatherapy
The use of essential oils to improve physical and emotional wellbeing dates back to ancient times, when they were traditionally used for hygienic, spiritual, and ritualistic purposes. Today, essential oils are popular in spas, as they help calm, balance, and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. “By using essential oils in professional treatments, you not only receive the benefits of these tiny, complex, and potent oils, which contain vitamins, minerals, and hormones, but also receive a physiological, psychological, sedating, and...

What is Your Most Creative Holiday Promotion?

Holiday Promotions
“The spa’s most creative promotion would be our Chocolate and Peppermint Body Treatment paired with our Chocolate and Peppermint Facial or Pedicure. Guests can delight in the aromatic fragrance of relaxing peppermint all while enjoying the hydrating and moisturizing benefits of chocolate. They can also choose from a chocolate and peppermint martini or peppermint hot chocolate.”—Jennifer Kwiatkowski-Herzog, spa director, The Forest Spa at The Lodge at Glendorn (Bradford, PA) “Kids need to ‘sparkle’ during the holiday season, too. Kids’ parties...

Flying High

XpresSpa (multiple locations)
Commemorating its 10th anniversary this year, XpresSpa (multiple locations) has much to celebrate. The full-service spa provider features locations in major airports worldwide. Launching the first XpresSpa in 2003 at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, founders Marisol and Moreton Binn have since expanded the brand to more than 45 locations in 22 major airports and have 11 new locations in the works. “We have always measured our success by our healthy growth over the past several years,”...

At First Blush

Rosacea
Persistent redness and flushing, bumps and pimples, and visible blood vessels on the face are just a few of the primary symptoms of rosacea—a chronic skin disorder that is common, but often misunderstood. In fact, an estimated 16 million Americans have rosacea, but only a fraction are being treated for the disorder, according to the National Rosacea Society. The number of patients being treated for this condition is on the rise, however, and rosacea is now one of the most...

Body Slam

Bodycare
For some time now, demand for anti-aging products has predominantly focused on the neck and up, but as a growing number of customers recognizes the need for a holistic approach to wellness, more and more skincare companies are answering the call and providing a host of nourishing body-oriented products. “A focus on both internal and external health has helped clients understand that early prevention is critical to taking care of their bodies,” says Angela Eriksen-Stanley, director of education at Phytomer...

Taking Stalk

Bamboo
Bamboo is as versatile as it is plentiful. Found in tropical climates and mountain forests throughout Asia as well as Central and South America and the southeastern U.S., bamboo provides benefits to the planet, animals, and humans alike. Its quick-growing shoots constitute the primary habitat and nourishment for giant pandas, and the stalks even appear in high-end luxury designer goods. Seemingly as abundant in spas now as in natural environments around the world, bamboo can improve the health of hair,...

Flower Power

Fragrant Flowers
For many spas and skincare companies, aromatic flowers such as frangipani, jasmine, lotus, orchid, and ylang ylang are prized just for their delicate fragrances. It’s no secret that the subtle, yet intoxicating scent of these tropical blooms can awaken the senses and set the stage for the ultimate spa-cation. While there is no denying that aromatherapy offers its own form of stress relief, many spas and brands are digging deeper to put these flowers’ less publicized attributes to work. Fragrant...

Remote Control

Software
In today’s fast-paced society, on-the-go consumers have become accustomed to taking care of most business matters on their computers, smartphones, and tablets. From making restaurant reservations to shopping for clothes, booking flights, and even paying bills, consumers can achieve instant gratification right at their fingertips and at any time during the day or night. Picking up a phone is becoming less common, and the phrase “call during business hours” can be downright frustrating, especially on weekends and off-hours. As a...

Blurring Gender Lines

Men
If you’ve noticed more men lounging in your spa’s relaxation room or browsing its retail shelves, then you can consider your spa to be right on trend, as according to the International Spa Association (ISPA) Foundation, men are visiting spas more than ever before. In fact, a recent Consumer Snapshot Initiative conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers revealed that men now represent almost half, or rather 47 percent, of the spa-going population. Who is the average male spa-goer, you may be wondering? Well,...

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