Spa Treatment Articles

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,...

Pampering from the Palm

Conjuring up images of a tropical getaway, coconut-themed products and treatments whisk spa-goers away on a virtual vacation while providing them with deliciously hydrated skin.
If ever there was a cure-all, it would seem to be the coconut. At least that’s what one would think based on the attention this fibrous-husked fruit has garnered as of late. If people aren’t consuming copious amounts of coconut water after their workouts, they’re likely to be cooking with coconut oil, which is reputed to be a healthier alternative to butter and vegetable oil. Apparently, not all saturated fats are created equal. And there are now studies underway to...

Easy Beachy Beautiful

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Brighten up your clients’ summer beauty routines with hair, makeup, and nail products sure to last through the changing tides.
Set in the Sun For natural beach beauty, these products will make clients’ features pop. Too Faced Melted is a liquified long-wearing lipstick that doesn’t melt in the sun or on lips. Each multifaceted, lustrous shade coats lips in a burst of rich glazed color. Enriched with vitamins C and E Glo Minerals Suede Matte Crayons hydrate lips and deliver vivid, long-lasting color in six different shades (including Crush, Sorbet, and Bombshell shown). Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix is...

Treasure Chest

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Discover why spas are busting out a rich array of services and products designed to treat and protect the décolleté.
Nora Ephron said it best in her book “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman” (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2006): “Our faces are lies, and our necks are the truth.” Women can often appear younger because of makeup and rigorous skincare practices, but signs of aging on the neck, shoulders, and chest—also known as the décolleté or décolletage—are harder to hide, as people tend to ignore that area until it is too late. The...

Child’s Play

From infants to teens, the spa world is capitalizing on the wellness needs of a younger generation.
For years, the spa industry has experienced rapid growth. And as consumers have become more aware of wellness, the scope and the client base have also expanded. Among the most promising—and sometimes controversial—potential spa consumers can be found within the under-18 set. In fact, according to the 2014 International Spa Association (ISPA) U.S. Spa Industry Study, 51 percent of spas offer treatments for teens, while 25 percent of spas offer treatments for children under 13, numbers that have experienced steady...

Just for Sun

Soak up the latest sun-related news and information to protect your clients this summer and year-round.
Year after year, skin cancer continues to be the most common form of cancer in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more than 3.5 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed in this country each year. Even though melanoma accounts for less than two percent of skin cancer cases, it causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths, and the ACS estimates that about 73,870 new melanomas will be diagnosed this year. In addition to...

The Bee’s Knees

Sweeten your spa’s menu with a host of bee-related ingredients, which are creating the latest buzz in skincare.
While most people generally keep their distance from bees (and for good reason), the spa industry has embraced the pollinating little buggers for the beneficial skin ingredients they provide. Driven in part by the farm-to-treatment-table trend, onsite beehives have become a key selling point at many resorts, where the biggest concern is how to divide the harvested honey between the kitchen and the spa. Fortunately, it’s not necessary to maintain your own hive (or duke it out with the chef)...

Chemical Attraction

The word “acid” can be intimidating to many spa-goers, especially when it is paired with terms like “chemical peel.” But spa-goers need not be afraid of acid-based treatments and products, because most are not only safe but also highly effective in helping to reverse or slow down the aging process. As people age and they’re unable to quickly rid themselves of old skin cells, the epidermis begins to thicken, and skin experiences a loss in elasticity. Acids help shed old...

Fab or Fad Facials

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Buzzworthy Beauty
Some spa-goers will do just about anything to achieve healthy and radiant skin. In fact, it’s shocking to see the lengths they’ll go and the prices they’ll pay for the sake looking younger. You have only to look at a few of the seemingly crazy facials turning up on treatment menus to wonder if it’s all just part of some marketing ploy. According to spa consultant Peter Anderson, founder and principal of Anderson & Associates, fad facials can be looked...