Spa Treatment Articles

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,...

Oil Boom

hair oils
Oil Boom
Although haircare is rarely a priority at most spas, that is beginning to change with the growing popularity of hair oils. Hair products have evolved to include many ingredients commonly found in skincare, which makes them fit seamlessly in the luxury spa environment. Given the instant results, such as smoothing strands and repairing split ends, natural oils are ideal for an add-on service or value-enhancing conclusion to a relaxing spa treatment. They also make for profitable retail items, as they...

Show of Hands

Gel Services
Manicured hands date back to ancient Babylonian and Egyptian cultures, where kohl, gold, and henna stains were the polish of choice for the upper echelons. Today, spa-goers have a much wider variety of colors, textures, and manicure methods from which to choose, particularly when it comes to the persistent trend of soak-off gel manicures and pedicures. Such professional services are among the hottest nailcare offerings in spas these days, because they provide a lasting, cost-effective way for clients to maintain...

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Waxing
Thanks to the growing popularity of Brazilian and Hollywood waxes, manscaping, and the desire for smooth hair-free skin, wax-specific spas are carving out a prominent niche within the industry. Waxing, once considered painful, is now being made fun by today’s on-trend waxing studios, which entice clients with inviting decor, cheekily named services, and creative marketing ideas that inspire the imagination and push the envelope. What many of these specialty wax shops have in common is a refreshing take on hair...

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