Spa Treatment Articles

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,...

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

beach beauty, beach makeup, beach haircare, beach skincare, summer nail polish
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

décolleté skincare, skincare and spa services, anti-aging skincare, neck and chest skincare
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...