Spa Treatment Articles

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...

Breakout Role

Acne
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting approximately 40 to 50 million Americans. While commonly associated with teenagers and puberty, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is not restricted to any age group. In fact, adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s can develop acne. Nearly 85 percent of all people have acne at some point in their lives, and according to Beth Bialko, global curriculum developer for Dermalogica and The International Dermal...

Burn Notice

Aloe Vera
It’s commonly recognized as a bit of eye-catching greenery, but its benefits run deeper than its decorative appeal: Aloe vera, or “true aloe,” as the name translates, is a wellspring of nutrients. One of hundreds of aloe species in the lily family, this succulent’s thick, pointed leaves protect a middle layer of bitter yellow latex (harvested primarily for use as a laxative) and, beneath that, a fleshy gel that boasts amino acids, lipids, sterols, and a veritable alphabet of vitamins...

Behind the Mask

Sheet Masks
Early in 2014, L’Oréal acquired the Chinese skincare company Magic Holdings for $840 million. Best known for its facial masks, Magic Holdings had just captured an impressive 26 percent share of the sheet mask category in China, and the acquisition shined a light on a quiet transformation that has been occurring the last several years with the way sheet masks are produced, marketed, and perceived. For spa professionals, there are opportunities to incorporate higher-end sheet masks as add-ons to facial...

Take the Plunge

Hot Springs
Long before the days of pampering spa treatments that most of today’s spa-goers are accustomed to, “spa-ing” consisted of bathing in hot springs for relaxation and wellness. The concept of water therapy dates back to ancient times. However, it’s proving more popular than ever with an increasing number of people seeking out natural thermal springs to soak in their many benefits. In fact, SpaFinder Wellness 365 included hot springs in its Top Ten Global Spa and Wellness Trends Forecast for...

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