Spa Treatment Articles

Slick Pick

Find out why facial oils are essential for keeping skin looking healthy, shiny, and radiant.
Most people are familiar with the benefits of facial moisturizers, serums, cleansers, and scrubs. However, consumers are quickly realizing that facial oils, which have been used for centuries to improve skin conditions, are the secret ingredient to healthy skin. “People are hungry for ancient beauty remedies, and facial oils have been used in cultures all over the world for millennia,” says Kiera Nachman, founder and owner of Sundara Holistic. “Conscious consumers who are interested in holistic nutrition, fitness, and overall...

A Polished Image

An interesting nail area can provide a helping hand in boosting your spa’s design aesthetic—and its bottom line.
Nail services are one of the fastest-growing segments in the beauty industry today. Innovative equipment and formulas make it easier than ever for spa-goers to use nail art as a form of self-expression, thus attracting clients of all ages. With more than 17,000 nail salons in the U.S. today, according to census data, it’s important to not only attract clients but to also keep them coming back. A well-thought-out nail area can enhance a client’s experience and overall opinion of...

In a Nutshell

More than just a healthy snack, nuts are also proving to be a boon on spa menus thanks to the host of nourishing benefits they provide to the skin and hair.
Although there is some ambiguity about what constitutes a nut in the true botanical sense, most people think of it as a fruit with a hard shell and edible seed. Hailed for their nourishing benefits, nuts are considered excellent sources of protein and heart-healthy fats. Unfortunately, they’re also high in calories when consumed in excess. Spa-goers needn’t worry about their caloric intake, however, when incorporating nuts into their skincare regimens. “Nuts are one of nature’s amazingly versatile and highly beneficial...

Body Language

Discover the right words to encourage clients to experience the myriad benefits that body treatments offer the skin.
When it comes to spa services, facials and massage still rank among the most requested, but body treatments are becoming more and more popular as spa-goers are discovering the many benefits they offer. From cleansing and exfoliating to smoothing, firming, and hydrating, body treatments pamper the skin on the body in a similar way that a facial treats the complexion. “Body treatments provide both therapeutic and esthetic benefits for overall wellness for the mind and body,” says Lynda Solien-Wolfe, vice...

Shades of Beauty

Ethnic skin facial tips
Discover why the treatment of ethnic skin is not always black and white.
Developed in 1975 by dermatologist Thomas B. Fitzpatrick as a way to classify a person’s genetic disposition and their skin’s response to ultraviolet light, the Fitzpatrick scale is the color range used primarily by dermatologists today. It places skin type into one of six categories, ranging from skin type I (very fair) to skin type VI (very dark). Within this scale, there is a wide range of human skin color variation. The differences in skin—including tone, texture, sensitivities and reactions,...

Scents of Place

Improve spa brand power with customized aromatherapy
Learn about aromatherapy’s mind-body connection and how the right aroma can create lasting memories—and loyal clients.
All of the five senses—sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch—are connected to memories, but it’s smell that is directly linked to the part of the brain that processes emotions and memories. Research by the Sense of Smell Institute reveals that while people’s visual recall of images drops to about 50 percent after three months, they recall smells with a 65 percent accuracy after an entire year. This is good news for spas, as aromatherapy is such an integral part of...

Smooth Moves

Effective spa cellulite treatments
Discover how treatments and products can help clients over- come an often bumpy road by preventing and reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Dimples on the face are cute, but dimples found pretty much anywhere else on the body can be a source of embarrassment and frustration for many people. According to Angela Eriksen-Stanley, director of education for Phytomer Group Brands, these body dimples, typically found on the hips, thighs, lower stomach, inside of knees, and buttocks, are referred to as cellulite or uneven deposits of excess stored fat in the subcutaneous layer of the adipose tissue. “This area of tissue also contains...

Red Diamonds

Discover how some spas are incorporating a potent berry into treatments to give skin a much needed antioxidant boost.
Best known as a healthy snack, the goji berry is indigenous to China and is thought by many, especially those in Asia, to help extend longevity. The orange-red berries, also referred to as wolfberries, are considered by some to be a veritable fountain of youth. Through the years, they’ve been used to treat a myriad of health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. Unfortunately, the claims have not always lived up to the hype, at least when...

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...