Spa Treatment Articles

Berry Delicious

Learn how these bite-sized, nutrient-rich fruits can deliver results-oriented treatments and brighten up your spa menu.
For objects thought to be sweet and simple, berries can be rather complex. Some consider any small, fleshy fruit a berry, especially if it is edible. However, there is some confusion as to what actually constitutes a berry. Fortunately, there is no mistaking the benefits these popular fruits have to offer. When it comes to skincare, what is agreed upon, with overwhelming enthus-iasm, is a personal and professional love of berries, from common sweets like blueberries to rare exceptions, such...

Slinging Mud

Muds
You’ve wiped mud off your tires, shaken it from your shoes, and possibly even splashed around in it on a rainy day, but in the spa world, mud is known as more than just a sludgy nuisance or an opportunity for play. When dug up from the right source, this gritty ingredient is perfect for detoxifying and relaxing and can even be used to address a bevy of skincare concerns. Muds from different corners of the world offer various benefits...

Inside Job

Discover how nutricosmetics can boost the health of your clients’ skin—and your spa’s bottom line.
In an effort to provide clients with more than just pampering and relaxation, many of today’s spas have also incorporated health and wellness offerings, such as nutrition consultations, fitness classes, and oral-based beauty-enhancing supplements known as nutricosmetics. Combining the health benefits of nutraceuticals with the cosmetic benefits of cosmeceuticals, nutricosmetics treat the skin and body from the cellular level by promoting skin cell renewal and revealing healthier looking and glowing skin. “Nutricosmetics promote the concept of beauty through nutrition and...

Bronze Age

Learn how sunless tanning advancements and top training techniques can help your clients and staff achieve the gold standard.
It’s no secret spa-goers love a golden glow, especially one that can be achieved without damage. According to The Beauty Company’s recent report, 99 percent of women surveyed have tried a sunless tanner, and 92 percent have used one within the past six months. The effective, active ingredients dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and erythrulose have been constants since the 1950s when sunless tanners hit the market. Fortunately, the fear of clients turning into smelly Oompa Loompa look-alikes has largely subsided, as the...

Think Romance!

Valentine’s day isn’t just for lovers—it’s the perfect opportunity to ignite the passion in your clients’ beauty routines, no matter what their relationship status.
Tricia Campbell, director of education for Jane Iredale—The Skin Care Makeup What’s your advice on creating a soft but sexy look for Valentine’s Day? The look is all about fresh, healthy skin that glows from within, like a golden goddess. To give skin a glowing touch, suggest clients add a little gold shimmer to their body lotion. What one feature should you focus on if clients are short on time? Bold, beautiful lashes are an easy way to make a...

Mane Management

Expand your menu with anti-aging hair remedies to help bring a youthful look to clients and tap into new business opportunities.
Clients often focus on their skin, but aging hair is also responsible for making them look older. A thick, lustrous head of hair can have the same youthful effect as a face free from lines and wrinkles. Thanks to a growing number of anti-aging haircare products, spas today and their clients are well positioned to reap the rewards of offering hair treatments that restore a more youthful look. “As hair ages, it becomes drier and breaks more easily,” says Doris...

Coloring Inside the Lines

Discover upcoming nail trends and the inspiration behind the most recent color collections.
While spring may still feel very far off, a sneak peek at nail trends for the year ahead may provide just the inspiration your clients need to shake off the winter doldrums. Here, some of the industry’s in-the-know nail experts weigh in on what to look forward to in the coming months. SpaRitual Shel Pink, founder What nail trends should we expect to see this year? For spring 2014, color is incredibly spontaneous. Look for fun and unpredictable pops of...

Feel the Heat

Today’s spa-goers are warming up to the modern hammam experience, which blends ancient traditions with timely touches.
The hammam experience is an age-old ritual of cleansing and purification in a heated chamber. With a long history in the Mediterranean, hammams served as places where people went to bathe, relax, and socialize. Originally featuring elaborate designs made of marble and stone, traditional hammams were architectural marvels that flourished in European and Middle Eastern countries. Today, they can be found in many spas worldwide, including North America. “A hammam, be it influenced by Turkey, Morocco, Rome, or Asia, can...

Citrus Splash

At home and abroad, on retail shelves and treatment menus alike, these mid-winter marvels shine.
As welcome as a shipment of tart, juicy grapefruit from the Sunshine State in the middle of a nor’easter, citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, orange, and tangerine contribute a shot of warmth and brightness to everything from purifying mists and toners to aromatherapy, massages, and facials. Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients such as potassium and vitamins A and C, the immune boosting fruits are star players in the beauty world. “Citrus oils are amazing mood li­fters,” says Amy Galper,...

Building Blocks of Beauty

Help spa-goers experience a youthful resurgence by offering stem cell treatments and products that leave skin looking and feeling younger and healthier.
From caviar and diamonds to gold and snake venom, spa-goers today are willing to go to extremes in search of the fountain of youth. Now, stem cells have become all the rage because of their super age-defying powers. “The growth factors found in stem cells provide the messaging molecules necessary to trigger collagen and elastin production, therefore providing the basis for healthier and younger looking skin,” says Crystal McElroy, national educator and sales and account executive for Dermatude North America...

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