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Gratifying Giving

Breast Cancer Awareness
Learn how to choose a worthy Breast Cancer Awareness charity to support this October and beyond.
The color pink means unconditional love, nurturing, and femininity. As such, it’s a natural fit as the symbol of breast health and breast cancer awareness, which began with the founding of Susan G. Komen, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending breast cancer, in 1982 and the ensuing pink ribbon promotions that followed. Since then, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has become a force to be reckoned with, garnering billions of dollars through countless organizations dedicated to the search for the cure,...

Three of a Kind

When it comes to effectively treating a wide range of skin conditions, niacin- and niacinamide-based products and services are a safe bet.
Nourishing the skin in a variety of ways, vitamins A, C, D, and E are all well-known among skincare experts and spa aficionados. Less familiar to them, perhaps, are the benefits of the missing letter in the sequence—B. However, vitamin B is one of the most essential vitamins in promoting healthy skin and hair. While the eight water-soluble B vitamins all offer benefits to the skin and body, B3 (niacin) is fast becoming known as an anti-aging powerhouse. Niacin, the...

High Peaks

The Spa at Whiteface Lodge
A rustic Adirondack retreat is reaping the rewards of thoughtful and solid planning.
A grand retreat with its wood-beamed exterior, inviting suites, cast-iron fireplaces, and handcrafted Adirondack furnishings, Whiteface Lodge (Lake Placid) is located in Adirondack Park, a six-million-acre recreation area in upstate New York. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, the property also entices guests with The Spa at Whiteface Lodge , which debuted in 2006. The 8,000-square-foot spa, featuring eight treatment rooms, offers spa-goers a tempting menu with signature treatments, such as The Lodge Mud Wrap (starting at $145, 50 minutes) and...

Body Guard

Anti-aging treatments
Learn how your spa can capitalize on the demand for youthful skin from head to toe by offering treatments from the neck down.
Spa-goers, along with the rest of the population, are living longer and working through their golden years. Many want to look as good as they feel from top to bottom, prompting them to seek anti-aging solutions beyond facials. “Today, anti-aging is even more of the focus of self-care than before,” says Szilvia Hickman, owner of Ilike Organic Skin Care. “Consumers are well informed and realize how important their overall wellbeing is for longevity. Your spa can further educate the sophisticated...

Sulfur Springs Eternal

Discover how this mighty mineral found in soothing soaks also packs a powerful punch in the fight against acne.
People have flocked to mineral springs throughout the ages for their health and wellness benefits. Sulfur, one of the healing minerals found in hot springs and volcanic regions, is reputed to treat skin irritations, arthritic pain, allergies, inflammation, and more. It should come as no surprise then that balneotherapy, the treatment of disease by bathing, is considered a medical science in Europe and beyond. Although the American Medical Association has yet to recognize the treatment, sulfur is proving to be...

A Shot in the Arm

IV therapy
For a healthy infusion, spa-goers are turning to IV therapy to put them on the fast-track to wellness.
While most people aren’t fans of needles, many are getting past their aversion to them to embrace booster shots and intravenous (IV) therapy, a growing trend that gives spa-goers another way to incorporate wellness into their lives. Popular among celebs, professional athletes, and wellness enthusiasts, these vitamin infusions are winning people over with the promise of a quick fix. “More and more people from all walks of life are putting a premium on health and wellness,” says Jack Dybis, M.D.,...

The Smell of Success

Find out why aromatherapy is a scent-sible solution for enhancing the spa experience and attracting a loyal clientele.
Of the five senses, smell is most connected to emotion and memory, as it is the only sense with a direct path to the brain’s limbic system. This is why people are more likely to remember something they smell over something they see, hear, taste, or touch. According to Janel Luu, CEO of Le Mieux and PurErb, aromas have a powerful effect on the mind, mood, and memory, because when essential oils are inhaled, aroma molecules stimulate receptor neurons in...

Attachment Theory

ceramide-based products and treatments
Help clients hold on to their youthful appearance by offering ceramide-based products and treatments.
Today’s savvy spa-goers are familiar with the benefits of many common anti-aging ingredients, such as acids, collagen, peptides, and retinol. However, there are other highly effective and under-the-radar ingredients, such as ceramides, that deserve attention when it comes to achieving younger- and healthier-looking skin. “Ceramides are waxy substances found in our skin’s lipid bi-layer and cell membranes,” says Irena James, cofounder of CelleClé and vice president of product development at YG Laboratories. “Together with cholesterol and fatty acids, they help...

Good and Plenty

Exterior of The Spa at La Costa at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (Carlsbad, CA)
A celebrated California resort spa proves wellness is always in style.
Opened in 1965, The Spa at La Costa at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (Carlsbad, CA) is considered one of the first resort spas in the U.S. Costing approximately $3 million, it featured an impressive list of amenities, including swimming pools, gyms, saunas, and mineral pools. It was also the first spa to receive an endorsement from the American Medical Association. A hotspot for the Hollywood elite, the property continues to entice wellness-seekers with its luxury accommodations; two championship...

What factors did you consider when choosing your spa’s robes and slippers?

spa robes and slippers
What factors did you consider when choosing your spa’s robes and slippers?
“We definitely considered functionality and comfort in our decision. In selecting robes and slippers for Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness (LDV) at Cantera Resort and Spa in San Antonio, TX, we decided to offer a few options. I conducted an online survey of about 500 men and women and determined that most spa-goers would prefer to wear loungewear, aka pajamas. If only robes were available, the preference would be for a colored robe, not white or cream. We chose...