Archive for July 24th, 2009

The Peninsula Chicago Helps Spa-Goers
Put Their Best Faces Forward

the-peninsula-chicago-peninsulachicagospaDuring these challenging times, stress and anxiety are definite buzzwords that we’re hearing all too often these days. Not only do these added pressures affect people on the inside, but, along with pollutants and seasonal changes, they also leave behind visible signs of distress on the skin. The Peninsula Spa by ESPA at The Peninsula Chicago recently unveiled a handful of relaxing, results-oriented facials that will help its guests reverse the effects of these stressors. For $250, each of the three 90-minute Super Active Advanced Facials, featuring ESPA products, will leave skin rejuvenated and refreshed and guests will enjoy the immediate results. The new services are as follows:

•Super Active Toning, Lifting, and Firming Facial: This anti-aging treatment improves skintone, renews collagen production, and firms the skin.

•Super Active Calming and Soothing Facial: Using ingredients that strengthen capillary walls and improve microcirculation, this facial relieves irritated skin and leaves it looking healthy and hydrated.

•Super Active Repairing and Restoring Facial: Ideal for sensitized skin, this rebalancing treatment, which incorporates products that are rich in plant oils and phyto-active extracts, evens out skintone restores vibrancy and radiance.

For more on The Peninsula Spa by ESPA at The Peninsula Chicago, check out “Such Great Heights,” in the July issue of American Spa magazine.

ISPA Reveals Steady Increase in Spa Industry

spagirlThe International SPA Association (ISPA) 2009 U.S. Spa Industry Update reveals a steady increase in overall spa locations, revenues, and visits. While positive, the findings are from the calendar year of 2008, which doesn’t reflect the impact the economy has had on the spa industry. “We are pleased to report that 2008 was another year of growth for the spa industry, but we know that we have a tough road ahead of us as our industry is not immune to the current economy,” says Lynne McNees, president of ISPA. “Even though the number of spa locations are up, at a per spa level revenues and visits are slightly down and showing the early effects of the economic downfall.”

Key findings of the 2009 Spa Industry Update include:

  • Overall industry revenues continued to grow at an annual rate of 17.8 percent, while at a per spa level revenue experienced a slight decline.
  • Day spas continue to dominate the industry at 79 percent of total spas.
  • When looking at spas by type, the number of medical spas continues to grow at the fastest rate. Since July 2007, the number of medical spas has grown by 85 percent.

For more information on ISPA and the 2009 Spa Industry Update, visit

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