Archive for October, 2009

Treat Your Skin with the Clothes You Wear

img_2084Earlier this week, I was invited to an event launching a new line of accessories and active wear called SunSoul at Club H Fitness (New York City). This functional yet fashion-forward line relies on an advanced fluorescent technology and natural sunlight to treat a variety of skincare concerns. Shirts and hats featuring blumöd technology not only offer an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50+, but they also amplify the sun’s blue light to the skin to help treat acne. That blue light is the same as that used by skincare professionals to treat blemished skin. Yelomöd technology is also available to help rejuvenate skin. After donning SunSoul shirts in either blue or yellow, myself and several other health and beauty editors were invited to an energizing Urban Rebounding class.

Zendals Gives Back

spot_zendals1Zendals is minimizing its impact on the environment and helping children in need with the installation of a new recycling program. Zendals partnered with a recycling firm in New Jersey to collect returned Zendals sandals, which are ground up and reproduced into child-sized flip-flops. The flip-flops are then donated to children in need. In addition to donating sandals, Zendals gives back to the community by donating like-new robes to an outreach program that works with battered women and donates bedding to a sewing organization that will use them for community service sewing and quilting projects.

Four Seasons Becomes a Teen Sensation

spa_party117191233While adolescent sensibilities are notoriously difficult to tap into sometimes, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts seem to have mastered the skill. Designed specifically for the under 20-set, special spa treatments are being offered at Four Seasons spas around the globe that are sure to pique the interest of even the most fickle teen.

•The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora pampers its girly guests with the Star Fruit Manicure. This vitamin C-charged treatment, which moisturizes and protects against sun damage, is finished off with the guest choosing her ideal shade among a selection of hip picks that pop.

•Fierce manes can be tamed at the Four Season Chiang Mai, which offers the Wild Lime Hair Care treatment. The fresh citrus fruit is massaged into the hair and scalp and is followed by a fresh-scented wild lime shampoo and conditioner, to leave hair smooth and manageable.

•Since taking care of your skin is, like, totally in, the Four Seasons Resort at The Biltmore Santa Barbara offers the Teen Corrective Facial. Designed to treat excess oil, acne, and inflammation, the facial helps spa-goers get one step closer to flawless skin.

•To eliminate the effects of too much fun in the sun, the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita invites teens to enjoy the Sunshine Soother Scrub. Treating the skin with yogurt, fresh aloe vera, cucumber, and lavender essence, the treatment hydrates and soothes the skin, leaving it refreshed and nourished.

Do you offer any special teen treats at your spa? Please comment below or email us at

Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa Debuts New Kids Spa

images-11While I don’t recall being particularly stressed as a kid, I’m sure I would have been considerably more relaxed had I the opportunity to experience the new Kids Spa at Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa (Puerta Vallarta, Mexico). Intended for young spa-goers, ages five to 13, this fun-filled spa focuses on a variety of kid-themed treatments that incorporate a delicious array of mouthwatering scents, such as chocolate, coconut, mango, pineapple, and vanilla. To top off the experience, each treatment concludes with a delicious milk shake.

Chicago’s Peninsula Spa by ESPA Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

exterior_f_1Through the end of the month, The Peninsula Chicago will be raising money for the Windy City-based Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF). In addition to contributing $2 from every afternoon tea served in The Lobby and $5 from every dinner check from Avenues and Shanghai Terrace, the property will also be inviting spa-goers in the fundraising. When guests mention the breast cancer awareness campaign, $5 will be donated to the charity for every treatment at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA that is at least an hour. They will also have the option of offering an additional donation by adding to their total guest check.

In addition to helping the LSCRF, the spa is participating in the Pretty in Pink campaign and will continue to offer a $31 classic manicure through Halloween. In honor of this campaign, the spa made a donation to Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that supports young women who are at risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Guests who are interested in participating in these programs can contact the spa to make an appointment: (312) 573-6860.

Milady Announces New Reference for Massage Therapists

1418000140Written specifically for massage therapists and massage therapy students, The Complete Spa Book for Massage Therapists (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2009) by Steve Capellini offers spa professionals a real-world look into the spa industry. This reference book, which is available in November, features information about working conditions in actual spas, feedback from working spa directors and owners regarding what they are looking for in employees, and step-by-step instructions on a range of spa modalities. This comprehensive manual is sure to guide massage therapists on the road to success.

Empire Beauty Schools Prepare to Raise Funds for Domestic Abuse Victims During National Day of Beauty

dsc_03052Nearly 12,000 cosmetology students at Empire Beauty Schools are teaming up with local women’s shelters and CUT IT OUT, a grassroots organization dedicated to helping those who suffer from domestic abuse, to raise money for the cause. On Oct. 24, 88 Empire Beauty Schools will donate 100 percent of the proceeds raised from all hair, skin, and nail services to local adopted shelters in their area through Empire’s anti-domestic violence program, Empire Gives Back. To achieve this year’s goal:

Students and staff are selling $5 purple haircut coupon cards to student salon service customers for Oct. 24.

Food, clothing, and personal care items will be collected at schools to be donated to local shelters.

Students are given incentives to sell. The more money each school raises, the more financial assistance it will receive for its Future Professionals Expo fund.

Clients, students, and staff can purchase donation circles for $1 with all funds going directly to the local shelters.

“It is our mission not just to raise funds but to also really make a positive change for the victims of domestic abuse. We do this by educating our Empire Beauty School students about domestic violence, its signs, and where victims can find the help, hope, and refuge they urgently need,” says Frank K. Schoeneman, CEO and chairman for Empire Education Group. Additional fundraising efforts from Aug. 1-Dec. 31 will also benefit local shelters. Over the past four years, Empire has raised almost a half-million dollars through Empire Gives Back and National Day of Beauty. To find an Empire Beauty School hosting the National Day of Beauty, visit

IF Marketing Hosts One Day Aesthetic Course

chicago-poetry-calendarIf you are a Chicago-area medical spa professional looking to boost your business, mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 5th to attend IF Marketing’s Aesthetic Marketing Course. Topics covered during this one-day workshop will include how to capitalize on your internal market, tactics to attract new patients, word-of-mouth marketing formulas, and industry secrets your staff should know. The $250 fee includes a marketing certificate upon course completion; a valuable marketing textbook; a CD of forms, images, and worksheets; access to the Cosmetic Medicine Insider web forum; and breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, call (312) 335-1700 or visit

Spa Gregories Launches De-Stress Campaign

spag-delmar-07San Diegans are stressed out, according to a national survey conducted by Harris Interactive. In fact, the SoCal city was identified as the fifth-most-stressed-out city in the U.S.—following Chicago, Houston, Boston, and Los Angeles. So the folks at Spa Gregorie’s (Del Mar, CA) have decided to take action and have launched a campaign to help de-frazzle the lives of its citizens. This luxury day spa and salon has launched a contest seeking the most stressed out person in San Diego.

In November, Spa Gregorie’s will then offer one winner a 30-day de-stress program that includes nutritional counseling, detox therapies, guided imagery, healing rhythms, Swedish massage, and a facial, as well as a full makeover complete with professional makeup and hair expertise.

Those interested in submitting an entry should email by Oct.28 and explain why they are the most stressed-out person in the city. Spa Gregorie’s will narrow the search down to three finalists and will then take votes online for the favorite nominee. Anyone who logs into to vote during the course of the campaign will also be entered in a chance to win the Spa Gregorie’s Great Escape Package, which is valued at $500.

Beauty Chronicles Hosts Shop for the Cure Event

shoppingIn need of some retail therapy? South Florida-based Beauty Chronicles, an online beauty and fashion destination, is hosting a “Shop for the Cure” event tomorrow, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Miami Children’s Museum. Guests are encouraged to shop fall’s latest trends from a variety of local and national beauty and fashion vendors. Guests taking a break from shopping can enjoy mini-makeovers and massages, or partake in yoga, salsa, and belly dancing classes. What’s more, Beauty Chronicles is donating 100 percent of the admission proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help further breast cancer research. “This is an exciting event that brings together a mix of eclectic designers and the most innovative beauty products on the market today,” says Iris Gomez, president of Beauty Chronicles. “Not only is this the perfect mix of shopping, fashion, and pampering, but it’s also a night to come together for a good cause.” Tickets are available for purchase in advance at and at the door.

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