Archive for February 3rd, 2010

Carrot Comfort

Today is National Carrot Day! Carrots are packed with vitamins A, B, C, D, and E to help boost immunity, improve wrinkles, and heal wounds. Celebrate this skin-saving vegetable by offering clients a carrot-inspired treatment or product at your spa.

Here’s a look at some great carrot treatments:

  • Carrot and Sesame Body Buff at Bliss Spas (various locations): This treatment features a carrot mulch and hot oil rubdown, a warm milk and honey drizzle, a skin-softening wrap, a sesame seed and sea salt scrub, and a Vichy shower.
  • Coconut and Carrot Body Glow at the Spa at Six Senses Hideaway Hua Hin, Thailand: Freshly grated coconut is mixed with turmeric and carrot to create a cleansing mixture that is gently rubbed over the body to reveal softer and smoother skin.

Here’s a look at some carrot-enriched products:

  • Elemis Vitamin-Rich Body Lotion contains extracts of skin-conditioning carrot seed, sweet almond oil, and wheat germ to moisturize dehydrated skin
  • Ilike Organic Skin Care Rich Carrot Mask rejuvenates the face, neck, and eye areas. It can be used in winter to reverse damage from the cold and wind and in the summer to soothe sunburned skin.

Precious Pampering in Park City at
the Newest Golden Door

110209-goldendoorI’m turning into quite the snow bunny, if I do say so myself. After an awesome trip to Lake Tahoe to check out the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Highlands last month (be sure to look out for our February cover story!), I was lucky enough to head to Park City, UT, last week for what has become an annual ski trip during the Sundance Film Festival. I arrived to town a little early so that I would be able to check out the Golden Door Spa at the beautiful Dakota Mountain Lodge, located within The Canyons Resort, and I was not disappointed.

Opened in July, the Dakota is the first Waldorf Astoria property in Utah and the first ski resort in the prestigious collection of properties. A perfect complement to the luxe label, Golden Door Spa is a glam 15-treatment-room, 16,000-square-foot hideaway for relaxation seekers. Paying homage to its home, which is nicknamed The Beehive State, the spa offers locally inspired treatments, such as the 80-minute My Dakota Honey signature facial, featuring a honey oatmeal almond scrub and mask that were developed exclusively for the spa. Designed as the ideal après-ski activity, the Mountain Salvation Massage brings muscles back to life by incorporating a combo of menthol, Ilex gel, and a special High-Altitude blend of essential oils.

For more on this alpine oasis, keep your eyes peeled for coverage in an upcoming issue of American Spa.

What Has Helped Your Spa Survive
this Economic Downturn?

By Guest Blogger | Feb 3, 2010

jillianwright3“In business, relationships and thinking outside the box are your two strongest allies. Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the recession, I needed to move my spa. With that, came the name and phone number change. Luckily for social networking, it has been easy for my clients to find us on Twitter and Facebook. With all these drastic changes during a very difficult economic time, a little humility goes a long way. We send out email blasts to our current clients with spa deals and upgrades. We connect with local businesses and give their patrons added value services. With all the media attention we receive, our fabulous new location and word-of-mouth referrals, we still had to think outside the box. We were introduced to Groupon.com. To gain a fresh new audience, we offered a massage deal on Groupon.com, which exploded! We sold more than 1,750 massages in one day, which made everyone happy. The staff and the clients are so appreciative. It makes for a very positive 2010. As a spa owner, you have to roll with the times and be flexible. The ultimate survival mechanism is a strong mind, a viable business, and happy clients.”—Jillian Wright, owner, Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa (New York City)

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