Archive for July, 2010

African Americans and Hispanics Run A Higher Risk of Dying From Skin Cancer

According to recent studies, African Americans and Hispanics are often less likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer in its early stages and need to get themselves checked as often as possible to avoid the cancer spreading. One recent study of 41,072 melanoma patients in Florida found advanced cases in 12 percent of Caucasians, 18 percent of Hispanics, and 26 percent of African Americans. “There is a fairly common misconception among African American sand Hispanics that we do not get skin cancer,” explains dermatologist Marcy Street, M.D. “Because light-skinned and light-eyed individuals are mentioned constantly, minority groups often surmise that the information somehow doesn’t apply to us because we don’t commonly burn or have warning signs of having had too much sun. Everyone, regardless of ethnicity, needs to get checked and often, especially if there is an abnormality.”

So remember to remind your clients of all ethnicities to get screened for skin cancer often, to keep their eyes out for any changes in moles, rashes, or skin discolorations, and to wear sun protection daily.

Time to Vote for the American Spa Professional’s Choice Awards!

What’s your favorite spa that opened this year? In your opinion, has anybody moved up in the ranks or emerged as this year’s favorite spa consultant? Have you sampled some amazing spa cuisine in 2010?

It’s time to tell us about the best things you came across in the industry this year. Please take a few minutes and share your thoughts for our annual Professional’s Choice Awards—click here. The polls are open through September 22nd and the results will be featured in the December issue of the magazine. To thank you for your time, you’ll be entered in a contest to win a $500 American Express Gift Card. Vote now!!

A French Affair in Upstate New York

Last week, I escaped the city’s ongoing heat wave with a trip to the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. For years, I’d wanted to visit Mirbeau Inn & Spa (Skaneateles) but found the logistics of getting there without a car somewhat daunting. After deciding a getaway road trip was the perfect antidote to the summertime blues, I made sure the charming inn was the first stop on my itinerary. Reminiscent of a French country home with its Monet-inspired gardens, Mirbeau served as the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding wine country. I was especially enchanted by the culinary creations of executive chef Stephen S. Landon and by the spa, which offers a host of vinotherapy treatments. For more on the spa’s grape-themed services, check out “In the Mix” in our September issue. And look for more to come on this idyllic retreat in upcoming issues.

Spa Chakra Encourages Guests to Get Fit

Now through Oct. 31, Spa Chakra at the Palmer House Hilton (Chicago) is offering guests a complimentary membership to the property’s fitness center with the purchase of any spa treatment. Located inside the historic property in Chicago’s bustling Loop District, Spa Chakra offers services that rejuvenate the body and mind in a calming and restorative environment. Guests purchasing any full price 60-minute service will be offered a complimentary membership to the fitness center for the 30 days following their treatment. The interconnected 10,000-square-foot fitness center offers guests conditioning and strength training equipment, an indoor swimming pool and group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates and cardio.

Completely Bare Thinks Ink

I’ve always abided by the ye olde laws established by the iconic Coco Chanel–too many accessories clutter an outfit. Should this maxim also be applied to body art “down there?” In the shadows of the Vajazzle (a service that allows ladies to add a little bling to their…ahem), emerges Bikini Ink. For $75, clients can get tagged with non-toxic body airbrush paint post-bikini wax at Completely Bare in New York. They can choose to get a temporary tat of a flower, sun, butterfly, or a group of letters. With a five-day life span, these waterproof tattoos, which can be easily erased with rubbing alcohol or baby oil, are meant to be a sassy add-on to a fairly standard service without much commitment. What do you think? Is Bikini Ink cheeky or chic? Fun or a faux pas? Tame or tacky? We would love to hear what you’re opinion is on this saucy statement!

SpaTerre At Riviera Resort & Spa Offers Guests Tuesday Night Treats

Not too long ago, I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend in Palm Springs, CA, visiting Riviera Resort & Spa. I had a blast relaxing poolside, enjoying delicious cuisine, and experiencing amazing spa services. The only way my trip could have been better is if I was able to partake in SpaTerre’s new Martinis & Manicures package. Every Tuesday from 6-8 through Oct. 26th, guest can spend the evening relaxing in the 12,000-square-foot retro-themed spa while enjoying a mini manicure, a complimentary martini, and appetizers. For only $35, it’s the perfect way to wash away the weekday blues. To find out more about the spa, check out our article in March’s issue of American Spa by clicking here.

Sparkling Hill Shines in Canada

The saying goes that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’ve learned that crystals can also leave a girl feeling good inside and out. I learned this on a recent trip to Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, British Columbia. Utilizing 1.9 million Swarovski crystals throughout the property, the resort is truly a dazzling site. Located on the edge of a granite ridge overlooking the Monashee Mountains and Lake Okanagan, the resort offers some of the most amazing views I’ve ever seen. I was able to explore much of the surrounding area during my trip–I hiked the property, rode a mountain bike across train trestles on the Myra Canyon section of the Kettle Valley Railway, and visited four local wineries. I loved all the outdoor activities I partook in, but afterward I was happy to enjoy the breathtaking views while relaxing indoors at Sparkling Hill’s beautiful 40,000-square-foot KurSpa. Stay tuned for more about the new hotel and spa in an upcoming edition of American Spa.

GlobalFit Helps Promote Healthy Living

Living in New York City, it is sometimes quicker to walk places than it is to take a cab or the subway, which I realized is quite beneficial after reading an email from GlobalFit, an online provider of benefits for healthy living. The report listed a variety of popular foods, along with the number of steps it takes to burn off the calories, based on an average calorie burn for a 150-lb person, and the results were surprising to me Here is a sampling:

• One serving of mashed potatoes: 1,540 steps
• One serving of chocolate ice cream: 1,980 steps
• Large French fries: 6,000 steps
• A slice of pepperoni pizza: 4,560 steps
• A Cheeseburger: 3,840 steps
• 16 potato chips: 1,800 steps
• A mug of beer: 1,680 steps
• A chocolate chip cookie: 2,520 steps

Even foods that are considered healthy require a considerable amount of steps to burn off calories, such as:

• A banana: 1,068 steps
• A navel orange: 828 steps
• A hardboiled egg: 936 steps
• 14 baby carrots: 672 steps

Luckily, GlobalFit offers online visitors a variety of options to help them stay healthy and keep the calories offer through education, community support, and incentives, but the benefits are not available to the general public. An employer or insurance provider must belong to the network. If you are interested in offering your staff an added incentive to stay healthy, your company can become a GlobalFit sponsor by clicking here.

Poolside Treatments Entice Las Vegas Spa-Goers

Las Vegas spa-goers can now experience poolside pampering with seasonal specials inspired to restore guests and offer respite from the hot summer sun at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace and The Spa at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Spa-goers at Qua Baths & Spa can indulge in:

  • Tops and Tails ($70, 20 minutes), which features a coconut or mango sugar scrub followed with a hand and foot massage
  • Restore ($75, 20 minutes), which is ideal for those seeking a remedy for sunburned skin and incorporates a dilo gel combined with exotic nut oil and pure aloe to cool and regenerate dehydrated skin
  • Cabana Massage ($140, 50 minutes), which features a full-body massage using Swedish techniques and Epicurean oil
  • Spa-goers short on time can take part in the spa’s Chair/Table Relaxation ($25, 10 minutes) that incorporates therapeutic massage techniques to relieve tension

Spa-goers at the Spa at Flamingo Las Vegas can enjoy poolside pleasures, as well, with services, such as:

  • Cabana Classic ($110, 50 minutes), which is a relaxing Swedish massage
  • Two-Pair ($220, 50 minutes) allows guests to enjoy their massage next to their partner in a cooled, open-air cabana
  • Chill Out ($85, 25 minutes), which is ideal for those looking for an antidote to stiffness, includes a head, neck, and shoulder massage using cooling gels to work tired muscles and dissolve aches and pains.

These new indulgent offerings are sure to make a splash with even the most discerning spa-goers.

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Helps
Guests Have Safe Fun in the Sun

While everyone knows that harmful rays can lead to skin cancer, the serenity of spending a day poolside can make even the most adamant SPF appliers forget their safe sunscreen practices. The new skincare concierges at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay and Marina (San Diego) have got these sun lovers covered with complimentary sunscreen applications. This smart service allows guests to enjoy the resort’s hotel pool deck, all three of the pools, and the private cabanas without having to leave early for fear of sunburned skin. Guests who had a little too much fun in the sun can indulge in the skincare concierge’s soothing after-sun treatments that include an application of aloe vera or vitamin E. “When you’re on vacation, it’s easy to forget your sunscreen because you’re out of your daily routine,” said Kyra Johnson, spa director of the hotel’s Blue Marble Spa. “The new service allows our guests to be freely active outdoors and enjoy all that our hotel and San Diego have to offer without the discomfort of a sunburn and compromising overall health.”

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