Archive for January, 2011
As a teenage girl, it is so important to have a role model in ones life who we aspire to be like and inspires us to fulfill our dreams. Jane Wurwand, founder and owner of Dermalogica, is one such person. She has served as inspiration for women for decades, and most recently, she has been chosen to participate in the 50 Years of the Pill: Bayer’s Celebration of Women’s Empowerment campaign, an online photo book that highlights such heroic women as Wurwand, Gloria Steinem, and others. The breathtaking black-and-white portraits were taken by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz and also include winners of the Bayer’s Make Your Mark contest, a contest that honors women who have submitted unique ideas on how they plan to make a positive impact on their communities. Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals worked on this powerful retrospective with national nonprofit Step Up Women’s Network (SUWN) to highlight how far women have come in the past 50 years, since the introduction of the birth control pill. Wurwand serves as a mentor at SUWN, and Dermalogica helps to create fundraising events to benefit teen girls who are at risk. Says Wurwand, “I am dedicated to ensuring the next generation of women is empowered through our partnership with Step Up Women’s Networks, mentoring professional women and the girls who admire them is a value we share.”
While I know for a fact that wellness is no laughing matter and that the benefits of spa are, indeed, endless, I also know it’s important not to take oneself too seriously. So, please, click here and enjoy this silly Saturday Night Live skit, “Spa Talk.” I hope, like me, you enjoy a quick giggle before getting back to the serious business of running your spa. Enjoy!
Although I enjoy my job and writing this very blog, the countdown has begun until I meet one of my closest friends for a vacation. In exactly three days (yes, I am counting), we will be in paradise, locked and loaded for good times. Nothing can recharge your battery as much as precious times with friends. With that in mind, Kohler Waters Spa at The American Club Resort (Kohler, WI) is offering the perfect girls getaway with the Women’s Weekend of Wellness a package, a great way to rejuvenate the mind and body with your favorite ladies. The package is being offered from March 4-6 and includes guest speakers discussing the pathway to wellness, spa treatments, and more. Here is a complete list of what’s on the menu for the retreat. The laughter and memories will be up to you.
• Two nights at the Inn on Woodlake or The American Club Resort
• A 30 percent discount on Kohler Waters Spa services and complimentary access to the spa
• Access to all weekend events, including dinner with keynote speaker Dr. Laura Berman, a well-known and respected sex educator, researcher, and therapist
• Free access to the Sports Core Health & Racquet Club
• Group Vinyasa Yoga
Rates begin at $378 per person with a portion of the proceeds going to the Step Up Women’s Network, a national nonprofit membership organization that connects professional women with underprivileged teen girls for support, advancement, and mentoring, so you can have a wonderful time with the gals while doing a good deed!
For reservations and more information about guest speakers and the events, call (800) 344-2838, ext. 898 or visit www.americanclub.com.
I throw the phrase “environmental aggressors” around a lot because Bioelements creates formulas that are designed to counteract them. But every once in a while, someone will look at me with a puzzled expression and ask, “Who in the world are these environmental aggressors?”
Well first off, they’re not mean-spirited humans on a nasty environmental mission. But they are skin destroyers that will make your clients look older than they should. Let’s take a look at the worst of the worst:
- SMOKE – This goes for cigarette smoking, and to a lesser extent, second-hand smoke. It chokes your skin’s tissues, causing blood vessels to constrict, which leads to wrinkles, sallow tone, rough texture and I’ll say it again…wrinkles! Seriously, I can’t repeat it enough – smoking is one of the most preventable skin agers, and one of the worst environmental aggressors.
- UV RAYS – No matter if it’s summer or winter, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are there. The skin’s epidermis is literally paper-thin, so UV rays can pierce through it easily. UVA rays (the ones that cause premature aging) penetrate the deepest, all the way to the dermis, where blood vessels and nerves are found. Who knew?
- POLLUTION – There are just some places where you can actually see the pollution. Remember that grimy-looking air during the Beijing Olympics? But you don’t have to see pollution for it to harm to your skin. Clogged pores and a dull complexion will tell the story.
- STRESS – Skin stress can come in different forms. External stress from harsh weather or overly-strong product usage can redden and irritate. Internal stress—work, family, relationships—can show up as blotchy patches or overall sensitivity.
So, now that I’ve told you about the environmental villains, what about the heroes? Protect your clients’ skin during the day with a UVA/UVB sunscreen (try Bioelements’ SPF 50 FaceScreen), and a topical antioxidant serum (like Urban Detox) to fend against smoke and pollution. To combat the effects of smoke, nothing beats quitting (click here: http://smokefree.gov/). As for stress…when you figure out the answer, let me know. In the meantime, try Stress Solution so at least the skin can cope!
Do your clients do battle with any of these environmental aggressors? Share your comments here.
—Barbara Salomone, founder and president of Bioelements Professional Skin Care
China Glaze Professional Lacquer can be found on the hands of the models in the Let’s Move! campaign, which was started by First Lady Michelle Obama. The campaign’s goal is to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition. Celebrity manicurist Cenita Scott chose China Glaze Innocence to adorn the nails of the young girls who will be featured in the advertisements. This sheer, light pink crème polish is perfect for enhancing the natural beauty of a manicured hand.
Although I’m too much of a carnivore to ever fully embrace a raw diet, I can certainly see the appeal. That’s why the new wellness workshop Explore Raw Vitality at The Resort at The Mountain (Mt. Hood, OR) sounds so intriguing. Slated for March 18-19, the program examines the healing powers of a raw diet with breakout sessions and demonstrations focusing on raw meals; keynote presentations from raw foodies; sound healing and music; and juice cleansing seminars. “It’s our goal to provide resources for our guests so that they may live an empowered life,” says spa director Joan Southon. “Raw living is such an enlightening way to reconnect with the sources of nature around us, while also living a healthy and vibrant life.” For more information or to sign up, visit www.explorerawvitality.com.
Interesting fact: More than 58 million pounds of chocolate will be purchased during Valentine’s week, bringing in more than $345 million in sales, according to a report by The Nielsen Company. That’s a lot of chocolate…and a lot of expanded waistlines! But that won’t be a problem for guests at Spa Eastman (Quebec), where they can opt for the health-conscious Two Layer Chocolate & Orange Cake. This delicious dessert has no flour and features dark chocolate, which contains 70 percent cocoa packed with cancer-fighting polyphenols. Here, we share the recipe with you.
Two Layer Chocolate & Orange Cake
• 8 egg whites at room temperature
• 1/2 cup of fine sugar cane
• 3 ounces of unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 tsp of baking powder
• 1 cup of orange marmalade with spices
• 1/2 cup of soy milk
• 1 1/3 cup of dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
• the zest of an orange
- Preheat oven at 350 F.
- With a mixer, beat the egg whites while progressively adding the sugar until the mixture rises, forming a meringue.
- Combine the cocoa powder and baking powder, and add to meringue very delicately using a spatula.
- Pour into a 8-inch cake mold that has been greased and floured.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let it cool 5 minutes, then remove from mold.
- Set on a cake plate, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Cut the cake in two horizontally. Spread the marmalade on one side and cover with the other half of the cake.
- In a pan, bring the soy beverage to a boil, and then pour over the chocolate, mixing until all the pieces have dissolved into a smooth texture. Proceed to frost the cake.
- Decorate with orange zest and serve.
I first discovered OKA b. sandals at a spa years ago, and I loved them so much I purchased my very first pair that day from the spa’s retail area. Not only do I enjoy the way the company’s signature reflexology-inspired massage beads feel but I especially love the variety of super cute designs, including the new 2011 Spring/Summer Collection. Capitalizing on a brighter future, the line features a cheerful palette, with the majority of sandals with a price point under $30. The collection includes unique combinations, such as the Cherry Tiffany with leopard bows, the Berry Erin with stacked floral rings, the Grass Green Anita with striped bow ties, the Popsicle Pink Angelica with patent leather flowers, and the Kiwi Alice with white candy flowers. “Our country has been in an economic slump that’s affected everyone’s mood, no matter what the market,” says vice president Kelly Schmidt. “And we’re finally starting to turn a corner and see our nation prosper. We wanted our collection to reflect that hope and positive outlook and give people something to smile about as they step into spring.”
Love is in the air at the Arizona Biltmore Spa (Phoenix). Throughout the month of February, the spa is offering a Romantic Couple’s Massage Under the Stars ($270 per couple) treatment, which takes place in a rose-petal strewn heated spa cabana, and includes a 50-minute massage, followed by champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries served at an adjacent outdoor Jacuzzi.
As a travel junkie with insatiable wanderlust, I jump at every opportunity to see the world. Unfortunately, neither my schedule nor my bank account allow me to roam the globe freely. That’s why I so appreciate it when spas bring a taste of the world to their clients. The Elysian Spa & Health Club (Chicago) is doing just that with a series of new destination-based spa treatments. Now through March, guests can experience the Pacific Islands, which is known for treatments relying on organic tropical fruits and aloe vera extract. Spa-goers will forget they’re in the windy city when they’re enjoying a Tahitian Fruit Wrap ($180, 60 minutes) or Nourishing Facial ($230, 90 minutes) with pineapple scrub and exfoliating coconut foot and hand treatment. From April through June, guests can get a taste of Thailand thanks to the Thai Lemongrass Body Exfoliation ($170, 60 minutes) and Thai Massage ($175, 60 minutes; $260, 90 minutes). From July through September, guests can imagine they’re in India with a menu of Ayurvedic-inspired treatments. October through December, it’s back to Chicago with an urban-inspired menu, featuring the Detox Wrap ($180, 60 minutes), the Urban Foot Rescure ($160, 60 minutes), and the Urban Renewal Facial with a Lilac Stem Cell Peptide Peel ($230, 90 minutes). What healing journeys and exotic escapes do you have planned for your clientele in the coming year?