Archive for May 3rd, 2011

Miraval Offers Girls A Reason to Get Away

Ladies looking for a healthy escape will find just that at Miraval, the well-known all-inclusive resort in Tucson, AZ. Starting at $399 per person per night, with a minimum three-night stay, Miraval’s Girls’ Getaway package includes:

• Luxury accommodations

• A $130 resort credit per person per night to be used on additional services of the guest’s choosing

• A complimentary spa robe

• Healthy meals, snacks, smoothies, and non-alcoholic beverages

• Unlimited participation in daily programs, such as fitness and yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, and outdoor adventures

• Full access to Miraval’s resort amenities, including the golf courses and tennis courts

• Round-trip transportation to and from the airport

• A Miraval tote bag and water canteen

The offer is available through Sept. 30, 2011, so ladies have the entire summer to plan the perfect getaway.

Chemical Hair Straightening and Smoothing Treatments Come Under Fire

Although I was born with naturally straight hair, I sometimes covet my co-workers’ curls. That’s when I pull out the old reliable hot rollers to help me mix it up. Unfortunately, going straight can be a bit more labor intensive, not to mention potentially dangerous. Last month, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a health hazard alert to salons nationwide about the risks associated with popular hair straightening products and treatments, including the popular Brazilian Blowout. What’s the problem? According to the agency, formaldehyde, a common ingredient in many of the treatments, can cause nose and lung irritation and increase the risk of cancer. Despite such concerns, many spas and salons continue to offer the controversial treatments, satisfying the demand for fuss-free straight locks. What are your thoughts on the topic? Do these products and treatments pose a risk? And do you offer them in your spa?

Repêchage Honors Go Red for Women

On April 27, Lydia Sarfati, CEO and founder of Repêchage, teamed up with Lois Christie, owner of Christie & Co Salon in Bayside, NY, to honor Go Red for Women—the American Heart Association. At the event, Sarfati shared healthy skincare tips and discussed the benefits of seaweed, which is the basis of all Repêchage products. She also did a skincare makeover to a lucky Christie & Co Salon Spa client. In addition, Christie gave haircolor makeovers and Diane Sixsmith, M.D., chairman of the department of emergency medicine at New York Hospital Queens spoke about Go Red for Women and healthy heart tips.

Bioage Dermocosmetics Launches in U.S.

Bioage Dermocosmetics, a natural Brazilian skincare line that uses ingredients culled from the Amazon rainforest, has debuted in the U.S. With more than 150 products, BioAge offers in-spa treatment solutions and a variety homecare products. According to company officials, the most popular treatments are Bio Dermo Repair, which promotes facial rejuvenation through the repair of mitochondrial DNA; Vinotherapy for age prevention using grapeseed products; Bio Energy for a deep hydration that incorporates proteins found in the silkworm’s silk; Bio Amazon, a treatment to help combat cellulite; Bio Dermaroma, which was developed to treat sensitive skin by strengthening the capillary walls; Bio Excellence, which improves and lightens dark circles under the eyes; and Bio Filler, which fills wrinkles from the inside out by using the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid. For more information about the line, visit

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