Archive for August, 2011

Learn the ABCs of Skin Cancer Detection

With summer drawing to a close, there is no better time  to survey the damage the season has caused to your skin. It’s also a great time to remind your clients that they, too, should be scheduling yearly check-ups to determine whether any questionable spots could potentially be skin cancer . Here, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs skin cancer surgeon Kenneth Mark, M.D. shares the ABCs of skin cancer detection with problem signs to consider when evaluating moles:

  • Asymmetry
  • Border Irregularity
  • Color Change or Dark or Multicolored
  • Diameter Greater Than 5 to 6mms

While the only way to know for sure if a troublesome spot is skin cancer is to visit a qualified dermatologist, you and other spa staff members are in a great position to encourage your clients to get checked.

Primavera Makes U.S. Debut

Arriving from Germany, Primavera is an all-natural skincare and aromatherapy line that has recently debuted in the U.S. The collection harnesses the healing powers of nature with skincare, bodycare, wellness therapies, and home fragrance products. Primavera offers effective products with the highest percentage of certified organic ingredients available based on pure essential oils, seed oils, base oils, and plant extracts, which results in therapeutic benefits to skin and senses. It can be purchased via partner spas throughout North America, including Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico), Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa (CA), and Niki Bryan Spas at Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando and Hawaii. Visit for more information, and if you are attending Spatec Fall, which takes place next month in California, be sure to check in and be introduced to the line.

Millennium by Harms Launches Millennium TV

Millennium SpaSalon Software by Harms has launched Millennium TV, a new media platform to showcase videos about the company, its products, and events. For more information, visit

The Viceroy Bali Offers a Spa and Wellness Package

The Viceroy Bali, which is a luxurious 25-villa retreat located in Ubud, Bali, features stunning views, luxurious accommodations, and excellent service that will help to renew each guest’s body and mind. Now, for the ultimate in pampering, the hotel is offering a Spa & Wellness Package (starting at $1,701), which is focused on overall wellbeing and includes a three-night stay in a luxury pool villa, a one-hour yoga class, a two-hour couples’ spa treatment, and a four-hand harmony massage at the resort’s Lembah Spa. Guests will also enjoy a welcome drink and cool down towel upon arrival, daily breakfast, a delicious three-course dinner for two at the resort’s award-winning CasCades restaurant, and a three-course high tea experience.

Sphatika Offers Up an Experience to Remember

Despite the the accessible pampering my title may imply, it’s not always easy to escape the deadlines a magazine requires. Even when the task at hand is work-related, rarely do I have an afternoon to spend kicking back at a spa. However, several weeks ago I was invited to sample the Sphatika Signature Experience ($250, 2 hours) at Sphatika (New York City). After a frantic day of tying up loose ends, I found myself excited at the chance to clear my head. In fact, when it came time to set my intention for the treatment, I opted for total relaxation without a moment’s thought. I was then given a crystal to keep before being led to the spa’s Far Infrared sauna. There, I let the music wash over me as the heat from the sauna penetrated my body and began to ease the stress and tension I had been carrying with me. In the treatment room, I was given an invigorating skin brushing and an application of Sphatika Orchid Mineral Mask before being placed under a steam canopy. To top off the experience, I was treated to a lymphatic drainage facial and  a Hemp Oil Body Massage. When it was over, I felt ready once again to tackle the world.

Exhale Celebrates National Yoga Month with NamasDAY

Next month is National Yoga Month, and Exhale is celebrating with style with NamasDAY, which takes place Sept. 22. The company will be relaunching its yoga program on this date by hosting NamasDAY events at all Exhale locations across the country. The aim of NamasDAY is to bring guests together as a community to build awareness of yoga’s proven health benefits and provide people with actionable guidance and tools to enhance their own well being all while having fun. As part of the celebration, Exhale will host special complimentary yoga classes throughout the day. In the evening, all locations will host a yoga bash, featuring a variety of free classes including Music Yoga Flow, special contests and prizes, swag bags, and live music.

“NamasDAY is an exciting way for exhale to bring together the yoga community, and inspire new guests to try this incredible mind body practice,” says Erin Jacques, director of yoga at Exhale. “Our yoga program offers the highest quality of teachers and the most varied range of classes. We can’t wait for the whole country to be celebrating on the same day.”

Renowned Chef Hosts “Plates and Pilates” Retreat in Italy

Renowned  chef and restaurateur, Kelly Liken, who has appeared on such shows as Bravo’s Top Chef D.C. and the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, is heading to Italy and bringing along her passion for cooking and Pilates. From September 5-11, Liken is inviting guests to join her for the “Plates and Pilates” retreat taking place during the Italian harvest season at the luxurious Cascina Papaveri villa, a small working farm, in Piedmonte, Italy. The week-long retreat offers guests the chance to rejuvenate the mind and the body with Pilates and yoga and embrace their love of cooking. “Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand,” says Liken. “I love food and cooking and it will always be a part of my life. I thought, what better way to bring the two things that I love doing to such a beautiful setting as Italy?”

During the culinary portion of the trip, Liken will lead guests on day trips to the market while introducing them to respected artisans along the way. She will also guide guests on a truffle hunt to enrich their cultural and culinary experience. Every evening she will teach a hands-on cooking class where participants will learn how to make such Italian classics as handmade pasta from scratch. For those guests who truly want to embrace the wellness experience, expert Pilates instructor Elizabeth Sullivan will be on hand to lead Pilates and yoga classes in the state-of-the-art Pilates studio. Sullivan will provide an intimate setting where guests will receive a customized program to fit their goals and lifestyle. Guests can also enjoy such leisure activities as a wine tour in the breathtaking Piedmonte wine region, where they will learn all about food and wine pairings. The villa also offers a private pool where guests can relax and local villages to stroll through and explore.

Jurlique Launches New Website

Jurlique recently launched a new website, which will enable the company to reach both new consumers and fans of the natural beauty brand through an engaging mix of content, commerce, and community. Key features of the site include a new ratings and reviews system, a personalized skin consultation tool that recommends products based on the individual’s skin profile, and the ability for visitors to preorder new products before they arrive in stores. In addition, the site’s improved navigation makes it easier to browse and find sought-after products.

Demandforce Launches the Demandforce Network

Demandforce has debuted the Demandforce Network, which provides Demandforce subscribers (spas, salons, chiropractors, dentists, auto shops, and optometrists) with a new way to accelerate consumer demand. The Demandforce Network links together more than 20,000 local business users to promote their online reputation and reach an ever-expanding network of more than 65,000,000 shared consumers. Free to its subscribers, Demandforce creates a rich online Business Profile for every subscriber and then promotes that profile to consumers who patronize other non-competing businesses within the Demandforce Network, resulting in increased consumer demand.

Beauty Junkies Get Their Fix with BirchBox

I’m always on the hunt for fun gift ideas. So when one of my favorite publicist friends started singing the praises of BirchBox, I decided to check it out. It’s basically a subscription service in which you receive a box filled with four to five samples from various spa and luxury brands each month. From skincare products, makeup, fragrance, and more, the goodies are all generously sized so as to allow you a chance to determine if they’re right for you. Think of it as a beauty box of the month club. For beauty junkies, it’s the ideal gift. While we all have our favorites spa brands, this is a great way to branch out and sample new products. You can also customize your box by filling out a Beauty Profile. That way you’re sure to get products chosen for your specific skin type and coloring. Membership definitely has its benefits.

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