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Share Your Spa Star Selections and Vote For
the 2011 Professional’s Choice Awards

No doubt about it, spa biz insiders know what works when it comes to top products, spas, people, and more, and it’s time to share your thoughts. What’s your favorite spa that opened this year? Has anybody moved up in the ranks or emerged as this year’s favorite spa consultant? Have you sampled some amazing spa cuisine?

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 15th, 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!!

WaterGeeks Offers On-The-Go Water Filtration Bottles

My co-workers make fun of me on a daily basis because I am never seen walking around the office without a bottle of water in hand. I consciously try to keep hydrated at all times, as I realize the benefits of drinking plenty of water for my skin and overall health. However, living in New York, City, I don’t exactly trust the water that comes from the tap, which both smells and tastes terrible. But buying 10-plus bottles of water per day not only costs a fortune but it is also environmentally irresponsible. Now, thanks to the fine folks at WaterGeeks, I no longer have to struggle with this issue. The company recently introduced the Pure Blue Filtered Bottle, a portable, affordable solution created to reduce chlorine, chromium, heavy metals, and other contaminants found in tap water. The filter capacity is 80 gallons (which is about 800 12-ounce servings), so it doesn’t have to be changed often. The bottles are available in a variety of colors, so I can even look stylish while drinking responsibly! To find out more or to order your own bottle, click here.

Exhale Mind Body Spa Creates a Skincare Revolution

Between my love for the summer sun, the changing climate, and the harsh reality of aging, my skin tends to require a lot of attention. That’s why I was thrilled to hear about Exhale Mind Body Spa’s new and unique Skincare Revolution initiative. Starting in October, this program is designed to meet client’s specific needs, whether skin is dry, mature, oily, acne prone, combination, or aging. After a consultation, an esthetician creates a customized approach to target and solve existing skincare issues while also preventing further damage. The client may choose between a regimen of four, eight, or twelve sessions. Exhale’s main goal is to build the foundation for healthy skin that can also be maintained at home, so clients will also enjoy a 25 percent discount on skincare products purchased during the program to maintain their newly glowing and revitalized skin.

Shortcuts Launches Scorecard Feature

Shortcuts launched its latest feature, Scorecard, specifically for business owners who have ever wondered if expectations on staff are too low, if sales targets lack ambition, or if marketing could be more driven. Scorecard allows spas and salons to compare their performance against others in their city or state or across the country. In addition, Scorecard users can view sales, statistics, retail numbers, and more to see where they are at and where they should improve. “Many technology companies in other industries, including Google, have been creating similar systems to help their clients understand their performance and benchmark themselves against others in their category,” says Paul Tate, CEO North America for Shortcuts Software. “Viewed in context with other business results, your business data suddenly has more meaning and it’s much clearer what areas could use some work or where you excel compared to others.”

For more on new technology features and news, check out American Spa’s September issue.

A New Website Helps Debunk Popular Beauty Myths

If you’re always on the hunt for a reliable source of health and beauty info, you may want to check out Created by Mehmet Oz, M.D., F.A.C.S., a cardiothoracic surgeon and host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Michael Roizen, M.D., chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, the website brings together industry experts in beauty, fitness, and science to help debunk common myths with proven facts. The site features fun quizzes, articles, and discussions that may help you better understand the science behind healthy habits, thereby helping you to bring out the inner and outer beauty of your clients. What beauty site do you rely on to keep informed?

SpaBooker Launches Facebook Scheduling Application

Cool social media news from SpaBooker by GramercyOne. The company has launched a Facebook application for spas that provides online booking for their customers without leaving the spa’s Facebook page. Following a completed booking, customers can share the appointment with friends, sending it viral. “We are recognized in the industry for our continuous product innovation, bringing the latest technology and marketing services to our clients,” says Josh McCarter, CEO of GramercyOne. “We see tremendous excitement in the industry for the SpaBooker Facebook scheduling app and eager anticipation of the new business that will be driven to our clients through this social marketing channel.”

So far, spas are excited about the new service. “SpaBooker’s new Facebook app is great, and our customers are going to love it,” says Kristen Haines, owner of Euphoria Spa (New York City). “To us, it means great service and more business. We love communicating through Facebook and now customers can book right then and there. To be able to capture the power of sharing the booking is awesome – we’re now into viral marketing!”

While you’ve got digital directives on the brain, be sure to tune in to American Spa’s September issue, which will highlight the latest and greatest when it comes to technology.

Repêchage Lightens Up

Yesterday, I spent my afternoon learning about an exciting new launch from Repêchage—the Biolight Collection. This exciting new offering was created to battle hyperpigmentation and age spots to help reveal radiant skin. The collection was created using antioxidants, botanicals, and seaweed and includes:

  • Biolight Brightening Cleanser
  • Biolight Brightening Toner
  • Biolight Brightening Daytime Protection Cream
  • Biolight Brightening Skin Correct Serum
  • Biolight Brightening Overnight Cream
  • Biolight Brightening Miracle Mask

It also includes an in-spa service—the Biolight Miracle Facial with Glyco-Sea Peel, a treatment designed to brighten the skin, diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and enrich the skin. I’m testing it out next week, and I’ll be sure to report back on the results.

And stay tuned for an upcoming issue of American Spa, where we’ll highlight the new collection.

Sagestone Spa at Red Mountain Resort To Become a Clarins USA Spa

Red Mountain Resort announced exciting news for anyone who loves Clarins’ products and treatments as much as I do. Starting in September, Red Mountain Resort’s acclaimed Sagestone Spa & Salon will be the first spa in Utah to become an exclusive Clarins’ USA spa. The spa has taken on the famed Clarins’ Touch massage technique that was developed in Paris by Jacques Courtin-Clarins in 1954. The technique involves over 80 complex hand movements and rhythmic strokes that balance and renew the body and mind.

Here is a look at some of the Clarins’ treatments that will be offered at the Sagestone Spa:

The Lifting Line Smoother ($120, 50 minutes): This youth recovery treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines by utilizing sunflower phospholipids, bluebutton flower, and hops.

Sea Lily Luminosity Treatment ($120, 50 minutes): Clients will reveal fresh and glowing skin with this treatment that utilizes sea lily flower to reduce pigment producing cells and diminish age spots.

Anti-Ageing Special ($120, 50 minutes): This intensive all-over body treatment is designed to firm and tone the skin while leaving it soft and renewed.

Customized Mud and Clay wraps by Clarins’ ($120, 50 minutes): The customized mud and clay wraps use an array of unique ingredients to tone the body and relax the body and mind.

Exfoliation by Clarins’ ($115, 50 minutes): Each guest will be pampered with this exfoliating treatment that is customized to meet individual needs.

Spa-Goers Can Soak Up the Sun
at The Peninsula New York

This summer, The Peninsula Spa by ESPA is offering Manhattanites a sky-high escape from the urban jungle with the re-opening of its outdoor wraparound Sun Terrace. Featuring stunning city skyline views, the 2,700-square-foot open-air space features loungers, dining tables, outdoor spa treatments, and yoga classes. Normally reserved exclusively for hotel guests, New Yorkers can gain access to the Sun Terrace and the Spa’s entire facility by becoming a Summer Fitness Member ($500 per month), booking a mid-week “Spa-cation” package ($285), or reserving a minimum of two hours of treatments Friday through Sunday.

The new Sun Terrace expands upon the chic elegance of The Spa, utilizing rich saffron and russet colored fabrics and teak accent furnishings that complement the subtle hues of gray and brown that forms the environment. Relaxing sun loungers and tables for outdoor dining create a zen environment to enjoy the captivating city views. The Terrace’s amenities include a food and beverage menu complete with cooling fruit smoothies and fresh seasonal dishes. A full-time attendant provides a never-ending supply of sun block, chilled hand towels and bottled water.

For the fitness-minded, complimentary outdoor sunrise yoga classes are held three times per week at 7 a.m. on the Sun Terrace. The Fitness Center’s personal trainers are also available to customize outdoor training sessions so that guests can enjoy the fresh air and city views while engaging in a tough workout.

Sounds to me like the perfect place to enjoy summer in the city. I know where I’ll be spending my weekends!

Mandarin New York’s Spa Vitality
Pools Get An Oxygen Boost

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York has introduced oxygen-intensified healing waters in its men’s and women’s Vitality Pools with the installation of technology from Oxygen Pur Spa. The spa is the first spa in the world to adopt Oxygen Pur Spa’s proprietary, infusion technology, which brings the therapeutic benefits of oxygen to spa-goers for enhanced wellbeing. Using the system, the spa’s Vitality Pools now feature supersaturated levels of dissolved oxygen, 20 times more than what is found in normal tap water. By using the oxygen-intensified Vitality Pools, guests can absorb increased oxygen through the skin, the largest organ in the body, substantially boosting oxygen levels in body tissue. Benefits of increased oxygen can include better skin cell respiration, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, and wrinkles, leaving skin clearer, softer, and healthier. Increased oxygen levels also assist with an overall release of toxins in the body, increased circulation, and elevated energy levels for a feeling of enhanced overall wellness. For visitors to this award-winning spa, it’s a true breath of fresh air.

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