Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Assessing the Damage of this Past Summer’s Sun Exposure

images-11Earlier this week, I attended a panel discussion by several leading dermatologists on the dangers of cumulative exposure to the sun. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m the last person to be found basking in the sun. In fact, one of my healthiest addictions is to sunscreen. I’m relentless when it comes to reapplying. Not everyone, however, shares my fear of ultraviolet rays. That’s why now—at summer’s end—is the perfect time to encourage your spa-going clients to schedule a yearly skin screening with their dermatologists to detect any potential skin cancers.

Here are a few sun-savvy facts you should know:

  • More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure.
  • The need for adult Americans to consider past sun exposure and damage has never been greater. Skin cancer is the world’s most common cancer but also one of the most preventable.
  • It’s not true that almost all UV skin damage is complete by 18 years of age. It can continue throughout an entire lifetime.
  • Actinic keratosis (AK) is one of the earliest warning signs of potential skin cancer and is caused by long-term exposure to the sun’s UV light. They are rough or scaly spots that form on the skin. AKs can vary in shape and color, ranging from red to light or dark tan, pink, or a combination of these colors.For more information, visit

Spa-Goers Can Fall into Relaxation at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

mob_spa012Although no one likes to watch the lazy days of summer come to an end, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, has made the change of seasons a little easier with its “So Long Summer” package. An ideal way to heal skin that has seen too much fun in the sun, this seasonal promotion is available throughout the month of September. For $360, spa-goers are treated to the one-hour and 50-minute Commonwealth Comforter journey, which includes a body exfoliation followed by the application of moisturizing oils and butter body, a hydrating facial, and a scalp massage. Also included is a 60-minute group Yogalates class, which combines mat Pilates with Vinyasa yoga for the ultimate core-strengthening experience. And, once they have worked up an appetite, guests enjoy a Bento Box lunch in the Spa Café. After a day of pampering, exercise, and a tasty meal, spa-goers will be ready to face the fall refreshed.

Is your spa offering any unique seasonal promotions? Post your comment below or email

Margarita Madness

margaritaI’ll admit: it’s Friday, it’s the end of the summer, and this girl would love a margarita. The frosty citrus-kissed lovely libation was made for sunny afternoons. With only weeks left to enjoy the summer, help your clients embrace what’s left and surprise them with this south-of-the-border inspired treat.

The Margarita Key Lime Pedicure ($115, 75 minutes) at Little Palm Key Resort’s SpaTerre is a popular pick. While guests enjoy a salt and lime exfoliation and a nourishing massage with Key Lime Lotion, they are able to kick back with a margarita of their own.

Year-round, guests of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dallas are able to enjoy Dean’s Margarita Salt Glow ($170, 80 minutes) body treatment. The skin is gently softened with a mix of buffing salts, simulating extracts, and lemon verbena, and then pampered with a 50-minute massage.

Have you come across any cocktail-inspired treatments? Do you have any stories about end-of-summer spa-ing you’d like to share? Feel free to comment or email us at

A New Study Reveals that Sun Protection is
Still an Afterthought for Many Young People

images-1Despite the fact that most people understand that sunscreen is the best way to prevent skin cancer, many still fail to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from the sun. In a recent study conducted by the New Age Skin Research Foundation, young people between the ages of 11 and 18 revealed a number of alarming trends.

More than 68 percent didn’t wear sunglasses on sunny days.
More than 79 percent didn’t wear protective clothing.
More than 78 percent didn’t avoid direct sun exposure or stay in the shade.
More than 43 percent didn’t use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more when at the beach or pool.

“Skin cancer is an insidious disease because it appears years after the damage has been done,” says Joshua Fox, M.D., founder and medical director of Advanced Dermatology, P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. “I think that’s part of the reason people have such a hard time understanding why they need to use sunscreen now. They think, ‘Nothing is going to happen to me 20 years from now.’ But the truth is that something can.”

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it is estimated that more than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 132,000 new cases of melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. In fact, melanoma is responsible for approximately 8,500 skin cancer deaths each year.

“When proper sun protective practices are followed consistently, skin cancer can largely be prevented,” says Fox. “We need to change habits and mindsets to help people see the necessity and urgency of protecting themselves against skin cancer.”

Good News for Night Owls at The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn

small-night-cabanas1Although the weather in San Diego is quite pleasant year round, warm summer evenings are a particularly enjoyable time to spend outdoors. With that in mind, The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn has introduced Moonlight Spa-ing. From 6 PM to 9 PM on select Friday evenings beginning July 17, guests can relax by the spa pool and enjoy the fresh evening air under a starry sky. For $150, this package includes the choice of a poolside 50-minute signature massage or facial along with a light three-course dinner from the spa’s dining menu served alfresco. For $25 more, those who want to make the experience even more memorable can opt for wine pairings with their meal. After a relaxing night like that, sweet dreams are guaranteed.

Arizona SpaGirls Put A Creative Spin on Spa Deals

SpaBound Summer Passport

Arizona SpaGirls has put together the SpaBound Summer Passport, a coupon booklet that offers bargains for spa-goers in the Arizona area. The glossy, 88-page booklet includes a free 25-minute treatment at Joya Spa, more than $2,000 in exclusive deals at more than 20 area salons and spas, insider tips, details, and photos. The $45 SpaBound Summer Passport is an inventive and cost-effective way to help Arizona spa aficionados find great deals, discover new spa favorites, and get the rest and relaxation they deserve this summer.

Celebrating Summer With Mii amo

To honor this year’s summer solstice, which takes place on June 21st,  Mii  amo (Sedona, AZ) will be offering guests a a week’s worth of activities to celebrate the new season from June 18–24. Inspired by the Native American’s belief that the solstice is a time for reflecting on the seeds planted in the earth and in our souls, the spa has lined up events ranging from Native American drumming to a medicine walk through Boynton Canyon to documentaries on topics such as the return of the buffalo and the bounty of the river’s edge. The spa is even offering a Native American Cooking Demo led by Native American chef Loretta Barrett Oden. It’s a perfect way to ring in the new season and celebrate a time of cleansing, renewal, and growth.

Safely Seeking the Sun

bahiaApril showers seem to have passed and the sun is finally starting to make a daily appearance. Shed your layers and head outside for some vitamin D, but please be responsible. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time for a full-body skin exam. Consider going in for a visit to your dermatologist or check out The Skin Cancer Foundation’s schedule for its Road to Healthy Skin Tour. This 80-stop tour is providing free skin cancer screenings in 50 cities across the country and hopes to screen more than 10,000 people through the fall.

For a safe sun-kissed look, sunless tanning treatments satisfy even the most loyal sun worshippers and are popular on spa menus across the country. Here are some services that will give spa-goers a healthy glow without any risks:

-Miami Misting ($95, 35 minutes) at The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach (FL) features a state-of-the-art misting session, which leaves guests looking like they took in a serious dose of Florida sun.

-Body Bronzing ($145, 50 minutes) at Red Door Spa (New York City) makes spa-goers radiant after a mild exfoliation and an application of self-tanning lotion.

-Tanning Treatment ($195, 60 minutes) at The Peninsula Spa (Beverly Hills, CA) uses an all-natural product called Chocolate Sun, which nourishes the skin while creating an even-looking tan. Bonus: the sweet smell of cocoa left behind on the skin.

-Body Glow Bronzer ($160, 50 minutes) at Spa Bellagio (Las Vegas) offers a spray-on solution to tanning. A full-body exfoliation kicks off the treatment, which allows the faux finish to last longer.

Feel free to email us at and tell us about your favorite ways to fake bake.

© 2007 American Spa Blog, - WordPress Themes by DBT