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Spa News: July 24th is National Tequila Day, but Beware of "Lime Disease"

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Dermatologist Dr. Howard Steinman warns margarita-lovers of potential skin discoloration caused by chemical reaction between lime and sunlight.

July 24th is National Tequila Day, and while many people may choose to celebrate with a margarita, Dr. Howard Steinman, a dermatologist with DermOne Dermatology Centers, has a sour warning if sipped outside - skin discoloration that some are dubbing "Lime Disease,” correctly called Phytophotodermatitis by doctors.

Phytophotodermatitis is an inflammation of the skin caused by a chemical reaction between photosensitizing compounds found in certain plants and foods – especially limes – and exposure to sunlight. Results can be a red, sometimes blistering, skin eruption that often causes strangely-shaped streaks and can even look like a sunburn. The rash can then turn dark brown which can last for months if not treated.

Dr. Steinman explains, “It is common to see cases of lime-causing rashes during the summer season. I’ve seen cases of skin discoloration on wrists, face, neck and chests from tequila shots, where the drinkers squeezed limes while outside, and the juice dribbled on their skin. It is also seen in children and adults who pick fresh limes and then make lime juice. Because this is a reaction from the lime juice coming in contact with the skin during sun exposure, it can often leave unique patterns unlike rashes or a typical sunburn.”

The best prevention is not to cut or squeeze limes while making or drinking margaritas and other lime-ingredient beverages in the sun. Immediately washing hands and body parts that had direct contact with the limes can also prevent the rash. Sunscreen is not a preventative solution for this "Lime Disease" although proper usage of sunscreen is always encouraged to help prevent skin cancer.

Visit a board-certified dermatologist if you have handled limes in the sun and are experiencing Phytophotodermatitis symptoms. Treatment of the initial rash is with cortisone-based creams and antihistamine medications. The brown discoloration can be treated with sun protection, fading creams and camouflage makeup.

Spa News: GSN Announces Simon Robinson as Keynote Speaker at GSN Congress

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Global sustainability thought leader Simon Robinson will address industry leaders at this year's Green Spa Network Congress.

The Green Spa Network (GSN) has announced that Simon Robinson, a leader in global sustainability, will serve as a keynote speaker at this year's 8th annual GSN Congress, to be held September 26-30, 2015 at Tenaya Lodge, CA. With the theme of "Positive Change" in mind, the 2015 Congress will aim to inspire spa owners and industry professionals to explore new territory and make a difference in their businesses, communities, and the world. As one of this year's speakers, Robinson will teach attendees about sustainability, wellness and organizational transformation.

Alongside such colleagues as Fritjof Capra and Gunther Sonnenfeld, Robinson has acted as a world leader in sustainable thinking with a deep respect for the role that personal vitality plays in supporting a vital planet. Robinson, along with his wife Maria Moraes Robinson, co-authored the award-winning book, Holonomics, Business Where People and Planet Matter, and have been supporting groups across the globe to catalyze positive change towards a sustainable future.

“What I am really looking forward to is the fact that this congress brings together so many people from absolutely every part of the spa industry,” says Robinson. “There are some really exciting ways in which we spas can evolve, and which I have been discussing with the network already, but of course these seeds will grow and flourish once we start to go deep into the envisioning process with each and every participant.”

Robinson's recent international speaking engagements include TEDx, Sustainable Brands, London & San Diego, the GSM World Congress, Cannes, Nokia World Congress, Mobile Internet & Strategy Execution Summit.

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Spa News: Cuccio Colour Hosts Training Session in Hong Kong

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The first training in 10 years, the educational event trained existing Hong Kong educators on Cuccio's latest LED gel technology.

On June 16, 2015, Cuccio Colour held a training session in Hong Kong under the instruction of Jacqueline Yeung, business development director for Asia. The first training session in ten years, the educational event was attended by 30 existing educators who were introduced to the T3 LED Controlled Leveling Gel, Veneer Flat Art Painting, Veneer 3D Design Technique as well as given advice on how to choose the best LED Lamp and how to make more money with these products in salon services.

Says Yeung, "Hong Kong is one of the fastest lifestyle cities in the world, similar to New York, Singapore, and Tokyo. People in Hong Kong tend to want things fast and faster. In the past 10 years, most people in the nail industry are rushing to make money, and they only focus on making money everyday; you can see that there aren’t any classes that have more than 15 people because they don't want to spend their time for something that they might not be able to use in their salon work. We are so glad that we had 30 people join us at this training session, as this is our first step to establish our education system in Hong Kong. The reason why this group can be successful is because most of the big brands like OPI and Essie have been sold. Cuccio is committed to working only with professionals, and they know that we are all salon-centered when we invented our products. Secondly, when our Exclusive Distributor Nailtech Professional HK Limited set up this session with me, we decided to focus on what they need: salon useful information and technique. These are the reasons why we are successful, of course, we all have faith in our mind. Mr. Cuccio always tells us, "Why not? You never try, you never know!", so we tried and it turned out great! This is the most important encouragement that we have and we did it."

Says Tony Cuccio, "“Our LED gel is the hottest product out there so we wanted to be sure [our educators] were all trained on the latest technology. We hope they took away complete understanding of the new product, that they know how to work with it and that they take advantage of a nail that can be made quickly and dries in 55 seconds."

Spa News: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Offers New Marine Adventure Massage for Kids

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The spa at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, a leading all-inclusive resort in Mexico, will offer the new Marine Adventure Massage for kids this summer.

Young guests between the ages of four to twelve at Mexico's Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit spa will have the opportunity to dive into a magical, marine experience this summer with the new Marine Adventure Massage. Set right on the resort's pristine beach, the pop-up Marine Kids' Spa Cabana is decorated with animated sea creatures and shells and offers the perfect location for the fun and relaxing 25-minute Marine Adventure Massage against a backdrop of beautiful ocean views and the sound of rolling waves.

The Marine Adventure Massage includes a stuffed octopus with soft tentacles to caress and soothe the body, an octopus scalp massage, sea-brush to remove excess sand, and special massage cream. Kids are also gifted a juice plus a secret surprise at the end of their treatment.

The Marine Adventure Massage for children ages 4-12 is available now through August 16th for $65 USD. Additional kids’ spa treatments available year-round at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Spa include Pancho's Marble Massage, Tarzan and Jane Massage, Princess Massage and Flower Shower Massage.

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Record-breaking Attendance for Cosmoprof North America 2015

This year's CPNA hosted nearly 1,000 exhibitors and 30,000 professionals.

The 13th annual Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) show, held July 12th through 14th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, saw record-breaking attendance. Over 1,000 exhibitors from nearly 40 countries plus more than 30,000 beauty industry professionals gathered on the 252,908 square-foot trade show floor. This edition of the Las Vegas-based conference introduced revolutionary technologies and forward-thinking programs, helping the company to further its reputation as a leading B2B beauty trade show.

For more information about Cosmoprof North America, visit the extensive coverage from our sister magazine, Beauty Story Business.

Spa News: Meadowood Napa Valley Announces New Director of Spa and Wellness

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Michael Conte joins Meadowood Napa Valley as new Director of Spa and Wellness to head the opening of the new Meadowood Spa this fall.

Meadowood Napa Valley, a luxury resort and spa located in the heart of California's wine country, has announced that Michael Conte has joined the team as the new Director of Spa and Wellness. Conte will not only help create an elevated spa experience for the estate, but will also lead the opening team of the new 14,000-square-foot, all-suite Meadowood Spa anticipated to open this fall.

The new Meadowood Spa will have eight treatment suites, including six singles and two couples, each offering leafy, forested views and a spacious, private environment for treatments and complete relaxation. Under Conte’s team, each guest’s visit will begin with an in-depth conversation with a Spa Therapist, all of whom are trained in wellness coaching. The conversation will determine a curated treatment plan for each individual. The guest will then be escorted to his or her suite, which includes a private bathroom, steam shower, daybed and space to enjoy tea or light snack.

“Our therapists are going to be taking a personal interest in our guests’ overall well-being,” says Conte. “The overarching Spa experience will be a blended harmony of therapy, relaxation and education while offering a body, mind and spirit connection.”

The suite experience will include a pre-treatment (relaxation tea, as well as either a customized steam or dry body brushing), followed by the treatment plan created with the therapist and then conclude with a post-treatment organic elixir. A sneak preview of spa packages to be offered include:

  • From the Earth: This treatment focuses on the mind and will deeply relax and relieve stress by using nature found within Meadowood’s own landscape. Black walnut, found throughout the estate, will be used to create a gentle scrub, enhanced with custom-blended aromatherapy oils.
  • The Air We Breathe: A three and a half hour re-oxygenating and invigorating offering, this treatment will focus on recovery. The Air We Breathe is ideal for guests feeling the effects of jet lag or wedding and celebration festivities.
  • A la carte offerings will also be available for guests who are pressed for time.

Just prior to joining Meadowood’s Executive Team, Conte was the Director of Spa at Montage Laguna Beach, CA, where he led the Forbes Five-Star Spa to garner two consecutive World Spa Awards for Best Spa of North and South America.

Conte holds a BFA in Musical Theater and a minor in Directing from The Boston Conservatory in Massachusetts. He later shifted his professional focus and in 2005, retired from professional theater and went back to school, attending Mueller College of Holistic Studies in San Diego and graduating a Holistic Health Practitioner. After performing massage for a little more than three years, Conte was voted one of the best massage therapists in Orange County by RIVIERA magazine while working at the premiere Orange County Day Spa, Spa Gregories. During this time, he also was part of the opening team for the Renaissance Club Sport in Aliso Viejo, CA as Lead Therapist.

In 2008, Conte joined the Spa Leadership team for the opening of The Resort at Pelican Hill along the Newport Coast and was instrumental in helping to achieve a Forbes 5-Star rating before later joining Montage Laguna Beach. He has volunteered and partnered with non-profit Greet the Day, an organization dedicated to providing free spa treatments to individuals fighting cancer and also volunteers for the International Spa Association (ISPA).

Spa News: ISPA's Consumer Snapshot Initiative Goes Global

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For the first time, the International SPA Association Foundation's popular survey reveals spa usage trends and perceptions of the spa industry around the world.

Launched in 2011, the International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation's Consumer Snapshot Initiative provides valuable consumer insight into the spa industry "to better understand consumer choices and their overall perception of the spa industry." Now, for the very first time, Volume VI of the popular survey has extended globally beyond the United States to include spa-related research from the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

Says Lynne McNees, ISPA President, “This research aims to shine a light on spa usage trends and perceptions of the spa industry around the world. The level of interest in the results has been remarkable and builds on the continued success of the previous five volumes. As the first international edition of the series, this volume has been greatly anticipated."

Undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the latest edition of ISPA's Consumer Snapshot Initiative aims to uncover what motivates spa-goers to visit and, equally as importantly, to not visit a spa, as well as to examine consumer opinions regarding the spa industry as a whole. Data was collected from 4,028 responses from a sample of consumers in Australia, Cananda, the United Kingdom, and the United States.*

Consumer Snapshot Initiative Volume VI Key Findings:

  • Overall, Australia has the lowest percentage of spa-goers compared to the other countries surveyed. However, Australia has the highest proportion of male spa-goers relative to its total spa-going population.
  • Most people who visit a spa go between one and four times per year.
  • British spa-goers place the most importance on the social aspect of a spa visit, with nearly one in five (19%) using their last spa visit to "join a family member or friend."
  • Massage is overwhelmingly the top treatment across all four countries surveyed with almost three quarters of all spa-goers (72%) experiencing one within the last year.
  • When it comes to top treatments (including massage), there are only subtle differences between the most-requested services in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

“This research comes at such a fitting time as ISPA celebrates our 25th anniversary," says Michael Tompkins, ISPA Chairman. "A big thank you to our spa and resource partner members for their service to our industry. The quality research ISPA delivers is one of the many ways we serve our members and support the spa industry. ISPA has been the authoritative voice of the spa industry from the beginning and will continue in that rich tradition. We haven’t changed our focus in strengthening our industry - spa has always been our priority.”

More information on the ISPA Foundation and ISPA’s research can be found at

*The surveyed sample was selected based upon the most up-to-date census data in order to be representative of the age, income, and regional distributions of the entire population.

Spa News: Unilever To Acquire Murad Skincare

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Unilever continues to grow personal care prestige portfolio with acquisition of MURAD Skincare.

Unilever announced recently that it has signed an agreement to acquire MURAD, a leading clinical skincare brand. This follows the recent acquisitions of Dermalogica, Kate Somerville and REN, which jointly position Unilever as a key player in the personal care prestige segment.

Founded in 1989 in Los Angeles, MURAD is the first modern doctor brand, with a mission to provide proven, efficacious products. Howard Murad MD, a dermatologist, pharmacist, and UCLA professor, developed a unique recipe of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and hydrators to address virtually every skin care concern, from acne to anti-ageing. Murad has a significant presence in the US through professional salons and spas such as Massage Envy, and specialist retailers such as Sephora, Ulta and Nordstrom; as well as through direct sales. It also has a regional hub for Europe located in the UK, and the brand can be found in over 42 countries, in department stores, pharmacies, spas and salons.

Paul Polman, Unilever CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome MURAD to our portfolio of Prestige personal care brands. As an expert ‘Doctor brand’, MURAD offers products in a differentiated clinical and holistic well-being segment. It has a loyal following that gives it excellent potential for expansion, and wonderfully complements the brands recently acquired. We look forward to working with Dr Murad and his team to continue to grow the brand.”

Dr. Howard Murad added: “We’ve always looked for opportunities to reach more people with our message of Inclusive Health and to touch more lives with our targeted, high-performance products. With Unilever, we can broaden our reach and significantly grow our brand while remaining faithful to the founding principles of MURAD. There is a very bright path ahead and I am excited to work with Unilever to share our products with the world—together we can inspire every person that the MURAD brand touches to live life beautifully.”

MURAD’S heritage and success is grounded on the principle that beauty and good health are vitally linked and best achieved through an Inclusive Health lifestyle. MURAD products combine a unique recipe of high performance ingredients that deliver solutions for healthy, beautiful skin. The brand, which had a turnover of US$115m in 2014, will be incorporated into Unilever’s Prestige division, which is exclusively dedicated to select distribution and premium personal care brands.

Spa News: Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa to Offer Yoga Classes and New Wellness Package

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Fort Lauderdale-based resort and spa takes its wellness focus up a notch with new yoga classes and health and wellness package at SiSpa.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of white sand beaches dotted with palm trees and backed by the blue, Atlantic Ocean, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, a boutique-style resort with tons of Florida charm, is now aiming to cater to travelers and locals alike with its new yoga classes and Health & Wellness package, available at SiSpa.

Situated on the ocean terrace overlooking the beach, yoga classes are offered every Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. Classes are complimentary for resort guests, but local residents can join in on the fun for just $15 per class. Yogis can reserve a spot by calling SiSpa, 954-944-9528.

In addition, Marriott Pompano Beach is home to SiSpa, an award-winning, luxury, waterfront sanctuary. Providing guests with world-class wellness and pampering inspired by the natural beauty and healing powers of the ocean, SiSpa also offers hydrotherapy showers to clean and heal the body as well as a Relaxation Oasis Room to quiet the mind. A 24-hour oceanfront state-of-the-art fitness center is also available. Providing guests with the perfect balance between relaxation and rejuvenation, the Health & Wellness package, available for stays through Nov. 22, 2015 with rates starting at $204 per night plus tax, includes:

  • Tropical fruit plate and two bottles of sparkling water upon arrival
  • Beach umbrella and two lounge chairs daily
  • 30% discount on all regular priced spa services in SiSpa

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Spa News: Spafinder Wellness 365 Announces Certified "Cancer Aware" Wellness for Cancer Locations

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Spas and wellness providers that have completed special training will be identified on as qualified to provide services to cancer patients.

As the first organization to establish standardized, objective, cancer-focused training and business criteria for the spa and wellness industry, Wellness for Cancer aims to help those living with cancer by denoting certified national wellness locations that provide treatments and services specifically for cancer patients and their affected friends and family. As members of the global Spafinder Wellness 365 Partner Network, these locations will now be identified with a special Wellness for Cancer badge (see above) on and recognized as a provider of safe, therapeutic services for cancer patients.

“Our goal is to help those living with cancer, including friends, family and co-workers, easily find ‘Cancer Aware’ wellness locations like these with confidence,” said Mia Kyricos, chief brand officer of Spafinder Wellness, Inc. “Cancer patients and survivors are among those who need wellness services the most, and through our partnership with Wellness for Cancer we can help them lead healthier lifestyles and decrease the stress associated with cancer."

Certified properties also accept Spafinder Wellness 365 “I Care” eGift Cards, which can be used to give the gift of nurturing to friends, family and co-workers who are in need of relaxation and comfort. A percentage of proceeds for the sale of each “I Care” eGift Card will be donated to the Wellness for Cancer educational fund.

Medical specialists treat cancer as a chronic disease, and recognize the need for patients and survivors to lead healthy lifestyles, due to the increased risk of additional diseases and conditions as a result of certain cancer treatments. “Studies show the power of touch can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue for both cancer patients and survivors, and these individuals receive many benefits from wellness and spa services,” said Julie Bach, executive director of Wellness for Cancer. “We are excited that these properties have committed to providing clients with the services that will help them manage medical treatments and lead healthier lifestyles.”

Certified Wellness Locations in the US:

  • Cultivate Harmony Yoga (Denver, CO)
  • Dynamic Touch Massage (Costa Mesa, CA)
  • Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy & Wellness Day Spa (Long Island, NY)
  • Jeunesse Skin Care (Walnut Creek, CA)
  • Journey Massage & Spa Service (Pittsford, NY)
  • Lavender Skin Care Studio (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Main Street Massage Therapy (Flemington, NJ)
  • Mayu Sanctuary (Denver, CO)
  • Peace of Mind Massage (Denver, CO)
  • Radiance Spa (Jamison, PA)
  • Relax With Carol (Bremerton, WA)
  • Santulan Massage Therapy for Women (Simi Valley, CA)
  • Soulstice, LTD. (Denver, CO)
  • Spa Alexis Massage & Bodywork (Houston, TX)
  • Spa Gregorie's Day Spa & Salon (Newport Beach, CA)
  • Spa Gregorie's Day Spa & Salon (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
  • Spa On the Spot Mobile Day Spa (Buffalo, NY)
  • You're So Vain Salon and Spa (West Seneca, NY)