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Five years after the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, many Americans are still living a “post-recession” lifestyle. Between pay cuts, lack of opportunity for advancement and heavier workloads, it is no surprise that one third of American employees experience chronic work stress according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association. Countless studies show that this never-ending, physical and mental strain can lead to a number of severe health problems including heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. The bright side, however, is that even the most stress-inflicted workers can lower their risk of disease by simply practicing healthy habits. As research shows, this most definitely includes regular spa visits.
Since its inception in 2004, Spa Week Media Group has lead the way in connecting consumers with the powerful and life-changing benefits of the spa with its spring and fall events’affordable $50 spa and wellness treatments. According to the International Spa Association, 72% of spa goers in the past year said their stress levels influenced their decision to visit a spa. With consumers becoming increasingly more health (and budget) conscious, spas have experienced a major shift from being portrayed as places of pampering to healing sanctuaries for body and mind for millions of people. Spa Week, the country’s leading and most reputable Spa Marketing Event, has successfully manifested the connection of health and spa to the masses for almost a decade by heavily discounting costly spa and wellness services on the grand scale.
Moving into its 19th installation, Spa Week’s fall 2013 event will take place from October 14th – 20th when hundreds of spas (day, medical and resort), yoga and Pilates studios, and fitness and wellness centers will offer up to three signature treatments for just $50 each. Featured services are valued at anywhere from $100 to $500. Holistic healing and natural therapies including Ayurveda have been used for centuries to help counter the effects of stress and better overall health and well-being. Now, with the majority of spa patrons seeking stress relief, such practices have gone mainstream and are being offered by the most prestigious wellness facilities and local day spas alike. Look no further than the Spa Week menu to find hundreds of these detoxifying, relaxing and renewing services, all at an affordable cost. With endless treatment options to choose from, Spa Week provides a way for everyone to find calm and a sense of balance all while keeping their fear of overspending at bay.
In order to receive exclusive information on participating spas and wellness locations and their $50 services, consumers should register on SpaWeek.com as early as possible. The complete directory will launch on September 16th to allow spa-goers to begin booking their most desired services in advance. Visitors to SpaWeek.com also have the opportunity to give the gift of wellness by conveniently purchasing the Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week® on SpaWeek.com. Accepted at over 7,500 spas and wellness locations across North America and never expire, Spa & Wellness Gift Cards may be used during Spa Week or any time of the year. Recipients will have the freedom to choose from thousands of locations and services, all while knowing that you have their long-term health and happiness in mind.
While the economy still struggles to repair itself, many people are taking their health and well-being into their own hands and this includes seeking medical, emotional and even spiritual relief from the spa community. Equipped to embrace consumers’ needs, spas and wellness locations are rolling out newer and more innovative services than ever before, especially those that help combat the perils of stress and stress-induced maladies. Thanks to Spa Week's spring and fall events, consumers have the comfort of knowing that they have “spas on their side” to help improve and maintain their health, well-being and happiness, now and in the future.
Spa Week was created and founded by Cheryl Reid who hails from successful careers within the luxury spa industry and publishing spheres. Joining Spa Week for the fall 2013 event, sponsors include:
Exclusive National Media Sponsor: Health Magazine; Exclusive Trade Association Partner: ISPA; Exclusive Destination Sponsor: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism and introducing Exclusive Lifestyle Sponsor: FabFitFun. Spa Week is co-sponsored by CEW and a portion of the proceeds from the spring and fall events are donated to CancerAndCareers.org.
For more information visit SpaWeek.com!
Dermalogica is committed to expanding global opportunities for women. In 2010 the company's co-founder, Jane Wurwand, launched the FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) initiative to help woman start or grow their businesses. To help further this mission of empowering women, FITE recently engaged costumers, skin care professionals and employees with a day of activities to honor Mandela Day.
On July 18th, 2013, FITE celebrated the legacy of human rights champion Nelson Mandela by partnering with two organizations based out of Cape Town, South Africa. Project Ignition creates opportunities for young females in underprivileged communities between the ages of 14-25 by offering them tools for community leadership. These Numbers Have Faces provides scholarships to help young people in need of assistance on their path to obtaining a higher education. This year, FITE will sponsor scholarships for three women in Cape Town, South Africa. The scholarship recipients will, in turn, each participate in helping their communities through volunteer work, leadership and financial literacy trainings, and a commitment to “pay it forward” by helping another student complete the program.
Dermalogica’s concept spaces in Santa Monica, CA, Manhattan, NY and Scottsdale, AZ participated in Mandela Day by distributing $25 Kiva gift cards and encouraging consumers to visit Kiva.org to direct a free loan to an entrepreneur of their choosing. Dermalogica employees nationwide contributed to the first FITE Impact Day by writing postcards of support and encouragement to the girls participating in Project Ignition’s leadership programs.
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OPI's re-launch of PRO.OPI.com provides the ultimate resource for in-depth OPI information for nail professionals. From videos of the hottest new OPI products, to direct links to local distributors, OPI PRO offers a wealth of information to keep visitors up to speed with the latest in nail technology.
OPI PRO presents up-to-date information on OPI’s current product lines, including new collection releases as well as over 200 classic nail lacquer shades, nail treatments, lotions, gels, acrylics and professional nail products.
"PRO.OPI.com is a resource for the latest in nail technology education and innovation, which is important for providing high-quality services to both salons and customers," said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. "With the site’s easy navigation, OPI Professional Products is just a click away!"
Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, an internationally eminent scientist, dermatologist, leading scientist behind L’Oréal-owned SkinCeuticals, and J. Lamar Callaway Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and Chief Emeritus of the Division of Dermatology at Duke University, passed away peacefully at the age of 76 on Thursday, July 4, in Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. Pinnell is widely regarded as the founding father of topical antioxidants, and it was his investigative research that changed the way the world uses topical antioxidants today. He was the first to patent a stable form of vitamin C to effectively penetrate skin, delivering eight times the skin’s natural antioxidant protection.
Before helping to shape the cosmeceutical industry, Dr. Sheldon Pinnell was at the forefront of significant advances in the understanding of skin biology and the pathogenesis of skin diseases. Early in his career, he made major contributions to the understanding of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the role of vitamin C in collagen biosynthesis. During his lifetime, he also received numerous medical and scientific awards and published more than 200 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals on dermatology topics such as photoaging, collagen synthesis, UV protection, topical vitamin C, and other antioxidants.
Dr. Pinnell earned his medical degree at Yale University and trained at the University of Minnesota Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, Massachusetts General Hospital and Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich. Dr. Pinnell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry at Duke University, where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa academic honors.
Dr. Pinnell returned to Duke University in 1973 as an associate professor and investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Department of Medicine. He went on to develop and implement major strategic initiatives that facilitated the growth and prominence of Duke University’s Division of Dermatology and culminated in the establishment of the Department of Dermatology in 2009. He held the office of Chief of Dermatology for 15 years and retired in 2010 after 37 years of service. During his tenure, Dr. Pinnell trained over 100 residents, 22 research fellows, and left a legacy of 22 prominent dermatologists, including seven current department chairs, residency program directors, and associate department and vice chairs. Dr. Pinnell also served as a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology.
“It is our greatest privilege to have been able to help Dr. Pinnell bring his discovery of topical antioxidants to life. Prior to the introduction of topical vitamin C in the early 1990s, skincare professionals were largely limited to sunscreens to protect against the deleterious effects of the sun. It was Dr. Pinnell who gave the medical community the confidence to transform the approach to at-home skincare, said SkinCeuticals Co-Founders, Alden Pinnell and Russell Moon. We are fortunate to have known Dr. Pinnell as a scientist, a family man and a dear friend. His life lessons and infectious spirit will remain with us forever.”
“We are honored to have had the chance to know and work with Dr. Pinnell over the years. It was his breakthrough research that propelled the use of topical antioxidants within the skincare industry. Today, topical antioxidants are widely recognized as an essential component for maintaining and protecting healthy skin. Most US dermatologists recommend that patients incorporate an antioxidant into their daily skincare routine. Everything he has taught us, as well as his passion for discovery, will continue to live on through all of us here at SkinCeuticals. I personally have grown and learned an enormous amount from Dr. Pinnell, and he will be dearly missed,” said SkinCeuticals Global General Manager, Marc Toulemonde.
“Dr. Pinnell’s philosophy and dedication to advancing science in the cosmeceutical landscape is unlike any we have ever seen, and he remains an inspiration for us today, said Brigitte Liberman, World Wide President, L’Oréal Active Cosmetic Division. It is our esteemed privilege to have had the opportunity to learn from him and to introduce a range of products that changed the way we care for our skin globally.”
Despite his many academic and professional accomplishments, Dr. Pinnell would like to be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and ardent Duke Blue Devil fan. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Doren Madey Pinnell; three sons, Kevin, Alden and Tyson; and five grandchildren.
A small, private ceremony for Dr. Pinnell was held on Monday, July 8, in the gardens of Duke University. Later this year, a celebration of his life will be held at the Duke University Chapel, in conjunction with the dedication of the Pinnell Center for Investigative Dermatology. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Pinnell’s honor may be made to Duke University (PO Box 90581, Durham, NC 27701). Contributions may be designated for the Pinnell Center for Investigative Dermatology, Duke Athletics, the Sarah P Duke Memorial Gardens.
The world of clinical skin care lost an innovator and a true pioneer when Dr. James Edwin Fulton, Jr. died last week. He was 73. Surrounded by his wife of 44 years, Vivant Skin Care President Sara M. Fulton, daughter and CEO Kelly Fulton-Kendrick, daughter Susan Fulton-Arregui, son James Edwin Fulton, III and son George Jacob Fulton, Fulton succumbed to colon cancer at Mercy Hospital in Miami.
"Jim devoted his life to dermatology and his passing will leave a void in the world of skin care," offers Sara Fulton. "He achieved much during his career, but his greatest contributions may have been the hope and confidence he instilled in his acne patients."
"We are devastated by the loss of our company founder and my father, but are determined to carry on his legacy," says Fulton-Kendrick.
Born in Ottumwa, Iowa to Alice Hermann Fulton and James Sr. (a one-time CEO of Cracker Jack), Dr. Fulton's interest in dermatology stemmed from the acne struggles he endured as a pre-teen and throughout adulthood. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Tulane University in 1965, and while there his academic achievements led to his induction into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Phi Beta Kappa Society. While in residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fulton met his close friend and mentor Dr. Albert Kligman; together they co-developed Retin-A®, a topical form of vitamin A. At the request of Dr. Phillip Frost, he relocated to South Florida and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry under the noted dermatologist Harvey Blank, M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the early 1970's. Dr. Fulton and Dr. Blank developed benzoyl peroxide gel (Panoxyl®) and topical erythromycin (E-Gel®).
In the early 1970's with his wife Sara, Dr. Fulton launched a successful chain of 12 acne clinics called Acne Healthcare Centers, opened the Acne Research Institute and developed and manufactured a line of patented skin care products under the AHC and Face Up brands in their FDA-approved manufacturing facilities. Here he invented a high-speed diamond fraise for dermabrasion and was the first to use aestheticians in the medical office developing a paramedical aesthetician training program.
In 1990, Dr. Fulton opened JEF Medical Group, a cosmetic surgery and dermatology practice where he pioneered fat transfer and laser surgery and was the first to use hyperbaric oxygen chambers for post-surgical recovery. In addition, Dr. Fulton and Sara co-founded Vivant Skin Care in 1990, a clinical skin care line rooted in Fulton's patented vitamin A therapies.
Dr. Fulton served as mentor and role model for countless leaders in dermatology and aesthetics across the nation. Most recently he was volunteer faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Dermatology and part of the internship program at St. Thomas University. A popular international speaker and teacher, he authored the definitive book Acne Rx and published more than 300 medical articles, the most recent ones being released earlier this year in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and presented at the Skin of Color Seminar Series in New York City and the Orlando Dermatology & Aesthetic & Clinical Conference.
Dr. Fulton volunteered his dermatology services to His House Children's Home, a private, non-profit, faith-based foster children organization, to which he provided no-charge medical treatment to the children and hosted a yearly Thanksgiving luncheon. He actively split time between Flores Dermatology in Coral Gables where he continued to see patients weekly and his research lab at the Vivant Skin Care headquarters in Miami Lakes until taking ill in mid-June.
He was most proud of his beloved wife Sara who helped him with his Ph.D., and worked with him in research and in the medical office. She always attended medical meetings with him and helped with his teaching projects. Dr. Fulton always told her he couldn't have done what he did without her. Among his noteworthy achievements were creating more than 50 original skin care formulations, stabilizing Benzoyl Peroxide in gel form, qualifying as a Full Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, membership in the American Society of Lipo Suction Surgery and election to the Dermatology Foundation's Leader Society.
He is survived by wife Sara Fulton, brother Andy Fulton, daughter Susan Fulton-Arregui, son-in-law Richard Arregui, son James E. Fulton, III, daughter-in-law Isabelle Baranda-Fulton, daughter Kelly Fulton-Kendrick, son-in-law John J. Kendrick, III, son George J. Fulton, daughter-in-law Alexandra Hodges-Fulton, nine grandchildren and the 1000s of acne patients in whose lives he made a clear difference.
In lieu of flowers, the Fulton family is asking for donations to be made to the Dr. Robert Hsia Memorial Fund, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, 1600 NW 10th Ave., Suite 2023-A, Miami, FL 33136. An open memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the St. Stephens Church, 2750 McFarland Rd, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. Those who wish to share their thoughts about Dr. Fulton are encouraged to do so as a comment on the obituary blog post located HERE.
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Beginning the week of July 15th, Aveda will introduce its new Full Circle recycling program in the US. Aligned with the Cradle-to-Cradle design philosophy that focuses on the principles of a “no waste” society, Aveda’s goal is to eliminate waste and create something to make a positive difference in the world.
Partnering with g2 revolution, a leading recycling innovations company, Aveda will provide guests the chance to return Aveda packaging not accepted by some municipal curbside recycling programs to all 107 Aveda Experience Center retail locations in the US. The Aveda packaging collected will be sorted to be recycled into reusable material, with the goal of making it into new Aveda packaging or accessories, thus helping to prevent Aveda packaging from going to landfill.
“At Aveda, we find inspiration in nature and believe that it should be emulated as a model of sustainability. Aveda is committed to developing products that can be responsibly sourced, manufactured, used and then returned to the natural world. We also develop packaging with high levels of post-consumer recycled content that can be continuously cycled in the industrial world,” says Dave Rapaport, Vice President Earth & Community Care, Aveda. “The reality is that municipal programs vary in the types of materials they are able to recycle. Aveda is committed to a no waste philosophy. We know this program can make a difference. The success of our pilot program in Colorado in 2011-2012 reported that 98% of the materials received were recycled into reusable material.” In an effort to continue to bring sustainability full circle, g2 revolution launched the “Feed the Future” program in January 2013 in cooperation with the West Ohio Food Bank. For every Full Circle recycling bin processed for recycling, g2 revolution will donate funds that will allow the West Ohio Food Bank to purchase 2 ½ pounds of food. The Full Circle recycling program is the latest step in the brand’s environmental commitment, seeking to take responsibility for all Aveda packaging in the U.S.
FULL CIRCLE RECYCLING PROCESS:
1. Check with your local recycler to determine what types of materials are accepted via curbside service. Municipal recycling programs vary on the types of items accepted in community programs.
2. Any Aveda packaging not accepted curbside, such as caps, makeup brushes, and various bottles, jars, tubes and pumps, can be brought into any Aveda Experience Center retail store in the United States and placed in the Full Circle recycling bin. Visit Aveda com/locator to find the Aveda Experience Center retail location nearest you.
3. Once full, the Full Circle recycling collection bin will be sent to Aveda’s recycling partner g2 revolution in Findlay, OH where items will be sorted by material category. And, g2 revolution ships all packages under UPS’ Carbon Neutral Program. Based upon the total volume of packages shipped, g2 revolution pays UPS to purchase certified vintage carbon offsets to balance out the emissions produced by the transportation of the shipments.
4. All materials will be recycled, reused or burned for energy recovery—with the intention of utilizing collected material to create new Aveda packaging or accessories.
AVEDA EXPERIENCE CENTERS ARE LOCATED IN:
AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI.
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