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Wellness rather than beauty was the message at the annual International Spa Association event in New York. While there were plenty of skin products and treatments on display, the bigger trend in the spa world remains alleviating stress.
"We're not just fluff and buff," said Erin Stremcha, spokeswoman for the Well & Being Spa, with locations in Las Vegas, Dallas, Arizona and Puerto Rico. "Be healthy and have fun but also take something away that you can apply to your daily life."
As part of that quest for serenity, Sundara Inn & Spa, in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, asks guests to put away electronics. Sundara has "conversation-free areas," meditation trails and an emphasis on silent sports like hiking, kayaking, biking and, in the winter, snowshoeing.
Traditional spas might focus largely on the fairer sex — but not every wellness experience is for the ladies. As more men join the spa-going crowd, an increasing number of treatments, therapies and programs are targeting those with a Y chromosome. From facials for him to fitness retreats for serious athletes, the following spa experiences have been designed with the not-so-fair sex in mind.
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For the skin care-obsessed, there's nothing more rewarding than noticing a change in your skin. But it's hard to pinpoint over time or know how well your new toner or cream is actually working.
Now, there's an app to tell you just that. YouCam Makeup's new Skin Diary tool will track the change in your complexion — simply take a photo in the same spot and lighting everyday, and a score will calculate your skin’s health by breaking down spots, wrinkles, texture and dark skin.
Holly V. Kapherr writes: "'There's a cool, scented towel for your eyes, some passionfruit sorbet and a sugar scrub for you to exfoliate. Lay back and relax for as long as you want,'" said the attendant at the ritual bathhouse at Boca Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida.
I obeyed. I slipped into the tub, closed my eyes and let the sound of the popping, jasmine-scented bubbles fill my senses. 'No problem,' I thought.
After the soaking tub, the attendant guided me through the hydrotherapy circuit, which included a deluge waterfall for sore back muscles, circulation-boosting shower and a 15-minute soak in a canopied communal jet tub. Plates of chilled citrus and cold water keep visitors hydrated — some in the buff, some donning swimsuits (clothing is optional)."
"It's vital to our industry, especially when anyone can claim to be a skincare specialist, that we now have a standard."
— Christianne Adams, Fallston, Maryland
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Such things lead to customers calling companies to complain. A firm can apologize, maybe offer a voucher or coupon. Or maybe it can use the information to fix the problem.
This involves doing more than running a call center. Connected customer service treats every complaint like data, which can be used to improve a product or service.
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In order for your retail store to survive and thrive, you not only have to satisfy customers today, but constantly look ahead to tomorrow. According to A.T. Kearney's Global Future Consumer study, which forecasts 10 years into the future, there are three critical things shoppers want from retailers. Can your store deliver them? Here's what you need to know.
A small business marketing communications strategy doesn’t have to be complex and overwhelming. In fact, many of the most successful strategies are very simple. At the heart of every marketing communications strategy is a single goal — to increase brand awareness and recognition in order to drive sales and revenue. However, there are many ways to reach that goal.
Generation Zers were born between 1995 to 2012. They are an ambitious, entrepreneurial and multicultural generation that tends to embrace technology and change. They are also the first generation to have never spent a single day without the internet, cell phone or computer.
For marketers, Generation Z holds a great deal of potential. They are slightly more numerous than millennials and already have $44 billion in buying power. That number will only get larger with time as members of Gen Z move into the workforce.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer, and is becoming increasingly common around the world. Left untreated, it may spread to other parts of the body, and, although the risk is low, it may ultimately lead to death. Surgical excision is the first line of treatment for most skin SCCs, although other forms of treatment are also used depending upon the nature and site of the tumor and individual participant factors. A multiprofessional approach is therefore required for the management of people with this condition.
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Team-building, inclusion activities and cooperative learning should be a consistent part of our daily classroom structure. If students feel comfortable with one another in a safe learning community, they will take more learning risks, which leads to discussion on higher-level content. Enjoy these two quick and novel cooperative learning structures that build the strong communication and relationship skills that our students will need for 21st-century success.
If you'd met Ulrich Boser while he was still in school, you might not have tagged him as a guy who would one day write a book about learning. Early in his life, at least, learning was a struggle. "School was tough for me from the very start — I repeated kindergarten," Boser tells me ruefully. All these years, he's kept a piece of paper with him: the school psychologist's report on his learning problems. Over time, however, Boser learned how to learn, and he began to excel academically. He now is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington, D.C. — and the author of "Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School," or, "How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything."
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Whether it's for license renewal or NCEA Certified credential recertification, career development, or to increase job opportunities, the need for continuing education is a very real demand of every skin care professional. But while the benefits of continuing education are obvious, the cost is high: travel expenses; time away from home; and scheduling conflicts with work. Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists now provides affordable, quality continuing education courses at your convenience, presented by experts in a variety of subject areas!
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TREATING ACNE IN SKIN OF COLOR
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To provide the skin care professional with a review of Melanoma.
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- Describe the treatment modalities used to treat ethnic skin.
- Outline and understand the treatment options for acne and PIH.
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San Diego — Aug. 22, Sept. 19 and Oct. 24
For more information, contact Trainer Melanie M. Trehan at 619-838-5353
Torrance — Sept. 13 and Oct. 25
For further information contact Wellness & Beauty Learning Center by Universal Companies at 800-558-5571, or email@example.com to Anita Barton-Lumpkin.
Woodland Hills — Aug. 26, Sept. 9 and Oct. 21
For more information contact Selective Esthetics at 818-876-0134, or www.selectiveesthetics.com.
Denver/Bloomfield — Aug. 28 and Sept. 15
For more information contact Trainer Tina Silver at 303-808-4428.
Boca Raton — Aug. 16 and Oct. 27
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Ridgewood, N.J. — Sept. 18 and Oct. 23
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Turnersville, N.J. — Sept. 10
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