Colorado spas evolving to help skiers, hikers and athletes recover after workouts

There is no shortage of spas in Colorado where a guest can get a relaxing massage, bliss out in an aromatherapy room or have skin and nails buffed and enhanced. While the traditional spa isn’t going away, some spas are looking to offer more than chilling out with sports recovery services for all those people who overdid it on the slopes or trails of our iconic mountains.

“The spa industry continues to evolve to meet the needs of today’s consumers,” said Jennifer Razee, spa director at Well & Being in Vail, which opened in November. “While recovery spas aren’t limited to Colorado, it makes sense that they would populate in western mountain towns like Vail where many travelers participate in mountain sports.”

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Content Creation is King: How and Why to use Content to Grow your Wellness Business

Does your business actively post on social media? Do you blog? Have an e-newsletter? How about creating videos about your spa or skin care practice? It’s likely you answered yes to at least one of those questions, and maybe all four. Guess what you are doing? Creating content.

Now, more than ever, content is king. Why is content creation important? Your leads, clients, potential partners, and media want to read great content. In fact, 20% of the time that an internet user spends online is spent just reading content and 80% of internet users like to learn about companies through the custom content they provide.1

Content helps you attract and engage customers, bring new visitors to your website or facility, and reach the end result of building your bottom line. Content creation and marketing also positions your brand and yourself as experts.

Through creating your own content, you also demonstrate expertise in your field (skin care, spa management, massage, and so forth), while providing knowledge that can help educate readers’ purchasing, wellness, and lifestyle decisions. 

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California’s New Booth Rental Law How it May Affect You

Since the vast majority of salon establishments utilize booth renters, I wanted to provide a detailed explanation of California’s groundbreaking independent contractor law, aka “AB 5.” While this law doesn’t apply outside of California, given this state’s size and influence, it could become a model for other states.

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In Pursuit of Pleasure: Spa Treatments

ACTIVE BODY RX

Fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui/willow-stream | 875-2229

THE TREATMENT: ʻAwa Remedy | Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Kea Lani

WHAT IT INCLUDES: For centuries, Polynesians have revered ʻawa as a medicinal plant known to release tension and soothe sore muscles. Inspired by Hawaiian warriors who used the root to relieve bodily stress, this treatment is perfect for modern-day athletes. The spa’s citrus sugar scrub prepares the skin for the healing powers of an ʻawa and aloe body mask that’s followed by an invigorating head-to-toe massage.

WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR: While ʻawa is typically consumed as a beverage, incorporating it into a massage effectively relaxes tense muscle tissue. Its warming nature helps to increase peripheral blood flow.

WHAT IT COSTS: 90 minutes, $279; available as a couple’s experience

PURE LUXURY

FourSeasons.com/maui/spa | 874-8000

THE TREATMENT: CelestialBlack Diamond Facial | The Spa at Four Seasons Maui

WHAT IT INCLUDES: If Marilyn were alive today, it’s likely she’d be singing the praises of a facial that literally covers you in diamonds. As its name suggests, actual nano particles of diamonds are in this face mask. Working in concert with other spa products, “diamond dust” transports ingredients more deeply into the skin. LED light and oxygen therapy are also integrated into the luxe treatment, promising to zap bacteria, stimulate collagen production, and reduce inflammation.

WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR: Designed to shrink pores, brighten complexion, and plump tired skin, the so-called “red carpet facial” is said to be a go-to for celebrities facing the klieg lights and flashing bulbs, so you can be confident this treatment has been field-tested.

WHAT IT COSTS: 80 minutes, $495

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Enough Reasons to Get a Day Off For a Relaxing Spa Session

Self-pampering and relaxation do not need any reason. You can indulge in these things whenever you feel like doing so. An hour of a stress-free spa session can relax your entire body from head to toe. These days, there are various types of skin treatments and massage sessions that can help you in more than one way. Here, we tell you some of the health benefits that come with a happy self-pampering.

Boosts blood circulation

Good blood circulation is significant for many reasons. A good spa session has been found to manipulate your soft tissues and boost the production of certain chemicals like serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins. Your body secretes these chemicals as a response to the relaxation. This is what causes improve blood circulation in the system.

Reduces stress and anxiety

During a spa session, a measured pressure is exerted on your body to make you feel relaxed. This results in reduced blood pressure, low breathing rate, and reduced secretion of the stress hormone. Additionally, as mentioned earlier, a spa session helps in boosting the secretion of happy hormones called serotonin that is known to de-stress your mind and ease muscle tension. This clearly means that psychological issues like stress, anxiety, and depression can be alleviated through massage therapy.

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The Most Luxurious Spas to Go for Après Ski Around the World

Sore limbs, tight muscles, bumps and bruises; all symptoms of a skiing addiction. When at altitude for prolonged periods of time, there is only one cure: hours and hours in 5-star spas. We’ve hand picked (and tested) 17 ski town spas across the nation and Europe. Here’s our list of the best…

1Remede Aspen Spa at The St. Regis Aspen, Colorado

Signature Treatment: Rocky Mountain Ritual

Details: A full body treatment of the highest caliber, the body is exfoliated and hydrated from head to toe. Aromatherapy bath, foot, and scalp massage; expect to emerge completely restored and renewed. Be sure to arrive extra early to take advantage of their incredible tyrowaterfall pool.

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A Man’s Guide to Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatments

As non-invasive cosmetic treatments are gaining more popularity day by day, we can freely say that it’s the case with their demand among men, too. In fact, non-invasive treatments can provide fantastic results both for men and for women, which is exactly why you should give them a try and find the best one for your skin type. Fine lines, wrinkles, and stubborn body fat are just some of the concerns most men struggle with, and if you’re one of them as well – just keep on reading. Here’s everything you need to know about non-invasive cosmetic treatments, so check out our guide and enjoy!

Botox for men? Why not!

Yes, we know that it seems a bit silly, but you know what? Botox is gaining momentum among men these days, which is exactly why you should consider it. This is simply because wrinkles and fine lines aren’t common concerns for women only – on the contrary, the majority of men will experience them as well. Unfortunately, those first signs of aging can negatively affect their self-confidence and lower their self-esteem. If you’re one of those guys, too, don’t wait any longer and go for Botox injections that can treat frown lines between your brows, crow’s feet around the eyes, deep wrinkles in the forehead, and other problematic areas on your face. The best thing about these injections is the fact that they’re temporary, which means that these won’t last forever. That’s particularly important if the final result isn’t really what you hoped for!

Professional facials are all the rage these days…

On the other hand, if you love to take care of your face and invest a lot of money in skincare products, why wouldn’t you start choosing professional, in-salon facials? Remember that there’s nothing wrong about men who fall in love with self-care, so be one of those guys, too, and you’ll see what we were talking about. However, if you don’t know where to start, just do a little research and find a nice salon that has good reviews. Apart from the regular facials that start with cleansing the face and exfoliating the skin with gentle scrubs, the majority of those salons also offer exclusive facials that include as luxurious masks with 24K gold, LED light therapy, freeze-dried algae masks, and other amazing stuff. Of course, the facials you’ll choose should depend on your overall budget, but you don’t have to worry at all because there are fantastic treatments for everyone’s wallet!

… As well as CoolSculpting treatments

Whereas the previous two treatments were designed to rejuvenate your face, this one is meant to reshape your body and help you get rid of unwanted fat – but without having to go under the knife! Yes, we know that it sounds too good to be true, but guess what? CoolSculpting is everything you could ask for, and even more than that, so give it a fair shot and you won’t make a mistake. This non-invasive treatment is designed to remove unwanted body fat from problematic areas such as inner thighs, lower back, love handles, double chin, lower abdomen, and many more. However, you need to know that it isn’t a weight-loss tool. It’s meant for people close to their ideal weight who can’t get rid of stubborn body fat no matter how much they work out and how healthy they eat. So, if you’re one of them, too, just give CoolSculpting a try and you’ll see a fabulous improvement in no time!

You simply have to try a chemical peel

As more and more men are going to spa these days, the fact that they are choosing revolutionary non-invasive treatments shouldn’t surprise you at all. This also goes for chemical peels, which are many men’s absolute favorites these days. This treatment is designed to rejuvenate your skin, eliminate the fine lines, and get rid of the damage caused by exposure to the sun. Obviously, chemical peels are perfect for men who are active outdoors, as the majority of men usually don’t protect their skin from the harmful sun’s rays. Since sun exposure can damage the skin, speed up the process of aging, and cause depigmentation spots, you should definitely take chemical peel into consideration as it results in a refreshed and youthful skin. Besides that, you should also know that men’s skin is about 25% thicker than women’s, which is why you should go for a more powerful chemical peel. Apart from fine lines and sunspots, these types of chemical peels are also fantastic for acne scars, which is another fantastic benefit that mustn’t be overlooked!

As you can see, non-invasive cosmetic treatments aren’t meant only for women – on the contrary, thousands and thousands of men are going for them these days as well. This is a good enough reason for you to give them a try and see what they’re all about, so stick to the treatments from our list and you’ll do a fantastic job. That’s a promise!

Peter is a men’s grooming and lifestyle writer at Men-Ual and TheBeardMag magazine from the UK and AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

Top Benefits of Chlorella Growth Factor

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, there can be more to it than just eating right and getting enough exercise. This can be especially true if you’re dealing with a health issue, or suffer from chronic pain or inflammation. At times, diet and exercise may not be enough to feel your best, or meet your health goals. In these kinds of situations, trying superfoods or supplements may help give you the boost you need.

What Is Chlorella?

One superfood that may really pack a punch when it comes to nutrients and amino acids is chlorella, which is a type of algae that grows in freshwater. Not only that, but it may be one of the most nutrient dense superfoods available. The most common way to ingest it is in powder or pill form, however, the main thing that seems to make chlorella so effective may be chlorella growth factor. This growth factor is contained within the nucleus of a chlorella cell, and is what helps it to grow and reproduce rapidly. While many still take standard chlorella for its health benefits, people seem to be increasingly interested in the health benefits of the growth factor on its own.

Energy Boost

One top benefit that some may experience from taking this growth factor is an increase in energy. It is believed that part of the reason that this growth factor is able to boost energy is because it can be easily absorbed by your cells, and cuts down on the work that your body would normally have to do to process nutrients and use them. This way, you can get nutrients and other things that your cells need without your body having to expend as much effort to get them, which can result in increased energy.

Aids in Detoxing

Another benefit is the detox potential that this substance has. This may be due to a substance it contains called glutathione, which is able to bind to heavy metals and pesticides, and convert them into substances that can be excreted by your body. Often, having excess amounts of these kinds of substances could potentially lead to a myriad of health issues, as well as other less serious things like a decrease in energy, or an impaired ability to lose weight. Flushing them from your body may not only help you feel better in the short term, but can possibly help your body to function better over time as well.

Growth and Repair

It shouldn’t be a surprise that since this growth factor can not only help chlorella cells grow and heal, it may be able to help your cells do the same as well. Its tissue healing potential can be helpful not only to help improve your overall well being, but can be a good option for athletes or those that would like to recover quickly from a tough workout. Additionally, there is some evidence to support the idea that it may give your immune system a boost, and may have some anti-inflammatory properties as well, which could be because of the high levels of chlorophyll that it contains

The Takeaway

At times, even when you are doing everything right, it may feel difficult to reach your health or wellness goals without some kind of aid. In this situation, seeking out superfoods to include in your routine could help you to reap many benefits.

So, whether you’re interested in detoxing your body, increasing your metabolism, or are simply looking for an energy boost to get you through the day, trying out this growth factor may have what you need, and could potentially provide the benefits you’re looking for.

What Skin & Beauty Therapists Should Be Aware Of From A Medical POV

Being a skin and beauty therapist is a rewarding and varied way to make a living — helping your clients as part of a salon or as a self-employed beauty therapist.

As a beauty therapist, you will cover a range of different treatments — from facials, waxing, nail applications, and massages, to treatments for the hands and feet. And as part of this, you are expected to know the fundamentals of good skin care and skin hygiene.

Unless you specialize in this area and have qualifications, or have taken part in various training courses, it can sometimes feel like you don’t know enough about skin care from a medical perspective.

In this post, we’ll be giving a brief overview of what skin and beauty therapists should be aware of from a medical point of view; read on to find out more. (If this is an area you would personally like to develop, then we would recommend signing up for specialist training programs from which you can gain a qualification, as well as reading up further on skin care as a topic.)

Get to know your client’s skin and medical history first

Consultation is an important part of beauty therapy: you need to get to know your client’s skin first before you carry out any treatment whatsoever.

Of course, everyone’s skin is different; what works for one of your clients and helps to improve their skin will not work for all of them. All sorts of factors come into this, whether it is sex, age, race, genetics, or environment — so make sure you tailor any skincare treatment or regime to their wants and needs. Finding out more about their dermatological history — whether they suffer from pimples, dry skin or oily skin, or anything else — will help you to get your treatments just right.

It’s also vital that you get to know their medical history too; in terms of dermatological conditions such as rosacea, acne or eczema, as well as any wider conditions, allergies or medications (such as blood-thinners) that may be impacted by (or impact on) the treatments you carry out or products you recommend.

Carrying out a client consultation before you start any treatment is crucial, and a key component of being a beauty therapist — marking you out as a professional, as well as protecting both you and your clients.

You may need to refer clients to a doctor or dermatologist

There will be some dermatological conditions that will not impact or be impacted by any of the treatments you carry out.

However, there will be some situations in which you will have to refer your clients to a medical professional — usually either a doctor or a dermatologist. This will be because it is a skin problem or condition that you don’t know how to treat or something that is completely out of your remit.

Both doctors and dermatologists are trained to recognize and diagnose skin problems that may require further treatment or medication, as well as being able to prescribe this medication (something which you won’t be able to do as a skin and beauty therapist).

For example, if your client has inflammatory acne, then an acne antibiotic cream is usually recommended, and often the best course of treatment. These are made up of an effective antibiotic that kills the acne-causing bacteria, and another active ingredient that helps the body to shed excess skin cells, unblock pores and dry the skin; they also need to be prescribed by a doctor.

Keep all your tools and beauty room clean and sterilized

If you’re going to be carrying out various treatments, then it is vital that you keep your tools and beauty room sterilized and clean. This may sound obvious, but some people can cut corners when it comes to cleanliness — and this needs to be avoided at all costs.

Not only does this make your services more appealing and seem more professional to clients (which means they will be more likely to come back), but it also means that you are providing services that are as safe and hygienic as possible for the people that visit you.

If you don’t keep your beauty room and tools clean and sterilized, you run the risk of cross-contamination, spreading germs and bacteria, or exposing clients (or anyone else entering your salon or beauty room) to the hazardous chemicals that some products may contain.

Medically speaking, these hazards could result in infections (such as fungal infections) and lice, irritate allergies, and cause asthma flare-ups.

As a skin and beauty therapist, there are some things that you need to be aware of from a medical point of view and take into consideration when you are treating or recommending products to a client.

Primarily, you need to be as safe and professional as possible — always conducting an initial client consultation, maintaining high levels of hygiene, and referring clients to a doctor or dermatologist when a condition is out of your scope or you aren’t medically qualified to carry out a treatment.

If you want to specialize in a specific area such as dermatology, then it is possible to build on this fundamental knowledge by taking part in training courses and gaining additional qualifications.

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