The 3 best day spas in Raleigh

Looking to check out the top day spas around?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top day spas in Raleigh, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you’re in the market for day spas.

Looking to check out the latest trending spots? Now’s a good time, since consumer spending at health and beauty businesses tends to increase in October in the Raleigh area, considerably more than nationwide, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a provider of reputation management services and direct response marketing for small businesses. Total affected businesses at Raleigh-area health and beauty businesses last year rose by 9% in October over the month before.

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Orlando’s top 5 day spas, ranked

Wondering where to find the best day spas near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top day spas in Orlando, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you’re in the market for day spas.

People in the Orlando area historically spend more in fall at health and beauty businesses than any other season of the year, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a provider of online reputation management and business insights for small businesses. The average amount spent per customer transaction at Orlando-area health and beauty businesses grew to $50 for the metro area in the fall of last year, 2% higher than the average for the rest of the year.

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BEST OF: Pampering/Wellness

The readers have spoken and are again sharing their favorite places along the shoreline to indulge in a stress-busting massage, detox in a salt spa, pump some iron or get a little nip and tuck.

The results of the Shoreline Times’ annual Readers Best of Poll for 2019 are in, with many of the shoreline’s best places for “pampering and wellness” making a return appearance in the Top 3. Some newcomers to the health and wellness scene also emerged as readers’ favorite places to calm their nerves, lift their spirits and just simply relax.

Rain Wellness Spa, in Branford has become a shoreline destination. With its unique salt cave geared to bring folks therapeutic benefits, Rain made the Top 3 for best day spa.

Rain’s Saltonstall Cave, built out of healing, Himalayan salt, brings incredible detox results to the body and soul, according to the spa literature. In addition to soaking up the salty benefits, Rain offers facials, massages, sunless tanning, Reiki and more.

“Rain has a relaxed, friendly space with highly skilled massage therapists and aestheticians,” said co-owner Heidi Frazier. “Our employees love what they do and it manifests in their professionalism.”

Being a fan favorite is truly therapeutic for Frazier and fellow co-owner Lauren Sullivan.

“Being recognized as one of the best spas in the area serves as confirmation that all the hard work we do to create a relaxing and healing environment is working,” Frazier said. “Thank you to our loyal guests who voted for us.”

Rain shares the spotlight with other favorite day spas Prive Swiss Wellness, in Essex and Westbrook and Waters Edge Spa in Westbrook.

When readers need a nip or a tuck, some Botox or other age-fighting fix, they head to Esana Plastic Surgery Center and Med Spa in Guilford. Making the Top 3 for best med spa, Esana is dedicated to delivering top-notch aesthetic care to its clients, under the supervision of board-certified Plastic Surgeons Deborah Pan, MD and Javier Davila, MD, both graduates of Yale Medical School.

In business for 14 years, Esana, with locations in Guilford and New Haven, offers everything from minimally invasive injectables to full blown plastic surgery.

“We are the only med spa in Connecticut that is owned and operated by two board-certified plastic surgeons,” said Laura Whinefield, marketing director.

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AmericasMart Adds Winter Atlanta Market Programs

International Market Centers has added educational programming for the upcoming Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, to be held at AmericasMart on January 14 to 21, 2020.

The market will once again present its Shop the Show influencer social media program. Joining previously announced influencer, TV personality and cookbook author Tiffani Thiessen, will be Katie Stauffer of the Stauffer Family; Brian Patrick Flynn; Paloma Contreras and Liz Marie Galvan. The influencers collectively reach nearly 6 million followers with content including trends in home décor, gift, tabletop, kids, lifestyle and seasonal décor.

Thiessen headlines the Shop the Show programming with “Breakfast with Tiffani – Easy Breezy Brunching & Entertaining Tips” from her new book “Pull Up a Chair: Recipes from My Family to Yours” on Thursday, January 16 at 11 a.m.

Flynn hosts a cocktail party with tips for incorporating “hygge”– the Danish attitude towards life that emphasizes finding joy in everyday– into design projects and stores in “How to Hygge at Accent Decor” on Wednesday, January 15 at 3 p.m.

Stauffer shops and styles her favorite Corkcicle products and mixes and mingles with her twins Mia and Emma in “Pop, Shop & Sip: Cocktails at Corkcicle” on Thursday, January 16 at 3 p.m.

Galvan signs her debut book “Cozy White Cottage: 100 Ways to Love the Feeling of Being Home” while attendees enjoy a warm cookie and cocktail on Wednesday, January 15 and Contreras signs her new book “Dream Design Live” on Friday, January 17.

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Not Quite Legal In All 50 States, Part 1

By Michael Chernis, Esq., Chernis Law Group P.C., Santa Monica, California

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the new rage in the alternative treatment of various health conditions. It is increasingly associated with treating serious illnesses, and alleviating ordinary symptoms of illnesses, without creating the high or psychoactive effect of its cannabinoid sister THC. And, unlike THC products, which will practically always violate the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) there is a colorable argument as to why CBD products derived from Industrial Hemp are federally legal.  In fact, in this past year, CBD products have become pervasive on the shelves of national retail supermarket and drug store chains, and of course in wellness spas.   

The visibility of these products on the shelves of national retail outlets and leading spas leads one to conclude they must be legal.  And indeed, it is common for purveyors of CBD products to market them as legal in all 50 states. The legality of these products is far more complex.  

Historically, the federal government treated CBD no differently then THC, and thus considered it to be a Schedule I controlled substance. This was based on the premise that CBD could only be derived from the flowering portions of the Marijuana plant, as opposed to portions of the plant not considered illegal, and thus constituted illegal Marijuana under the CSA.

This changed in 2014 when Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill gave federal protection to “Industrial Hemp.”  While Industrial Hemp is still a cannabis plant, it refers to strains of the plant that only produce .3% of THC or less, and thus do not tend to create any psychoactive effect.  In 2014, it thus became federally legal to grow Industrial Hemp through a State approved program, known as a “pilot program.”

The 2014 Farm Bill, however, did not expressly provide federal protection for derivatives of State-approved Industrial Hemp, such as CBD or extracts containing CBD, as distinguished from the plant material itself.  In the 2018 Farm Bill, Congress expressly made all derivatives and extracts of Industrial Hemp federally legal. While the 2018 Farm Bill still leaves it up to individual states to permit or prohibit the cultivation of Industrial Hemp, all states are prohibited from interfering with the transport across that State of Industrial Hemp or derivative products.  However, to be clear, that does not mean it is legal to sell CBD products in every state, as an individual State may still prohibit cultivation and sale of CBD and Industrial Hemp products within its borders, even if it must allow the transport of the products across State lines. And a handful of states, including Idaho, still treat CBD no different from illegal marijuana and prohibit its sale. 

Thus, the claim that a CBD product is legal in all 50 states is simply, untrue.  It is thus incumbent on a retailer, including a spa owner, to ensure that the state they operate in does not regulate CBD products more stringently then the federal government.  This is not difficult to ascertain, although it may require consultation with a lawyer.

There are two other points to be aware of regarding the legality of CBD products under the 2018 Farm Bill.  First, the 2018 Farm Bill replaces State cultivation “Pilot Programs” with broader programs that must be approved by the US Department of Agriculture, and which must include among other things testing protocols for Industrial Hemp.  However, the USDA is still in the process of passing its own regulations, and will not approve any State programs until federal regulations are in effect. Until then, 2014 Farm Bill Pilot Program Industrial Hemp is still legal federally.  The distinction is not terribly important, except in those States, like Idaho, which take the position that while the 2018 Farm Bill mandates it must ultimately allow transport of Industrial Hemp across its border, Pilot Program Hemp does not merit the same protection.  This is an uncommon position, is at odds with USDA’s own view of the law, and merely emphasizes the need to know the laws in place in your State.

The second and even more complicated nuance, is that the 2018 Farm Bill, while expanding federal protection for Industrial Hemp and derivatives, does not alter or pre-empt the FDA regulatory authority concerning CBD products.  The FDA has taken the position that any ingestible product containing CBD is illegal. This issue will be addressed in Part 2 of this series 

Perron Rigot Institute – Advanced Training; Waxing and Beyond

Located minutes from Chicago, Perron Rigot Institute fills a niche within the beauty industry offering quality waxing education for the licensed professional. Whether you’re experienced or new to the art of waxing there is still so much to learn. The combination of high-quality education and Perron Rigot waxes guarantees your success!

We look forward to welcoming you to our Perron Rigot family!

With Cirepil and Epillyss, the highest quality waxes on the market, a unique learning experience, small class sizes, individually coached hands-on training, and customized programs you will gain confidence and perfect your waxing skills.

  • Brazilian Waxing Bootcamp Male and Female
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Psoriasis: Causes and Treatment Methods

Psoriasis is a skin condition caused by a marked acceleration in the skin cell’s life cycle. New cells are being produced more quickly than they are needed, and they build up on the surface. The excess of skin cells forms red scaly patches that are itchy and painful.

What causes psoriasis?

The prevailing school of thought is that psoriasis is caused by an autoimmune response from the body. The body’s immune system is meant to protect it from harmful attacks that result from internal and external factors. During an immune response, the threat to the body is neutralized. However, sometimes the immune system has crossed wires and starts attacking perfectly healthy cells.

The most common part of the immune system is the T cell and other white blood cells, which keep the body protected from harm. However, overactive T cells can attack healthy skin cells, triggering the production of new skin cells. Think about what happens when you injure yourself.

The T cells start producing new skin cells to replace the damaged ones. In this instance, you need new skin cells, and the T cells oblige. But overactive T cells will stimulate the production of new skin cells when they aren’t needed. They will keep doing so as they perceive a threat to the skin’s integrity. The result is more skin cells than the body needs; all of them accumulating on the surface.

Treatments for psoriasis

Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis, although there are many things people who have it can do to mitigate the symptoms. Psoriasis comes and goes, and patients can go months between outbreaks.

Establishing triggers

Some people are lucky enough to be able to see a pattern in their psoriasis outbreaks and link them to triggers. Not everyone will be able to do this, and the triggers vary from one person to another. If you know your triggers, you might be able to avoid them. For those that are unavoidable, you can be prepared for the consequences.

Common psoriasis triggers include skin injuries, stress, smoking, drinking, and infections. If you’re taking medications for another condition, you should speak to your doctor about whether it could be a potential trigger for psoriasis.

Topical corticosteroids

These creams are the most frequently prescribed treatment for psoriasis. Corticosteroids reduce the inflammation caused by psoriasis and the swelling, redness, and discomfort associated with it. They also relieve the severe itching that accompanies the appearance of psoriasis.


The scaly dry patches of psoriasis on the skin can be painful and embarrassing. The extreme dryness is best treated by using a rich moisturizer, such as an emollient.

Moisturizers containing natural products like aloe vera are very popular among people living with psoriasis. The gel, harvested from the leaves of the aloe vera plant, is a natural moisturizer and will reduce the redness, itching, and swelling.

CBD oil

CBD, or cannabidiol, comes from the cannabis plant family, usually from the hemp plant. CBD oil should not be confused with hemp seed oil, which contains only minimal amounts of the compound. CBD is instead harvested from the leaves of the hemp plant.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the psychoactive component in marijuana that induces the ‘high’ most people are familiar with. CBD oil products contain only trace amounts of THC, so they cannot have any mood-altering effects.

CBD acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and helps the body’s immune system respond to the pain and inflammation psoriasis causes. The compound interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to do this. When it comes to skin conditions, CBD is often applied topically rather than ingested. Before trying any CBD oil products, you should discuss the matter with your dermatologist.

7 Cold-Weather Destinations You Need to Visit This Winter

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to forget that winter has a lot more to offer than candy canes and Christmas trees. But our country is full of cold-weather places with unique ways to embrace the winter season that go beyond your local ski slope or ice skating rink. Yes, this could be the year you hit wooded trails via snowmobile, relax in hot springs in the shadow of a mountain range, or take an actual horse-drawn sleigh ride — all you need is a free weekend, some willing family members or friends, and a warm wardrobe. So if you’re ready to book a trip, add one of these destinations to your winter itinerary.

Experience The Great Northern festival 

Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Chalk it up to hearty residents used to living through heavy snow and extreme cold, but no state does winter like Minnesota. If you want to hit all the best parts of the season in one go, there’s no better time to visit than during The Great Northern festival. This 11-day winter extravaganza (January 23-February 2) includes a long list of seasonal fun on both sides of the Twin Cities. In Minneapolis, make sure to attend the Loppet Winter Festival, where you can walk on Lake of the Isles at night to see candlelit ice sculptures in the Luminary Loppet or play kubb, a Swedish outdoor lawn game, in the world’s largest winter kubb tournament. If you prefer a higher octane event, head to the US Pond Hockey Championships, where you’ll witness the best of the best from this proudly Minnesotan sport compete to win the Golden Shovel. 

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