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Spa Industry Celebrates Inaugural Face & Body Southeast

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Produced by Allured Business Media, the Skin Inc.'s 2016 Face & Body Southeast Spa Conference and Expo debuted in Atlanta, Georgia as a premier spa professional event, welcoming an energetic crowd of over 1,628 spa professionals and industry suppliers. Skin Inc.'s Face & Body has evolved beyond the traditional expo as it advances with the addition of this Southeast show and becomes one of the industry’s most comprehensive events for professional spa education, networking and innovation.

Skin Inc.'s Face & Body is known for its diverse exhibitor base, and this inaugural show was no exception. Known as a launch and networking pad for new spa products and equipment, this year’s event featured 503 exhibitors from 95 companies. Ranging from international beauty leaders to indie trendsetters, exhibiting brands included Aroma Wrap, Bio France Lab, Eminence Organic Skincare, HydraFacial MD, Institut' DERMed Clinical Skin Care, LightStim, Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, Premier Dead Sea, Revitalash and Société Clinical Skincare.

“It is our goal to continually serve our customers. As we expand our footprint and launch more events, we are able to achieve that goal. Atlanta was the right market location to bring our spa professional and product supplier customers together to learn, shop and grow their spa businesses,” said Sandy Chapin, group show director.

Skin Inc.'s Face & Body Southeast Show Highlights

Advanced Education Conference Program. The Advanced Education program provided robust, unbiased education that is critical to elevating the knowledge of the esthetician and spa owner. This year, with 157 registered attendees, education was broken up into a Wellness Track, a Business Track, a Science Track and a Treatment Track. Kicking off the conference was the keynote "The Intention to Serve: The Most Valuable Beauty Secret Ever Divulged," by celebrated pioneer, industry consultant and founder of Beauty Becomes You Foundation, Alison O’Neil. Her speech explored what it means to have “a servant’s heart” and demonstrated how spa and wellness professionals literally and figuratively touch others.

“We exceeded goals for the Advanced Education Conference, which is amazing, but what was even more inspirational was the passion for esthetic education in this region. The spa owners and estheticians in attendance were incredibly engaged in the education, which just speaks to the quality of skin care in this area. We can’t wait to bring them even more next year,” said Katie Anderson, conference director and Skin Inc. managing editor.

With over 20 educational sessions taught by spa industry experts, the Advanced Education Conference allowed attendees to earn up to two Georgia Continuing Education (CE) credits by attending three Georgia-approved CE classes.

Massage Pavilion. The show floor showcased a Massage Pavilion that introduced some of the latest in massage product and equipment, with brands such as Aroma Wrap, Foster (10), Migraine Miracle and Société Clinical Skincare.

Supplier Classes. Industry suppliers presented their specific products and techniques and conducted hands-on demonstrations and lectures in Supplier Classes. The Supplier Classes were included in the registration fee and proved to be a great way to gain valuable face-to- face time with respected industry suppliers.

Passport to Prizes. With the help of select exhibitors, Skin Inc.'s Face & Body Southeast held its first Passport to Prizes contest. Attendees who visited participating booths and got their Skin Inc.'s Face & Body passports stamped were eligible to be entered as one of the three prize winners. Announced on the last day of the show, the three winners are: 

  • Grand Prize ($500): Raven Payne, Esthetician Student at Elaine Sterling Institute, Dallas, GA
  • Second Prize ($250): Shirlene Thompson, Instructor at Empire, Conyers, GA
  • Third Prize ($100): Alexis Williams, Esthetician Student at Elaine Sterling Institute, Atlanta, GA

Skin Inc.'s Face & Body Southeast will take place again on October 7-9, 2017 and will be held at Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. Skin Inc.'s Face & Body is open to skin care facility owners, directors, managers, estheticians, massage therapists, dermatologists, and other medical esthetics professionals. For additional information and photos from Skin Inc.'s Face & Body Southeast and updates on next year’s show, please visit www.faceandbody.com/southeast.