According to the International SPA Association’s (ISPA) 2010 Spa-Goer Study, four million teens have been to a spa. That’s a pretty big number. Does the tween and teen demographic in your community know the role you, as a skin care professional, can play to help with their growing skin care needs, such as acne management?
By their mid-teen years, according to the American Academy of Dermatology more than 40% of adolescents have acne or acne scarring, which can severely affect a teen’s self-esteem. “Having great skin helps everyone with their self-esteem, no matter what age the client,” says Renee Mallari, director of spa services for The Enchanted Lagoon Kids Spa at Paradise Mist Spa in KeyLime Cove Indoor Water Park Resort in Gurnee, Illinois. “During the teen years, there are so many changes happening that it helps if you don’t have to worry about whether someone is staring at your skin. If teens are self-conscious about it, it can withdraw them from social functions, meeting new friends and can cause them to miss out on fun that others may be having.”
Angela Horejs, owner of Simply Beautiful Day Spa in Lombard, Illinois, believes that consumer advertising and education have helped educate today’s teens on the importance of skin care. “Teens understand more about skin health,” she says. “You would think if teens come in with acne and are very self-conscious that they’d just want a quick solution, but they don’t. They are talking among themselves, they are talking to adults, and they definitely are turning to alternatives to the harsher chemicals.”