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May
26
2006

ISPA Members Help Spa-Goers Keep Cool This Summer

Because spas are seen as places for nurturing and wellness, spa professionals are offering special treatments and products this summer that encourage safe skin care. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that more than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. International SPA Association (ISPA) members want to help lower that percentage.

From sunscreens, lotions and moisturizers, to treatments and products that give the appearance of a tan without the need for the sun, ISPA members are offering consumers numerous safe ways to enjoy this summer. “With 2,500 members in 73 countries, ISPA’s network of spas and product companies can make a real difference in the skin care habits of consumers,” says ISPA president, Lynne Walker McNees. “With some 57 million Americans having visited a spa, the industry is dedicated to promoting positive health habits of spa-goers.”

In addition to products and treatments that offer sun protection or help repair skin already damaged by the sun, ISPA members also report an interest in the following offerings this summer.

  • Facials featuring antioxidants and vitamins to replenish winter-worn skin.
  • Body polishes and scrubs to get rid of sallow winter skin and allow skin care moisturizers to soak in more easily.
  • Cooling and hydrating wraps and peels to help spa-goers beat the summer heat or cool down after too much time in the sun.  
  • Of course, pedicures to keep feet looking great in sandals and around the pool.
  • And, as the No. 1 treatment, massage is popular year-round and can be customized for summer to include ingredients that offer soothing from the sun, such as aloe. Also, incorporating fruits, herbs, plants and flowers that grow in the warmer months are popular additions to massages offered in the summer.

May
25
2006

Yoga May Boost Breathing Capacity

Yoga may boost better breathing capacity, reports WebMD. Researchers from Khon Kaen University in Thailand found that after six weeks of hatha yoga practice three times a week, participants could expand their chest walls more and exhale faster. The comparison group experienced no change in breathing. Each yoga session lasted 20 minutes and featured five poses that engaged the chest muscles.

May
24
2006

Summer Fling

By: Darrell Redleaf

Get glowing with hot summer tips from this top celebrity makeup artist.

May
24
2006

Germaine de Capuccini Introduces Spa Marine Privilege Therapies

Aesthetics Complete, Inc./Germaine de Capuccini introduces its Spa Marine Privilege therapies. Spa Pearl Therapy hydrates, smoothes, firms and covers the skin, and Spa Gold Therapy protects, stimulates and enriches. 800-842-9922, us@acispa.com

May
22
2006

Exposure to Cats Raises Eczema Risk in Kids

Exposure to cats shortly after birth raises a child's risk of eczema, new research suggests.

The study, which tracked 486 children until the age of 1, was presented Sunday at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Diego.

While 27.6 percent of kids with cats as pets developed eczema in that time, only 17.8 percent of kids without cats developed the dry skin condition.

On the other hand, being around two or more dogs in the home conferred a slightly protective effect, said lead researcher Dr. Esmeralda Morales, a pediatric pulmonary fellow at the University of Arizona, in Tucson.

"Other studies have found that having cats or dogs at home seems to be protective against allergic disease, so we expected to have similar findings," Morales said in a statement.

Morales noted that the children in the study who developed eczema by the age of 1 might still wind up having a reduced risk of asthma or allergies later in life. "The findings do seem to add more questions about pets and asthma and allergies. Since there are a lot of contradictory data out there already, clearly it's a topic that needs further research," she added.

May
03
2006

Rosacea Discomfort Common

A recent survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society and published in Rosacea Review indicates that 93% of participants experienced at least some physical discomfort due to rosacea. The most common symptoms were facial burning, facial itching, stinging, swelling and tenderness.

Apr
17
2006

April is Rosacea Awareness Month

April is Rosacea Awareness Month, and experts want to alert people to the signs of this facial skin disorder affecting an estimated 14 million Americans.

"Rosacea is frustrating and baffling for so many people because its conspicuous signs and symptoms may not only come and go unexpectedly, but they can affect various individuals in ways few might imagine," Dr. Richard Odom, a professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a prepared statement.

"Unfortunately, without treatment rosacea tends to become progressively worse -- and can have a substantial impact both physically and on people's emotional, social and professional lives," Odom said.

Rosacea usually first appears between the ages of 30 and 60 and often resembles a sunburn or blush on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. It happens again and again, becoming ruddier and lasting longer each time. If the condition isn't treated, bumps and pimples can develop and grow more extensive over time. Burning, itching and stinging are common. Blood vessels can become visible in the face.

In severe cases, the nose may become enlarged from the development of excess tissue. The eyes are also affected in about 60 percent of people with rosacea. This can lead to vision problems.

"The good news is that, while rosacea cannot be cured, it can be effectively controlled with medical therapy and lifestyle changes," Odom said.

HeathDay News, April 15, 2006

Apr
14
2006

Tanning May Be Addictive

Tanning's effects may be more than skin deep.

A new study finds that frequent users of tanning beds experience "feel-good" effects similar to those of some addictive drugs.

Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center say the ultraviolet (UV) light in tanning beds appears to trigger production of endorphins, brain chemicals linked to pain relief and euphoric feelings.

"We had previously shown that ultraviolet light has an effect on mood that tanners value," study lead author Dr. Mandeep Kaur said in a prepared statement. "Now, in this small study, we've shown that some tanners actually experience withdrawal symptoms when the 'feel-good' chemicals are blocked."

The study included eight frequent tanners (eight to 15 times a month) and eight infrequent tanners (no more than 12 times a year). The participants were given either a placebo or a drug (naltrexone) that blocks the effects of endorphins and other opioids. They then used both UV and non-UV tanning beds.

At higher doses of naltrextone (15 milligrams), frequent tanners showed a preference for UV tanning and four of the eight frequent tanners reported nausea or jitteriness. None of the infrequent tanners who took the drug reported these symptoms.

"The finding was unexpected and is consistent with the hypothesis that frequent tanning may be driven in part by a mild dependence on opioids, most likely endorphins. The nausea and jitteriness induced by the medication are consistent with symptoms of mild opiate withdrawal," senior researcher Dr. Steven Feldman, a professor of dermatology, said in a prepared statement.

The study appears in the April issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

HealthDay News, April 13, 2006

Apr
10
2006

The Discomfort of Rosacea

A recent survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society and published in Rosacea Review indicates that 93% of participants experienced at least some physical discomfort due to rosacea. The most common symptoms were facial burning, facial itching, stinging, swelling and tenderness.

Mar
28
2006

The Esthetic Benefits of Oxygen Skin Care

By: Craig Wenborg, MD

Learn about this new trend in skin care treatments.