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A New Way To Get Rid Of Cellulite

Sunday June 1, 2014

Getting rid of cellulite is women's number one beauty issue.  Until recently, the conventional medical wisdom was that nothing  could be done to get rid of cellulite. A new laser treatment called Cellulaze has dramatically changed that.  Approved by the FDA in January of 2012, Cellulaze is getting rid of the lumps and bumps that make up the unsightly appearance of cellulite.

According to Dr. Bruce Katz, Director of the Juva Skin and Laser Center in NYC, clients see smoother skin within a couple of weeks, and the results keep getting better.   He has been doing this procedure in clinical trials since 2010.   He hasn't yet seen the cellulite return, so he doesn't expect it to.

However, Cellulaze is expensive -- an average of $5,000 to $7,000, depending on the size of the area that is being treated, and what your doctor charges. If that's out of your budget, there are still things you can do to minimize cellulite and stop its progression.

When Your Spa Treatment Goes Wrong

Friday May 30, 2014

Spas are supposed to be relaxing, but sometimes things go wrong. Your esthetician talks too much. Your massage hurts. The room was cold. What do you do when you don't like your spa treatment?

Your first line of defense is to take it up with the therapist, right then and there. Most therapists want to give you excellent service, so they will make adjustments if you speak up. Here is how to handle every sticky spa situation

Save $250 On Spa Trips To the Bahamas

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Sandals island spaAh, the Bahamas. Sun, sand.......and $250 instant savings!  Book an air-inclusive four-night stay at any of Nassau Paradise Island's participating hotels, for travel between now through November 22, 2014 (code: 250SAVEA) or November 29 - December 23, 2014 (use code: 250SAVEB) to get the savings. The offer is for new bookings, and is limited to one per room, minimum double occupancy. Up to two rooms allowed per booking.


Give To Charities & Feel Happy

Monday May 26, 2014

holiday giftsI've read a lot of books about happiness, and one thing they always say is that giving to others makes us happy.  I think it's because when we give unselfishly to a cause or someone we may not even know, we feel connected to the larger world.

We realize that our small actions can make a difference. We feel we have enough that we're able to give, which is important to remember when so many of us in the West, though rich by world standards, feel like we're on the edge of losing our American dream.

Here are some lesser known charities

Essential Oil Blends That Support Your Life

Sunday May 25, 2014

essential oilHave you ever needed a way to calm down -- quickly? Or something to help you sleep? Or a wake-up that doesn't leave you exhausted later, like coffee? I highly recommend Aromatherapy Associates' Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection. Read full review and compare prices.

You get nine different essential oil blends in tiny bottles, and their names tell you exactly what the blends are for -- De-Stress Mind, Deep Relax, and Morning Revive, for instance. The oils are high quality, masterfully blended and have a therapeutic quality you won't find in cheaper oils.

Aromatherapy Associates recommends you use these bottles all at once as a treatment, adding to a bath or rubbing them on your body before a shower. I prefer to use a little bit at a time. I put a little in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, and Read More...

Mom And The Spa

Thursday May 8, 2014

Surprise! My mom and I didn't always get along. But as we get older we've become closer, and now she's my 89-year-old best friend! Like many of her generation, she didn't grow up getting facials and massage. But she and my Dad got their first massage on a trip to Antarctica, and they were both hooked.

Mom is now sophisticated enough to realize the current massage therapist at her retirement community in Oklahoma (which doesn't require a license) is not trained, and is lobbying for someone better!!

Some of our best times together have been on spa trips. We had wonderful visits together at The Lodge at Woodloch in Pennsylvania.  And I'll never forget the first time she got a "defoliating" body scrub at GLO Spa at Marriott Hartford Downtown in Connecticut. She loved it!

I think spa trips are so great for moms and daughters because everyone is getting taken care of -- nurtured by the professionals. It leaves you time to relax and just enjoy each other's company.

If you actually go on a spa trip with your mom, make sure it's the right fit. My mom can't walk far so the wonderful but hilly, spread out Rancho La Puerta in Baja California would be the wrong choice. But Mii Amo in Sedona, AZ. would be perfect because their spa casitas are right by the spa, and the therapists are especially nurturing and healing.

You can also give mom a spa gift certificate, which is a wonderful way for her to nurture herself even if you're not there. I love you, Mom!

SpaFinder Creates New Wellness Travel Awards

Thursday May 8, 2014

Spafinder Wellness 365 has launched an exciting new award for world-wide wellness travel destinations! Even better, its selection process for the Wellness Travel Awards will make sure the most deserving properties are recognized, not the ones with the most organized write-in campaigns.

SpaFinder created a global panel of 26 spa and wellness experts (including me) to nominate top candidates before turning it over to consumer voting. This will bring more authority and authenticity to the awards, which honor spas, hotels, resorts and retreats that offer exceptional experiences to consumers seeking healthy vacations and travel.

The awards will be given to the top properties on six continents, in dozens of countries and regions and in numerous special categories, such as "Best for Getting Fit" and "Best New Wellness Travel Property." The Wellness Travel Awards is an evolution of the company's Readers' Choice Awards, which were based solely on consumer voting.

Spafinder defines wellness travel as "vacations, getaways and business trips that help travelers stay (or get) healthy by offering unique options, such as healthy cuisine or programs, that allow guests to relax and rejuvenate."

"People are redefining what they want when on vacation or traveling for business," says Spafinder Wellness 365 Chief Brand Officer Mia Kyricos. "Our research shows they are clearly looking for transformative experiences and environments that leave them healthier when they check out than when they checked in."

Nominees for the Wellness Travel Awards will be named June 19. Consumer voting is open from June 19 through September 19. Winners announced during the World Travel Mart, November 3-6.

Spa Etiquette: What To Do When Your Therapist Won't Stop Talking

Wednesday May 7, 2014

Have you ever had a massage therapist or esthetician who won't stop talking? You want to drift off and relax. The therapist wants to catch up. (This is especially likely to happen if you see the therapist regularly, and have become friendly.) Some therapists don't have good boundaries, and want to talk about what they did last night, their boyfriend problems, what you do for a living. Estheticians are supposed to talk to you about your skin care, but sometimes it can veer into a sales pitch. But I have a super-polite, stress-free way to let the therapist you don't want to talk. You'll never have to suffer through an overly-chatty spa treatment again.

Spa Lifestyle: Ten Years Younger In Two Weeks

Tuesday April 29, 2014

It's hard to find anti-aging skin care products that really work.  How do I know?  I have aging skin -- and incredible access to skin care products.  I have tried scores of skin care lines, from the affordable to the outlandishly expensive.  Only one tiny sample of Babor's Sea Creation ($500 for 1.69 oz.) actually made my skin look dramatically plumper and younger, but it was beyond my means.

Fortunately, I have discovered an anti-aging skin care line that really works. And while not cheap, it is not just for the wives of hedge fund traders.  I tried its two most popular products and was shocked at the results. Within less than a week, my skin plumped up and tightened up.  The skin beneath my eyes was clear and taut instead of thin and puffy.  I looked five years younger -- ten years if I did everything else right, like eating lots of grains and veggies, drinking water, and staying away from salt, sugar and alcohol...Read more....

On Earth Day, The Green Spa Movement Blooms

Tuesday April 22, 2014

I was in New York City yesterday for a press event held by Organic Spa magazine, and it was exciting for someone who loves green spas and natural beauty. It's easier than ever to find top-quality green skin care and beauty products.  Read about my coverage of the event.

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