From Ancient Egypt to LA – The Evolution of SPA

Spas have seen amazing growth in popularity over the last few decades; with the idea of spas moving beyond something that is only for the very wealthy, to something that is accessible to a large majority of the population. It’s a growth that’s fueled in part by a generation of people who have an increased interest in self-care and alternative relaxation methods. But where did this all start? And how has their growth continued over the many centuries they have been in existence?

Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy
Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy

The health benefits of spas have been well known since before the pyramids were erected. Although the idea of gaining health from water wasn’t new, with Greek philosophers Thales to Hippocrates promoting bath for joint and overall health, the first public bath appeared in Rome during the reign of Caesar Augustus. Although primarily used by soldiers, there were more than 150 of them, making the sprawling city a mecca for spas. In fact, the oldest Roman spa still stands today, the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy.

Although the Romans were the first to discover the healing property of the mineral waters in what is now Bath, England, these waters have been used consistently since then. Since the Romans, the idea of a spa has mutated to include common esthetics and massage, with facials and scrubs becoming more mainstream. Bath was popular through the Elizabethan era through current day with this destination spa even being prominently featured in several of Jane Austen’s novels.

Chalybeate Springs at The Royal Turnbridge Wells
Chalybeate Springs at The Royal Turnbridge Wells

Although the Romans built up much of the ancient spa culture, they weren’t the only ones to do so. In about 1326 an ironmaster in Belgium discovered the Chalybeate Springs and The Royal Turnbridge Wells were built around them. The sprawling destination city is still alive today, and although it has been greatly updated since then, the original stone baths still stand.

The idea and use of spas exploded around the world, from Japanese Ryoken to Turkish Hammam to Saunas in Finland. By the 17th century the medical field began subscribing the use of spas for many common ailments and health issues, with many skin treatments and massage being used alongside. By the 18th century, rolling bath machines were common, with peddlers selling the healing benefits of spas on wheeled carts.

Saratoga Springs Mineral Baths
Saratoga Springs Mineral Baths

Spas continued to boom around the world, driven in large part by the health benefits in a society where medicine was still in its infancy. During and after the American Revolution, spas continued to gain in popularity with the Saratoga Springs Mineral Baths becoming a popular and sought after destination by the elite. It was here that the use of mud on skin began to take popularity in modern spa culture.

In 1910 the first day spa opened in the united states, Manhattan’s Red Door, opened. This groundbreaking project by Elizabeth Arden set a standard that has been met and passed, with spas becoming a staple around the world.

Now, with this rich and diverse history you may be wondering where the spa culture has to go. The answer is up!

The number of spas in the United States has increased at a rate of 21% a year in the past five years, according to a Pricewaterhouse Coopers survey. In a three year span, spa visits have increased 84% with revenues surging 152%.

Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden
Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden

If you are looking for a career with a rich history and a vibrant future, the spa industry may be for you and an education in esthetics can help you get there. Check out our Esthetics programs to find out how you can be part of this rich, diverse, and historical culture.

The Must Have Peel for Spring 2017

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Are you looking to make your skin Instagram ready for spring! The Sensi Peel by PCA is a must have in your skincare routine.

The skincare department at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, has just started offering the life changing Sensi Peel.

The PCA Sensi peel is a very mild chemical peel formulated for all skin types, even the sensitive. Hence the name Sensi (sensitive).

The Sensi peel is will help to diminish sun spots, fine lines, and acne scars. The service is less the 45 minutes and requires no down time. The best part is you will receive a complementary post

peel kit to take home. Our aesthetic students will educate you on how to care for your skin with your new products from the post peel kit, and also what to expect to see during the next two to three

weeks after your peel. Remember the key to flawless skin is to peel and peel often! The PCA Sensi Peel is the key to beautiful skin.

To book your Sensi Peel please give us a ring at (408) 579-9111 and let the receptionist know you want a Sensi Peel.

See ya in the Spa!

Skin Care News: Kylie Jenner’s winter skin-care must-haves

You already know what the star uses on her lips, who she calls up for last-minute color touch-ups, and now you’ve got Kylie Jenner’s winter skin-care must-haves. You know, for those times when the wind gets out of control and the snow starts piling up (just maybe not in Calabasas).

In a recent post on thekyliejenner.com and on the Kylie Jenner Official App, the 19-year-old spilled some of the ultra-hydrating, can’t-live-without products she loves to slather on once temps start to drop. And because Jenner has yet to lead us astray with her recommendations (two words: Lip Kit), we thought we’d share the wealth because—who knows?—maybe you and the megamillionaire share the same skin-care routine?

“Even though I love winter, I hate what the colder temps do to my face! I can’t stand dry, dull skin, so I’m all about any products that keep my skin feeling hydrated and soft,” Jenner wrote.

So without further ado, here are the moisturizing picks the Kylie Cosmetics founder uses on the daily when baby it’s cold outside.

BY SARAH KINONEN

 

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Skin News:Your Skin Doesn’t Have to Peel With a Peel.

While earlier versions of acid-based exfoliating treatments could make skin visibly slough away, the latest formulas leave skin glowing, not flaking. Many include several alpha and beta hydroxy acids, rather than just one at a higher concentration. “When you combine acids at lower strengths, they’re potentially less irritating,” says New York City dermatologist Dennis Gross. And you don’t have to see peeling to see results. “As the acid dissolves the cement between skin cells, you may have thousands of them coming off at the same time—but the shedding is still invisible to the naked eye,” says Neal Schultz, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

An acid product is only as potent as the free-acid compounds floating around inside it. Too many acid bits and your skin stings and gets red; too few and nothing happens (we mean nada—no exfoliation, no glow). So chemists play with the pH, which adjusts the amount of free acids. The ideal pH is between 3 and 4, but it’s almost never listed on packaging. So how do you pick a winner? Some experts say your skin should tingle for a few seconds when you apply the product. “If the acid is penetrating, you’re going to feel something,” says Eric ­Bernstein, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. And expect some instant gratification. “An effective product should leave your skin looking immediately refreshed,” says Gross. (Discover our six favorites.)

“Acids don’t work like retinoids, which repair skin by kick-starting inflammation,” says Ranella Hirsch, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. “They dissolve the upper layer of cells to trigger repair.” Plus, unlike with scrubs, the skin is not damaged by abrasives. So if you’re sensitive, acids are actually a wise choice. Look for formulas that combine them with an amino acid, like arginine, which slows their penetration into skin. (We like Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night.) And don’t rush in. “Irritation can take a while to show up,” says Hirsch. “You may get to day four, then all of a sudden your skin reacts.” Take a month to ramp up to daily use.

Magnanimous girlfriends and pug owners insist that size doesn’t matter, but cosmetic chemists disagree. The smaller a molecule, the more easily it gets into the skin. Because glycolic is the smallest of all the acids, it yields the most dramatic results. “There’s a reason glycolic is the acid used the most in anti-aging products and doctor’s-office peels,” says Hirsch. “It does the job.” Almost as well as a prescription retinoid, says Schultz. (Try Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel.) Some dermatologists believe that no one talks about how glycolic acid changes the structure of the skin because then the FDA will call it a drug, regulate it, and suddenly we’ll need to see a doctor to get it. But the truth is that it regenerates collagen, thickens the epidermis and dermis, and evens skin tone. (Shhhh.)

Now for the reality check: Over-the-counter acid products—even most doctor’s-office peels—cannot smooth deep lines. “Only fillers and laser procedures can do that,” says Wilma Bergfeld, a senior dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “These compounds can minimize fine lines and fade blotches, but they have limitations.” According to Hirsch, your skin gets the most from acids in your 20s and 30s: “After that, I have patients treat serious damage with a prescription retinoid and refresh their skin with regular peels at home or in my office.”

To treat a blotchy chest, extend your AHA face cream a few inches south. Clear up bacne (or, worse, buttne) with a salicylic acid body wash: Apply it to dry skin, wait 15 minutes, then get in the shower and rinse. When the backs of your arms feel like a plucked goose, don’t try to scrub the bumps away—they’ll just get inflamed. Instead, apply a lotion with AHAs or BHAs to unclog the pores and dissolve the dry skin.

Yummy DIY Skincare You Can Eat

Sometimes our skin can have a mind of its own. One day it decides to be beautiful and glowing, but within a day it can easily change its mind and create a stressful situation for you! If you find yourself in one of these situations without time to head to the beauty store, it’s okay because we’ve got you covered! We’ve targeted some of the main reasons that your skin could be acting out and some DIY masks to conquer the issues! The best part? These remedies are edible and can be made with ingredients right from your pantry. You heard us, you won’t know whether to spread it your face or to spread it on a cracker. What’s better than skincare that is good for your insides and your outsides? Nothing. Nothing beats edible skincare products.

The Weather

One of the first and most obvious reason that your skin can change is going to be the weather; you’re the only one that has to adjust to the temperature change! When you are headed into those chillier months and you feel your skin getting a little dry and flakey, this is the mask for you!
Dry Skin Mask

Stress

Not only does stress complicate things in your life, it also complicates your skin! According to Dermalogica, heightened and continued stress levels can throw your adrenal glands into overdrive causing all of those annoying episodes that your skin keeps having. You clearly have enough stress, so stop stressing about your skin and try this mask!
Stressed Skin Mask

Diet

Although the connection between diet and the condition of our skin has not been proven, WebMD has talked to some dermatologists that beg to differ and have said that poor nutrition can lead to poor skin. That’s the plus side to the ingredients of this mask, they’re not only good for your skin but they’re also good for your diet!
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Change in Products

Your skin is a creature of habit. Most people think that just because it’s not going on their face that it won’t affect their skin, but that is not the case! Things like laundry detergent, perfume, and shampoo/conditioner can definitely affect your skin. It’s okay though, pumpkin can solve all your problems. From pumpkin spice lattes to this pumpkin mask, you simply can’t go wrong with pumpkin.
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Age

We know that this is something you don’t want to admit but, unfortunately, skin is one of the many things that can change with age. It’s okay though we can keep this one our little secret, just use this mask and keep telling everyone that you’re not a day over 20.
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What are some of your DIY skincare secrets? Tell us in the comments!
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