Archive for January, 2010

Solving Oily Skin Problems

Posted on January 27, 2010 with No Comments

Since we have all been teens, you know what I’m talking about. That shiny film that seems to drape all over your face; that slippery, greasy layer that makes you feel like you dipped your face in motor oil; that look of poor health that makes you want to hide your face and turn-away.

Well, whether we remember the reaction to oily skin problems to be quite so dramatic, its probably been a while sinc you’ve dealt with them. I have a 16 year old daughter, however, and the issue of chronic oily skin and the religious acne symptoms are alive and well in our house.

Its not just teens

I don’t mean to puch too much spotlight on teens, but generally they face the most problems and socially it affects them the most – or at least it seems that way.

The other focus on teenagers is that a source for excessive oiliness is the over-activity of glands in our skin. As with acne, hormonal and chemical makeup trigger secretions and raise vulnerability of symptoms of greasiness and pimples.

How do we solve oily skin?

Problems with excess oiliness are most effectively dealt with by applying treatment to localized areas with high concentrations of Zinc. In the proper formulation – generally not exceeding 1% by volume – Zinc regulates the physiologic activity of the glands and reduces oil output.

Zinc is most often combined in either facial cleansers or spot treatment toners – similar to StriDex. Witch Hazel, Botanical DAE, Aloe Vera juice are often combined ingredients. These help provide protection from high acidity and help prevent tissue from drying or cracking.

It is estimated 3 million Americans suffer from chronic and daily oily skin/face problems. While the emphasis is generally on the ever-present teens, the consuming market is for adults looking for a solution to a problem.

While there are numerous factors that trigger excess oils and deposits, heredity seems to be a major source and the use of Zinc-based products have been proven to be helpful. Toners, masques and facial cleansers have been shown to work well to reduce secretions as well as properly manage and care for sensitive facial tissue.

What are the best products to use?

I’d like to avoid being targeted for blatant promotion, but having worked with thousands of customers/patients, researched and consulted with numerous dermatologists, I know these ideas and products work well (of course, depends on the person and conditions)

  • Facial Cleanser – Down and out…the best way to go for many people. Look for an oily face cleanser that has Zinc. No joke, I have had folks calling and crying within 2 days of receiving a zinc-based cleanser. For most, it works that well.
  • Toner – I put this in second place and a “step 2″ if the cleanser isn’t the answer. A toner is concentrated and often contains a stronger formulation. It is mostly used for difficult areas. Again, this is the back-up but can safely be used on a daily basis.
  • Masque – Though very effective, I am tempted to throw this in the spa and body category. Very therapeautic in its makeup, yet a workable solution for controlling oiliness. I recommend usage weekly, though there is no harm for more frequent treatments. Of course Zn is part of the formula, red and green clays absorb skin oil. In this product, a derivative combination Zinc PCA is used. Keeping with th bath and body theme, the product also contains honey, hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil to help smooth, moisturize and soften.

Solving oily skin problems is not that hard…it just requires consistent use of products that get the best results for you.

Read this article for more information to Get Rid of Oily Skin.

Spa Management in 2010

Posted on January 20, 2010 with No Comments

For many of us 2010 is and was a welcome challenge compared to 2010. Many firms for which we consult or advise had a very difficult go in 2009 as they saw traffic, revenue and services contract.

While there have been many who have seen a rise in profits and volume, many have seen eroding sales, margin and flow since the end of 2007. In business terms this is a long-time.

I won’t digress into my personal observations of recessions, the recession in 89-91 was for a short time equally severe as what we are experiencing today. The big difference being how long the economy was contracted.

In the recession in 89-91 we were basically in bad sorts for about 18 months. Even smaller, less capitalized firms were able to sustain themselves – especially with a quick and measurable recovery that was experienced in 92-93.

Many I have spoken to want to include the recession of 2000-2001. Yes, our economy slowed substantially, that contraction was as much about technology and the infamous “internet bubble” as much as anything else. This coupled with the tragedy of 9/11 put the brakes on the economy and slowed us measurably…but not like this.

Many economists – myself included – believe our “recession” began at the end of 2007. I agree. The holiday traffic, sales, and good mood of the nation just seemed a bit different…something was not quite right. The same feeling I got at the end of 89.

With that said, where does that put us related to the spa industry?

Well for one, sustainability seems to be a watch word for many. If you have had the capital, resources and business model to get you this far, the focus should be maintaining for an extended period of time – probably up to a year or more.

There are plenty of excellent operators out there who also at the right place at the right time with the right staff; but on the whole many firms – firms that have been extremely successful in the past – are having a tough time.

Throughout this blog I have written about ideas you can or should consider to either increase revenue, increase margin, decrease expenses or help retain clients and staff. Some ideas are as simple as effective follow-up following treatments and as complex as introducing medspa treatments requiring significant capital expenditures and hiring or training of certified staff.

All of these ideas can be helpful to almost any size firm…and many of these ideas are those that we hear about, either through communications or hands-on observation.

If you have ideas that you think will help others in the industry, please let us know and good luck in 2010!