New Spa Products I liked at the NY Spa & Resort Expo By Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider
It’s been a few weeks, but I thought I would jot down a few impressions from the expo I visited here in New York in September. It was the New York Spa & Resort Expo and Conference, which also had a Medical Aesthetics section. With so many spa shows around the world – and quite a few in the U.S. – it is always a treat when I can just hail a cab and not have to hop on a plane to take part.
Since I am one of the judges of their “New Product Showcase,” it gives me a chance to see what is brand new. Sometimes it is overwhelming because there are so many new products; however, it is also fun to see what creative things have been developed. Here are the results of this year’s showcase for those of you who want to stay up to date:
“Best of Show” DoshaCare: I liked the fact that someone was taking Ayurvedic principles and extending them further to match with the right skin care. Targeting Vata (dry skin), Pitta (normal to sensitive skin), Kapha (oily or congested skin) is an interesting way to incorporate Ayurveda for people who aren’t having an Ayurvedic treatment.
“New and Notables” AngelFeet: A surgical stainless-steel pedicure file. I liked that you can sterilize it after use and continually reuse it. Seems more “green” than throwing away all those individual nail files.
Blinc Inc: They call it Kiss Me mascara: It uses a different process of product and promises not to run, smudge, smear, flake, or clump. I have been using it for about two weeks now and find that it does what it says it does. I haven’t, however, been able to get the thickness out of it that I get from the mascara I used to use. (Hint, drugstore brand that is very “unspa” yet so many people use it… and, yes, it is pink).
Bethesda Skincare: This is a sunscreen soap which leaves a layer that provides sun protection. Seems like a good way to get sunscreen on quickly.
Clarisonic: Kind of like a sonic frequency toothbrush only this is a scrub for your skin (300 movements per second). I like how clean my teeth feel since I began using those electronic toothbrushes years ago (I even travel with mine!) and I think having the same level of cleanliness for my skin would be great.
A few final thoughts on the show… on the plus side, there was some good information at the event and I ran into quite a few people I know. The networking is always an added value. On the minus side… I couldn’t help but think about what Ian Schrager said during his speech at our Global Spa Summit last May. He challenged our industry to be more creative. Looking around at the various booths where products and services were displayed, I have to agree that we could all step it up a notch when it comes to innovation.
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