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Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in News | 0 comments

ISPA Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipient

ISPA Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipient

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Christine Muchemu to Receive ISPA Foundation Scholarship

The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation will award Christine Muchemu from Ithaca, New York, the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship onstage during the General Session at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, from Sept. 24-26.

 Muchemu will receive $5,000 to offset her education expenses, a complimentary registration, travel stipend and hotel accommodations to attend the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo, a one-year ISPA student membership and will be assigned a one-year mentor to help navigate her career aspirations.

“Words cannot express the awe-inspiring gratitude I feel for having been honored as a recipient of the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship,” said Muchemu. “This scholarship represents an immense opportunity for me to network with and be mentored by leaders in the health and wellness industry. Because of this award, I believe that I am one step closer to furthering my goal to launch a family-owned business with my sisters that formulates and manufactures cosmetic products containing no synthetic ingredients. Thank you.”

Muchemu is in her second year in the Master of Business Administration program at Cornell University, where her concentration is in business management. Upon her expected graduation in May 2019, Muchemu plans to establish a family-owned, clean label hair and beauty brand.

“We are incredibly honored to be able to recognize a student like Christine as the ISPA Foundation Mary Tabacchi Scholarship recipient,” said ISPA Foundation Chairman Frank Pitsikalis. “Christine’s educational background and strong work ethic are the exact qualities the Scholarship Committee looks for when selecting a recipient. We welcome Christine to the ISPA community and cannot wait to see what she will do in the years to come.”

 The scholarship was created in 2006 and later named in honor of Mary Tabacchi, Ph.D., RD, Professor Emerita for the School of Hotel Administration in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Dr. Tabacchi is a beloved spa industry veteran and pioneer in spa education. With a doctorate in biochemical nutrition and biostatistics, she has published numerous books on nutrition, spa and related subjects.

To learn more about the scholarship and the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo, visit the website.

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Posted by on Jun 16, 2018 in Product Reviews | 0 comments

Showaflops Sandals: Fashionable and Functional

Showaflops Sandals: Fashionable and Functional

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Summertime means the beach, the pool or maybe camp. All places where flip-flops are preferred footwear–and where lots of germs live. The solution: Showaflops! These fashionable and trendy sandals are quick drying and are easy to wear at the pool or on the street. It’s time to enjoy the summer sun and hit the water! Complete your beach look with fun, fresh patterns from Showaflops! The secret: Showaflops have unique drainage holes, antimicrobials and slip-resistant soles to help protect your feet from any bacteria on the ground. So you can look trendy while your feet are protected.

Showaflops are perfect for the beach.

Showaflops are perfect for the beach.

So no matter where you’ll be enjoying summer fun, these fashionable and functional flip-flops will keep you looking good while they keep away germs. The slip-resistant soles are great when you shower at the gym or spa. They come in both adult and kid sizes, so you can protect the entire family.

 

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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Product Reviews | 0 comments

Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watchers: Silver Infused Toothbrushes

Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watchers: Silver Infused Toothbrushes

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Spring is a good time to remember that we’re supposed to get a new toothbrush every three months. But with Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watchers, you get an extra month. That’s because the Mouth Watchers have  have long-lasting dual layered polyester bristles. While the outer bristles ensure complete cleaning of teeth and gums, the inner bristles, which are as thin as a human hair (ten times thinner than those in  most other brushes), gently brush away food and plaque in areas that other brushes miss.

Even better yet, Dr. Plotka’s toothbrush has antimicrobial bristles infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows  between uses, leaving your toothbrush clean and ready for the next use.

Dr. Plotka developed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40-year practice. Its technology has helped hundreds of his patients prevent cavities and achieve better oral health.

So when I tried this brush for myself, I had high expectations. I wasn’t disappointed. The brush was gentle, just the way I liked. I could actually tell that the bristles were very different from what I was used to.

And when I was finished, I had to agree with what some of Dr. Plotka’s patients said: “It feels like I just had a professional dental cleaning.”

So this spring, you can, at a very reasonable cost, upgrade your oral care with this innovative toothbrush. A year’s supply of the adult manual toothbrush (shipped every 3 months) is $20.99. Check the website for more information.

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Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Product Reviews | 0 comments

DefenAge Skincare Really Turns Back the Clock

DefenAge Skincare Really Turns Back the Clock

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 DefenAge® products promise results — and deliver

A commercial that’s currently airing references beauty products that are in no hurry to work. That’s the story with so many beauty products; they promise a lot–and then fail to deliver.

However, when I had the opportunity to try the DefenAge Power Trio, I was actually expecting to see results. That’s because I saw this recent announcement:

Progenitor Biologics®, LLC, the manufacturer and distributor of the cutting-edge anti-aging skin care products, DefenAge® Skincare, recently announced the results of a new comprehensive clinical study of the line’s breakthrough ingredient Age-Repair Defensins®. The defensin-based three-step system “globally improves the visual appearance of aging skin without irritation, dryness, or inflammation,” concludes the peer-review article published by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD). Target-specific Age-Repair Defensins represents the latest generation of anti-aging technology and is the first of a kind.

“The defensin skin care regimen resulted in statistically significant improvements in ALL five parameters in patients simultaneously including decreased visible fine and coarse wrinkles, pore size and visible pigmentation. Study participants also demonstrated improvement in skin’s oiliness, evenness, hydration and a number of other crucial skin’s qualities” shares the study’s principal investigator and correspondence author, Amy Forman Taub, MD. “DefenAge results in profound improvements in the visible health and beauty of the skin that are readily apparent to even the untrained eye.”

“The results showed that the defensin-containing trio of prod­ucts offer most of the advantages of time-honored retinols as well as newer but widely used growth-factor containing cosme­ceuticals, without irritation or inflammation, sun-sensitivity, or concerns about neoplasia of the treated skin,” adds the study’s co-investigator, Vivian Bucay, MD. “The observed clinical results put DefenAge Skincare into the best-in-class category without doubt, this is a landmark product.”

The earlier-published pre-clinical research shows that defensins activate dormant preserve of “fresh” cells in the body, LGR6-positive stem cells. “After activation, LGR6-positive stem cells physically migrate into the basal layer of the skin and create a new epidermis, and eventually, new, younger-acting skin,” explains the study’s co-investigator, Gregory Keller, MD. “The defensin-based anti-agingtechnology is an authentic paradigm shift that I see only once per decade.”

DefenAge made an initial soft launch in the summer of 2015,” comments Progenitor Biologics’ CEO, Nikolay Turovets, PhD. “Today, more than 300 US-based aesthetic physicians and medi-spas offer DefenAge. Since the launch, DefenAge’s annual growth exceeded 100 percent three years in a row, having sales in 2017 that exceeded $2.4M. Now having such solid clinical proof of the product’s performance, we will continue our expansion in the aesthetic market and deliver the best technologies to consumers.”

I’ve been using the DefenAge trio for just a few weeks, and I already see visible results: Smoother, firmer, more hydrated skin, softening of lines and wrinkles, etc. It’s clear that these powerhouse products are in a hurry to work!

For more information, visit the website.

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Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Product Reviews, Tips | 1 comment

NDC Beauty: Natural, Cruelty-Free and Vegan

NDC Beauty: Natural, Cruelty-Free and Vegan

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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Noix de Coco (NDC Beauty) is a line of all natural cruelty free, vegan beauty products, free of chemicals and based on the benefits of superfood ingredients.

More than ever, I look for beauty products that are cruelty free and free of chemicals and preservatives. After reading about Noix de Coco (NDC Beauty), a line that includes skincare, body products, hair care and makeup, I decided to try two of their products.

The Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse appealed to me because so many conditioners, shine-producing products, etc. leave a film on the hair. Applying this after shampooing left my hair clean and shiny, so I will use it on a regular basis. This eliminates the need for an occasional clarifying shampoo to eliminate product build-up. The rinse, which contains Ayurveda herbs, is said to have anti-microbial and blood purifying properties to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. A bonus!

 

Ingredients: Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Burdock Root Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract, Neem Extract, Green Tea Extract

The second product I tried–the Organic Lash and Repair Serum–is said to repair and promote growth of both lashes and brows. It addressed a couple of concerns. With time, my lashes and brows had thinned out. I suspected that the lashes were probably damaged when I used mascara regularly. After using this serum for a few weeks on both my lashes and eyebrows, I noticed visible results: both seemed fuller and healthier looking. The recommended use is to apply at night, before bed time and wipe off any residual product in the morning. Alternatively, it can be applied and left on for a minimum of 20 minutes and then wiped off. On the days when I wasn’t planning to wear any makeup, I applied the serum in the morning and left it on all day. I think this consistent use may account for the results I saw.

Ingredients: Organic Raw Castor Oil, Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil, Vitamin E

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