Spas shift focus to stay afloat

Reyhan Harmanci of the San Francisco Chronicle has a good piece on spas and their response to the recession:

San Francisco is a particularly spa-heavy town. According to online reference site SpaFinder, there is one spa for every 5,100 city residents, compared with one for every 15,300 in New York City, so local spas have been working hard to differentiate themselves from one another. Some have gotten creative with payment programs such as I-Spa and International Orange’s membership drives, while others, like Spa Gaia in Napa and San Francisco’s Epi Center, look to attract eco-savvy customers with their green buildings and practices. As befits the season, holiday discounts and open houses abound.

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Profile on LaserLight Skin Clinic

Matthew Gill interviews Patricia Funder, owner of LaserLight Skin Clinic in Norwell, Massachusetts.

LaserLight Skin Clinic is at 22 Washington St. (Route 53), near Queen Anne’s Corner in Norwell. You can contact the company at 781-871-2224, and visit the website at

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Dangerous Beauty Buys

Persia Ali has posted a good list of potentially dangerous beauty products following three deaths from a massage device:

4. Wax: If it’s too hot when you apply it, you can burn yourself.
5. Depilatory Creams: Quick hair removal treatments, like Nair are great when you’re in a rush. But the chemicals that cause the hair to “burn off” can also cause your skin to burn and can lead to redness and irritation.
6. Razors: Routine shaving can lead to nicks and cuts -Which then leads to you walking around with a Hello Kitty band-aid on the back of your ankle.

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TRIA home laser gets 2nd eye safety patent

TRIA Beauty has announced a new patent for its home-use laser hair removal device:

One of the keys to bringing this professional technology to the personal-use market was developing an eye-safe design. Most in-office professional lasers require both physician and patient to wear protective goggles to shield their eyes from the laser beam. However, the TRIA laser was designed with patented Diffuse Radiance Technology(TM) that enables the laser to deliver therapeutic levels of laser energy that will not harm the retina. Patent #7,452,356 complements the original patent, #7,250,045 that TRIA Beauty received for Diffuse Radiance Technology(TM). No goggles are required when using the TRIA laser as a result of this breakthrough technology, which converts coherent laser light into incoherent light. In fact, the TRIA Laser Hair Removal System carries the lowest Laser Hazard Classification (Class I) of any laser product currently available to consumers, a safer rating than most common laser pointers.

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Options for removing hair in a mole

Dermatologist Dr. Rachel Herschenfeld answers a question about safely removing hair from a mole in her column:

It is safe to pluck hairs from a mole, but it can be irritating. Options for more long lasting removal of these bothersome hairs include electrolysis and laser hair removal. Electrolysis can be challenging if you have been plucking for a while since this can distort the hair follicle and make it difficult for the electrologist to insert the needle to destroy the hair root. Also, most electrologists will not treat hair in a mole without a note from a physician stating that it is safe to do so. Laser hair removal is a good option only if the hair is dark.

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Unilever to unveil deodorant “hair minimizer”

Following the relatively unsuccessful attempts by various companies to market lotions with clams they inhibit hair growth, personal care giant Unilever plans to get into the act with their own “hair minimizing” claims.

Unilever plans to launch the products in the UK next month which will be presented as both sprays and ‘roll-on’ deodorants under the names Sure and Dove Hair Minimising deodorants.

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More male hair removal in Australia

Liz Porter at The Age has a good article (with a funny photo) on the trend toward hair removal among men:

These men are part of the new trend for “manscaping” — the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy term for male hair removal. They regularly trim or remove their pubic and buttock hair — or, in their words, “tidy up the crack and sack”.

Melbourne waxing salon proprietors say that male customer numbers have tripled over the past five years, with some performing about 50 “back, crack and sack” waxings each week.

Cosmetic physicians have also reported an increase over the past year in men seeking laser hair removal.

A new study also confirms that most younger heterosexual men are embracing the buff, hairless look that was once the preserve of gay men and body builders.

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Woman with PCOS leaves home after 17 years

Christina Blizzard has a great piece on a woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal illness characterized by irregular or no periods, acne, obesity, and excess hair growth.

Anyone who thinks hair removal is merely a “cosmetic” issue needs to read this story to understand how unwanted hair can cause serious problems for many people.

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See my hair removal forum on PCOS for more information and support.

Candela to USPTO: re-exam Palomar patents

Candela Corp. has asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to re-examine patents held by Palomar Medical Technologies Inc. in the companies’ ongoing infringement battle.

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“Manscaping” up 8% in Australia

As summer arrives, more Australian men are seeking out hair removal:

The survey of cosmetic physicians showed nearly a quarter had seen an increase in hair removal treatments for men – up eight per cent on last year.

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