The 25th Annual ISPA Conference & Expo

Focus on Naturals as the 25th Annual ISPA Conference & Expo Convenes

The International Spa Association (ISPA) held its annual conference on October 19-21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Professionals from all spa industry sectors gathered to connect with each other, gain insight and inspiration, as well as to celebrate the industry’s continued growth. Over 220 companies offering the latest spa products and services available on the market were present while the theme for this year’s conference was ”explore,” with many seminars focusing around the idea.

Several of the booths seemed to feature natural skin care products more so than prior years. Éminence Organic Skin Care, a Canadian-based organic skin care company, showed its new peels collection for all skin types through its VitaSkin line. Of particular interest in this product line is a new peel that is not only for acne, but also helps clear scars due to the use of probiotics.

Combining technologically advanced ingredients with certified botanicals, GlyMed Plus, a renowned leader in the skin care industry, presented at the show a four-point skin system which uses intense peptides and a photo-age protection gel to help cleanse, treat, balance, and protect skin. In addition, with its new Protocol Protection System line, men now have their own skin care regimen for better skin health after shaving.

It is clearly evident that what goes on the skin is as important as what goes in our bodies. Seaweed and algae are not just for body wraps anymore either. Many companies have looked deep into the ocean and are using products from the sea for intensified nourishment of the skin. At this year’s show, Thalgo showcased multiple products using sea ingredients for both the face and body including its Ultra Hydra-Mask and Hydra-Marine Serum, which encompass Sève Bleue from the ocean and helps hydrate and energize the skin.

Many of the products presented at the show were luxurious and skin-worthy as the relaxation area was overflowing with individuals receiving wraps, manicures, massages, and facials using a multitude of new products on demonstration in special relaxation rooms. Decléor provided four types of facials to help areas such as skin fatigue and anti-aging while FITBodywrap offered three types of treatments to help combat the wear and tear of the Las Vegas strip.

Getting back to nature is not a surprising theme! According to our recently published Professional Skin Care Global Series: Market Analysis and Opportunities report, spas and salons is the largest channel of distribution of professional skin care products in the United States, accounting for over 45% of the total market share. The number of spas in the United States continues to increase, actively contributing to the channel’s sales growth. We will certainly keep an eye on the evolution of this channel in the next edition of our Professional Skin Care Global Series: Market Analysis and Opportunities report. We’re also eager to see what new trends the next year’s show will bring and how professional skin care brands will respond to the increasing trend of all natural products.

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