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Wellness Tourism - 14 Oct 2011

Wellness Tourism

2020 and Beyond

If we only had a crystal ball, how would we imagine spa and wellness resorts of the future to be? Personally, I think there will be a real shift towards integrated centres offering yoga and psychological therapy alongside facials and body maintenance products but the key will be in the calibre of professionals in such centres (I'm not sure we have really come of age yet in Ireland in terms of having a truly accessible wellness centre).

Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) recently published two reports on what trends might shape the industry. Data was collected from 140 stakeholders representing wellness, tourism, spa and healthcare sectors in over 50 countries worldwide so we get a global and comprehensive viewpoint. Wellness hotels and resort spas are forecasted to become the most popular wellness tourism product in several important continents and regions by 2020 including: Africa, South America, Central America, Australia and New Zealand. Spirituality remains dominant in Asia. In Central and Eastern Europe, therapeutic services and treatments are mainly based on the availability of natural assets (e.g. thermal waters) and will stay/or become the most important.

Products that will be available globally and will lose their differentiating qualities by 2020 include beauty treatments, massage of any kind, sauna of any kind, day-spas, and some spiritual practices (e.g. yoga or meditation). Regarding certain new or fusion/crossover products and services, there is a clear need for further research: many respondents to the survey were not familiar with alternative therapies, fusion treatments, or new products such as wellpitals or medhotels.

Wellness Tourism Worldwide


Seasonal Skincare - 01 Oct 2011

Seasonal Skincare

Top Tips from Aromatherapy Associates

I've been fortunate enough to meet Geraldine Howard, the Co-Founder of Aromatherapy Associates, Geraldine Howard, and she has great, natural looking skin which is a testament to the Aromatherapy Associates range of products. Happy so to pass on her skincare tips as we move deeper into autumn and towards a cold Irish winter.

 “As we move through the seasons, it’s important to adapt your skincare regime accordingly as the climate dramatically affects the state of the skin. As you begin to have to wear thicker clothing and deal with colder weather, the skin can become more temperamental, generally dehydrated and more sensitive. Here are my top tips to help keep your face and body looking super radiant as we move into autumn.” Geraldine Howard, August 2011.

 Tip 1: Once a week, apply a layer of products to the face and body before bed. Begin on the face, with a serum, facial oil and moisturiser. If your skin is feeling dry and generally looking a little lacklustre, also apply a mask as an additional layer under the moisturiser to seal in the goodness. Then, layer a body gel, body oil and cream over the whole body. Wrap yourself in loose bed clothing and leave to absorb overnight. You’ll notice an immediate benefit.

Tip 2: Get into the habit of looking after the skin as well in the winter as you do all summer. Whilst not as many areas of skin are on show, the better condition you keep your body in throughout the year, the easier it will be when you do wear dresses or sleeveless items in the colder weather.

Tip 3: The circulation can be more sluggish in the winter, so it’s important to incorporate massage into your daily routine to keep a radiant complexion. Rather than viewing cleansing as just removing make up each evening, consider it an opportunity to perform a mini-treatment on the whole face. Carry out lots of small circular movements as you apply the product – this is an invaluable way to boost capillary circulation, helping to remove impurities and generate radiant, healthy skin.

Tip 4: I recommend a full body exfoliation at least once a week, and the same for the face. But always be conscious of which of your products actually contain a form of exfoliation, so that you don’t overdo it. One of the biggest causes of premature aging is over exfoliation of the skin, which causes inflammation.
Tip 5: If you wear a hat in the cooler months, hair can get very dry and become static. Treat it weekly with a nourishing hair oil, massing into the scalp through to the ends of the hair.

There you go, sensible advice anyone can follow.