Consumers Not Cutting Back on Pampering

Consumers may be holding onto their wallets, but they're also spending money on a little rest and relaxation.

Retailers such Faces Cosmetics & Spa Studio in Arlington have taken a hit because of lackluster sales of skincare and cosmetics.

But consumers are giving up spa services such as facials, manicures and pedicures.

"I do find that spa has been a savior for us," said Brenda Cureton, of Faces.

Revenues at spas are up almost 18 percent, according to the International Spa Association.

But with many in a frugal mindset, even spas are lowering prices.

"We are offering major deals," Cureton said. "For instance, our facials are buy one get one 50 percent off."

And customers say the pampering is worth the money.

"It's a good gift from husbands, it's a good gift from family, (and) it's a good gift to yourself," said Kim Bay, of Arlington.'s Susy Solis contributed this report.

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