SEEING RED: Dr. Murad has introduced a line of four products the company claims normalize red skin caused by rosacea and other skin disorders. Products range in price from $22 for a Soothing Gel Cleanser to $45 for a Recovery treatment gel. Dr. Murad asserts the key ingredient, Goji berry, is a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and healing agent. The line made its debut last month in specialty stores, and to date sales have been 35 percent over projections, a spokesperson at the company said. Also hitting the market in June was Murad’s antiredness professional product line, consisting of two masks used with the existing consumer line for facials.

ROOM SERVICE: Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa has partnered with “The Hotel on Rivington,” a new luxury Manhattan hotel, to provide on-call spa staff for in-room services such as manicures ($45) and the Bio-Sculpt Facial ($260) to guests when the hotel opens in early September. In addition, Paul Labrecque’s existing product collection will undergo a complete restaging and is set to launch this fall with 12 products.

FACE TO FACE: Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula and beauty retailer PureBeauty have launched a new in-store facial treatment program. DDF Rxpress Treatments, which are formulated to “rescue, reform, renew and restore” skin, include six 30-minute facial sessions. There’s an antiaging firming peel, Renew; a lightening and brightening peel, Luminous; a sensitive skin peel, Radiance; an acne fruit peel, Clarifying; an antiaging eye treatment, Refresh, and a gentlemen’s skin peel, Restoration. DDF Rxpress Treatments retail for $40 and are currently offered at nine PureBeauty locations, including the newest store, in Washington, D.C., on Connecticut Avenue.

UNITED ASSOCIATIONS: As a result of the changing beauty marketplace, on Monday three longstanding professional associations, the Beauty & Barber Supply Institute, the American Beauty Association and The Salon Association merged together to create the Professional Beauty Association. The newly formed association collectively represents distributors, manufacturers, salon and spa owners. PBA will produce a number of industry events including Cosmoprof North America and the International Salon & Spa Expo. The association will be headed by Steve Sleeper, former head of BBSI.

This story first appeared in the July 23, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.