Facial, massage and dating… what do they have in common?

These are the industries which seem to be recession-proof and saw improved sales and revenues in recent months.

The Professional Beauty Association says its main tracking indexes for the salon and spa industry all posted a rise in the fourth quarter of 2011, driven by stronger sales, traffic levels and a more optimistic outlook for the economy.

“The salon and spa industry remains resilient. As with the broader economy, it is encouraging to see positive growth and expansion…” says Steve Sleeper, Executive Director of the Professional Beauty Association.

Reuters, nationwide, Feb. 8, 2012