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Dos and Don'ts: Shaving

Do: Change razors on a regular basis. The closest shaves are a result of sharp blades. Clients should be changing their razors at the first sign of dullness in order to avoid unnecessary pulling, nicks, and irritation.

Body Sugaring

Written by Lina Kennedy, president of Alexandria Professional
Body Sugaring

Consumers have a tendency to spend a noted amount of money to rejuvenate their faces but what happens to the rest of the largest organ of the body? From cellulite treatments to hair removal, consumers have not neglected their body! In fact, hair removal has become one of the fastest-growing sections of the beauty industry. One hair removal method, sugaring, is gaining popularity for its organic nature and effective results.

Using Conversational Marketing to Build and Maintain Client Relationships

Written by Bob Fabbio, CEO and co-founder of eRelevance Corp.
Using Conversational  Marketing to Build and Maintain  Client Relationships

Successful skin care professionals have begun to leverage automated conversations into their marketing to more deeply engage clients, improve loyalty and increase revenue. If a professional's marketing is one-way, they are missing an important opportunity to be a better provider and grow
their business.

The Business of Waxing

Written by Annette Hanson, founder and president of Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics
The Business  of Waxing

Waxing is one of the most sought-after services in the beauty industry. There are specialized waxing facilities across the country to meet the growing demands.

Teenage Makeup Application

Written by Michelle Richardson, L.E., professional makeup artist and co-owner of California Makeup Academy-Training Center
Teenage Makeup Application

Adolescence is the perfect time to adopt a good skin care regimen as this is the time that breakouts are most likely to occur. Teenagers need to know the proper steps and products to care for their skin. The most important part of a beautiful makeup application is a clear, smooth complexion. Be sure to keep the skin care steps simple: a gentle cleanser; a light, hydrating moisturizer, and an SPF product. An SPF product is important to prevent later signs of early aging. Teenagers need to be taught that tanning today will lead to damage or, worse yet, skin cancer later!

Skin Supplementation

Written by Louise Marchesin, global head of marketing at Skinade®
Skin Supplementation

In the ever-growing beauty industry, consumers are faced with more and more options when it comes to pretty much everything. From supplements and treatments to products and surgery, the available options are vast. With this in mind, it is no surprise that consumers are becoming savvier and looking for more ways to enhance their beauty routine, particularly with a skin care supplement that works from the inside out. However, with an already crowded market, many newcomers are confused by how these supplements work and which options are right for them.

Teaching Clients to Apply and Store Essential Oils

Written by Peter Friis, CEO of ESSIO Shower
Teaching Clients to Apply and Store Essential Oils

While at home, it is important for clients to apply essential oils properly to avoid adverse reactions as essential oils are pure, potent liquids that can irritate the skin if they are not applied correctly.

What is your daily skin care Ritual? Normajean Fusco

Every day, I cleanse and tone my skin. I also balance, nourish, and protect it.

Dry Skin: Simple Versus Fungal

Written by Dana Canuso, D.P.M, founder of Dr. Canuso Skincare for Feet
Dry Skin: Simple Versus Fungal

As a skin care professional, it is just as important to know what to recommend for a client's feet as it is for their face, hands, and neck. What should professionals offer the client that has tried everything but simply cannot get rid of the dry, cracked skin on their heels? Most professionals would suggest a quick file or pedicure, as well as thick heel creams or lotions to treat the stubborn and sometimes painful condition. Inevitably, however, the problem always returns. What is this dry skin and why is it so persistent?

February is National Cherry Month!

Cherries are sweet and vibrantly red fruits that are chock-full of anthocyanins, which are free radical scavengers. This fruit also contains 17 different antioxidant compounds and is known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In aesthetic treatments, cherries are often used during chemical exfoliation treatments as an enzyme agent.

Dos and Don'ts: Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Do: Make a change that is enjoyable. When clients decide to make a healthy change, it is important for them to do something that they like. For example, if they decide to start exercising, they should partake in an activity that they find fun. They do not have to hit the cement and start jogging for miles on end if they do not like running.

Infographic: Poikiloderma

Written by Christa Murray, laser hair removal professional and laser safety officer

• Poikiloderma is most commonly seen on the neck.
• The most common identifiers are redness and pigmentary changes in the skin.
• Poikiloderma presents when telangiectasia on the neck or chest is combined with hyperpigmentation on the neck or chest and the skin has a mottled look.

Regulating Stress Through Mindful Breathing

Written by Julie Bach, executive director of Wellness for Cancer
Regulating Stress  Through Mindful Breathing

Stress is an emotional state of unease; it is an experience ranging from mild feelings of unrest to intense feelings of turmoil. It clearly demonstrates that the sufferer does not have a good relationship with reality.

Bird Excrement in the Spa: Drop-ins Welcome

Written by Janel Luu, founder and CEO of Le Mieux Cosmetics
Bird Excrement in the Spa: Drop-ins Welcome

Every culture has its anti-aging secrets. Now, more than ever before, spas are taking advantage of the skyrocketing popularity of multicultural trends in skin care treatments. One surprising ingredient has recently flown onto the scene: a Japanese beauty secret called uguisu no fun, which is translated as nightingale excrement. Known as "The Geisha Facial," this treatment is currently offered by high-end spas to clients seeking a soft, firm, and beautifully radiant complexion.

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Hormones, Diet, and Their Skin!

Written by Jennifer Masson, L.E., R.D., L.D.N., owner of Jennifer Masson RD LLC-Nutritionista Wellness
What Every Woman  Needs to Know About Hormones, Diet, and Their Skin!

When it comes to the body, estrogen, insulin, cortisol, thyroid, and other hormones help keep it running smoothly. As women age and their bodies change, estrogen starts declining in a manner that is very erratic. As a result, some women experience hot flashes, hair loss, sleeplessness, irritability, gastrointestinal discomfort, loss of libido, and skin changes. Their skin may become dry, flaky, thinner, and more delicate. Wrinkles and sagging occur from collagen loss and the breakdown of elastin. Some women may even develop adult acne on their chin and neck, which is directly related to hormonal balance.

Incorporating Self Care Into Spas

Written by Shel Pink, SpaRitual and Slow Beauty® Founder
Incorporating  Self Care Into Spas

Slow Beauty® is a way of life; it is a recognition that an enduring, inner beauty offers people an opportunity to slow down and remember their own essence. The guiding principle of this philosophy is sustainable self-care. It is key to develop a series of self-care rituals that promote beauty from the inside out.

Anti-Pollution  Skin Care

Anti-pollution skin care has become the latest trend in the aesthetics industry. This trend, which originated in Asia, is starting to see a larger presence throughout the United States due to the growing concerns about the effect of pollution on the skin. Clients can be exposed to pollution from road and air traffic and fossil fuel combustion. According to the World Health Organization, over 80 percent of people who live in larger cities like New York City are exposed to air pollution levels that exceed the limits they set.

10 Surprises You Might Encounter While Running Your Own Skin Care Business

Written by Aaron Sonnenschein, partnership school manager for Dermalogica
10 Surprises You Might Encounter While Running Your Own Skin Care Business

1. Skin care professionals might provide a great treatment, but there is a lot involved in running a business; success is not immediate. Professionals should consider whether they have the financial, marketing, negotiating, organizational, prescriptive, and creative skills necessary to build and run a successful small business. Are they going to be able to deal with the day-to-day obligations of handling money, credit card transactions, and IRS reports? If they hire people to either assist with answering the phones or provide services they do not want to offer, how well can they deal with other service providers? Is the professional outgoing enough to network with other businesses?

The Endless Possibilities of Waxing

Written by Maxie Frericks, L.E.I., medical aesthetician at Velvet Day Spa
The Endless Possibilities of Waxing

Waxing can be described as somewhat ancient as it originated in Egypt, where the Egyptians would utilize seashell tweezers, pumice stones, beeswax, and sugaring for hair removal. Waxing and sugaring are still popular hair removal methods used in today's society. In fact, most of the professional waxing chains carry waxes with beeswax as the main ingredient.

What is Your Skin Care Ritual? Rachael Pontillo

I cleanse in the morning with my oil cleanser, tone, and apply a facial oil. I only apply sunscreen if I am going to be outside in the sun, which, lately, is not often. At night, I remove my makeup either with my oil cleanser or micellar cleansing fluid. I then tone and apply my emulsion moisturizer followed by my facial oil. I do an enzymeexfoliation and rhassoul clay/powdered mask once a month. I make all my own products from scratch.

Vanities Spa

Vanities Spa, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, offers world-class treatments in a private and client-focused location. When a client walks through Vanities' diamond door, they enter a space that is theirs and theirs alone. Nancy Seale, L.E., owner of the spa, locks the door – leaving the outside world behind – and welcomes her guest into their very own private spa experience, which includes a world of aromatherapy, soft spa music of the client's choosing, and a warm bed. Each treatment is designed to allow clients to not only receive the results they are expecting, but also have that special time and space where they can let go of all their stresses and reconnect with their inner light.

3 Steps to Facial Dry Brushing

Facial dry brushing has the same benefits as dry brushing the body, including detoxifying the lymphatic system and reducing cellulite. Facial dry brushing increases blood flow, removes toxin buildup, and provides the skin with a nice glow. Dry brushes for the face should have extremely fine and soft bristles. Clients should dry brush their face one to two times a week and remember to be gentle.

When deciding on a beverage to offer clients, skin care professionals should consider a hot, fragrant cup of tea. Many teas contain herbs and plants that are rich in antioxidants and have a number of wellness benefits. Furthermore, the aroma that is produced by hot tea may also provide the client with a calming effect. Some teas to consider are green, chamomile, jasmine, and hibiscus.

Rosewater is created through steam distillation of rose petals and is often used in toners or facial spritzes. Rosewater has a high concentration of vitamins A and C and antioxidants that help to hydrate the skin. It is often recommended for clients with sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea due to its anti-inflammatory properties that help to mollify skin irritations and flare-ups. Rosewater also has antibacterial properties that make it beneficial for clients with acne. Moreover, it has beneficial aromatherapy properties that can help to uplift the mood and increase spirits.

Infographic: Water

Written by Amra Lear, L.E., L.M.T.

1. Water is a molecule consisting of two hydrogens and one oxygen.
2. H2O is the chemical formula for water, ice, and steam.
3. Water can be a solid, liquid, or gas.

Dos and Don'ts: Brightening Skin


Use natural ingredients. When clients are battling hyperpigmentation, including age spots and melasma, it is important for them to use products with ingredients that are not going to permanently damage thier skin. Safe and effective ingredients for skin brightening include licorice, kojic acid, arbutin, and mulberry extract.


Breathing Deeply for Glowing Skin

Written by Anabel de La Vega, skin care program director at Boca Beauty Academy
Breathing Deeply  for Glowing Skin

Deep breathing is one of the healthiest exercises for the body and skin. It relaxes the muscles and delivers oxygen to every cell in the body. It also increases the functionality of every system in the body. Furthermore, a person's blood pressure lowers as their muscles let go of tension. Deep breathing triggers the release of endorphins, which improves feelings of well-being and pain relief. It also detoxifies the lymphatic system and encourages the release of harmful toxins.

Snail Mucus

Written by Bella Schneider, P.M.E., founder and owner of Bella Schneider Beauty
Snail Mucus

In the never-ending quest for the fountain of youth, there seems to be no boundaries when it comes to sussing out the strangest, most bizarre, and slimiest of elements. One of the most interesting and trendy ingredients to surface in the name of beauty is snail mucus, or snail filtrate.

The Dangers of  Antibacterial Soap

The FDA recently banned the consumer sale of soaps that contain certain antibacterial ingredients. These ingredients – the most common of which are triclosan, which is used in liquid soap, and triclocarban, which is used in bar soap – were banned because the administration did not feel that their benefits outweighed their risks.


Sensitive Skin: Symptom or Skin Type?

Written by Vida Karamooz, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Blue Beautifly, and Becky Kuehn, L.M.E., founder of Oncology Spa Solutions®
Sensitive Skin:  Symptom or Skin Type?

Sensitive skin is often misunderstood as a skin type when it actually results from interference or distress to the body's natural biological function. The skin is the reflection of a person's overall health condition. When the body is healthy, all organs, including the skin, function normally and in harmony with one another. Skin becomes sensitive, weak, and fragile when its barrier function (stratumcorneum), natural cellular activities, and regenerative processes are compromised by external and internal factors.

Are Hypoallergenic Products Better for Sensitive Skin?

Written by Bojana Matovski, founder and president of Rejuvee™
Are Hypoallergenic Products Better  for Sensitive Skin?

While clients with sensitive skin are often told by their doctors to use hypoallergenic products, there is no industry standard for products that are labeled as hypoallergenic. For example, companies can remove the fragrance from their product and call it hypoallergenic.

The Healing Benefits of Aloe

Written by Sara Fulton, president and co-founder of Vivant Skin Care
The Healing Benefits of Aloe

Six thousand years ago, aloe vera was so important that depictions of it were inscribed on the walls of tombs. Named the plant of immortality by the Egyptians, aloe vera, a member of the lily family, is a cactus plant with antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It contains over 150 ingredients that work to provide a variety of healing and health-giving benefits.

What is Your Skin Care Ritual? Pamela Taylor

My daily skin care ritual begins in the morning by rinsing with a mild and natural-based cleanser, toning and moisturizing, and using a sunscreen in the summer. In the evening, I use a cotton square with a creamy cleanser and toner, followed by an eye and night serum. I use a few natural-based lines.

4 Aesthetic Practices for Acneic Clients

Written by Janine Ellenberger, MB.ChB., founder of the GR8SKN skin care
4 Aesthetic Practices  for Acneic Clients

Skin care professionals have the privileged role of being able to affect great change in an acneic client's skin and life. Acne affects 80 percent of Americans at some point in their life and ranges from mild and manageable to severe and disfiguring. Education and long-term skin maintenance is key in the management of this skin condition and much more can be done than prescribed topical creams and oral medication.

Business plans outline goals and specify how a business will go about achieving those goals. Although business plans can seem overwhelming and stressful, it does not need to be 24 pages long to be effective. When drafting a business plan, start small and let the plan evolve organically. Business plans can be used in the spa for goals such as adding a new service or switching product lines.

Infographic: Massage

Written by Felicia Brown

86% of Massage Therapists in the United States are women and most people become massage therapists as a second career.

Do's and Don'ts: Homecare


Use products consistently. In order for results to be seen, clients need to use their homecare regimen on a consistent basis. Furthermore, they should only use the products as they have been instructed to by their skin care professional. If the client uses products on a regular basis, they should expect to see results in about four to six weeks.

Private Label Skin Care: Put Your Name Where the Money Is

Written by Cheryl Whitman, founder and CEO of beautiful forever Aesthetic Business Consulting
Private Label Skin Care:  Put Your Name Where the Money Is

The future of private label skin care lines in the spa is bright as spa owners recognize this burgeoning and lucrative market. Just one successful product can offer a greater return on investment and start to make the professional a skin care authority

Wake Up and Smell the Essential Oils

Written by Antonia Schreiber, L.E., L.M.T., owner and operator of The Windham Spa
Wake Up and Smell  the Essential Oils

Aromatherapy provides spa professionals the ability to make every service in the treatment room customizable. Be it a mask, moisturizer, or linen spray, aromatherapy is not only a catalyst in achieving desired results, but also improving the bottom line of the spa.


The Synthesis of Melanin

Researchers from two universities in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the University of Kiel, recently discovered the molecular mechanism behind the synthesis of melanin using a technique that involved mutation of tyrosinase. Melanin, which is produced by melanocytes, contributes to both skin and hair color and is found in almost all life forms. For example, it gives insects protection against pathogenic microorganisms and promotes tissue repair. It is also attributed to the brown spots on bananas.

Blended Aromatherapy Recipes

Written by Jaclyn Strausser, L.M.E., senior account executive for SkinCeuticals
Blended Aromatherapy Recipes

Although aromatherapy has been used for hundreds of years, there has recently been a resurgence of this ancient practice. Many people are looking to alternative ways of healing and aromatherapy is one of the most popular methods to date. Aromatherapy is both simple and complex and while there is much to learn on the subject, most people find that they can adopt basic aromatherapy principles and practices into their daily lives in order to increase their overall health and wellness.


Surprising Causes of Body Acne

Breakouts can occur all over the body, including the back and the buttocks. Some clients, however, may not be aware that some of their showering habits could be the cause of their body breakouts.


Exploring Korean Beauty

Written by Noreen Young, L.E., owner of Noreen Young Cosmetics
Exploring Korean Beauty

The beautiful skin of Asian women has always intrigued women and men around the world. Their almond eyes, flawless skin, and rosy pouts create a look that is reminiscent of porcelain dolls.

What Is Your Skin Care Ritual? Louise Marchesin

I try to keep it simple: I cleanse, moisturize, and apply sun protection. I also exfoliate once a week and make sure I use a gel-like eye cream to reduce any puffiness and keep wrinkles at bay. When I have a little extra time, I will apply a mask to quench my skin, which tends to be quite dry.

How Facial Massage Can Benefit Clients and the Spa

Written by Jamina Metcalf, L.E., educator for Skin Fitness Therapy
How Facial Massage Can Benefit Clients and the Spa

Many schools and spas do not incorporate facial massage into their teachings or facial treatments. With numerous physical benefits, facial massage is, quite possibly, the most important aspect of any facial treatment.


Can Traffic Cause Dark Spots?

While traffic itself does not cause dark spots, a recent study from Journal of Investigative Dermatology (JID) has shown that the effects of traffic, particularly nitrogen dioxide, significantly contribute to the formation of lentigines.

Entrepreneurs are the driving force behind this country, bolstering the economy, encouraging trade, and providing jobs. As entrepreneurs, spa owners are contributing to the success of the nation. Starting and maintaining a business is extremely trying, so take a moment to recognize those in the industry that have prospered and contribute to the growth of aesthetics.

We recently asked skin care professionals on to vote on teh most common client concern at thier spa. Here are the results according to the respondents:


Use a humidifier. Chapped lips are lacking moisture and during the wintertime, indoor heating can make dryness even worse. Moreover, many people sleep with thier mouth open, which further dries out the lips.

Humidifiers return moisture to the environment, lessening the lack of humidity that contributes to dryness.

Why We Love...Private Label Skin Care

"Because my clients are unable to purchase the products from anyone else, requiring them to return to my spa when they need more." --Cheryl Goodheim

"Because it has allowed me to establish my own brand!"  --Coco Flournoy

"It allows the clients to purchase unique products."  --Ruby Cronine

"It gives me a better markup and my clients a more affordable price."  --Beth Cooper

"It gives me more control over different aspects of my retail offerings."  --Zoey Price

Herbology 101

Written by Rachelle Dupree, marketing and communications director for Vivoderm Natural Skincare
Herbology 101

Herbology, which is also known as herbalism and herbal medicine, is the study and use of plants for medicinal purposes. Herbology and botanical studies can incorporate many different paths, including basic herbal pharmacology, physiology, nutrition, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and flower essences. Modern herbalists can use all or some of these options to heal a wide variety of traumas, diseases, and infections.

Growing a Business with Social Media

Written by Jill Donahue, principal consultant at JD CONSULTING
Growing a Business with Social Media

While every form of marketing, such as television, radio, print, video, and business-to-business, has its pros and cons, social media marketing allows for an instant connection with already interested customers and low-to-no-cost overhead. Since consumers have to like, follow, or otherwise opt to engage with social media pages, professionals know they are targeting a direct audience that has already expressed an interest in their business.

Tea Tree Oil

Written by Elina Fedotova
Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is believed to have antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that assist with stimulating the immune system. "It's a reliable antiseptic," says Asa Hershoff, author of Homeopathic Remedies: A Quick and Easy Guide to Common Disorders and Their Homeopathic Treatments. "There just aren't that many substances that have all the therapeutic applications that tea tree oil does." In addition, although tea tree oil is slower to show benefits than benzoyl peroxide, Hershoff says it actually results in less itching, scaling and irritation.

Preventative Botox

For many clients, Botox is an injectable that is associated with aging skin, wrinkles, and crow's feet. It is often seen as a treatment for those who are older and already suffering from fine lines and other signs of aging skin. There are, however, a number of people seeking Botox in their 20s in order to prevent the formation of wrinkles.

Waxing: How Young Is Too Young?

Written by Lilliane Caron, founder of Waxxxpress
Waxing: How Young Is Too Young?

There are many milestones in every mother-daughter relationship and hair removal is often one of them. Once upon a time, most mothers would not have had to worry about hair removal until puberty, but these days, the conversation may start a little earlier than expected. Some girls are too young to be waxed, but there is an exception to every rule. What is the professional's duty of care in these kinds of situations?

Holiday Party Planner

Written by Noreen Young, L.E., owner of Noreen Young Cosmetics
Holiday Party Planner

Preparing for the holidays can be exciting and fun and now is the perfect time to host a holiday open house. Furthermore, skin care professionals may find that most of their holiday revenue can be made from these events.

What is Your Skin Care Ritual? Max Recone

My daily skin care regimen begins with the use of a cleansing gel in the shower. After cleansing, I use "I" Face, a facial moisturizer by MR International, and a small amount of YON-KA eye serum. At night, I apply a cellular repair serum. Twice a month, I receive facials, one of which is cleansing, while the other is moisturizing.

Handing Clients the Key to Youthful Hands

Written by Annette Tobia, Ph.D., founder of Dynamis Skin Science, and Alice Marcy, Ph.D., vice president of Dynamis Pharmaceuticals
Handing Clients the Key  to Youthful Hands

Hands are the symbol of hope, help, caring, and love. People often offer a helping hand, extend a hand of friendship, and ask for someone's hand in matrimony. Yet, the hands are punished like no other body part. They are often scalded and exposed to caustic household chemicals and the biting cold and blistering sun. As a result, they are often the first to announce that old age has arrived. For many, wrinkling, loss of skin elasticity, and discoloration begin with the hands. Fortunately, with some well-deserved pampering, the hands can regain their youthful appearance.

Polymer: The New Frontier in Second Skin

Agroup of scientists from the Cambridge, Massachusetts area have created a silicone-based polymer that has temporary anti-aging and protective properties. This polymer has characteristics that are very similar to the skin and is a network arrangement of a polymer that is known as cross-linked polymer layer (XPL). XPL has been shown to have tightening and moisturizing properties and may also be beneficial for the treatment of certain skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.

While the health of the skin is of the utmost importance to skin care professionals, most clients find their way into the spa because of the emotions they feel about their skin. For example, young clients with acne may feel depressed, anxious, or embarrassed about the condition of their skin, leading them to seek help. With the emotional state of clients in mind, professionals should remember that emotions are, without a doubt, tied to the spa.

Do: Exfoliate at night. Exfoliation removes the top layer of the skin, making the newly exposed skin extremely vulnerable to sun damage. Even after exfoliating at night, it is imperative that clients follow a sun safe routine and use a product with SPF on a regular and consistent basis.


We recently asked skin care professionals on to identify the products they retail. Here are the results according to the respondents:

Fitzpatrick Scale

Written by Michelle D’Allaird-Brenner, L.E., owner of Aesthetic Science Institute
Fitzpatrick Scale

 The Fitzpatrick skin type scal has long been used by skin care professionals as a guide in their selection of professional treatments and products for clients.

Helping Baby Boomers Boost Their Body Image 

Written by Jeri Ross, M.P.H., president and CEO of Institut' DERMed Body
Helping Baby Boomers Boost Their Body Image 

Most skin care professionals are aware that spas have evolved into the go-to place for many people over 40 who are seeking beauty and wellness transformations. Today, there are approximately 38 million Baby Boomer women – those between the ages of 52 and 70 – who account for 85 percent of all consumer purchases.

Don’t Skip the ‘Pits

With the exception of hair removal, the armpits can often seem overlooked by skin care professionals. This area of skin is frequently disregarded because it is not as visible as the face or other parts of the body. As professionals that care for the skin and the well-being of clients, aestheticians should be just as mindful of what clients are applying to their armpits as they are about what clients use on their face and should be sure to educate clients about the benefits of healthy products for every part of their skin.

Utilizing RadioFrequency for Facial Rejuvenation

Written by Bojana Matovski, M.D., founder and president of RejuveeTM
Utilizing RadioFrequency for Facial Rejuvenation

Radiofrequency energy technology can be used for many modalities. Today, companies are introducing its usage for non-surgical tightening of facial tissues at the early signs of loose or sagging skin. This technology is ideal for clients who are resistant to having a surgical procedure.

Aiding the Skin’s Nighttime Renewal Process

Written by Hal Simeroth, Ph.D., founder and CTO of Stemology
Aiding the Skin’s Nighttime Renewal Process

Sleep is a rejuvenating time for the body, mind, and spirit. It is a necessary part of the daily cycle of living. If a person is deprived of adequate sleep time – seven to eight hours nightly – they risk additional stress and premature aging, which is reflected in the skin's appearance.

The Why, What, and How of Exfoliating the Skin

Written by Susan Nathan, L.E., owner of Born Again Skin and Nutrient Skin Care
The Why, What, and How of  Exfoliating the Skin

The opinions of skin care professionals regarding skin exfoliation vary widely. One of the misleading factors that clouds the exfoliation discussion is that the term exfoliation does not mean the same thing to everyone. Thus, the term is applied in a broad manner as if there is no difference among the products and modalities in regard to aggressiveness, technique, concentration, and effectiveness. There is a world of difference between receiving a microdermabrasion treatment and a gentle enzymeexfoliation.

What is Your  Skin Care Ritual? Jacqui Dunal

In the morning, I wash my face, neck, and décolleté with Collagen Face Wash by Naturel Collagen Canada. I then apply Native Collagen Pure to my damp skin, as applying the product to damp skin locks in moisture. If my skin needs a more penetrating treatment to flush out toxins, I use Native Collagen Gold. Next, I apply the Natural Collagen Moisturizing Day Cream to protect my skin from the day's exposure to sun and pollution.

The Carb and Acne Connection

Written by Sara Fulton, president and co-founder of Vivant Skin Care
The Carb and Acne Connection

While most people know that carbohydrates sabotage their diet, they may not know that carbohydrates could also be sabotaging their skin. Furthermore, these offenders are not just the carbohydrates that are usually suspected, like cookies, pastries, and pizza. Even something as seemingly healthy and nutritious as a glass of juice can cause insulin spikes that aggravate acne and produce collagen-damaging inflammation.

As an industry that increasingly embraces wellness, aesthetics should look to yoga as a complementary health option for the spa as it encourages the relaxation and calmness that is strived to be invoked by most skin care professionals. Yoga not only improves metabolism and energy, but also helps to relieve stress – a factor that can contribute to a number of skin conditions.

An Introduction to Sun Damage

Written by Jamina Metcalf, L.E., national educator for Skin Fitness Therapy
An Introduction to Sun Damage

Picture a warm, sunny day on the beach. Feel the heat of the sun touch your skin and warm your body and soul. A nice breeze whisks away the hot heat, leaving you feeling perfectly warm. Fast forward 10 to 20 years and your skin is showing major signs of aging.


Written by Bella Schneider, P.M.E, founder of Bella Schneider Beauty

Inflammation is the result of several internal and external issues.

Inflammation presents physically on the skin in the form of acne, rosacea, and visible signs of aging.

Although inflammation may affect the appearance of the skin, it can be seen as a good thing as it is the body's way of defending itself from bacteria and viruses.

Common causes of inflammation include stress, unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, pollution, sun exposure and allergies.

What is Your  Skin Care Ritual? Michelle D’Allaird-Brenner

"My daily skin care regimen is consistent; I never waiver! Every morning, I cleanse in the shower and apply toner as soon as I get out. I then use a vitamin C serum, lightweight hydrator, and SPF 50. At night, I cleanse twice and apply either a retinol serum or an intense cellular repair serum. I also use a nighttime moisturizer that is formulated to promote cell renewal and increase cell repair. Twice a week, I exfoliate with an enzyme at night, after cleansing. Three nights a week, I add a treatment product with tyrosinase inhibitors to brighten and even
my skin tone."


Written by Suki Kramer, founder, formulator, and president  of suki® skincare

Many images that depict mindfulness or thoughtfulness often portray gorgeous people in beautiful locations and attempt to tell the viewer to relax and create beauty in their world. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of people who have time for beautiful emptiness. These images tell viewers that they should strive for a seemingly ridiculous, impossible ideal of perfection. When the viewer falls short, they often feel the weight of their imperfect home, car, clothes, body, face, and hair.


Consult a skin care professional. Although clients may be tempted to try the latest product that is working for their friend, they should consult a professional before trying anything new. Explain to clients that only professionals can truly analyze the skin and recommend products that will be beneficial for their skin type.

The Ultraviolet-Resistant Gene

A recent study led by researchers at University of Southern California (USC) discovered that "UV radiation resistance-associated gene (UVRAG)" suppresses tumors associated with skin cancer. While this gene was discovered almost 20 years ago, the researchers at USC only lately discovered how the gene works and what it does within the human body. UVRAG is now thought to play a significant role in repairing damage caused by ultraviolet radiation.

8 Little-Known Breakout Causes

Written by Jeannette Graf, M.D., director of dermatology at OMNI Aesthetics MD, NYC
8 Little-Known  Breakout Causes

Everyone knows the basic causes of breakouts. Essentially, overactive sebaceous glands pump out excess oil that then mixes with a sticky buildup of dead skin cells in the pores. The pores eventually become clogged, creating the perfect environment for breeding P.acnes, the acne-forming bacteria. The proliferation of P.acnes leads to inflammation under the skin, resulting in blemishes. Random daily habits and body changes, however, can create conditions that contribute to this cycle and lead to blemishes.

Go Green, See Green: Environmentally Conscious Changes and Their Effect on Profit

Written by Antonia Schreiber, L.E., L.M.T., owner and operator of The Windham Spa
Go Green, See Green:  Environmentally Conscious Changes and Their Effect on Profit

Being environmentally conscious, or green, is about much more than saving water and recycling; it is also about taking into account the reaction that every person's cumulative actions have on the environment and others. Whether utilizing reusable shopping bags or installing solar panels at home or at work, being green not only benefits the Earth, but also the spa's bottom line.

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