Here we are, kicking off a new year, and I know exactly what everyone is thinking – thank goodness and for good reason. 2020 will be a year to remember and not one any of us wishes to repeat, seeing as it felt. Here we are, kicking off a new year, and I know exactly what everyone is thinking – thank goodness and for good reason. 2020 will be a year to remember and not one any of us wishes to repeat, seeing as it felt like five. So, with a big breath of fresh air, we kick off the new year. With courage, strength, and gratitude, it begins. This beginning may look different from professional to professional, as various states are operating at different capacities, but it is a new beginning nonetheless. Fitting for this month’s topic to be sanitation, given that heightened practices of sanitation procedures are at the forefront of every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Fortunately for those of us in the skin care profession, sanitation has always been at the forefront. From the early days of aesthetics school and state board examinations to application in the treatment room, following proper sanitation procedures and guidelines has been a critical component of a skin care professional’s practice. Today, they take what they have always known to a new level – a level that now takes into consideration the health, safety, and wellness of themselves, their co-workers, clients, and families.I know there is no need to preach to the choir, but I will take this opportunity to remind all of the magnitudes of responsibility that comes with the role of skin care providers. It is a skin care professional’s responsibility to practice what they preach, to exemplify the utmost adherence to any new guidelines set forth by government and health agencies, and to be a pillar of excellence for the industry. The responsibility of sanitation has never been greater, and I know aesthetic professionals are up for the task because of the initial client care that has led the majority of people to this industry. Skin care professional’s clients rely on them and the trust that the professional will be there. It is the professional’s responsibility to exceed the client’s expectations. Stay safe, healthy, and beautiful.