Astra Salon, whose name is Latin for "star," has a mission to create an atmosphere that invites clients in and wraps its arms around them. The client's comfort and satisfaction are their top priority. Astra Salon's experienced staff is highly skilled and creative with hair services, skin care, and natural nail treatments. Working as a team, Astra is both inspired and rewarded by knowing that their clients not only receive beautiful results, but are also provided with a retreat from life's daily grind. Astra is proud to carry an exclusive line of Italian skin care products that has natural and sustainable ingredients. Put these factors together and clients receive an unforgettable experience that leaves them relaxed and looking and feeling their best.
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.
Morphe has recently opened their newest retail location in Burbank, California. They have attracted some of the most well-known and followed names in social media, including beauty influencers Jaclyn Hill, Jeffree Star, Manny Gutierrez, Bretman Rock, Nikita Dragun, and more. Guests were treated to hors d'oeuvres, an open bar with signature cocktails created for the occasion, and Sprinkles cupcakes, as well as music throughout the event. To celebrate the opening, the Mayor of Burbank, Jess Talamantes, and the Burbank Chamber of Commerce did a ribbon cutting at the new store, where everyone in attendance received gift bags and enjoyed food from nearby Porto's Bakery & Cafe.
Saltability was recently recognized at the International Spa Association 2016 Conference in Las Vegas as a 2016 ISPA Innovate Award winner. Their Himalayan salt stone warmers won in the products category for their therapeutic benefits and positive environmental impact. "I created Saltability in order to create a better hot stone massage, one with a more positive environmental impact and therapeutic benefit than traditional stone massage. I am honored to see our product receive this recognition as one of the spa industry's most innovative products," says Ann Brown, Saltability founder and CEO.
H2O+ Beauty is pleased to announce a 2016 Allure Best of Beauty Award win, taking home The Best Rich Body Lotion award for their Milk Body Butter. 2016 has proven to be a landmark year for H2O+ Beauty, with the recent unveiling of a bold relaunch that was over a year in the making. This ambitious reimagining of the brand builds on its 26-year-legacy of creating beauty products that encourage women to define beauty on their own terms.
Dr. Spiller Pure SkinCare Solutions has recently won two awards in one month. CELLTRESOR has won the 2016 SPA Diamond Award and the 2016 European Health and Spa Award for Best Cosmetic Product Innovation! CELLTRESOR includes three powerhouse serums: Penta Hyaluron, Multi Stem-Cell, and Ultimate Peptide, and the Intense Rebuilding Cream and Overnight Repair Mask.
Stemology recently announced their partnership with MedResults Network (MRN). After successful testing and surpassed sales expectations, Stemology launched as an official skin care partner within the largest national buying group for aesthetic providers. "Adding Stemology to our brand portfolio is extremely exciting as our members are always looking for the latest and best technology in the skin industry," explains MRN president, Jeff Routledge. "The brand fuses science and natural, organic formulations, something that's highly sought-after by professionals in the industry. Now, MRN partners can have the best of both worlds with Stemology products at our exclusive members-only price."
MyChelle has further expanded its presence as a leader in the growing natural skin care industry by partnering with Murale. This partnership will allow them not only to introduce their safe, ethically-sourced products to Canadian consumers, but also to educate on the importance of full ingredient transparency in skin care formulas. "MyChelle is a welcome addition to our assortment and a key brand to further establish Murale as a destination for green beauty brands," said Carol Wheatley, senior director of Murale. "Green beauty is an important and growing category that is resonating with our customers who are more educated on ingredients and concerned about what they are putting on their bodies."
Repêchage Professional Skin Care recently supported the Lang Lang International Music Foundation's annual gala, acting as a sponsor for this year's event. The foundation's event, which was held in Manhattan, was planned to raise funds for the organization, whose mission is to educate, inspire, and motivate the next generation of classical music lovers and performers. "It truly was an amazing night, filled with so many talented young people coming together for a wonderful cause. We were pleased to take part in the event and will continue to support this wonderful organization," said Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage's CEO and founder.
Jindilli recently sponsored Sparks of Light Day. Jindilli partnered with Vicky Weis to provide products and training to all spas throughout the United States that were willing to participate in Sparks of Light, an initiative that called for spas to donate four hours of treatment time to people in active treatment for cancer and their caregivers. Until recently, people indicating they were in treatment for cancer would be refused spa treatments due to the misinformed belief that massage would spread the cancer cells.
Botanical Science, Inc. has had 20 years of successful growth that has allowed them to introduce their new label program, which fits into the most crucial survival segment of the business product sales. This new program is exclusive to professionals and their businesses. Botanical Science offers custom packaging, starting at 100 units per item. Their focus beyond this program is the finest quality, highest performing ingredients to yield the desired visible results. They also offer online ordering on their newly designed website, which gives professionals an instant visual idea of what the new line will become.
Breo International LLC produces two different products and contributes two dollars to skin cancer research for every eight-ounce bottle sold. They have been supportive in community events such as Celebrating Women Expo 2016, which was hosted by the Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County. "The desire for health and wellness is alive in all of us. Our skin is the first impression we give of ourselves to the world. Why not start there? Our passion for making great skin care products is unmatched by any of our competitors. Many people struggle with conditions like acne and dryness; our focus is to provide products that can help or relieve just that.
I think the greatest tip is to schedule time to clean, disinfect, and organize. A client should feel as though they are walking into opening day every time they visit the spa. I have noticed that this process also allows me to be more efficient as I am more relaxed and organized with my services.--Richard Merrill-Rivas, aesthetician and educator at Richard Merrill-Rivas
"Because I get to see my clients' husbands and other family members when they buy gift certificates for my clients"--Barbara Strafella
"It is a great time for me to offer exclusive holiday-themed services and product selections that give my clients something special."--Mark Reed
"I love the holiday season at the spa because there is a beautiful enthusiam in clients."--Lupe Guthrie
"Because it provides an escape from the holiday festivities."--Luther Facits
"I love how the holiday season at the spa makes clients feel as if they are entering a different dimension. It is so magical and uplifting."--Laura Cummins
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.
Hyperpigmentation, which is caused by an increase in the skin's melanin content, is one of the most common skin concerns seen by skin care professionals. This condition is most often caused by sun exposure; inflammation; hormonal changes, such as pregnancy; certain medical conditions, like Addison's disease; and various drugs, such as certain antibiotics.
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.
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.
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.
Nestled in the balsam and birch groves within Hidden Pond, a luxurious and secluded resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, is the Tree Spa. With three treetop treatment rooms, the Tree Spa features a range of therapies that utilize handmade herbal skin care preparations from Farmaesthetics, as well as make extensive use of fresh ingredients handpicked from Hidden Pond's garden.
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.
Microskin plc announced the launch of two different iPhone applications to help those who want to conceal vitiligo, birthmarks, burns, eczema, lupus, keloid, scarring, tattoos, and other skin-related conditions find the right second skin product. Based on proprietary color science technologies, Microskin's new mobile application will select from the company's personalized, color-matched line of waterproof second skin products. "We recently expanded our worldwide network of clinics and, now, with these apps, we can help anyone, regardless of location, access second skin products," said Barry Amor, chairman of Microskin plc.
Dynamis Skin Science's founder and chief executive officer, Annette Tobia, recently announced the appointment of John Favreau to the position of president of Dynamis Skin Science. Favreau stated, "I am thrilled to be joining the Dynamis team of scientists and skin care professionals and am excited about both the wide-ranging opportunities the company offers and the impact its unique and proprietary skin science will continue to have. Healthy, beautiful skin is a sought-after, universal aspiration and DSS' patented Supplamine delivers on that desire. We are broadening our markets and developing new products to make every face a Dynamis face, creating skin health and beauty with advanced science."
Gina Marie Products is excited to be launching their GM Girls internship program. This innovative platform is designed for female high school and college students and young women. GM Girls interns will share their expertise on skin care, cosmetics, and beauty through the website, giving monthly tips and tricks on caring for the needs of the skin, makeup application, fashion, and more.
Forever Flawless opened a new flagship store in World Trade Center Westfield 'Oculus,' the largest shopping center in Manhattan, which was built on Ground Zero. This new addition will feature the best in diamond-based skin care.
ELEMIS, the luxury British skin care brand, recently announced the appointment of Annet King, from The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, to the role of vice president of global education based in the United States and Lisa Heinemann, from HydraFacial MD/Edge Systems, to the position of director of sales, East Coast. Both executives will help to continue building the brand's presence within the United States market and work to service its existing partners across spa and retail channels. King has worked closely with research and development on product innovation and state-of-the art professional treatments.
Dermalogica founder, Jane Wurwand, an entrepreneur who has helped thousands of women fund and start their own businesses, was recently recognized as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) Entrepreneurial Ambassador. United States President, Barack Obama, made the announcement at the 7th Annual Global Economic Summit held in Palo Alto, California, in front of entrepreneurs and investors from around the world. Wurwand was one of four new ambassadors welcomed into the program, which now boasts 21 members.
sérumtologié, a novel and innovative leader in the luxury skin care industry, was included at this year's Giving Suite™, which is produced by Backstage Creations, backstage at the Emmy® Awards. As part of the official gift collection offered to presenters, these donations helped support the Television Academy Foundation's educational programs. "I am absolutely flattered to have both of our flagship skin care products in this year's Giving Suite: C 22 vitamin C serum and Pure Whipped Chiffon Moisturizer," said Vanessa Powers, co-founder of sérumtologié.
Repêchage's founder and CEO, Lydia Sarfati, met with students of the Tricoci University of Beauty Culture at the Chicago Northwest Campus for a one-day seminar, where students were inspired by and educated on the aesthetics and beauty industries. Sarfati provided a lecture and answered questions before she began a presentation on Repêchage and the various product lines she has developed over the last 35 years. She continued with the importance of seaweed in skin care and why it has become the foundation of all Repêchage products. Students were then told about the importance of ongoing education in their careers, with continuous training being one of the cornerstones.
Stemulation™ Luxury Skincare recently partnered with Mona Esthetics at Laurelwood for a VIP luncheon and interactive event. Laurie Nicoll, founder and CEO of Stemulation, was pleased to present the anti-aging power of the brand at the luncheon. Nicoll and Mona Sappenfield also appeared on ABC affiliate, Local Memphis Live, to share more information about Stemulation's products. During this event, spa guests were treated to a gourmet lunch at a nearby restaurant and were offered complimentary skin care consultations.
Perron Rigot Inc., the United States subsidiary for Cirépil by Perron Rigot Paris, recently walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The Susan G. Komen mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find a cure for breast cancer.
“The key to skin care is all about absorption. You are either introducing active ingredients into the skin that are going to be absorbed into the body or are going to create a film or a wall around the cell. The natural composition of the ocean in terms of trace elements and minerals is really similar to the composition of the body. As such, we are introducing active ingredients that are being readily absorbed by the body, really fast. That’s why we’ve created a cocktail of marine-based antioxidants as the foundation of our line.”
We recently asked skin care professionals on DERMASCOPE.com 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.
"I prefer to educate my clients on the benefits of the product so they understand how it will help them and encourage healthy skin. Educating clients always works out better than pushing products on them that they do not feel they need or want." --Rebecca Wilcox, owner of SkinBliss Medi Spa
"Be sure that clients are aware of the product's benefits. When a client does not know how a specific product works, they can experience a number of 'unexpected' side effects. I always recommend two or three different products that would offer numerous benefits to the client's specific skin concerns." --Melissa Evans, Manager at Serenity Day Spa
"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
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.
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.
Spa Solage, which is located in Calistoga, California, features a 2,500 square foot expansion to its reception building, including a new indoor and outdoor Relaxation Lounge, expanded men's and women's locker rooms with outdoor showers, an enhanced menu of services and fitness programs, and a redesign of the overall interior décor that features luxurious design elements. These redesigned elements join Spa Solage's impressive roster of spa facilities, including healing geothermal pools and deluxe mud bar. A new spa herb garden showcases vegetation from Calistoga's unique location and includes rosemary, French lavender, California white sage, and mint, all of which are incorporated into the spa's offerings.
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.
Although most clients tend to be more concerned with facial skin, the skin on the rest of the body is equally as important and prone to many of the same conditions as the face. At the same time, the body has its own prominent concerns that require their own treatments and products.
Caren Logan is pleased to announce the launch of her new company, True North Spa Representation and Consulting. Representing a select group of beauty and wellness products, True North offers backbar and retail solutions and consulting services to luxury spas and resorts. True North leverages Logan's extensive experience in spa development, management, and prestige retail to offer a wide range of services that include creative spa concepts, treatment protocols, and staff training. "I'm pleased to integrate my extensive experience in many facets of the spa industry to help spas and brands work together synergistically," said Logan.
Spa Revolutions, leaders in the industry for their innovation in naturally self-heating skin care, beauty, and wellness products for professionals, has announced the promotion of Kristin Sartore to vice president of sales, marketing, and business development. Sartore will have the primary responsibility of establishing the overall strategic direction of the business. "Kristin's background has translated perfectly into Spa Revolutions' business model, particularly n the areas of concept and brand development, where her ideas have contributed to numerous product launches and successful international marketing campaigns," said Cheryl Spousta Schertzer, CEO of Spa Revolutions.
Saltability is pleased to announce the addition of Diane Trieste. A former member of the company's advisory board, Trieste will serve as the new vice president of business development. "I'm honored and blessed to be able to work with Ann and the Saltability team," Trieste says. "I've been using Himalayan salts since 1991 due to their therapeutic benefits. I'm a big believer in the natural parallels that these salts have to complement and assist in balancing the health integrity within the human body." Trieste brings with her extensive experience working in pre-opening, concept, and design for a variety of big spa-industry brands.
Institut' DERMed has unveiled its newly updated and redesigned website, idermed.com, promoting its leading Healthy Skin Lifestyle™ Solutions for the skin care industry. The new website has made it easier for spa clients, product and service purchasers, aesthetic students, and professional spa partners to find information and access resources. The home page welcomes visitors with an uncluttered design that highlights content focused specifically on the area of interest to the end user. Visitors will find content in three easy-to-access areas (spa, training, and products) that contain specific information tailored to their role of consumer, student, or licensed professional.
Gwen Billings is the new manager of sales operations for Morphe Inc., where she manages the wholesale and retail customer service divisions. With more than 25 years of experience in sales and customer service in the professional beauty industry, Billings is strategizing on ways to increase business through concise planning while implementing new selling techniques through periodic employee trainings. She also ensures all orders expedite in a timely manner and will work with her teams to improve response time as the brand continues to grow and expand.
Topix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading provider of innovative therapeutic and cosmetic skin care products, recently announced that they have partnered with New Mountain Capital LLC, a growth-oriented investment firm that currently manages over $15 billion in assets. Headquartered in Amityville, New York, Topix has developed, manufactured, and marketed highly-innovative and clinically-validated topical skin care products for over 30 years.
Vanessa Scali, makeup artist, used Le Mieux Cosmetics to create Anna Kendrick's glowing look for the Los Angeles premiere of "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates," which was held at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles. "I wanted to create a look for Anna that had presence but wasn't overpowering for her," says Scali. "She wore a Calvin Klein leather dress, which is a lovely combination of girly and sophistication. We went with a soft, pretty skin, a hint of pink in the cheeks, and a shimmery, smokey, taupe eye."
Repêchage CEO and Founder, Lydia Sarfati, recently hosted the 2016 Repêchage 3-Day Master Class in Secaucus, New Jersey. Aestheticians from around the United States, including seasoned aestheticians, students, and spa owners, mastered the tools they need to achieve skin care excellence and spa success. They were also introduced to new Repêchage professional treatments and homecare products.
Intellective AEsthetics' co-founders, Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck and Alexandra J. Zani, sponsored a three-day event, Symposium by The Sea, in Mashpee, Massachusetts. During this symposium, they presented Cells & Signals – The Skin in Motion™, an advanced education course.
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 DERMASCOPE.com to identify the products they retail. Here are the results according to the respondents:
Repêchage Professional Skin Care recently hosted a three day oncology training program for skin care professionals that was presented by Becky Kuehn, founder of Oncology Spa Solutions®. The content for the training course was created by Kuehn, who shared her knowledge, compassion, and experience working with cancer patients from two hospital programs that she created.
'Do not be too hard on yourself; failures do not define who we are. I know it can be hard to see the big picture or exactly where the path is leading, but there is a reason for it. My advice is to take the experience and learn from it. Nobody wants to fail, but when you do, it gives you the opportunity to grow. How you resolve problems really shows who you are as a person. Be a survivor! Take it one step at a time and reevaluate what happened and why it went wrong. Do not give up on yourself. We all fail before we succeed.' --Sarah Robbins, lead educator for GlyMed Plus
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.
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.
Sea Island's expansive 65,000 square-foot Forbes five-star spa and fitness center reaches well beyond its four walls, invigorating guests through an array of curated treatments and amenities. From pampering to playful, Spa at Sea Island, which is located in Georgia, offers various therapeutic interruptions to accommodate the needs of every type of guest.
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.
Saian Natural Clinical Skin Care recently celebrated the grand opening of their new, bigger location in North Hollywood. This full-day event consisted of raffles, networking, friendship, and fun.
Mybody skincare is evolving with a new name, look, and feel: GLOWBIOTICS MD. The company is making this change as they want to accurately represent their unique probiotic-infused formulas that were specifically created to address and improve consumers' problematic skin concerns and give them the ability to radiate youth from the inside out.
Stemology recently announced the hiring of skilled industry veterans, Beverly Parsons and Aimee Allred Sprenger, for the brand's executive team. Parsons joins Stemology as the chief operations officer (COO) and Sprenger will fill the role of vice president of sales. Both women will provide business strategies, management, and support for the fast-growing, global skin care brand. Parsons has over 20 years of experience, having previously served as COO at Murad and senior vice president of operations for Guthy Renker. Sprenger brings over 20 years of experience in retail and beauty to Stemology.
In honor of Pevonia's Live.Beauty.Full campaign launch, the company hosted an in-office pop-up spa, giving beauty freelancers and bloggers the opportunity to experience Pevonia products firsthand in a spa-like setting. The pop-up spa featured light bites – such as fruit, pastries, and wraps – as well as coffee, tea, and lemon-infused water prior to their miniature facial treatment and product/campaign overview. Each guest was given a 30-minute treatment from a Pevonia educator to experience the products and learn about the Live.Beauty.Full experience.
Shelley Hancock, a licensed aesthetician and skin care center owner since 1988, is celebrating one year as a radio talk show host on Voice America. Her program, Shelley's Show & Tell, is geared toward helping aestheticians in all aspects of starting and growing a skin care business. Hancock is excited that, in her first year, she ranked number 19 out of 560 shows on the Voice America network.
Lira Clinical is thrilled to announce the release of a brand new, revolutionary ingredient technology: MASQ-tech™. The culmination of years of scientific innovation and meticulous ingredient formulation, MASQ-tech ingredient technology utilizes mastiha – an exotic resin from the Mediterranean-native mastic tree – as the keystone ingredient from which the entirety of the MASQ-tech system is built upon. MASQ-tech provides powerful antioxidant protection, brightens the skin, and aids in pore refinement.
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics (IMC) recently held a global sales conference in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. IMC welcomed nearly 60 international distribution partners who represented more than 50 countries. They also hosted their strong domestic sales and education team, which consisted of 70 people. The theme of this year's conference was "Feed, Fortify, Finish," which set the tone for learning, growing, and sharing both inside and outside of the workplace. "Our visitors love seeing our headquarters in Great Barrington and how much our area influences all that we do," said Jane Iredale, president and founder of IMC. "They come to see us from all over the world, ready to experience our culture, wonderful local food, and great shopping because they all have their favorite stores. They work so hard, so we like to include some fun time among all of the informational sessions. It is important that they go back with happy memories and feel part of our family."
Skinprint participated in the "Myths & Realities of Contemporary Skin Care" event hosted by Utopia Salon and Spa, which is located in Vineland, New Jersey. During the event, Skinprint performed skin analyses to educate clients about their skin and how different products affect it. Skinprint also debunked many modern myths about skin care with interactive displays. Attendees enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and special prices on Skinprint products.
BioPhotas, Inc. recently attained ISO 13485 certification for the design, manufacture, and distribution of low-level light therapy devices. ISO 13485 is an international quality system standard for medical devices. Attaining such a certification is the hallmark of a global medical device manufacturer. Patrick Johnson, president and CEO of BioPhotas, commented, "Receiving ISO certification is a major milestone in the company's evolution and serves to distinguish us from other manufacturers of light energy devices, who do not hold themselves to such high standards. We are proud that our products are 'made in the USA' and that we are contributing to the local economy, building the company here in Orange County."
ATZEN Superior to Organic® Skin Care recently announced its partnership with California Skincare Supply (CSS), an established distributor and mentor to thousands of spas and aestheticians. CSS is based in Northern California and is owned by Kelli Anderson and her family. They will be retailing all of the ATZEN Superior to Organic Skin Care products.
Michelle D'Allaird-Brenner was recently appointed chairperson of New York State Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee by the New York Secretary of State. D'Allaird-Brenner is the owner of the Aesthetic Science Institute in Latham, New York; her New York State-approved aesthetics school offers programs in aesthetics, nail specialty, makeup, laser, and advanced aesthetics. She has over 25 years of experience as a practitioner, educator, author, and international speaker. The appointment to the committee as Chairperson opens up a new opportunity for professionals, educators, and business owners to share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas with the New York Department of State.
"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."
"Never stop smiling! Look them in the eye and say, 'What can I do to make the situation better?' Be sincere and keep smiling. It is pretty hard for a difficult client to remain angry when you are smiling at them and truly being sincere. I find that most unhappy clients just need to vent and really want someone to sincerely listen to their concern." -- Marge Daidone, instructor and coordinator at Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center
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.
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.
Within the majestic walls of Caesars Palace, among one of the six towers, and bulwarked from the highly trafficked Las Vegas Strip resides a picturesque spa full of wonderment and delight. Imagine a spa with cascading waterfalls; neutral undertones that warm and comfort the soul; multiple baths to soothe any temperament; a blue-lit room that sprinkles snow among the crisp air it reigns; an herbal steam room misting the body with scents of lavender and eucalyptus; private showers with three showerheads governed by the curiosity of the controller as to which one, if not all, will be used during the shower; and a tea room where the unchanging, contained leaves of tea steep to each visitor's satisfaction.
Athough many clients mistakenly believe that chocolate can cause acne, they may not know that several studies have shown that dark chocolate – with 70 percent cocoa – may fight sun damage. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, a plant-based antioxidant, and has been proven to provide a number of health benefits, including lowering the risk of heart attacks.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes the appearance of raised, scaly, and red patches on the skin. Typically seen on the elbows, knees, and scalp, this non-contagious condition affects people of all ages, races, and genders. Clients with psoriasis may experience itching, burning, and stinging, along with a variety of emotional responses, including depression and embarrassment. Despite the fact that psoriasis is incurable, skin care professionals can help clients experience relief.
BABOR recently announced the appointment of Mark Wuttke as president and chief operating officer of BABOR North America. As a newly appointed member of the North American Executive Leadership Team, Wuttke will be responsible for the development of the brand's activities in North America. "I am delighted to welcome Mark to this leadership position," said Michael Schummert, global CEO of BABOR. "North America is a strategic market for BABOR as we are experiencing rapid growth and increasing demand for our brand. Mark will help us further nurture this growth as he works alongside the global leaders of our businesses."
Phytomer Group Brands USA is pleased to introduce Pearl Dworkin, L.E. as regional account manager for Northern California. Dworkin comes to Phytomer with an extensive skill set and wealth of experience. She has received advanced training in oncology aesthetics and has worked at a top day spa and a medical office. She also brings entrepreneurial insight to the position, having owned and operated her own skin care clinic in the San Francisco area. As a Phytomer Group USA Account Manager, Dworkin's role is to provide excellent customer service support, training, and knowledge to spa partners for the four skin care brands that make up The Phytomer Group.
Eric Stephenson, L.M.T. has joined Saltability – a spa-industry vendor that provides Himalayan salt stone treatments and products for resort, day, medical, and destination spas – as their national educator. Stephenson, an innovative educator and experienced spa-industry veteran, will educate spa partners on Saltability treatments, which offer a healthier alternative to traditional stone massage.
Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals recently hired three additional educators to provide advanced educational support, client services, and assistance in sales education at the Rhonda Allison Education Center in Golden, Colorado. The new hires include Elena Dottley, Tara Larsen, and Debbie Arvin, all of whom will provide client education support and sales. In their new roles, they will assist in helping Rhonda Allison's base of clients, who range from physicians to aestheticians and other industry professionals, grow their businesses through advanced education and training. They will also support skin care professionals in deepening their product and retail sales knowledge.
NovaLash was recently announced as the recipient of the BBB Winner of Distinction prize in the Personal Services and Products category. The awards ceremony was held at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston, with Deborah Duncan of KHOU Channel 11 hosting the event as the mistress of ceremonies. BBB Awards for Excellence recognize businesses and non-profits in the Greater Houston Area for their achievements and commitment to overall excellence and quality in the workplace.
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd. was recently presented with the President's "E" Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. by the United States Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker. This award is the highest recognition any United States entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of United States exports. "Iredale Mineral Cosmetics has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion," said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company. "The 'E' Awards Committee was very impressed with Iredale Mineral Cosmetics' emphasis on comprehensive market research used for strategic market entry.
Pevonia® recently conducted its annual global distributor meeting for 2016 by hosting its distributors from around the world at its headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida. Pevonia Co-Founders and Owners, Philippe and Sylvie Hennessy, along with Brand Executives, including the CFO, Rob Livingston; Global Vice President of Marketing and Communication, Maritza Rodriguez; Medical Director of Global Education, Dr. Christian Jurist; Director of International Business Development, Ron Jean; and International Business Director, Annette Liles; participated in key speaking and panel discussions covering core business topics in operations, product development, sales, education, and marketing.
In honor of RevitaLash® Cosmetics' 10th anniversary, the revolutionary eyelash leader has kicked off "Look of Ageless Beauty Model Search" with Glamour. Through the search, RevitaLash Cosmetics aims to recognize beauty of all ages and ethnicities while showcasing the natural beauty of the eyes. RevitaLash Cosmetics and Glamour will search the nation for women across all generations who represent the look of ageless beauty. Ten finalists will be chosen by an expert panel that includes model/blogger/actress, Julia Friedman; the founder and CEO of RevitaLash Cosmetics, Michael Brinkenhoff, M.D.; and professional photographer, Sarah Silver. Seven finalists will receive a $500 gift certificate to be redeemed on the RevitaLash Cosmetics website.
Alexandra J. Zani was an invited speaker at the 4th Annual Global Conference in Cologne, Germany for the International Association of Applied Corneotherapy (IAC). Zani spoke on adjuvant corneotherapy, intervention with corneotherapeutic agents that help to expedite correction and/or healing for dermatological skin disorders, pre- and post-care for plastic surgery, and caring for skin barrier impairment due to cancer treatments.
Lightly exfoliate the skin one to two days before waxing. A gentle, physical exfoliant will help the wax to adhere to the hair rather than the skin. It is best to exfoliate a couple days before the treatment – not the day of – in order to prevent unnecessary
sensitivity to pain.
Touch the freshly waxed area. After the skin is waxed, the follicles are typically open for about 24 to 48 hours, making the area more susceptible to infection. Touching newly waxed skin, as tempting as it may be, can transfer bacteria from the hand to the vulnerable follicles.
written and illustrated by Annette Tobia, Ph.D., founder and president of Dynamis Therapeutics, Inc.
• Excess sugar molecules bind to protein, forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
• In young skin, collagen and elastin are organized, flexible, and resilient.
• In mature skin, AGEs bind to collagen and elastin, causing accelerated skin aging.
• The average adult consumes 20 teaspoons of added sugar per day. The American Heart Association recommends nine teaspoons of added sugar per day.
• Clients can stop the cycle of glycation by reversing the damage through the use of skin care products that contain sugar-inhibiting ingredients.
Exfoliation is the removal of the dead skin cells that reside on the outermost layer of the skin. This practice is often recommended because it reveals a fresh layer of skin that is softer, more radiant, and more accepting of product ingredients. Exfoliation can be achieved through physical, chemical, and mechanical methods. Because each of these approaches have different depths of exfoliation and levels of efficacy, not every method is ideal for every client.
For skin care professionals, protecting the skin from the sun is about much more than the pain and redness associated with a sunburn. The sun emits three types of ultraviolet radiation: UVA, UVB, and UVC.
"Being prepared almost always translates to success. I always have a list of questions and a copy of the candidate's resume in the room with me. I also like to thoroughly read their resume beforehand and try to tailor the questions I ask to their previous job or school experience. I always try to be as prepared as possible with my answers as well; it is important for me to have a salary in mind and know the particulars of their job duties. Being prepared with both my questions and my answers shows the candidate that my spa is professional and organized." Makenna Jones, owner of Awe Spa 200
Many skin care professionals love self-tanning products because they are a great alternative to outdoor tanning and tanning beds, which can cause premature aging and cancer. There are, however, a number of mistakes that clients can make when using a self-tanner. They may miss a spot, use a shade that is too dark, have streaks on rough areas, and even leave stains on their hands and nail beds. Clients do not need to worry or stop using the self-tanner due to a few mistakes, especially those that can be prevented and fixed!