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!
Sanctuary Spa is a world unto itself with interior and exterior treatment spaces that keep one view constant: a rock sculpture of a praying monk shaped by Mother Nature on Camelback Mountain. With 12 treatment rooms, a Watsu immersion pool for hydrotherapy treatments, an indoor couples suite, a movement studio, a fitness center, five championship tennis courts, a 25-yard outdoor lap pool, and a spa boutique, the spa cossets guests from the outside world. Asian-inspired treatments, including an exotic collection of facials and massages, are designed to both pamper and empower guests with physical and spiritual knowledge.
While clients should be wearing sunscreen all year round, many of them do not take sun protection seriously until the start of summer, when outdoor activities prompt them to slather on products with SPF. Although clients may be tempted to grab the first sunscreen they see, they should put as much consideration into the type of sunscreen they buy as they do other skin care products.
Naturopathica® recently announced that Barry McCaffrey joined its senior management team as senior vice president of spa sales. In this new role, McCaffrey will oversee the wholesale division and will be responsible for sales and marketing strategy, partner relationship management, and business development in the spa channel. He will also lead the sales team in education and training across the Americas. "We are delighted that Barry is joining our team as senior vice president of spa sales," states Barbara Close, founder and CEO.
Lokesh K. Jain was recently promoted to the position of vice president, research and development and technical services at Gordon Laboratories, Inc. As part of his expanded quality assurance and regulatory responsibilities, Jain will oversee the technical services department, in addition to managing a full force of experienced research and development chemists, stability chemists, documentation specialists, and budget professionals. Jain is among the world's most respected scientists, with over 18 years in the pharmaceutical industry and, subsequently, personal care.
The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) recently announced the awarding of over $10.5 million for 18 research projects that are being led by investigators at 30 institutions in seven countries. These projects will accelerate new therapeutic approaches for melanoma, improve existing treatments, develop new biomarkers, and advance the understanding of melanoma risk factors.
DERMAFLASH's homecare exfoliation device was selected by ESSENCE Magazine as a game changing gadget in the publication's annual Best in Black Beauty Awards. The winners of these awards are based on real, noticeable results and showcase the top beauty products in targeted categories. "We are elated to earn recognition from ESSENCE and the community with this award," says DERMAFLASH Founder, Dara Levy. "DERMAFLASH represents the next generation in advanced homecare and it is a true honor to have our years of hard work and development acknowledged and celebrated."
Aqua+ Skincare was recognized for Excellence of the Year for Leadership and Sustainability at the IAIR Awards® ceremony at the Yale Club in New York. Selected by IAIR readers and opinion leaders in businesses from around the world, the honor is awarded to those who represent IAIR's mission to promote business excellence. "I am honored to be receiving this award," said Michael Wong, Aqua+ Skincare's CEO.
Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage's CEO and founder, recently welcomed over 150 skin care professionals to the 18th annual International Conference for Salon & Spa Professionals. Professionals attended this conference to hear industry experts speak and to be a part of the launch of Repêchage's Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives and homecare products. After Sarfati's welcoming address, Dr. Andrea Bovero, Ph.D, president of CIDESCO Italy, gave a presentation on the integration of the mind and body in skin care. Dr. Samuel Shatkin, M.D. also gave a presentation that covered eight different ways to stay ageless.
Pevonia recently made its debut at Coachella during its 2016 kick-off weekend. The brand teamed up with PAPER Magazine for their #YOUth issue launch party, which featured an appearance by Kylie Jenner, by providing a sample of LipRenew™ Plump & De-Age Treatment inside each of the luxe gift bags that were given to attendees. Other attendees included Jayden Smith, Andreja Pejić, Justine Skye, Chantel Jeffries, and other key players in the fashion, beauty, and music industry.
Jindilli Rite of Renewal announced that they have been approved as a continuing education-approved provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). NCBTMB-licensed massage therapists can receive up to nine continuing education credits annually for completing a demonstration and practical application on Jindilli's Showerless Lime Blossom Scrub and BoomaGlam Massage.
Ska:ná The Spa at Turning Stone Resort Casino recently launched treatment menu changes with the addition of Himalayan Salt Stone Massage from Saltability, which features 84 naturally occurring minerals and elements. Ska:ná will continue to offer hot stone massage, but the new addition adds more health benefits for their guests. "Ska:ná is always looking for services and products that benefit our amazing guests and Saltability has come up with an innovative way to do that," says Shane Bird, director of spa operations at Turning Stone Resort.
Siren & Proper's lash lounge and brow bar is the trendiest boutique salon in Grand Rapids, Mich. Located on a busy downtown street, Siren & Proper was the first salon of its kind in the greater Grand Rapids area and specializes in eyelash extensions, makeup, and eyebrow treatments, including eyebrow mapping and eyebrow extensions.
From frustration and depression to confidence and joy, the range of emotions that are felt by clients in regard to their skin is wide-ranging and diverse. While skin care professionals know that there is a lot that contributes to having healthy and stunning skin (such as regular facials and a consistent, tailored homecare regimen), feeling beautiful in your skin is more of a reflection of the mind than the mirror. This month, remind clients of the true meaning of skin care: forming lifelong, self-care habits that will give rise to healthy skin. Although having clear skin might contribute to someone feeling attractive, truly being beautiful in your skin comes from a confidence that can only be found within.
Michelle D'Allaird-Brenner says, "We have long heard of the impact and power of positive thinking. The premise is that when you think positive thoughts, you behave in positive ways and positive energy comes back to you. The interesting thing is that the majority of people spend more time and energy debating this premise, arguing its validity and doubting its truth, than simply practicing it. Why is it human nature that we focus on the negative and the unlikely than the positive and the possible?"
Use an occlusive, water-resistant sunscreen. When spending time in the water, most products wash off easily, unless they are water-resistant. Using an occlusive sunscreen will shield the skin from ultraviolet rays and create a protective barrier for the skin.
Traditional skin care has typically consisted of topical products. Because products need to affect the dermis to have lasting results, companies and cosmetic chemists are constantly formulating products with ingredients that have molecular sizes small enough for absorption.
The most important aspect of creating an effective retail display is to try to engage more than one of the clients' senses. While great and enticing visual displays will initially draw them to the retail area of the spa, incorporating another sense usually encourages them to buy. For example, when I have a particular product out on display, I always have a sample size available for testing.
"I love natural skin care because it is safe, fun, and educational." -- Audrey Miller
"Because it is safe for pregnancy and oncology treatments." --Gosia Reade
"Because they have numerous benefits that work beautifully with the skin." --Jesse Sara
"I like knowing that I am keeping my clients' skin safe." --Marie Nowl
In addition to a consistent homecare regimen and professional treatments, proper sun care is a vital factor in protecting the skin. At all times, even during winter months and on cloudy days, clients should be wearing broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB exposure.
While most clients are aware of the dangers of UVB exposure, such as sunburns and skin cancer, many are not aware that UVA rays have a deeper penetration into the skin than UVB rays and are responsible for skin aging.Taking protective measures, such as using an appropriate SPF and sunscreen product, applying sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside, reapplying often, and wearing protective clothing will significantly reduce the client's risk of sun damage, premature aging, and skin cancer.
At the end of April, SkinPrint participated in the Spring Open House at Turkle & Associates. Skinprint performed skin analyses to educate clients about their skin and is very proud to have been a part of this production. Attendees enjoyed appetizers, refreshments, and special prices on Skinprint products.
Pevonia hosted beauty editors and bloggers for its official launch party for LipRenew™ Plump & De-Age Treatment. Over 60 media and beauty influencers joined the company in New York City for an exclusive look at the new product. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while learning about the product from Pevonia's team of experts. Bringing an interactive element to the evening, beauty editors were able to experience miniature Pevonia facials and avant-garde lip art from a few of the makeup artists from Jolie Beauty Bar.
Cosmewax launched a new modern and dynamic website. Their website now features a responsive design, making it a practical utility for learning about their products and services from any device. Cosmewax has opted for a more visual and attractive website that has intuitive and agile navigation. It is richly illustrated and allows for a virtual visit to both the depilatory and skin care production plants from the home page. It also includes detailed information about Cosmewax's history, installations, corporate-social responsibility, and philosophy of partnership with customers and suppliers.
DermaMed Solutions recently announced Roberta Lamperti, an aesthetic student at Spa Tech Institute in Westboro, Mass., as the fourth recipient of the company's Aesthetic Education Award. Lamperti received a $1,000 award towards her education from DermaMed Solutions to support her goal of becoming an aesthetician whose philosophy aligns with the company's belief in taking a "whole-istic" approach to skin care in order to attain healthy skin.
Ursula Wagstaff, president of CA Botana International, recently received an award from Channel 10 News, San Diego. The channel 10 News, San Diego Leadership Award is given to someone who provides leadership by making San Diego a better place to live, stands up for those who need help, initiates or creates solutions for others, and fulfills a local need – thereby improving the quality of life for all San Diegans.
The 3 Day Master Class with Lydia Sarfati, hosted by The Lydia Sarfati Academy, will be held on July 11th through July 13th, 2016. Seasoned aestheticians with a minimum of two years of experience can join Sarfati, Repêchage CEO and founder, for instruction on advanced skin care techniques. Attendees will learn how to administer the Lydia Sarfati Facial Massage and professional treatment solutions for all skin types, including pre- and post-operative treatments.
Sophia Navarro was recently promoted to vice president of global education for NovaLash. "Bringing Sophia Navarro onto the NovaLash Board of Directors has been long overdue," says Sophy Merszei, founder and CEO of NovaLash. "The lash artists who have been ambitious enough to seek out training from [Navarro] receive a very rare and special education. She has an unrivaled ability to teach her own special tricks for getting extensions to look like no other and last longer than can be imagined.
As the only full-service, oceanfront spa in Northeast Florida, The Spa at One Ocean Resort & Spa is Northeast Florida’s chicest beachfront boutique resort in Atlantic Beach. This spa touts more than 40 marine-inspired rituals comprised of specialty treatments, unique massage styles, body wraps, peels, facials, and more. The eight treatment rooms, named after the lifespan of a sea turtle, include a Vichy Shower Room, pampering salon, and private oceanfront VIP suites with in-room Swiss showers.
Planning a wedding can be a very stressful experience. From picking the venue to writing vows, brides-to-be often have numerous tasks to attend to and often plan for months to a year before the ceremony. While most bridal clients see the spa as a welcome retreat from the stress associated with planning a wedding, some clients bring their anxiety to the spa. These clients are often demanding, impatient, and controlling, unhappy with the results of anything that is out of their hands.