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Exfoliation plays an essential role in skin care, revealing softer, refreshed skin as it loosens and sloughs away dead skin cells from the epidermis. The process also prepares skin to get the best outcomes from wraps, masks, creams, and other topical products because they can penetrate deeply after the top layer of skin no longer acts as a barrier to their absorption. Is your spa…
The greatest tools a professional, licensed aesthetician or massage therapist will ever use in their career is their hands. Hands are the soft keratin, receptor fueled tools that engage skin-to-skin contact allowing professionals to determine pressure, texture, and temperature of the canvas they are creatively manipulating. They are the most important tools for a massage on the face and body, and, in most cases, will…
Skin care and massage can be similar occupations. They have similar lengths of hours to get a basic license, require a lifetime to learn, and are well suited to compassionate people wanting to change lives for the better. That may also be where those similarities end. Skin care has masses of retail inventory and backbar expenses. Basic massage just needs a table, sheets, and massage…
As the wonderful world of wellness goes global, bring clients an exotic “staycay vacay” (and your staff something unique), by offering intriguing massage modalities not found everywhere. Here’s a quick review, with benefits and tips to get you started. “PIJAT” BALINESE MASSAGE The eighth century, stone-carved panels of Borobudur temple in Central Java, Indonesia depict common life, which include origins of Indonesian massage “pijat” and…
Waxing continues to grow in popularity and, as a result, more and more spas are offering waxing services. In order to differentiate yourself among the competition, it is important to provide the best possible wax every single time and this means understanding that the service you provide doesn’t stop when the client leaves the spa. The care taken post-wax is just as if not more…
It is no secret – massages feel great. Not only do they feel great, but they are also beneficial for one’s health. By establishing a peaceful environment, making sure the area is thoroughly cleaned after each massage, and establishing proper communication, a professional can provide an experience for their client that provides a host of benefits. STRESS RELIEF Massages reduce stress. They are an excellent…
Dermotaping is an advanced modality that can be integrated with many other treatments already used in the medical aesthetic and cosmetic area. Treatments are non-invasive and a natural approach that uses a bio-mechanical taping system to improve oxygenation of skin and underlying connective tissue. Many people, when they see images of tape, immediately associate the tape with physical therapy, physiotherapists, or sports medicine. However, we…

Mechanical and Manual Lymph Drainage

Written by Catherine Atzen
From 1936 on, when Dr. Vodder developed the first lymph drainage massage in the south of France, the benefits of lymph drainage massage, first manual, then mechanical, have been supported by research and clinical trials, even double-blind studies. This massage improves the face and body’s lymph circulation. It is now understood that the body’s natural lymph re-absorption that cleanses the skin and body of toxins…

Best Sun Care Practices

Written by Karym Urdaneta, director of marketing and education at Pink Horizons Botanical Skin Care
The golden rule of sun care practice is to avoid getting too much harmful ultraviolet radiation with protective clothing, shade, and limited duration of exposure. Wearing light-colored clothes and covering…
Brazilian waxing continues to gain in popularity. Not only a service for women, men are also loving the hair being entirely removed from their intimate area, as well. The Brozillian, Manzilian, or Boyzilian is a hot topic and a hot service. Trendsetters may push to bring back the ‘70s bush, but men and women are in love with the smooth, clean, and care-free comfort gained…
As an aesthetician, empty books or big gaps in a daily schedule can feel insurmountable. Aestheticians know all too well the importance of building a business that can support them. Effective marketing and client education techniques are essential. Implementing the right strategy can deliver amazing, lasting, and loyal clients. HAIR REMOVAL IS NOT OPTIONAL, IT IS A NECESSITY Even when money is tight, or the…

Breaking Down the Basics: Hair Removal 101

Written by Maxie Frericks, L.E.
Hair, hair, hair is everywhere and, since the beginning of time, women have been trying to figure out how to remove it! The history of hair removal dates all the way to ancient times. Egyptians and Middle Easterners, such as Persians, were the pioneers of this movement. They invented tools such as pumice stones which were used to shave hair off the body. Beeswax and…

Easy Steps to Keeping Waxing Accessories Clean

Written by Sheila Adriano, L.E., spa manager at Bella Trio Salon & Spa in Durham, NC
Waxing accessories are an investment. Skin care professionals want the best of the best in the industry and that means it will cost a little extra money. So, of course, a professional will want their waxing accessory purchases to last as long as they can. THE WAX WARMER Let’s start with the wax warmer – the most important waxing accessory. Most professionals are always trying…
People spent over 16 billion dollars in the United States alone last year on cosmetic procedures. With the increase in social media influencing our lives and do-it-yourself procedures being advertised on Instagram and YouTube, it is no wonder people are lured into thinking they can self-administer Botox, fillers, chemical peels, or even non-surgical fixes like nose jobs and facelifts. People want a cheap fix, but…
Male waxing is becoming increasingly more popular as males seek to gain the feel-good confidence that waxing can achieve. Men are doing their research and becoming more aware of the options available when it comes to male grooming. It is safe to say that, in the past, the majority of men wouldn’t have the desire to walk into a spa looking for a wax; however,…
Here comes the bride! The ring is on and the date is set. One of the biggest days of her life is now circled on the calendar. She wants to look her best. For some, that may mean a bit more change to their appearance than can be realized with a low calorie diet and a facial. However, often, clients are surprised to learn that…

How to Treat Scar Tissue

Written by Cheryl Miller, massage therapist, master aesthetician, oncology aesthetician, and continuing education provider
Just about every client who walks into a spa has a scar. Scar tissue remodeling is a very desired service in the industry and manual manipulation is well within the aesthetician’s scope of practice, but most people are intimidated or not sure how to do it. WHAT ARE SCARS? Scars are areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) that develop in the dermis, which is comprised of…

Body Language: 4 Tips for Mastering the First Impression

Written by Briana McKee, L.E., founder of Texas (A)estheticians Circle
One of the best parts of being an aesthetician is the opportunity to meet new people every day. A great first impression can turn a new face into a repeat client. Imagine knowing the formula for that conversion. What does a great first impression truly entail? What are the steps for sending the right message from the beginning? A first impression is formed in less…
Though most know of the harmful effects of the sun’s invisible ultraviolet rays, many are unaware that the sun also emits various wavelengths of visible light that can also cause…

Post-Summer Repair: Homecare and Spa Treatments for Sun Damage

Written by Kelly Richardson, founder of Venone PR and B.Bronz Sunless
With summer around the corner, clients will be getting ready to spend a few months at the beach and the pool and, after that, they will be looking to skin…

Unmasking Melanoma: New Tools and the Role of Early Detection

Written by Craig A. Kraffert, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, president of Amarte, and founder of dermstore.com and ReddingDerm
The last five years have seen breakthroughs in melanoma evaluation and treatment. At the same time, aestheticians (one of the first lines of defense against melanoma) have multiple, newly available internet tools to guide client melanoma surveillance. Treatment options for all three types of melanoma – surface, invasive, and metastatic (widespread) melanoma – have expanded. New diagnostic tools that predict the risk of melanoma metastasizing…
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