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Although most of us are drawn to this industry by our enthusiastic passion for skin care, in order to succeed, it becomes necessary for us to focus on the business aspect of our passion and to ask ourselves if we are doing all that we can to attract and retain clients. In addition to having access to professional product lines and providing services in an…
When the drug review began over 30 years ago, the focus was predominantly on UVB protection or sunburn protection. The recommendation was skin that was unprotected would cause skin cancer and premature aging. So, chemist began formulating sun blocks and sunscreens that touted an SPF (sun protection factor) claiming that by applying these solutions one could stay engaged in outdoor activities longer without damaging the…
We are all visual people, especially when it comes to our appearance and how our skin looks. Even though recent studies show that the number of diagnosed skin cancer cases each year continues to increase, a lot of people think first about the outside cosmetic effects of tanning and sun exposure. Regardless, we all must understand that proper sun care is key for our skin…
Whether it is black, red, white, green, oolong, or herbal… tea has a long standing history of soothing and comforting the mind, soul, and body. It has become common practice within spas across the globe to provide their clients with a cup of tea while they wait, relax between treatments, or at the end of a service. Loaded with a wide range of ingredients, such…
Packed with several kinds of vitamins, minerals, and acids that can boost the health of the entire body, caviar has become a power-house ingredient in the skin care industry. Among these vitamins, minerals, and acids are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids contain EPA and DHA that control production of essential hormones triggering their release and the repair of damaged skin tissues as…
The human organism is constantly exposed to environmental assaults and the most important protective functions are provided by the skin. Chief among the diverse environmental agents, the skin must protect against is the ultraviolet radiation emitted from the sun. Photodamage, the general term referring to the toxicity associated with the cumulative effects of overexposure to UV radiation, is a broad and multifaceted issue. Beginning with…
According to the book “The Healing Herbs,” the use of therapeutic herbs for skin care is thought to date back to ancient Chinese physicians, who recognized the astringent and antibiotic properties of certain herbs nearly 5,000 years ago. Ayurvedic medicine practitioners have also used herbs to cleanse toxins from the body and promote youthful-looking, healthy skin for nearly 3,000 years. In addition, Native Americans used…
The rose has the distinction of being considered one of the most beautiful flowers in the world and to many, it alone holds this title. With innumerable poems, stories, paintings, legends, and myths associated with it; varied colors, incomparable fragrance, shapes, and sizes, the rose captivates us all. Part of the Rosaceae family, the essential oil of the rose is extracted from the petals by…
The term “Pampering” is no longer reserved just for women! Throughout this issue, within the articles and press releases presented to you, our reader, the evidence of such a fact is prevalent. According to the article, Understanding Male Skin, Dr. Claudia Aguirre points out that the “American consumers spent $4.8 billion on male grooming products in 2009, a figure that has doubled over the past…
Chocolate is derived from the cacao bean which is found in trees that can reach between 15 to 26 feet in height. Tracing back as early as 400 - 600 B.C., chocolate has a long standing history not only as a decadent food, indulged by many, but also as an ingredient used for medicinal purposes. In modern times, it is now known that the cacao…
According to the Oxford American Dictionary, stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. As per this definition, it is easy to see why having stress in one's life could be debilitating. Therefore, individually we should each try to maintain a lifestyle that accommodates a stress-free environment and as professionals we should strive…
Salt is a mineral that is composed primarily of sodium chloride. There are two main forms of salt: unrefined (sea salt) and refined (table salt); of the two, unrefined salt provides the highest benefits when used for aesthetic purposes. Bath salts are a great way to relieve many different kinds of health concerns, such as acne, arthritis, psoriasis, insect bites, female problems, tendonitis, water retention,…
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using pure essential oils extracted from natural botanicals to relax, balance, and rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit. The use of aromatherapy goes back to ancient China, which is believed to be the first society to have treated the body and mind with aromatic plant oils. Eventually, the practice spread to the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; and it…
In today’s society of over-indulgence and “I-want-it-now” mentality it is important to understand the benefits and the precautions of using peels. Benefits include, but are not limited to; removal of excessive buildup of dead skin cells, smoothing and tightening of skin, lightening of brown spots, the diminishing of under-eye puffiness and circles, and it aids in the treatment of sun damage. Risks can range from…
Taking a bath is one of the best ways to relax and unwind. There are many reasons why taking a bath is beneficial; they open up pores, cleanse, detoxify, smooth, and soften the skin, combat muscle soreness, and provide a great source of stress relief. Therefore, it can also be reasoned that adding a bath as a full treatment or as an add-on treatment would…
Vino treatments or vinotherapy describes a process where the residues from making wine, such as grape seeds, grape seed extracts, husks, grape seed oil, and vine extracts are rubbed onto the skin. Grapes used for making wine contain natural antioxidants called polyphenols that exfoliate, detoxify, cool inflammation, and soften and repair damaged skin. As a result, vino treatments are a great source of regeneration, circulation…
Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – fruits are a great way to keep your skin healthy whether they are eaten or applied during skin care treatments. With the current trend of clients wanting their skin care regimen to include treatments that are natural, organic, and healthy – fruit is a great way to go. Citrus fruits can help with anti-aging and acne; while cranberries,…
With wedding, bikini, and vacation season just around the corner, it is important to start thinking about putting together spa packages and treatments that will assist your clients in getting their backs ready for other people to see. Whether your client is preparing for their wedding dress, getting ready to wear tank tops and ponytails on vacation, or adding that finishing touch for their bathing…
The advances in technology, science, and medicine have assisted in the increase of the average life expectancy rate… resulting in a higher number of 50-plus consumers. With the increase of this demographic, it is important to appreciate the impact they can have on your spas revenue. A notable factor to consider when dealing with clients that are over 50 is that the time they spend…

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Written by Howard Murad, Peter Pugliese, Michelle D'Allaird
It is that time again… time to cover sun care. What, you might ask, could possibly be said that is new and innovative on this topic? Truthfully, most of the information has all been written before. However, like a good book or a favorite movie every time you read it or watch it you pick up on something new. Maybe it’s a scene that you’ve…
In the conceptualization and planning stages of this feature we were certain it was going to be among the best coverage we have offered in regards to exfoliation. Indeed I think the information in this feature as well as the supporting articles is very informative and well written. What I know now that I didn't know before we began the process of talking to potential…

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