When you see a pregnant woman walk through the doors of your spa, there is no doubt she is likely in need of some serious pampering. She is probably feeling those pregnancy aches and pains and may not have many more weeks before she is focused entirely on her new baby and will not have the time to treat herself. While she may not understand…
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Parkinson’s Disease and the Skin

Written by David Ponsonby
The concept of the skin as a factor in Parkinson’s disease is not new, but several factors are just now coming together to force it onto the verge of clinical practice. A precise diagnosis can be important from two perspectives. It can identify a condition which is treatable. It can also demarcate a contraindication, something that is not treatable. For example, many spa treatments can…
Being able to offer treatments that are safe, effective, and affordable for clients is always top priority. Sometimes, as injectors, we need to use our artistic license and go off-label in order to make that happen. Off-label product use is entirely legal and very common. In fact, about one in five medications is prescribed off-label and is an integral part of modern cosmetic medicine. Sculptra…
Many women complain about cellulite and desperately try to find ways to make it disappear for good. While a healthy diet and regular exercise help immensely in maintaining a fit body and keeping cellulite at bay, they may not be effective all the time. Cellulite does not discriminate – on females, at least. While it is very rarely seen on men, it appears on women…

Fitzpatricks 4-6: Sun Care

Written by Lila Castellanos, L.E.
Although dark skin is naturally more protective against harmful rays from the sun than fair skin, people of all skin types are susceptible to burn if they do not apply sunscreen on a daily basis. The burn may not be as obvious on dark skin, but this does not mean it is harmless. Studies indicate that just one severe sunburn may increase the risk of…

Reflexology Recap

Written by Robert Sachs, L.M.T., co-founder of Diamond Way Ayurveda
Reflexology is an excellent gateway treatment, as people often find they enjoy it so much that they wonder what else the spa offers. It is easy to learn, but training by someone qualified and competent is essential. Also, before offering it, professionals should experience it. It is advisable to do reflexology before other treatments, whether it is a facial or full body massage. Generally, it…
Many women complain about cellulite and desperately try to find ways to make it disappear for good. While a healthy diet and regular exercise help immensely in maintaining a fit body and keeping cellulite at bay, they may not be effective all the time. Cellulite does not discriminate – on females, at least. While it is very rarely seen on men, it appears on women…
Facelifts are up! Data released by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows that in 2017, non-surgical skin tightening increased by 15.1 percent. Face lifts ranked sixth in the surgical category, up 21.8 percent from 2016. So, how can aestheticians’ services be a part of this trend? Since many clients prefer less invasive face-lifting options, it is important to make some changes in facial…
When asked what comes to mind when thinking of the spa industry, many would answer with words such as “wellness,” “relaxation,” and “health.” Ideally, these are the very objectives that sit atop the priority lists of spa owners, massage therapists, and anyone else providing in-house services for their clients. These are reasons why many professionals go into this business in the first place – to…
To understand how inhibitor peptides are able to alter pigmentation, it is imperative to understand how melanin is produced within the skin, what causes the overproduction of melanin (hyperpigmentation), and how peptides can play a key role in the regulation of melanin production. HOW THE SKIN PRODUCES MELANINMelanogenisis begins when tyrosine, an amino acid, is stimulated by the pituitary gland and attaches to an enzyme,…
With cutaneous resurfacing there are various options depending on the condition of the skin and desired clinical outcomes. There are three types of exfoliating agents commonly used to resurface the skin. Keratolytic agents, keratocoagulant agents, and proteolytic agents. Keratolytic agents, such as hydroxy acids, work by breaking apart the bonds that hold skin cells together or by dissolving cellular glue. Keratolytic agents include hydroxy acids…

Methods of Exfoliation

Written by Linda Gulla
Chemical peels have been used for hundreds of years by many different cultures as a means of exfoliating the skin. Some chemical acids are natural agents that have been chemically changed to an acidic pH. Other chemical acids contain molecules that are naturally found in the skin. With an acidic pH, histological changes occur in the epidermis and dermis. In cosmetic dermatology, different types of…
In a remarkable process of self-renewal, the epidermis goes through the process of keratinization, in which cells rise to the surface and are sloughed away over the course of four to six weeks. As we age, however, cell turnover declines, influencing a variety of physiological changes, which can affect the tone and texture of the skin. The most common treatment sought to remedy this decline…

What Is Physical Exfoliation?

Written by Lyn Ross, L.M.E.
There are two categories of exfoliants: physical and chemical. Chemical exfoliators are acids applied to the skin to assist in the shedding of dead skin cells. In this article, we will focus on physical exfoliation methods designed for that purpose. Physical exfoliation ingredients and devices are not new. In fact, ingredients such as sugar, salt, grains, shells, and even baking soda have been used for…
Exfoliation is a vital part of every skin care regimen with numerous benefits. Granular exfoliation (scrubs) provides a tremendous difference in the health and beauty of the skin. Today’s aesthetic market offers an abundance of facial scrubs making refining and retexturizing to reveal younger-looking skin effortless. Clients may already have a preferred regimen, including a cleanser, serums, eye cream, masks, moisturizers, and sunscreen. Visible improvement…
The stratum corneum is the skin’s barrier and is the top layer of the epidermis. In the epidermis, keratinocyte stem cells reside in the basal layer, which is the lowest layer of the stratified epithelia. These cells divide further and differentiate as they move upwards in the epidermis towards the stratum corneum. Found within the stratum corneum are corneocytes which are dead keratin-filled squamous cells…

Year-Round Success: A Guide to Seasonal Body Treatments

Written by Heather J. Kreider, L.E., R.N.
While it is true that seasonal treatments are here today and gone tomorrow, they can deliver a lasting impact on a spa’s reputation and revenue potential. Visits to spas and resorts often fluctuate according to the time of year and a spa’s location. So, when visits wane, offering unique, seasonally-inspired treatments services to the menu can attract guests that are yearning for something fresh and…
Most facials end at the clavicle or bottom of the throat. The approach to “facials” used in the last four decades was bothersome. Traditionally, a facial seemed to be a cleanse, massage, mask, or machine mask (galvanic masks were very popular in the 1930s). A toner usually followed this and, finally, a nurturing cream was applied. The variety of exotic creams applied in salons of…

Baby Got Back Treatments

Written by Amra Lear, L.E., L.M.T.
Looking into the mirror, body parallel to its reflection, the eyes target a disturbance to the integumentary system. Focused solely on the pigmented eruption that surfaced over night as the mind danced in dream and its limbs shifted by unconscious movement, the day begins with a systemic response to check for more unwarranted changes. The eyes scan both body and skin for what they can…
When it comes to exfoliation, the skin care industry is rich with options, each providing a variety of results. Understanding the differences between various modalities can not only aid professionals in equipping their spas with the right tools, it can also help in knowing which method to choose based on each client’s desired results and expectations for downtime and cost. Most are probably familiar with…
For exfoliation straight from the kitchen cupboard, some clients may turn to making their own DIY scrubs. Here are four quick recipes that clients can make in the comfort of their home – quickly and with no fuss. THE BASICS A basic scrub consists of an exfoliant, carrier oil, and aroma. The exfoliant is usually a gritty substance of some sort. The carrier oil is…

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