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…

4 Basic DIY Scrub Recipes

Written by Sasha Ward
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…
From the moment a client enters the spa to the moment they leave, everything they experience becomes part of their overall experience – and these days, experience is everything. Often overlooked, scent can play a vital role in creating a sensory wellness experience for each client, and incorporating essential oils effectively is key in doing so. Mental health is one of the most talked about…

Treating Cellulite with Body Wraps

Written by Lydia Sarfati, CEO and founder of Repêchage
There are several new (and expensive) machines to perform cold and warm body treatments to combat the signs of cellulite. If clients are looking for a more affordable and natural alternative, body wraps can now offer clients many different effects – from a warm, relaxing bundle in a thermal blanket to a stimulating, refreshing and cooling wrap in mint-soaked gauze. The treatments can be customized…
The spa industry offers multi-faceted services that range from traditional wax treatments to complete holistic skin care; however, gone are the days when clients just want a facial or massage. They now expect services that provide them with multilevel results, combining luxury, beauty, and a therapeutic approach to the mind and body connection. These days, professionals want to be on the forefront of offering services…
All of the great, traditional healing systems of the world teach a philosophy that inner reflects outer and vice versa. The human body is a fully integrated, inter-connected, system of parts that communicate in order to work symbiotically. Healing traditions rely on this fact for the ways in which they intervene to restore the balance and vibrancy of clients’ lives. WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY? Of course,…
It is that time of year again – when people crave those sun rays and show off their skin. Exfoliation is an important step in any skin care routine to help clients achieve that smooth, healthy summer glow. Before getting into the mechanics and details of physical exfoliation, it is important to review the basics. The skin is the body’s largest organ and is a…
When it comes to anti-aging equipment, the variety of products and modalities available to professionals today is incredible, to say the least. Yet, having so many options at one’s disposal can be overwhelming, especially when trying to maximize efficiency, client satisfaction, and profits. What factors should be considered when trying to decide between LED and microcurrent or galvanic and radio frequency? With all the constant…

10 Things About…Injectables

Written by Holly Cutler, celebrity medical aesthetician known as The Skin Saint™ and founder of FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness
Injectables are now a staple of ageless skin and the trend is continuing on. It is invaluable to know some basics about what is out there, even if injectables are not offered at the spa. Fillers and injectables complement a thorough skin regimen and can increase client satisfaction. New formulations even contain smoother gel formulations and come with lidocaine built in for more comfort. The…
There is no arguing that the tension relief resulting from a massage is a treat worth splurging for. However, the benefits of massage do not have to be experienced only seldom, nor thought of as an indulgence reserved for special occasions. These essential facts and tips can help clients shift their perspective and professionals improve overall experience – making massage a regular, essential, and lucrative…
Peel first, mechanical exfoliation second. Or is it mechanical exfoliation first, peel second? The truth is, the order in which exfoliants are layered does matter. In fact, a variety of desired results can be achieved, depending on how treatments are layered. Find out how different exfoliants work and the benefits associated with various methods of layering them. To address consumer demands, today’s aesthetician must be…

Fact or Fiction: Melanoma occurs from childhood sunburns.

Written by Kelly Richardson, founder of Venone PR and B.Bronz Sunless
Unfortunately, exposure to ultraviolet rays in younger years increases risk for skin cancer as an adult. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun plays a major role in the development of skin…

10 Things About: Ayurvedic Skin Care

Written by Melanie Sachs, co-owner of Diamond Way Ayurveda
Ayurveda is India’s traditional system of healing. It is holistic, meaning it views each unique individual as an intricately connected network of energy that has a body, mind, and soul. The ayurvedic approach to skin care comes from naming outer, inner, and secret beauties. In Ayurveda there are three aspects of beauty. Outer beauty covers all aspects of caring for and beautifying physical beauty including…
Flu season may have come to an end, but detox fever is alive and well. From juice fasts to colon cleanses, detoxes have been a colossal craze in holistic approaches to health for some time now. Mixed into the craze is underarm detoxing – a popular trend in natural underarm care. There is no denying that many traditional deodorants and antiperspirants are loaded with harsh…

A Knead for Release: Eliminating Fine Lines with Massage

Written by by Boldijarre Koronczay and Brian Goodwin
Perhaps the greatest connection professionals have with clients in the spa world is their hands. Hands are a tool for massage that can reduce tension, impart a radiant glow to the skin, and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. Many times, clients come into the spa and stress is written all over their faces. Stress increases muscle tension, causing the skin to fold and creating…
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Reflexology for Cancer Clients

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Reflexology is an effective form of therapeutic foot treatment that aims to treat the client from a mind-body-spirit perspective. Reflexology cannot isolate a disease such as cancer and treat it symptomatically, nor does it work on a problem organ or body system. This treatment works with a focus of inducing a state of balance and harmony. As a holistic therapy, reflexology aims to treat the…

10 Things About Dry Brushing

Written by Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repêchage
Dry brushing, a method of cleaning and exfoliating the skin, has been around for thousands of years, but has recently become popular again. Key benefits of dry brushing include increased energy, smoother skin, and an overall better feeling. One of the best benefits of dry brushing is the cost; body treatment machines, whether for the spa or at home, can cost upwards of $23,000.

Invisible Rays, Visible Damage

Written by Christiane Waldron
There is much information circulating in the world of sun care and it can be difficult to discern fact from fiction. Discover truths about photoaging, ultraviolet rays, sun damage, and…

Flavor Your Menu with Full-Body Facials

Written by Courtney La Marine, L.E.
Most spas currently offer facials, but more and more spas are beginning to spice up their menus with similar treatments for the body. Keep clients happy from head to toe. Learn tips for incorporating back, buttock, shoulder, arm, hand, and foot facials. Skin care professionals now have many facial treatments to choose from and those options consistently change as the beauty industry evolves. Professionals have…

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