Monday, 20 February 2017 12:15

10 Things About...Cellulite

Written by Jeri Ross, M.P.H.
There is no magic cure or quick fix for cellulite. Clients would like to get rid of the lumpy, bumpy appearance of cellulite with minimal time and effort, however, smoothing out the dimples is best achieved by adhering to a three-pronged plan of professional spa treatments, homecare products, and a healthy lifestyle regimen. Professionals should educate themselves about the causes of cellulite and the most…
How do I choose the right sunscreen? What is SPF? Which sunscreen is safe for my children? Should I use a waterproof sunscreen? Many people, including skin care professionals, have…
While exfoliation may seem like a fluff step in professional and homecare routines, it is actually critical for optimal skin health and a glowing, refreshed complexion. There is nothing quite like the look and feel of skin that has been recently exfoliated. Although exfoliation is suitable for all skin types, choosing which exfoliation method will work best for each client can be challenging.

Heated Massage Techniques

Written by Kristin Sartore, vice president of sales, marketing and business development for Spa Revolutions, and Vicky Karr, L.M.T., owner of Spa Success, LLC
Massage is the most requested spa service. According to the American Massage Therapy Association 2015 consumer survey, about 18 percent of adult Americans received at least one massage between July 2014 and July 2015. With a growing variety of treatments available, such as seashell, stone, and bamboo massage, there truly is a massage for everyone.
• Physical or mechanical exfoliation breaks up the keratinized protein that accumulates on the skin's surface, lifting and whisking away dry, dull cell debris to reveal softer skin.• Chemical exfoliation uses topical ingredients to dissolve cell debris for a glowing finish.
What client does not want to live with perfect skin? Every client's skin is unique and experienced, knowledgeable skin care professionals learn to customize treatment regimens that balance each client's needs and concerns with reliable, affordable, and innovative methods.

10 Things About...Hydrotherapy

Written by Lydia Sarfati
1. Hydrotherapy is the use of water in its various forms to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being. Today, hydrotherapy can mean anything from taking a nice warm bath or using a cold pack after spraining a knee to immersion in sub-zero nitrogen gas or using a warm water flotation tank prior to dental procedures. Although hydrotherapy is very old, it can have very new…
The skin-healing benefits of clay have been recognized throughout history and there is a plethora of scientific evidence to support its therapeutic properties. Various types of clay have been found to detoxify the skin by drawing out impurities, help problem skin by absorbing excess oil, soothe sensitive skin, and offer analgesic effects. Clay-based products are a favorite among skin care professionals and clients for skin…
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.
The first thing that pops into most clients' minds when they think of skin care is their face. While, of course, everyone wants healthy, radiant, youthful skin, many people forget that the skin is the largest organ and that every inch of it would benefit from the breakthrough ingredients that are regularly applied to the face.
Cellulite is an ongoing concern for many clients. It is recognizable for its dimply appearance, which is comparable to the skin of an orange peel; severe cellulite can even resemble cottage cheese. Understanding what cellulite is and its primary cause is important in order for skin care professionals to be able to repair affected areas.
Throughout history, the skin's color, whether a result of sun tanning or sun shielding, has served as a sort of status symbol. For many years, pale and refined skin was…
"Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy / Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry," is a wise lyric that says it all. Without the sun, there would be…

A New Theory on Over-Exfoliating the Skin

Written by Ben Johnson, M.D.
Exfoliation has become one of the most dominant activities in skin care and is considered by many to be beneficial as it refreshes the skin and removes dead cells. Before accepting this concept at face value, it is important for skin care professionals to examine why science might be hinting at something completely different. Exfoliation PracticesHere are some of the methods currently being utilized for…
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…

Protecting the Aesthetician’s Assets Through Grounding

Written by Martin Zucker, co-author of “Earthing: The most important health discovery ever?”
To an outsider, the skin care professional’s job hardly appears to put muscles and joints at risk. Yet, reality indicates that muscle and joint problems abound in this profession.
More and more clients are beginning to ask about the health benefits of green tea. The accelerating growth of green tea in the United States market is undeniable. Over the last decade, green tea has gradually found its place in virtually every household, tea bar, café, and restaurant. Green tea has gained popularity as the public has become more health conscious, interested in herbal teas,…

The Scrubdown on Exfoliation

Written by Christiane Waldron
When clients are informed that the top layer of their skin is composed of dead skin cells, they are usually surprised. With that one statement, clients can often be convinced of the importance of exfoliation. Despite its importance, many skin care professionals still do not know what to recommend when it comes to exfoliation.
Exfoliation removes dead cells, taking dullness and flakiness with it and revealing a new layer of glowing, healthy skin. Despite its benefits, exfoliation is often skipped in skin care routines.
The majority of spas see an abundance of clients that are seeking some type of corrective procedure rather than preventative care. However, prevention is the first line of defense when…

A Step by Step: The Facial that Fights Back

Written by Tami Rumbaugh, L.E.
A Professional Protocol for Protection Against the Sun2016 has proven to be the year of essential and easy sun care. Skin care products are now including sun protection ingredients in…

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