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…
Signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, and acne can appear all over the body, including the back, neck, shoulders, and chest. Though primarily thought of as a face treatment, chemical peels can be a great solution for these areas, as well. Armed with an understanding of the various chemical peel categories, prime marketing strategies, and tips for effective pricing, skin care professionals can incorporate chemical peel body…
Since the turn of the century, our broader understanding of the ideal eyebrow shape has evolved from one that allowed for fads that did not always enhance many face shapes to an ever expanding sense of what actually works well with an individual’s natural eyebrow hair growth pattern. Gone are the days of the cookie cutter eyebrow as we have ushered in a completely customized,…
A full, healthy head of hair has everything to do with the health of the body, especially the scalp. Hair loss does not discriminate against gender or race. Thinning hair and baldness occur in both men and women all over the world for a number of reasons. These include toxic exposures, products, hereditary factors, stress, and hormonal changes. While it is an experience most would…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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