Reading Your Clients: Fingernails

Written by Jenny Farrand
It has been said that outer beauty is a reflection of our inner health. Our fingernails are an outward display of our inner world, often showing health conditions, dietary issues or stress. While it may not substitute for blood work or imaging, analytically viewing the fingernails can be an additional indicator in a medical diagnosis or a sign of a deficient diet. There are hundreds…
In a society that seeks an instant fountain of youth in a pot, ingredient or treatment, an essential role for the aesthetician is to be able to understand and choose professional products and treatments that are safe and appropriate for each client. How does the aesthetician decipher the hundreds of product ingredients in a chosen skin care line? It stands to reason that many of…

Are you Covered?

Written by Susan Etter
Let us take a look at this scenario: you have decided to get laser hair removal. You first visit Spa A, which promises to give you six treatments – all for the incredible price of $99 and the offer is only valid if the first treatment is done immediately. Next, you visit Spa Z, where a consultation visit is scheduled first. During this consultation, possible…
How often do you find yourself thinking, “Where did the day go?” Since I find myself saying it on a regular basis, I decided to take a closer look at exactly what I did with my day; two businesses, traveling, writing articles and teaching classes, five kids, and one husband. Where does the time go, indeed! We always look at everything we are responsible for,…
Obstacles await us in many forms. They test our will as well as our resources. They separate the wanton from the determined. Obstacles expose the easily frustrated and undisciplined. They systematically measure our desire, resolve and preparedness. Conversely, those same obstacles can lead us to the opportunity we need to accomplish our goals. They oftentimes steer us toward resources that are otherwise unavailable. Without obstacles…
Oftentimes, a person’s smile is the first thing that draws attention. Whether a smile is effortless or genuine, it can attract more than admiring looks. It can also portray personality or determine whether someone is shy or outgoing. However, a smile can also depict more than a person’s inner and outer beauty. According to the American Dental Association, a person’s smile – or more directly,…
It is time to consider adding a valuable new skin care service for your aesthetics clientele with specialized treatments featuring low level laser therapy (LLLT). This clinically proven and effective form of light therapy has been around for over 35 years and is now being used for many treatment modalities in salons, spas and wellness centers around the world.

In the Work Place How to Deal with Emotionally Charged Situations

Written by Christine Pemberton, marketing and sales director for Skin 2 SkinTM Care
In the work place, each individual has their own objectives, opinions, skill-sets, roles, responsibilities and deadlines to deal with. These factors coupled with outside influences and pressures, can manifest into emotionally charged situations. Many of these situations usually stem from miscommunication, differences in objectives and opinions, as well as perceived importance. Two key words can most often diffuse the situation: respect and acceptance. It is…
Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah has wellness in its DNA. Voted “#1 Destination Spa” by Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards 2012 Reader’s Survey, Red Mountain is situated among the red rocks of Southern Utah. Accommodations include 82 rooms, 24 villa suites and a plethora of activities which include hiking, fitness programs and cooking classes featuring wholesome spa cuisine by executive chef Chad…

Skin Care Myth: It is normal to break out after having a facial.

Written by Christine Schrammek-Drusio, owner and CEO of Dr. med. Christine Schrammek Kosmetik
Facts: True Breakouts and increased impurities only appear if a facial is not done properly. During a facial, if the skin care professional squeezes too strong it can cause wound fluid and pus to be transferred onto the surrounding tissue. This may lead to a smear infection, which can result in a blemished complexion.

Equipping the Aesthetic Room

Written by Jodi Nightingale-Bennett
Aproperly equipped treatment room is essential to delivering professional aesthetic services. A facial table/chair, magnifying lamp and  basic steamer are most likely on the top of your list for equipping your treatment room. Before you rush off to purchase everything you may want, take a moment to consider exactly what you need and what you can afford. Investing time in planning and research can save…

Initiative

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So, here we are. We have had in-depth discussions about motivation, goals, priorities, plans and organizing. But, we already have experience with time management. We have all been using schedules and lists for years. Why have these tools not already created the success we seek? It has been said in many ways but I prefer the simple analogy – A goal without a plan is…
When I was a child, I had an old fashioned doctor who would always ask me to stick my tongue out and say AH. I never wondered why and, like many things in childhood, just accepted it as normal. As an adult, I discovered that both the Chinese and the Ayurvedic medical systems have a method for reading the tongue.As Dr. Vasant Lad says in…
Ona Spa has long been recognized as one of the premiere medical and day spa destinations in Los Angeles, California, as well as a celebrity favorite. Known for its customized services and results-oriented treatments that combine rapid technology with centuries-old health and wellness traditions to relax the spirit, Ona Spa is the place to rejuvenate the body and reveal the client’s most radiant, healthy self.…
“You can do it; it is only mind over matter.” Has anyone ever said that to you? While we are experts at telling people how to run their lives and make decisions, the funny thing is that we rarely apply it to ourselves. What is it that we are so afraid of?
How many times have you been working on a project and imagined a better way to accomplish the task? Do you witness or experience wasted time or other resources? Have you had an ambition that you have yet to develop a plan to pursue? The famous French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” One of the common…
According to both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, lips have a great deal to tell us about our clients. Their shape, size, color and condition broadcast not only the state of our health but also personality traits. The most wonderful aspect of this diagnostic ability is that it can be used to prevent serious illness. It has been said that your mouth is a neon sign…
  Deer Lake Lodge and Spa, an exclusive destination health spa and wellness resort, promotes enhanced living through holistic cleansing and therapeutic approaches in a relaxing environment. Located on a 50-acre rustic-chic oasis, only 40 minutes from Houston, the green-construction health haven offers guests the opportunity to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit through juice-fasting programs, colonics, yoga, and spiritual enrichment workshops in a tranquil…
Volunteering allows you to connect on a personal level with others in your community, creating and strengthening your ties with the local population. Volunteering can be quite rewarding on both a personal and professional level. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and build new relationships. Not to mention volunteering looks great on your resume! Here is a list of 10 things to…

Trends in Advanced Education

Written by Janet McCormick, M.S.
Aesthetics has come a long way in the United States since licensed professionals had to spell aesthetics for those who asked “what do you do?” Clients know what aesthetic services are now, and many have placed them firmly into their lifestyle must-haves. Due to this popularity, aesthetic schools are filled with students excited to join our profession, and committed aestheticians graduate with the fundamentals for…

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