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How did we find our way from being uncivilized hunter gatherers to become the cultured, suburbanite, air-conditioned, technology driven, smartphone using, Facebook consumers we are today? While the "big picture" answer might be complex, the simple truth is we got here by repeating a process. Everything humans have created originated from identifying a possibility, need or desire (motive), and pursuing a solution or satisfaction to…
Rescue Rittenhouse Spa is an award winning Philadelphia day spa founded by internationally acclaimed celebrity aesthetician Danuta Mieloch. Opened in 2005, the spa has filled a niche in Center City by offering results-oriented skin care performed by a staff of the best aestheticians in the area. In addition, Rescue offers exceptional nail care, massage therapy, and medical spa treatments in a modern, urban environment.  Rescue uses…
Walt Whitman wrote, "I sing the body electric," and he was literally right. The body constantly fires out an electromagnetic charge that may be measured by a variety of scientific devices. And in addition, the body speaks in other ways, sending thousands of messages simultaneously, both subtle and overt.
Skin is the ultimate time-keeper. Our skin keeps ruthless score, revealing our genetic content, our overall health, recording every emotion, every hour of sun exposure, every scratch – from the top layer of epidermis down. But the relationship between time and skin is far more than skin deep. Skin and time are intimately bound together, especially in the context of professional skin care. When shaping…
A thorough skin analysis and consultation sets the tone for the client relationship and is the key to your success. In order to provide your client with the most appropriate treatment, there are five essential forms that I feel are necessary to create client files. Using these forms will help build your relationship with the patients, establish clear communication, and gather necessary information to develop…

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Do you know what you really want? What determines the choices you will make? Do you know people who act on compulsions, emotions or habits that fail to provide the results they want? Understanding motivation is one of the most empowering factors in achieving goals. And whether you are pursuing your own agenda or managing that of many, it is an indispensible tool. Our motivation…
Award-winning Sante Spa Victoria draws from the elements of nature to inspire, nurture and empower well-being. Their full array of spa treatments offers endless opportunities for relaxation, discovery, renewal and awakening. The guests experience nature’s escape through treatments that harness the therapeutic benefits of locally inspired rituals and ingredients. Sante Spa Victoria is committed to best practices. They have a Quality Assurance Designation from Leading…
A spa is like a building: each and every element of its conception and design is a stone that is part of the foundation supporting the building (or the ambiance of the spa, if you will). If the aesthetic elements are important in the creation of the ambiance, structural elements are even more essential to it. Here are 10 of these most important "ambiance building…
As I write this article, one of my best friends – along with many other talented aesthetic candidates – is about sit for her New York State Board examinations for aesthetics. In an attempt to help her make a study plan for the countdown to the big day, I looked at her syllabus. "Health & Safety" was the first topic after orientation, followed by "Bacteriology."…
Aestheticians and other spa professionals all learn about proper safety and sanitation practices in school, but once the state exam is over, much of what was learned is forgotten. Newly licensed spa professionals begin working at established spas with this knowledge fresh in mind, but often realize that not as much attention to detail is paid in reality. Clients are not likely to question a…
As skin therapists, face mapping is our bread and butter. While most clients turn to us to help them offset the evidence of aging, skin in fact records and reveals much more than the mere passage of time. Our skin reflects every facet of the client’s health, habits and lifestyle. In order to accurately perceive and interpret the myriad of messages delivered via this most…
I purchased my first skin care center just a little over a year after taking my state boards. I barely knew how to be a good aesthetician, non-the-less a good business owner! But for some wonderful reason, running a business came naturally to me and my business grew very fast. But hiring staff? That was a totally different experience! I was not a natural at…
You have invested in the most comfortable aesthetic table available, selected a sleep-inducing soundtrack, and adorned your treatment room with calming colors and décor… You have created the consummate tranquil environment. Clients will surely slip into a deep relaxation the moment they set foot in your treatment room. But there is still one component that could thwart your efforts. Clients, particularly first-time clients, typically come…
Building Strong Relationships to Create Strong Sales What is your ethic? The word means "habit", and what we do every day, in work and at play, deeply defines who we are. Every business these days says that it is in the "relationship"-business; this claim has become part of the marketplace jargon. And while it is trite to say, it could not be more true. It…
One of the most important steps in your practice is to take the time to perform a thorough skin analysis with a client (whether old or new). A brief look at their face does not provide enough information to sanction a more insightful, comprehensive profile to establish a more accurate pathway for long-term skin correction. Old paradigms no longer work. Statements such as normal-dry, combination,…
The award-winning Woodhouse Day Spa, founded in 2001 by Jeni Garrett, is an upscale chain of day spas with 30 locations across the United States. Each location prides itself on providing one-of-a-kind, exceptional service – from house-diffused aromatherapy oils to handwritten thank you notes. Woodhouse offers more than 40 different treatments that encompass skin and body care, hand and foot care, massage therapy, specialty treatments…
Aesthetics is a growing field with a variety of opportunities.A career in aesthetics requires continuing education to be successful. Some states call for a specific number of continuing education hours and even dictate the topics of study required to renew your license; other states have no requirements at all. Whether it is required or not should not be a deciding factor on advancing your knowledge.…
Each of us has the potential to become more as a skin health professional than our license could ever reflect. As clinicians, we have the unique opportunity to change the way a person thinks about themselves — to help improve their self-image and self-esteem. Whether specializing in relaxing facials, makeup application, hair removal services or chemical peels, we all have the ability to make someone…
Networking has changed a lot in the past decade. When I opened my first medical spa in 2003, the majority of communication with my customers was accomplished via newspaper advertisements, flyers, direct mailers and telephone calls. While I still use those methods today, there are other elements of modern networking that cannot be ignored if you want to have a thriving aesthetic practice. The Internet…
It does not matter if you are new to the industry or a highly skilled expert – there are always new ways to grow in your profession. Do this by choosing the right product line; keeping your skills sharp staying up with your education; seeking advice for those hard-to-handle situations. DERMASCOPE has recently re-launched our website and we have added several noteworthy resources to help…
Every business comes with its challenges. Owning a spa or salon is no different. Your selection of staff, policies and services offered all impact your clientele and reputation. However, there are important decisions that affect all of these and more. The products you choose to use in the treatment room and offer for retail purchase will shape your business, as well as influence your bottom…

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