CBD-infused skin care products are rapidly entering the beauty and skin care market because of their popularity and claimed health benefits. In order to evaluate their impact on clients, professionals need to educate themselves on what products work best and where the CBD for their products is sourced from before they consider adding it to spa treatments and aftercare recommendations. GREENWASHING IS THE NEW BLACK…
Many have heard the term “mindfulness,” but what does it mean? To me, mindfulness means being in the moment and enjoying where you are, right here, right now. What’s interesting is that most of us think we are already doing that, but if you really took a good look at your life, you might find that you are not living in the fullness that you…
Ayurveda is time-tested, effective techniques perfectly customized using exotic ingredients and simple tools that can take results to a new level by helping each client know themselves better and find their own beauty inside and out. WHAT IS AYURVEDA? The goal of Ayurveda has always been to establish lasting beauty by strengthening the body’s own resilience, calming and clearing the mind, and restoring or building…

Wellness Check: The Correlation Between Mental Health and Skin

Written by Irena James, vice president of YG Laboratories
Physical and emotional health are closely linked. Skin is the body’s largest organ, involved in a myriad of biological processes, so it is not surprising that living with a skin condition can take its toll on a person’s state of mind. Stress and anxiety can make existing conditions even worse and bring about new ones, creating a vicious cycle. Numerous experts agree that stress, anxiety,…
Aromatherapy seems to be the current buzzword among clients and industry professionals. But what is its purpose within a business and how can it be incorporated as a feel-good service that can support and heal the skin and body? This article will attempt to address some of the benefits of aromatherapy, why a professional would want to incorporate it into the spa and when, and…
Energy healing, an alternative therapy, is ideal for aestheticians in the skin care and beauty industry because of their hands-on work. Energy affects clients and vice versa. When the professional understands what energy is and learns how to maintain energy boundaries, it supports the body, mind, feelings, and spirit. Humans are energy beings in a physical body, with five physical senses connecting them to mother…

Linking Factors: Obesity and Skin

Written by Dr. Rehka Kumar
Obesity is increasing in prevalence globally; both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the United States. National Institutes of Health (NIH) have labeled obesity an epidemic.1,2 More than one-third (36.5%) of adults in the United States are obese and, if obesity trends continue, 22% of people around the world will be overweight or obese by 2045.3…
Life is a competition, but it is not a race against anyone else. The real journey is against yourself and your unrealized potential. It is not about the competition out there or competing against the person next to you, but rather, it is about chasing your future self. Be your own kind of fighter in what you are trying to accomplish. Our fear most often…

Modern Wellness: Clean Beauty Explained

Written by Leilah Mundt, founder and CEO of Crème Collective
The skin care industry is buzzing about the concept of clean beauty. Analysts estimate that the market value of the clean beauty industry will double in the next five years, making this trend one that professionals and retailers cannot ignore. Largely driven by growing consumer demand over the past five to seven years, more products and brands claim to be cleaner than ever before. But…

Sleepy Skin Care: Melatonin Benefits and Best Practices

Written by Cindy Clark, L.E., aesthetics instructor at Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and founder of Afterglow Skin and Waxing
Melatonin is a naturally-produced hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland to aid the body in its nightly sleep cycle. Although it is inherent to the body, melatonin begins to deplete with age. Often, an individual may experience insomnia due to stressors such as work-life balance, travel, and grief. Over-the-counter sleep aids like melatonin can help those who are sleep-deprived to get better-quality sleep.…
Understanding your body and skin and being able to read the signs they send is incredibly important – even more so as a skin care professional, since you can find out a lot about clients just by taking a good look at their skin. This article will discuss how many vitamin deficiencies first manifest. It is important to notice these signs early so they can…
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Skin Cancer Prevention: Heightening Awareness

Written by René Serbon
Today the public has more information than ever before about the dangers of ultraviolet radiation and, yet, the statistics surrounding skin cancer is staggering. It is alarming, in fact, because it is a type of cancer that is quite preventable – yet, the numbers climb. As we just came out of Melanoma Awareness month (May), I am sure happy that a few more people have…

Round 3: Fight with Heart

Written by Delilah Matos
Living a great life can sometimes seem like a constant fight. No matter what issues you’re facing, there’s an underlying truth that applies to all of us: we have to learn how to fight wholeheartedly for what we want. Yes, wholeheartedly. Things will not just happen on their own. You need a plan, determination, and to be willing to put in the work. Maybe you…
With cutaneous resurfacing there are various options depending on the condition of the skin and desired clinical outcomes. There are three types of exfoliating agents commonly used to resurface the skin. Keratolytic agents, keratocoagulant agents, and proteolytic agents. Keratolytic agents, such as hydroxy acids, work by breaking apart the bonds that hold skin cells together or by dissolving cellular glue. Keratolytic agents include hydroxy acids…
When it comes to making a career choice to work with oncology clients, the decision can be rewarding in many ways. If considering this path, here are the answers to 10 questions many aestheticians ponder before taking the plunge. Is it scary to work with an oncology client? No. An oncology client is a client. They just have different skin conditions and needs right now…
Always on the alert for natural solutions to health and well-being, I was excited to explore the trendy eating philosophy, intermittent fasting (IF). In my efforts to maintain a healthy weight, I have tried many diets and trends, including: low-fat, no carbohydrates, calorie restriction, paleo, juice fasting, a raw food diet, and many others. Before jumping in and giving intermittent fasting a try, I sat…
Humans are in a new age, where customization and personalization can play a major role in how the body is maintained. From customized diets to DNA testing, the ability people have to understand their genetic makeup is impacting the choices they make, the products they use, and the personalized changes they can implement to maximize results. However, the ability to customize goes beyond the unique…
In recent years, acupressure and acupuncture have moved from a little-known, holistic health practice to a proven, mainstream, medical treatment. Acupressure (much like acupuncture, but without using needles) is a 5,000-year-old Chinese medical practice used to relieve pain, reduce stress, and promote health and wellness through unblocking or stimulating certain meridians (or Qi) found all over the body and face. Treating the acupoints of the…
Trying the cuisines of cultures from around the world introduces new herbs and spices into the diet, many of which have unique health benefits. For instance, saffron is common in South Asian and Middle Eastern dishes. This high-end herb is said to prevent cancer, improve vision, and boost heart and brain function. It can also be used as the basis of many DIY skin treatments…
Wednesday, 04 April 2018 15:40

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…
It is common knowledge that daily decisions, like eating a balanced diet and exercising, are essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, it is also important to prioritize taking good care of the skin. An easy, daily addition to any lifestyle that can boost and support healthy skin is taking supplements. And, not only will skin benefit, but overall health will benefit, as well. Four…

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