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Younique Products announced the addition of their chief scientific officer Mukhtar Siddiqui.

Younique Products, a cosmetics direct-sales company dedicated to motivating and empowering women, announced the addition of their chief scientific officer Mukhtar Siddiqui. Mukhtar will lead all the research and development efforts at Younique and manage their internal laboratory, overseeing all the formulations, testing, processing, manufacturing, and quality. Mukhtar is a well-known and respected member of the international health and beauty community, and is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also holds a master of science in organic chemistry from University of Sind.

Sente Inc announced the appointment of Randy W. Kriech as chief commercial officer.

Sente Inc., a privately held specialty aesthetics company pioneering the development of differentiated medical grade skin care products based on the science of glycoproteins, announced the appointment of Randy W. Kriech as chief commercial officer. In his new role, Kriech will be responsible for leading global marketing, commercial operations and portfolio management. Kreich will report to Michael York, chief executive officer, and will be a key member of the Sente, Inc. executive management team.

Mio Skincare is proud to announce Liliana Grajales as Southeast regional sales manager and Ritz Carlton corporate accounts manager.

Mio Skincare, the leading skin care line for fitness and pregnancy, is proud to announce Liliana Grajales as Southeast regional sales manager and Ritz Carlton corporate accounts manager. Grajales’ 20-year career in luxury hospitality started in management with Hyatt Hotels. She then honed her spa experience with management positions at the Four Seasons, The Ritz Carlton and the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Her most recent Spa Director position was a five-year stint at the 16,000 square foot spa at The Ritz Carlton South Beach. Spa industry sales experience includes territory manager for luxury French brands Decleor and Carita, and National sales manager for the UK-based sunless tanning company, Vita Liberata.

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) announced that Franz Linser, Ph.D has been appointed to its board of directors.

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) announced that Franz Linser, Ph.D., founder and managing director of international consulting firm Linser Hospitality, has been appointed to its board of directors. Linser brings two decades of experience in the hospitality, wellness, spa, sports, and political worlds to the organization: establishing Austria’s largest network of wellness properties (the “Wellness Tirol”), serving as a member of European Parliament, training world-class athletes like Austria’s Olympic ski team and developing innovative wellness hotel and tourism concepts. He will be a critical force in guiding the GSWS as it expands its mission and identity over the next few years.

Myoscience, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Justin Chickles to the team as vice president

Myoscience, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Justin Chickles to the team as vice president of commercial development and the promotion of Johanna Beckmen to general manager of aesthetics. Chickles was most recently the director of licensing and business development at Purdue Pharma. Prior to Purdue Pharma, Chickles was a director at Johnson & Johnson, where he built an agile team dedicated to creating a new market for a non-invasive device treating peripheral nerves.

glo announces the appointment of Christopher Hausman as executive vice president of sales.

glo, a global leader in the premium professional skin care and makeup markets, announces the appointment of Christopher Hausman as executive vice president of sales. Hausman will be responsible for global sales activities within the company. He will oversee the company's domestic and Canadian sales forces, as well as its international distribution network in over 40 countries.

Christine Heathman has been appointed to the Utah State Board of cosmetology/barbering, aesthetics, electrology and nail technology licensing.

Christine Heathman has been appointed to the Utah State Board of cosmetology/barbering, aesthetics, electrology and nail technology licensing. Heathman played an instrumental role in establishing the first Master Esthetic License in the country in 2001 and is thrilled to be nominated to the board where she can continue to affect the requirements for state licensing. The three-year appointment charges Heathman with carrying out a number of important responsibilities relating to licensing and protecting the interests of the people of Utah.

The premier on-demand beauty service application announced the key appointment of Alexandra Wilkis Wilson as president and chief executive officer

The premier on-demand beauty service application announced the key appointment of Alexandra Wilkis Wilson as president and chief executive officer. Wilson joins from Gilt where she was co-founder and strategic advisor. Founded on the concept that getting ready should be a whole lot easier, GLAMSQUAD is the premiere app-based service that delivers high-quality and affordable at-home beauty services by experienced stylists. At GLAMSQUAD, Wilson will help lead the expansion into new service lines, geographies, and revenue streams.

For the first time, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) has appointed...

For the first time, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) has appointed industry scientists – Prisca Honoré, PharmD, Ph.D. of AbbVie; David M. Lee, M.D., Ph.D, of Novartis; Lotus Mallbris, M.D., Ph.D. of Pfizer; and Chris Russell, Ph.D., of Amgen – to its Scientific Advisory Committee to help guide its research activities. The selection of industry scientists advances the Psoriasis Foundation’s ongoing efforts to include a variety of perspectives and areas of expertise on the Committee. The Committee advises the Foundation on emerging research, advocates for federal support of psoriatic disease research, and more.

ZO Skin Health, Inc. and Cellogique Corporation recently launched the ZO® Medical product line to the Middle East

ZO Skin Health, Inc. and Cellogique Corporation recently launched the ZO® Medical product line to the Middle East region at The Dubai World Dermatology & Laser Conference & Exhibition – Dubai Derma. Developed by internationally renowned, board certified dermatologist, Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical products represent his new thinking and skin health principles.

Dermalogica teams around the world raised awareness surrounding women’s issues and raised funds in support of International Women’s Day

With the goal of funding 50,000 women entrepreneurs around the world through the company’s philanthropic arm, FITE, Dermalogica teams around the world raised awareness surrounding women’s issues and raised funds in support of International Women’s Day. In the United States, team members at Dermalogica’s concept spaces and at locations for The International Dermal Institute (IDI) made FITE donations for every retail purchase, including online, made by a customer, and every IDI class booked by a student. FITE bolstered these activities by matching every $25 loan made to a FITE woman entrepreneur, crediting the Dermalogica team.

Syneron Medical Ltd. recently announced that it has received the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance

Syneron Medical Ltd., a global market leader in the aesthetic medical device marketplace, recently announced that it has received the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the UltraShape™ System for non-invasive reduction of abdominal circumference via fat cell destruction.

Vita Liberata has been recognized with one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious business awards

Belfast headquartered luxury self-tanning brand, Vita Liberata has been recognized with one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious business awards – The Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade. This award is universally regarded as the United Kingdom's highest accolade for international business success. Vita Liberata was commended for its outstanding overseas sales growth of over 400 percent between 2011 and 2013.

Aesthetic VideoSource recently won two 2013 Bronze Telly Awards for Acupressure Massage

Aesthetic VideoSource recently won two 2013 Bronze Telly Awards for Acupressure Massage: Feet, Hands & Face for the Mat and Thai Acupressure Massage: Feet, Hands & Face for the Table. The 34th Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions.

About the Menu

The spa business is constantly growing and changing, and has thankfully been able to flourish despite the economic times. It can be difficult to keep your spa profitable regardless of size however, and in order to remain successful you need to offer clients a menu of treatments and services that will enrich their lives and have them coming back for more.
The type of menu you implement in your spa is going to be based on factors such as personal preference, training background, your financial capital, the space available, and what your market research tells you your area needs. I call this finding the need and filling the niche.

Basic Electricity, Part 1

What Electricity is and Where it Comes From

Electricity is a fundamental force in nature. It is all around us. We are virtually bathing in it at all times in the form of radio and television signals, microwave energy, radar, etcetera. Furthermore, our bodies run on electrical impulses; messages sent from our brains, through the nerves to the muscles causing contractions, both voluntary and involuntary.
Electricity is an electron in motion, and electrons are the negatively charged particles, which orbit the nucleus of an atom. In order to understand electricity, it is best to visualize it in some way. Think of the moon orbiting around the earth. The earth is analogous to the nucleus of an atom, and the moon is analogous to the electron. The whole system of the earth and the moon is then analogous to the simplest atom in nature, the hydrogen atom.

Raw Talent Scholarship Competition

Marinello Schools of Beauty – a national brand of beauty schools in cosmetology, aesthetics and nail technology education – is launching its 5th Annual Raw Talent Scholarship competition. This competition provides exceptional high school seniors with incredible talent the opportunity for an education at Marinello and the ability to pursue a dream career in the beauty industry. Twenty three scholarships, throughout 62 campuses, will be awarded by Marinello. Applicants in each region will have the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship, $5,000 scholarship, or three one-day professional beauty workshops valued at more than $1,000.

Little Piggy Perfection

For as many as 40 million Americans, unsightly toenails are a fact of life. Caused by fungus that can penetrate the nail and nail bed, thick and discolored toenails can be a serious problem for many athletes, or those just unlucky enough to have been exposed at the gym or nail salon. Onychomycosis (commonly referred to as toenail fungus) may also result in splitting of the nails or lifting of the nail bed and those who suffer from it know that it can be very difficult to treat.

Why We Love...Aromatherapy

"The diversity it gives to treatments."

Vera Kosabitski


"Because of its ancient healing qualities!"

Peggy Wark

Skin Care Myth: Oily Skin does not Need a Moisturizer


Believe it or not, moisturizer is beneficial for oily skin. Sebum provides lubrication to the skin, not moisture. Moisturizers are important because they provide ingredients that can be absorbed into the skin. Sebum, on the other hand, comes out of the pores to lubricate the skin, sealing in the moisture. After you cleanse and tone with products designed to combat oil, your skin may be a little dry. When moisturizer is not used, sebum goes into overproduction; it is making an effort to quickly prevent the loss of the remaining moisture in your skin. This is in addition to the usual overproduction of oil you commonly experience. Moisturizers can reduce the overproduction of oil and minimize an oily appearance. Moisturizers that are oil-free and contain salicylic acid help prevent oil buildup and moisturizers that create a matte absorb and combat oiliness.

Quit the Damage

The sun's rays make us feel good, and in the short-term make us look pretty good. But our love affair is not a two way street. Sun exposure causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our face and body. We often associate a glowing complexion with good health, but skin color obtained from being in the sun or in a tanning booth accelerates the effects of aging and increase your risk of skin cancer. Those who have been in the sun or tanning salon too often tend to have a lizard- or leather-like skin appearance.

Client Intake Forms. What you need to know and the important questions to ask

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 effective in-clinic and daily skin care regimens that ensure optimal client results.

The International Dermal Institute Celebrates 30th Anniversary





Why We Love...Exfoliating


"It makes the skin feel like it can breathe again!" 

Jill Rinke


How do you convert your hair removal clients to skin care clients?

Skin Care Myth: Sunscreens clog up pores.


This can only be answered on a case-by-case basis. There are a few factors when determining this statement. First, consider the ingredients used in the formulation. It should be tested and labeled “non-comedogenic,” which means it has been tested on humans and did not cause comedones or breakouts. Non-chemical sunscreens are better for sensitive skin, as chemical sunscreens can be irritating to sensitive skin and work differently than physical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens can be water-resistant and add to the “staying power” of the sunscreen. With that being said, they must be intentionally cleansed from the skin to avoid problems. Sunscreen can clog pores if used improperly or not cleansed thoroughly from the skin after use.

Grapefruit Juice Recipe

While keeping with the theme of being healthy this new year, subtle changes can help spruce up the spa in the eyes of the client. Mix things up and let your clients know you are looking out for their health too! A simple way to do this is to change up a familiar habit of giving your guest water… Instead, why not try to surprise their taste buds with a little grapefruit juice? This juicy fruit contains natural sugars, citric acid, and essential oils like limonene, pinene and citral. It has high amounts of vitamin C, with smaller amounts of vitamin A, B complex, E and K. Try this mixture to energize your afternoon: Combine equal portions of lemon juice and grapefruit juice to produce a stimulating drink that will brighten your day!

All Spots Are Not Created Equal

It is not a secret. Tanning does not do a body good. But truth be told, many of us still envy the look of the beach bronzed sun goddess. Oh, that golden glow. Being an expert in aesthetics, I know spending countless hours worshiping the sun is like asking the sun gods to hurry up and turn you into a prune. While dried-out plums may do wonderful things for your digestive system, it is not a look many of us can pull off. Ultraviolet light causes your skin to go into “fight or flight” mode, producing melanin and creating the tanned look. But as we age, long-term sun exposure leaves behind a trail of unwanted spots.

Spray Tanning

Sunless tanning is considered the application of a natural or chemical-based product that is applied to the skin to produce an effect similar in appearance to a natural suntan. The popularity in sunless tanning services has grown over the past 30 years as an increase in concern about sun exposure, the health risks of tanning beds, and the "Hollywood" factor. Originally in a lotion/cream form, sunless tanning products are now found in gels, mousses, sprays, and professional applications with machines and automated booths.
Professional applications – now known as spray tanning – were once only found in tanning salons, but are now an expected service to be found inside skin care and makeup studios, day spas, salons, and via mobile service.

Laser and IPL Burns: Now What?!

It is 8:30 a.m. You have just turned on the lights to your office and that proverbial phone call rolls in. "I think you have burnt me! I have blisters all over my legs and I could not sleep all night long. I cannot believe you did this to me."
Your stomach sinks and your mind goes into frenzy. You start thinking, "Did I really burn her? Will she have pigmentation changes… scars? Am I going to be sued? What should I do?"
This gut wrenching feeling coupled with all of its uncertainty is guaranteed at some point in the career of a laser professional. After all, if you do enough treatments, eventually someone will experience a complication. It does not mean that you did anything wrong, but what you do now certainly separates a good laser technician from a true professional.

"What type of online classes or webinars are you interested in taking to further your aesthetic education?"

December 2012

Face Lifts and Stem Cells

We are now in the era of "lift or fill?" and unfortunately due to YouTube® and media buzz, the public is often mislead into thinking that both are the same thing.
Over two years ago, Maven (a dear friend of mine and a plastic surgeon) called me up and said she was going to have a "stem cell face lift" and quoted a substantial fee she would be paying for the treatment.
I was alarmed. Since I have been following stem cell research for 20 years, I called a couple of my top plastic surgeon friends – including world famous Dr. Henry Kawamoto, UCLA Plastic Surgery Guru – and asked what they thought about the procedure. Dr. Kawamoto chuckled and said it was semi-bogus, but a buddy of his in Japan was doing it and "making plenty of Yen!"

A Red Miracle for Skin Health

Scientists long ago discovered a class of naturally occurring organic pigments called carotenoids that are crucial for human health. Alpha-, beta- and gamma-carotene are the most popular carotenoids which are converted to vitamin A in the human body. Recently one of the carotenoids called astaxanthin has brought increased attention as a "super nutrient" for human body and skin health.
Astaxanthin is a dark red powder which is insoluble in water but soluble in fat and some organic solvents. This carotenoid is found in microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, crustaceans and some wild berries.

Product Knowledge and a Strong Foundation

When it comes to providing your craft, there are some similarities and also defined differences – whether you are a massage therapist or a skin care specialist. Those differences are put in place by your state, written most often in your scope of practice. So knowing the regulation of your state is very important.
In some states, massage therapists are not allowed to put product on the face. In addition, skin care specialists have their own limited guidelines for their massage approach; they usually can provide a relaxation technique to feet, hands, neck and décolleté.


The mineral sulfur (S) is found abundantly in nature, the foods we eat, and the human body. Although avoided by some for its pungent smell, sulfur can be skin's best friend by helping heal a variety of conditions. Naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, sulfur is one of nature's most important minerals and one of man's oldest beauty remedies. As far back as Hippocrates' day, people have been using this pungent-smelling, bright yellow mineral to treat the skin for everything from rashes and warts to bedsores. Ancient Romans soaked in sulfuric waters to relieve pain and to stave off the signs of aging.

Vitamin Q

Vitamin Q, also known as ubiquinone, ubidercarenone and coenzyme Q (CoQ10), is an oil-soluble, vitamin substance that is present in eukaryotic cells, mostly located in the mitochondria. This plays a major role in the electron transport chain and participates in aerobic cellular respiration, results in creating energy in the form of ATP. In the human body, energy is created 95 percent of time from this process. Since the heart, liver and kidneys require the highest level of energy, these organs have the highest concentration of CoQ10. The body naturally makes CoQ10 to neutralize free radicals in cells.

A New Concept in Cellulite Etiology and Treatment

For many years cellulite was considered to be a disorder of fatty tissue. It was frequently attributed to anatomical variations in fat distribution between men and women. A host of other causes were suggested, including excessive amount of both intracellular and intercellular fluids and faulty lymphatic drainage. Here are the facts as we know them today. So-called cellulite is a condition seen only in women. It is characterized by a disorder of the connective tissue that retains the adipose tissue in compartments in the subcutaneous portion of the skin, that is, in the layer above the muscles and below the dermis.

Apple Cider Vinegar

From baking soda to salt, there are several items that are considered staples within the typical American kitchen. One such item is apple cider vinegar. Whether it is used to make salad dressing or as a household cleanser this pantry item has played a starring role. However, many do not realize that the organic, unfiltered kind has also enjoyed a long history as the basis of

Ten Questions to Help You Check the Vital Signs of Your Client Relationships – Part 2

When client relationship checkups are not performed regularly, the relationships can take unexpected turns. An example of this can be seen through an experience one of my clients had. This particular client is a Fortune 100 company with a longstanding relationship with IBM. The CEO of IBM at the time, Sam Palmisano, had decided to visit my client's CEO. A week ahead of the visit my client's relationship manager for IBM called his counterpart to discuss the upcoming CEO summit between their companies. Apparently he did not get a return phone call during that week!

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil distilled from the leaves of the melaluca plant which is native to Australia. This oil has a triple antiseptic effect by its ability to fight bacteria, fungi and some viruses. Speaking about bacteria, it also reduces the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands which reduces the production of the bacteria known to cause blemishes. It is believed that when used in conjunction with glycolic acid, tea tree oil can help destroy the bacteria that can cause acne flare-ups. Tea tree oil is a great moisturizer and cleanser because it opens clogged pores and removes the bacteria from the skin surface.

Product Labeling

"Labeling compliance is more important than ever. The FDA takes it very seriously and can prevent products from ever coming to market because of a misleading statement, health claim, incorrect drug or nutrition facts panel, or wrongly named ingredient," said Benjamin England, founder and CEO of FDAImports.com.
Recently, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consulting firm, FDAImports.com, has launched five new labeling websites that allow companies with products that are regulated by the FDA to receive a label review in order to identify any compliance issues with their product label.

Courtney Griffin Freeman announces the grand opening of the Southeastern Esthetics Institute!

Courtney Griffin Freeman is proud to announce the grand opening of the Southeastern Esthetics Institute in Sumter, South Carolina. The institute focuses on producing top-quality, licensed aestheticians that not only incite real change in client's skin, but provide a positive and meaningful experience that is above the rest. Freeman's background as a medical spa manager, licensed aesthetician and professional makeup artistry gives the perfect blend of business skills, client relations, results-oriented skin care therapies, and makeup techniques to students on their journey as licensed professionals. (Pictured is student Misty Ureche demonstrating a layered AHA BHA peel in her facial procedure class.)

Massage Envy raised $678,173 during the second annual Healing Hands for Arthritis!

Massage Envy raised $678,173 during the second annual Healing Hands for Arthritis. The one-day national event took place at more than 800 Massage Envy clinics where $10 from every massage and facial was donated to the Arthritis Foundation. In total, Massage Envy has raised more than $1 million in two, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. During the event, Murad®, BioFreeze and Wyndmere donated 10 percent of all sales from their products sold at Massage Envy Spa locations to the Arthritis Foundation.

(From left to right are Emily Gardner, Jacqueline Russo, Katherine Lopez, Arabella Robinson and Kimberly Charette of the Nanuet, New York Massage Envy location.)

China Glaze® worn at the Tadashi Shoji and Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week shows

Models at the Tadashi Shoji show wore China Glaze® Nude and Innocence during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week (NYFW) this past September. The cream sheen skin-toned polish of Nude was worn by models with cooler skin tones, while those with a warmer skin tone wore Innocence, a sheer light pink polish. Seche Vite® Dry Fast Top Coat and China Glaze® Fast Freeze Quick Dry Spray were used to ensure a quick, smudge-free manicure and pedicure. Helping to create the perfect Tadashi look was Joy Johnson, lead manicurist, and her assistants Alison Norris, Bernie Clark and Gina Hicks.

Skin 2 Skin™ Care happily welcomes Frank Abate

Skin 2 Skin™ Care is pleased to announce that Frank Abate has joined the team as their business development executive/sales representative for Arizona and the surrounding region. Abate brings with him over 20 years of experience in the ethical Health and Beauty Industry (HABA), spa, tanning and related sectors, as well as distribution and business development expertise.

Emmanuelle Chriqui named Mineral Fusion™'s North American spokesperson

Mineral Fusion™ has announced that actress Emmanuelle Chriqui will act as the brand's spokesperson for North America. Chriqui will collaborate with Mineral Fusion™ for various marketing and public relations activities including retailer promotions and personal appearances, digital and social media campaigns, as well as philanthropic initiatives to support the brand's commitment to raising awareness about domestic violence on both a national and global level.

PCA skin® wins Arizona District Export Council's award for Excellence in Global Business

PCA skin® International Business Manager Jamie True accepted the Arizona District Export Council's award for Excellence in Global Business on behalf of the company. This annual award is given to a deserving Arizona exporter recognized by the District Export Council for their international business success.

Tweezerman wins Best of Beauty Award for 12th consecutive year

Tweezerman is thrilled to announce that the Slant Tweezer was named the best tweezer in the "Tools" category and is the recipient of the Allure 2012 "Best of Beauty" Award for the 12th consecutive year.

The MRA and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) announce the Protect Your Skin campaign

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) are delighted to announce the launch of the "Protect Your Skin" campaign. The PSA, which features Laura Linney as the campaign ambassador, is designed to raise awareness about the life-saving benefits of protecting oneself from harmful exposure to UV rays that increase the risk of being diagnosed with melanoma. More broadly the campaign will help to engage more people in understanding all melanoma and the need for continued research to defeat the disease. MRA is also working with SU2C to develop a series of reports on melanoma with melanoma survivor Jerry Penacoli from EXTRA. MRA is honored to be working with Laura Linney, Jerry Penacoli, and Stand Up To Cancer to raise awareness about melanoma and the importance of melanoma research.

Aviva Labs Natural Spray Tanning rolled out a new look, website and tagline this fall

Aviva Labs Natural Spray Tanning is rolling out a new look, website and tagline this fall to its clients, worldwide distributors, and the spray tanning industry at large. AvivaLabs.com allows easy accessibility to product information, product reviews, and spray tanning business advice. Also launching this fall is Aviva Lab's new tagline: Enjoy the Compliments.™ "We know that a spray tan not only improves the outer appearance but also the inner confidence of the person. I envision them beaming when they are told how great they look and the boost in self-esteem it represents, thus 'Enjoy the Compliments.™' was born," explains Shannon Moynihan, Aviva Lab's Marketing Director.

The MRA welcomes Jeffrey Rowbottom

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Rowbottom, managing director of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. to MRA's Board of Directors. Rowbottom joined KKR in 2009 and is a member of KKR Capital Markets, serving as co-head for North America.

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals elected best in two categories!

An expert panel of celebrities, manicurists, makeup artists and beauty editors tested a wide selection of products and found that Dermelect Cosmeceuticals' Detoxifying Oxygen Facial Commission and Launchpad Nail Strengthener were the best in their categories of "Soothing Cleanser" and "Strengthening Base Coat."

SpaFinder® Wellness expands Last Minute platform to Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles

SpaFinder® Wellness announced that its "Last Minute" platform expanded to Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles in November. This unique business solution is designed to help spas; yoga, Pilates and fitness studios; wellness centers; and salons easily fill open appointment times that previously would have gone unbooked – by posting open appointments over the next 48 hours. With unbooked appointment rates running at 30 to 60 percent industry-wide, unmonetized inventory now represents the biggest drain on spa, wellness and beauty businesses' profitability.

SOTHY'S named signature product line for The Biggest Loser Resort

SOTHYS is proud to be the signature product line for The Biggest Loser Resort. The Biggest Loser Resorts, located in Niagra, New York, Ivinis, Utah and Malibu, offer a wide variety of massages – including specialty essential oil, traditional Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and reflexology.

Cleanlogic® Green Collection launches Dining in the Dark

Cleanlogic® Green Collection launches shed light on the need to raise awareness, aid and funds for the visually impaired community this past October. Partners Isaac Shapiro and Michael Ghesser chose to take attendees through a "Dining in the Dark" event with the help of Dark Dining Projects, an innovative way to bring visually healthy individuals face to face with the experience of blindness. Prior to the dinner, CEO of Cleanlogic®, Isaac Shapiro and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind, Carl Augusto, welcomed guests and shared the brand's mission to create "products with a vision for tomorrow." Cleanlogic® is known for its public commitment to educating consumers about the rapidly growing visually impaired community, and also for its dedication to creating products that are accessible to those who live with blindness through its integration of functional Braille on product packaging. A portion of Cleanlogic®'s proceeds are donated to the Inspiration Foundation, Shapiro's nonprofit foundation that benefits the blind and visually impaired community.

Christina Cosmeceuticals donates to charities that focus on children this holiday season

Start the holiday season off right by giving back to those less fortunate! Christina Cosmeceuticals believes that November is the time to reflect on the past year and give thanks for what we have. As a result, Christina Cosmeceuticals is offering a 10 percent discount off their Wish collection, and five percent of every purchase will be donated to one of the Children's charities listed on their homepage. The donation will be paid in the customer's name as well as the brand's.

The World Spa and Wellness Awards and the European Spa and Wellness Convention have announced a recent merge

The World Spa and Wellness Awards and the European Spa and Wellness Convention have announced a recent merge to deliver a new coherence to the message of excellence, creating a stronger presence and encouraging success within the spa industry. Both of these events will now work hand in hand to inspire spa professionals to improve their quality and standards. This creates a significant partnership that enables the spa industry to flourish to its fullest potential.

Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors host annual Technical Regulatory Forum in February 2013

Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors will host its annual Technical Regulatory Forum on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort in Newport Beach, California. Topics include: ICMAD Legislative Update, California Regulatory Initiatives, CA Green Chemistry Initiative, FDA Import/Export and Other Enforcement Issues, EU Recast Implementation, Sunscreen Rules, and other relevant topics.

Healthy Skin 360°: 5 Step Cycle to Vibrant, Radiant Skin

How do we achieve healthy skin? Is it just using the right skin care products? Or is it using a sunscreen with a SPF of 30+ every day? It is not quite that easy.
Healthy skin begins with a healthy stratum corneum, the outer most layer of skin that serves as a barrier against desiccation and environmental stressors. The stratum corneum (SC) was once thought to be a layer of biologically inert dead skin cells. However, advancements have demonstrated that it is a biochemically and metabolically active structure. The SC is composed of a discontinuous layer of terminally differentiated keratinocytes, or corneocytes, surrounded by a matrix of lipids.

December 2012

Welcome to the month of December! For adults and children worldwide this is probably the most anticipated month of the year. In fact, preparations for this month seem to begin earlier and earlier every year. Just recently, I made a quick stop at my local grocery store to pick up a few items and as soon as I entered the store my ears were bombarded by the sounds of loudly playing holiday music. Now, I'll be honest. I love listening to Christmas music as much as the next person, but it struck me that the store was already celebrating this holiday and had completely skipped over Thanksgiving!

November 2012

While analyzing a client's skin, you discover they have a severe skin condition ... how do you break the news?"

Skin Concerns of Diabetics in the Spa

With the healthy growth of aesthetic services, all sorts of clients walk into the spa. Clients with medical conditions, who previously did not consider spa treatments now make spa visits a routine part of their lifestyle. As responsible professionals, we need to be aware of the types of clients that visit our facility and learn how our services may affect their well-being. In particular, we need to be prepared to best serve our diabetic clients. There are approximately 25 million diabetics (about one in 10 people) in the U.S. and the number is increasing. It is likely that your clients already include people with diabetes.

Building Relationships Through a Consultative Process

All your life, your skin has been making a first impression for you. It can reveal whether you are hot or cold, tired or rested, sick or healthy. Your skin provides protection from potentially lethal bacteria and viruses, and shields you from the sun's ultraviolet rays. To some extent, your genes determine how well your skin stands the test of time. As the population ages, more and more people approaching middle-age will be diagnosed with skin disorders, some that will be life-threatening.

We Live in a Digital World

We live in a digital world, spinning to the tune of electronic notices at every step. From the moment we wake to the moment we slumber, digital tunes hum songs of futurism in our ears. The songs are both quiet and loud, and they motivate our momentum. The digital world inspires impetus and the continually fluctuating concept of business: past the beginnings of bartering, past shipping trade, past trains and planes traversing the globe, and onward into the future of electronic commerce. Software and technology are used to help streamline efficiency and customer satisfaction in a world where information is one click away, and everything has become a digital representation of its former self.

To Tone or Not to Tone

Throughout history, the ways in which a society feels about the pursuit of healthy, beautiful skin is a direct reflection of their culture and climate. Many varied uses of skin care products have been documented throughout history – from the Egyptians through the modern day U.S. The cultural reasons for the uses of different types of products are fascinating and the use of products as "toners" has a long history. Although multi-step skin care regimens were not truly marketed until the 1960s, the use of a cleanse, tone and moisturize routine became common around the 1930s in the U.S.

Fall’s Skin Care Rules

If you are still using the same skin care products leftover from summer, it is time to revamp your routine. It is critical to change things up when the weather cools down. Drier fall air brings about a host of potential skin issues, but it is possible to look beautiful – and defy your age all season long. Here are my three tips for moving your routine from summer to fall:

Women Prefer Unnatural Tan

Many women today want to look fresh faced and natural, which is often equated with being young.  However, a new survey found that some women, especially young women, still favor the unnatural – and unhealthy – look of a tan.

The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) conducted an online survey of adults nationwide which found:

  • Nearly three-fifths (58 percent) of respondents 18 to 29 years old thought people looked more attractive with a tan.
  • Nearly three-fourths (71.3 percent) of respondents 18 to 29 years old agreed with the statement "Sun exposure is good for your health."
  • In the past year, approximately 40 percent of respondents under age 30 tried to get a tan (used a tanning bed, spent time in the sun, used a self-tanner or got a spray tan).
  • One-fourth (25.2 percent) of respondents 18 to 29 years old were unsure if sun exposure can cause wrinkles.

Holiday Party Beauty to Look Great All Night

For fabulous lips, first apply lip liner and fill in your lips with the liner, apply lipstick, blot, reapply lipstick, and then gloss. Reapply gloss throughout the night as needed.

To keep eye makeup from ending up under your eyes: first, apply foundation or cover up to lids, apply a translucent powder to soak up excess oil, and then apply eye makeup; second, instead of black mascara, curl lashes and apply clear mascara; and finally, to make a bolder statement, glue on a row of fake lashes and skip the mascara and eyeliner altogether!

Ten Questions to Help You Check the Vital Signs of Your Client Relationships – Part 1

Many of us use annual checkups to keep tabs on our physical health each year. I believe annual checkups are vital and very important to your professional health as well. Here is part one of a two-part series on the ten questions that should be asked to check the health of your client relationships.

Most doctors firmly believe that certain types of regular screening tests and checkups are essential and help save lives. And most of us, no matter how much we despise devoting an hour or more to getting poked and prodded, dutifully go for an annual checkup each year.

Beauty Benefits of Omega-3s

It is a well-known fact that omega-3 fatty acids help improve our metabolism, immune system and brain performance. However, what is a less known fact is that omega-3s actually provide a plethora of beauty benefits by moisturizing from the inside. For this reason, it is imperative that adults make sure they are getting their omega-3s because they are a definite health and beauty priority.

Especially when considering our hair, skin and nails!

Cheyanne Birchall Named Winner of the Beauty Changes Lives Enrolled Student Scholarship

Marinello Schools of Beauty is proud to announce cosmetology student Cheyanne Birchall of Marinello Schools of Beauty’s Reno, Nev. campus as a winner of the Beauty Changes Lives Enrolled Student Scholarship Competition. Birchall’s video entry was selected to receive a one day mentoring experience with Jan Arnold, co-founder and style director of Creative Nail Design (CND). To view Birchall’s winning entry please visit www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships/2012/07/09/my-attraction-to-beauty

April Cook Named tecniche™ Sales Representative for Florida

April Cook has been named the tecniche™ sales representative and product knowledge trainer for Florida. Cook is a licensed aesthetician as well as a certified oncology aesthetician and trainer for COE.

Rhonda Allison® Cosmeceuticals Hires Michelle Lintner

To support its growing base of skin care professionals, Rhonda Allison® Cosmeceuticals has hired Michelle Lintner to serve on the sales team and oversee account recruiting, client support and education. Lintner brings more than 11 years of professional aesthetic experience to the company having worked as a master aesthetician in Utah and Texas.

Shel Pink Introduces the Slow Beauty Blog

Shel Pink’s Slow Beauty Blog serves as a digital platform for the Slow Beauty movement, a new way of self-care, a nurturing of the true self and our planet. The blog serves as an information hub relating to the seven outposts of Slow Beauty: Spa Tradition, Mindful Consumption, Rituals, Renewal, Meditation, Self-Expression and Nourished Mind. The realm of ideas is expansive and endless, yet all relate to the idea of slowness and whole, slow health.

Massage Envy Announces Opening of its 800th Clinic!

Massage Envy announces the opening of its 800th clinic in Walpole, Mass. This milestone is just the latest achievement for the company currently celebrating its 10th anniversary and an impressive year of growth. To date, Massage Envy has opened 58 new clinics and sold 148 new franchises in 2012.

Perron Rigot Paris Assumes Commercialization of Cirépil & Escential

Perron Rigot Paris will be assuming the commercialization of Cirépil & Escential professional depilatory wax and beauty care. Recently opening their new subsidiary office in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Perron Rigot Inc., will be the exclusive importer for the U.S., committed to serving the beauty industry through its professional distributors.

Dr. Tess Mauricio Announces Grand Opening of M Beauty by Dr. Tess™

U.S. board certified dermatologist, author, speaker and physician educator Dr. Tess Mauricio has announced the grand opening of M Beauty by Dr. Tess™ cosmetic dermatology clinic at 1160 North Central Avenue Glendale, California.

BABOR Cosmetics USA Announces 3 New Partnerships

BABOR Cosmetics USA is continuing its worldwide spa expansion with the recent announcement of three exciting new partnerships. The beauty brand’s luxurious treatments are now available to guests at the Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort in Portugal, The Laguna Resort & Spa in Bali, and the Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort in Bulgaria.

Lashfully Opens 2 New Locations!

Lashfully has opened two additional locations in Southern California located in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive and Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove in addition to their San Francisco and Walnut Creek locations.

Kelli English named Noreen Young Cosmetics and Makeup Studio's New Wholesale Promotions Manager

Noreen Young Cosmetics and Makeup Studio is proud to announce Kelli English as their new wholesale promotions manager. English will be responsible for social media and promotions for spas and salons.

OPI Products, Inc. Announces John Heffner as New President & G.M.

OPI Products, Inc. announces John Heffner as the brand’s new president and general manager. Heffner will manage day-to-day operations at OPI’s North Hollywood headquarters, working alongside George Schaeffer, founder and CEO.

elure™ Lotion named "Best Anti-Ager for Discoloration" in Allure's annual Best of Beauty issue

Allure Magazine has named elure™ Lotion its “Best Anti-Ager for Discoloration” in its annual Best of Beauty issue. This is the second consecutive win for elure in Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty issue; elure™ Lotion and the elure™ Night Cream won the coveted award in the Big Breakthroughs category in October 2011.

Chicago Magazine awards Elina Fedotova with Best Facial of 2012!

Chicago magazine awarded Elina Fedotova of Elina Organics the award for Best Facial in its Best of 2012 Health and Beauty category. The Corrective Herbal Facial is recognized by the magazines’ editorial team as “the best the Windy City has to offer.”

DaySmart Software, PCA skin® and Qosina Corporation Listed on Inc. magazine's Sixth Annual Inc. 500|5000

DaySmart Software, PCA skin® and Qosina Corporation are honored to be listed on Inc. magazine’s sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive national ranking of the fastest growing private companies.

Jane Wurwand Part of American Express OPEN Forum®

American Express OPEN Forum® is springboarding off the success of their advocacy for small businesses by highlighting the achievements of women business owners with its four-week “Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs” infographic campaign. Dermalogica’s own Jane Wurwand was honored to be a part of the empowering dialogue.

Study Shows Gap Between Expansive Job Opportunities and Qualified Candidates

A Global Spa and Wellness Summit study shows a gap between expansive job opportunities and qualified candidates. According to the GSWS, the demand for skilled spa managers/directors has been accelerated by an industry that has been on an upward trajectory, growing from $60 billion in 2007 to an estimated $73 billion in 2012**, with fast-growing markets, including parts of Asia, currently clocking an increase in annual revenues of up to 20 percent a year. The GSWS also cited an estimated 22 percent increase in the number of spas worldwide during this time period: from 71,600 five years ago, to an estimated 87,000-plus today.
**Industry estimates based on a review of global growth trends since the release of the GSWS/SRI “Global Spa Economy 2007 Report.”

GlyMed Plus® has Moved, Expanded & Upgraded!

GlyMed Plus® has moved, expanded and upgraded their Educational Skin Science Training Institute warehouse and corporate offices located at 867 E 2260 South Provo, Utah. GlyMed Plus has built a brand new educational facility that will now provide the aesthetician additional state of the art education focused on progressive class room skill, practical application training and authentic spa on site experience.

ATZEN joined America's Best Dance Crew Backstage

ATZEN joined America's Best Dance Crew (ABDC) backstage for Trueheart Events’ Backstage Gifting Experience to celebrate the semifinals episode of the hit dance-competition series where ATZEN gifted celebrities with products from the PURIFY collection. ATZEN Founder Catherine Atzen and President Alex Quan joined in the celebration and mingled with celebrities and the media covering the event.

The University of Aesthetics Announces Grand Opening of its New Location

The University of Aesthetics announces the grand opening of its new location in downtown Downers Grove, Ill. Following a two year remodel of an 80 year old medical building, the new location offers licensure training in cosmetology, aesthetics, and instructor courses. Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., the University of Aesthetics is one of three schools owned by International Institute for the Advancement of Aesthetics Inc.

November 2012

A kaleidoscope of sun-kissed golden hues of gold and orange paint the sky and nature; pumpkins, scarecrows and dried cornstalks decorate front yards and porches; cheers of team spirit and camaraderie herald through crisp fall air at football games; cool, windy breezes and the billowing of smoke from chimneys; warm cups of cocoa or tea being grasped while snuggling under a soft blanket; the sweet smells of cinnamon, orange and cloves; and the sound of children laughing as they run and jump in piles of freshly raked leaves. All of these things and so much more remind me of the season we are in.

Spa Week is Coming! October 15-21!

The 17th installation of Spa Week is taking place next week (October 15-21) when hundreds of spas and wellness locations across the United States and Canada will offer full-service, exclusive treatments at the major discount of just $50 each.

What is the most important step in a skin care regimen ... and why?

October 2012

Attracting and Serving Older Clients

Old is a relative term with a definition open to interpretation. People view the meaning of “old” differently, and it is usually used as a generalization. To children, the term typically falls under a different spectrum in their mindset. To a child, old typically defines anything that is older than them, meaning essentially everything. However, once childhood recedes to youth, and youth recedes to young adulthood, the concept of “old” begins to take on a new definition. Eventually the idea of “old” becomes inevitability… becoming old is the process of time, and because time is a natural progression of what currently is, there will always be older generations.


Skin ailments and concerns can be best addressed when underlying cellular functions and processes are understood. Cellular metabolism at the mitochondrial level can tell us much about how skin changes throughout time and when exposed to different conditions, as well as what is affecting our skin and its appearance. Currently, the skin care industry is engaged in research to determine the best ways to harness mitochondrial functions for use in the fight against premature aging and skin cancer, among other concerns.

Starting a New Skin Care Practice: A Guide for Getting It Right!

Whether you intend to work for a spa or salon, or to begin a solo practice, the future successful aesthetician will need a good career plan and much dedication in order to grow a solid business. Beauty schools are still lacking in teaching the fundamentals of career development, and many prefer to avoid addressing the often unpleasant realities of establishing a new practice for fear of losing paying students. The ranks of newly licensed aestheticians are regularly thinned by the challenges and disappointment discovered in the first year or two of skin care practice, with small initial income and harder-than-expected work leading the list of reasons for dropping out.The good news is that aesthetics is not such a difficult career to prosper in if you know what to expect in the beginning and then follow through with some well-planned strategies. This column is dedicated to helping new (and some already-established) skin care professionals shorten the path from starting out to waiting list in a skin care practice.

Exercise and Your Health

According to Gretchen Reynolds, author of The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer, current scientific evidence suggests that exercise not only helps you live longer but it also keeps you vibrant for the length of it. All the way down to your DNA! Exercise and simply staying active can lengthen your telomeres and keep your mitochondria healthy. In fact, it is suggested that a majority of the physical signs we once thought were caused by aging are actually the result of being inactive.

Did you know?

  • The cartilage discs within our bodies are squeezed together like sponges due to the force of gravity when we stand or sit. As a result, most everyone grows by 8mm while they sleep. However, the next day the body shrinks back to its former height.
  • Dry patches can mean oily skin. The idea that "dry" can mean "oily" is a foreign concept to many. However, to skin care professionals it is a common fact that is not wildly known.