Pearls, flowers, honey, snail slime: what do they have in common? Face masks! Throughout history, men and women have turned to face masks for cosmetic purposes. Ancient Ayurvedic wedding rituals included masks composed of mud, turmeric, roots, and flowers. Cleopatra’s beauty was attributed to masks consisting of donkey’s milk and honey blended with Dead Sea mineral-rich mud. Empresses and concubines in the Tang dynasty brightened their skin using masks made…
Jane Iredale, founder and president of her eponymous line, was the first to supply the aesthetics industry with a full line of skin care makeup based on quality minerals and healing botanical ingredients. With a background in film, theater, and television, Iredale witnessed the negative effects conventional makeup had on models and actresses. She introduced the first mineral foundation, Amazing Base, in 1994, forever changing the landscape of the makeup…
Applied to the skin in a very thin layer, soft waxes are often preferred by professionals because they can be applied and removed quickly and efficiently. Additionally, because they adhere well to the skin, soft waxes simultaneously exfoliate the skin while removing hair. While there are many benefits to using soft waxes, not all soft waxes are created equally. This can result in a range of results, depending on the…

Makeup: Essential or Optional?

Written by Richard Merrill-Rivas
Makeup is a billion-dollar industry, so it should come as no surprise that many spas are cashing in on this opportunity by expanding their menus and product lines to include makeup. However, for professionals without a background in makeup artistry, such an addition may seem daunting. Not knowing where to begin, many give up on trying, missing out on the profitable expansion into makeup altogether. However, those first few steps…
The eyes are a window to the soul, but they do not need to be a window for harsh chemicals. Clients want to ensure that the eye creams they are using are both effective and safe. Just as with any products recommended, professionals should know and understand the ingredients that are found in the eye creams carried in the spa. To help build that knowledge base, here are a few…
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In Memoriam: Joel Gerson – AIA Academy of Legends 1987

Written by by Annette Hanson, founder of Atelier Esthétique Institute, inducted into the AIA Academy of Legends in 2009
On January 31, 2018, we gathered together to celebrate the life of Joel Gerson – my friend, my colleague, and my neighbor. He passed away at age 83 after a…
Shel Pink is the founder of SpaRitual, a pioneering, sustainable beauty brand based on the rituals of self-care. Pink built SpaRitual on the guiding ethos of slow beauty, encouraging women to reclaim ownership of their greatest commodity – time – and establish a connection through meaningful, daily beauty practices. Pink’s is sought after as a keynote speaker for her advice and insights. She has been featured as a green beauty…
When it comes to waxing the face, underarms, and bikini line, professionals want to ensure they are using the best hard waxes for these sensitive, delicate areas. However, there are countless brands and types and choosing the right one can be difficult. Understanding the ingredients found in hard waxes is an important step in making that crucial decision. Here are a few of the common ingredients in today’s hard waxes.
The difference between toners and astringents, and knowing which ones work best, can be confusing, as there are a myriad of products on the market listed as toners, astringents, mists, hydrosols, floral waters, and, more recently, micellar cleansing water. The main difference between toners and astringents is the alcohol content. Toners and astringents can both be used to improve the surface of the skin through various ingredients. Toners typically help…

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