People spent over 16 billion dollars in the United States alone last year on cosmetic procedures. With the increase in social media influencing our lives and do-it-yourself procedures being advertised on Instagram and YouTube, it is no wonder people are lured into thinking they can self-administer Botox, fillers, chemical peels, or even non-surgical fixes like nose jobs and facelifts. People want a cheap fix, but…
Male waxing is becoming increasingly more popular as males seek to gain the feel-good confidence that waxing can achieve. Men are doing their research and becoming more aware of the options available when it comes to male grooming. It is safe to say that, in the past, the majority of men wouldn’t have the desire to walk into a spa looking for a wax; however,…
As if our pregnant clients don’t have enough changes happening during pregnancy – it is unlikely their skin is going to let them sail through the next several months without any surprises. Many women notice their freckles and moles may look darker, as well as odd shaped gray-brown, tan, or dark brown patches appearing on places like the forehead, upper lip, cheeks, chin, and bridge…
Here comes the bride! The ring is on and the date is set. One of the biggest days of her life is now circled on the calendar. She wants to look her best. For some, that may mean a bit more change to their appearance than can be realized with a low calorie diet and a facial. However, often, clients are surprised to learn that…
Though most know of the harmful effects of the sun’s invisible ultraviolet rays, many are unaware that the sun also emits various wavelengths of visible light that can also cause potential damage. Among these visible rays is blue light, also known as high-energy visible light (HEV). The biggest source for exposure to blue light is the sun, but it is also emitted by electronic devices…

Post-Summer Repair: Homecare and Spa Treatments for Sun Damage

Written by Kelly Richardson, founder of Venone PR and B.Bronz Sunless
With summer around the corner, clients will be getting ready to spend a few months at the beach and the pool and, after that, they will be looking to skin care professionals to help undo the damage from all their summer fun. Premature aging from sun exposure or tanning beds can attribute up to 90% of how old (or young) a person looks, but that…

Unmasking Melanoma: New Tools and the Role of Early Detection

Written by Craig A. Kraffert, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, president of Amarte, and founder of dermstore.com and ReddingDerm
The last five years have seen breakthroughs in melanoma evaluation and treatment. At the same time, aestheticians (one of the first lines of defense against melanoma) have multiple, newly available internet tools to guide client melanoma surveillance. Treatment options for all three types of melanoma – surface, invasive, and metastatic (widespread) melanoma – have expanded. New diagnostic tools that predict the risk of melanoma metastasizing…
With summer just around the corner, professionals should take time to educate clients on the difference between UVA and UVB rays. While both are harmful to skin, their unique and contrasting differences can have various effects. Up to 90 percent of visible aging is produced by sun damage. In sharing this information with clients, they can actively protect and prevent sun damage and harmful rays…

What's the Difference? Chemical Sunscreens Versus Physical Sunscreens

Written by Liz Garrison, MBA, L.E., L.M.T., start-up spa product developer and educator in spa business development and management
Sunscreen is necessary to prevent sunburns, premature aging, and skin cancer. It protects the face and body from the harmful rays of the sun when skin is exposed. Sun rays consist of several types of UVA and UVB light. UVA rays cause premature aging by penetrating deep into the dermis. They change the way skin is generated by damaging live cells that will later come…

Sun Safety: Educating Clients on Sunscreen, SPF, and More

Written by Alissa de Jongh, ND, founder of Glace’ Skin Therapy and professor of facial aesthetics at Houston Community College
Summer is well on its way and that means many people will head out for a little fun in the sun, which can be a wonderful way to get a healthy dose of vitamin D when managed in small amounts. A recommended 15 minutes per day of direct sunlight is what many medical experts claim to be the magic number for proper absorption. The confusion…
The feeling of blistering heat and the sight of freshly mowed grass, the sound of the radio blaring warm weather classics, the waft of hot dogs grilling on the barbecue, the sweet tang of an ice cold lemonade – sandals, shore lines, sweltering bliss – nothing beats the sensations of summer. The feeling of blistering heat and the sight of freshly mowed grass, the sound…

Chemical Solutions: A Peel for Every Body

Written by Brittany Facio, L.C.I., L.C.
Signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, and acne can appear all over the body, including the back, neck, shoulders, and chest. Though primarily thought of as a face treatment, chemical peels can be a great solution for these areas, as well. Armed with an understanding of the various chemical peel categories, prime marketing strategies, and tips for effective pricing, skin care professionals can incorporate chemical peel body…
Since the turn of the century, our broader understanding of the ideal eyebrow shape has evolved from one that allowed for fads that did not always enhance many face shapes to an ever expanding sense of what actually works well with an individual’s natural eyebrow hair growth pattern. Gone are the days of the cookie cutter eyebrow as we have ushered in a completely customized,…

Parkinson’s Disease and the Skin

Written by David Ponsonby
The concept of the skin as a factor in Parkinson’s disease is not new, but several factors are just now coming together to force it onto the verge of clinical practice. A precise diagnosis can be important from two perspectives. It can identify a condition which is treatable. It can also demarcate a contraindication, something that is not treatable. For example, many spa treatments can…
As licensed skin care professionals, we all understand chemical peels exfoliate by dislodging the intercellular glue that holds cells together. It dissolves desmosomes that bond keratinocytes together. Salicylic, our hero beta hydroxy acid, is lipophilic, so it dissolves and purges sebaceous filament inside the follicles. Alpha hydroxy acids are hydrophilic. They work hygroscopically, meaning they penetrate into the cells, drawing in moisture to blow it…
A full, healthy head of hair has everything to do with the health of the body, especially the scalp. Hair loss does not discriminate against gender or race. Thinning hair and baldness occur in both men and women all over the world for a number of reasons. These include toxic exposures, products, hereditary factors, stress, and hormonal changes. While it is an experience most would…
When you see a pregnant woman walk through the doors of your spa, there is no doubt she is likely in need of some serious pampering. She is probably feeling those pregnancy aches and pains and may not have many more weeks before she is focused entirely on her new baby and will not have the time to treat herself. While she may not understand…
Being able to offer treatments that are safe, effective, and affordable for clients is always top priority. Sometimes, as injectors, we need to use our artistic license and go off-label in order to make that happen. Off-label product use is entirely legal and very common. In fact, about one in five medications is prescribed off-label and is an integral part of modern cosmetic medicine. Sculptra…
Many women complain about cellulite and desperately try to find ways to make it disappear for good. While a healthy diet and regular exercise help immensely in maintaining a fit body and keeping cellulite at bay, they may not be effective all the time. Cellulite does not discriminate – on females, at least. While it is very rarely seen on men, it appears on women…

Fitzpatricks 4-6: Sun Care

Written by Lila Castellanos, L.E.
Although dark skin is naturally more protective against harmful rays from the sun than fair skin, people of all skin types are susceptible to burn if they do not apply sunscreen on a daily basis. The burn may not be as obvious on dark skin, but this does not mean it is harmless. Studies indicate that just one severe sunburn may increase the risk of…

Reflexology Recap

Written by Robert Sachs, L.M.T., co-founder of Diamond Way Ayurveda
Reflexology is an excellent gateway treatment, as people often find they enjoy it so much that they wonder what else the spa offers. It is easy to learn, but training by someone qualified and competent is essential. Also, before offering it, professionals should experience it. It is advisable to do reflexology before other treatments, whether it is a facial or full body massage. Generally, it…

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