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One class of ingredients that continues to offer exciting new options to the world of skin care is peptides. Peptides have been perennial favorites due to their gentle, non-irritating qualities…
Global sun care is heading toward a record high in sales, totaling approximately $1.3 billion by the end of 2014. We should all feel very proud of ourselves. Our endless…
Working in an industry that focuses primarily on caring for others may, at times, cause you to neglect your own personal well-being. This may affect the ability to perform at…

Promoting Wellness for Earth Month

Written by Shelley Lotz, L.F.T., C.S.B.A., author of Green Spas and Salons

The Physiology of Skin of Color

Written by Christine Heathman, C.M.E., L.M.T.
People with skin of color will soon make up the majority of the United States. This will have a significant impact on the practice of professional skin care. Generally, lighter…
Over the last couple of decades, antioxidants have risen from humble beginnings to being a part of some of the most sophisticated applications in cellular protection. Well established as the…

Speaking the Legal Lingo

Written by Irena James
If you have ever sold an anti-aging product or a product for acne-prone skin, chances are that, at some point, you have broken the law. Not because you sold these…

Beauty From the Inside Out

Written by Deni Dale, electrologist
The aesthetics industry consists of skin care professionals all over the world who use their talents to keep their clients happy, smiling and beautiful. Many of the treatments provided by…

Enhance the Skin’s Natural Sun Protection

Written by Erin Ferrill, L.E.
As skin care professionals, we are absolutely committed to caring for our clients’ skin in every way possible. This commonly includes recommending that they incorporate sunscreen into their beauty routine…
The good ol’ days provided simpler times when it was enough to tell your client that their product contained hydrating honey, soothing aloe, cooling cucumber, and revitalizing carrot extract. Relying…

Basic Product Concepts

Written by Irena James
We have come a long way since the first vanishing creams promised to protect the skin from the elements such as chapping winds and sooty breezes. Today’s consumer expectations of…

10 Things About...Superfoods

Written by Julie Bach, L.E.
Superfoods are the richest and most potent foods containing life-giving and life-supporting nutrients including antioxidants, minerals, amino acids, fiber, phytonutrients and enzymes. Superfoods not only increase the vitality and energy…
In the early 1990s, I was fully immersed in the corporate culture where working under highly stressful conditions was a motivator and considered part of the job. Stress came with…

Detoxification

Written by Rachael Pontillo, A.A.D.P C.H.C., B.S., L.E.
The spa and wellness industries are at an all-time high since businesses are now able to reach millions of potential clients at little to no cost with social media campaigns.…

Re-Train Your Brain:

Written by Bruce Baltz
Massage therapists and aestheticians generally choose their profession to help others and to have an opportunity to give back. At times, we forget to take care of ourselves and do…
I was recently completing an application for an association in which I had been inducted. One of the last questions on the application asked me to list my favorite hobbies…
Chamomile is the name given to several species of herbs with fine, feathery leaves and daisy-like flowers. There are two plants most commonly distilled for their essential oils including Roman…
How often have you been told to take a deep breath? You may have even muttered it to yourself once or twice. Generally, an individual can go months without food…
Eucalyptus has a smell that we all love and recognize. Whether you have experienced its fresh, uplifting aroma in the steam room or simply used a few drops of eucalyptus…
Posture plays an influential role in many ways. It is critical to maintaining your health and physical appearance, two factors that can have a dramatic effect on your life.I typically…
It is an exciting time to be in the skin care industry. Aesthetics technology is finding new techniques and ingredients to improve the skin; the industry itself has grown so…
Lemon and lemongrass are two fresh, clean and lively oils recommended for use in the spa. Lemon, with its fresh, sharp citrus smell combined with the strong, lemony and more…
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) belongs to a genus consisting of some 20 varieties and hybrids, all containing essential oils in their stems and leaves. Native to the Mediterranean and Western Asia,…

How Hobbies Lead to Happiness at Work and in Life

Written by Rachael Pontillo, owner of Holistically hauteTM, LLC
Aestheticians play a significant role in helping their clients remember the importance of prioritizing self-care. While self-care most certainly refers to relaxing spa treatments and taking time at home for…
Sleep deficiency can affect your mood, concentration, energy level, memory, coordination, depression and lack of sex drive. When you take each of these factors into consideration and the role that…
Of all the essential oils used in clinical aromatherapy, lavender is undoubtedly the most versatile, having a wide range of properties from analgesic to antiseptic. The name Lavender, derived from…

Music to the Mind, Body and Soul

Written by David Young
Life always has its fair share of changes. Over the years, I found that working with affirmations helped me through the rough times and helped me build a new, higher…
Meditation, Stillness and Tranquil Contemplation The range of human emotions that we experience has never changed, only times and circumstances do. The way we respond to stress, chaos and hectic…
When I have a training class or seminar on skin conditions, I often start by asking how many people have a stress-free life. I rarely get a hand raised. If…
Bergamot oil, like those of orange, lemon and grapefruit is obtained from the cold expression of the rind of a citrus fruit. The rather small Bergamot fruits that look like…
The human body was designed to heal and repair itself through its own immune system. Most of the time, it does an excellent job of doing so without outside help.…
This month I want to talk about balance. I did say balance, and I did not mean standing on one foot with your other leg out in front of you.…
Geranium is a bushy perennial shrub belonging to the Pelargonium genus which is very extensive family including over 200 species. Most originate from South Africa but it is Pelargonium graveolens…
How often have you heard somebody say to stop and smell the roses? Well, how often have you actually done it? And I do not mean the roses on your…
When we think of these two essential oils, Sweet Orange (citrus sinensis) and Mandarin (citrus reticulata), the words that come to mind are joy, happy, uplifting and optimism. These oils…
This month I want to talk about exercise and you. Yes, I mean you – the professional aesthetician. Now, I do not want to preach, but I am going to…
The aromatherapy tree, botanical name, Citrus aurantium var. amara, is unique to aromatherapy production. The tree earns its name because three different essential oils are obtained from the same plant:…
Each organ in the human body plays an important and unique function. Similar to the organs in the body, our cells contain a compilation of distinctive organelles, each playing an…
Clients come to the spa for several reasons. Some come with specific skin care goals, while some come just to relax. Others come to receive treatments and purchase products made…
Most of us educate about the products and treatments used in client care, but when our clients walk away from us, what understanding do they have of the nutrition needed…
In the United States, guidance surrounding a product's shelf life can be quite vague. That is because there is no government regulation requiring manufacturers to print expiration dates on the…
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