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The holidays are here and with them arrive an influx of party invitations; party clothes; delicious foods; and the stress of shopping, family, and expectations. For clients who want to…
In a transient, fast-paced, technological, and diverse world, skin care professionals interact with numerous skin types and conditions that have multiple influences, including genetic traits, lifestyle, and current state of…
In 1910, while working in France at a family-owned cosmetic laboratory – mainly for the development of perfumes – French chemist and scholar, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, received a third degree burn…
The benefits of essential oils in skin care are wide and varied, making them ideally suited for use in many types of facial treatments and for numerous skin types and…

Skin Care Dos and Don’ts for Chemotherapy Clients

Written by Julie Bach, executive director of Wellness for Cancer
Proper context is imperative when working with a client who is receiving chemotherapy for cancer. Skin care professionals are not treating cancer; they are working with the presenting conditions of…

Hyperpigmentation Care for Oncology Clients

Written by Melissa M. Montalvo, owner of Pink Horizons Botanical Skin Care™
Anti-cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy, target therapy, and radiotherapy, may cause common dermatological side effects, the most predominate of which is hyperpigmentation. Treatment-induced hyperpigmentation from chemotherapy is believed to directly…
Repêchage Professional Skin Care recently hosted a three day oncology training program for skin care professionals that was presented by Becky Kuehn, founder of Oncology Spa Solutions®. The content for…

Movements, Massage, and Pressure Points for Beautiful, Happy Breasts

Written by Melanie Sachs, co-founder of Diamond Way Ayurveda
Though it is often thought of as a women’s disease, men are also diagnosed with and die from breast cancer.  Fortunately, breast cancer death rates have been falling since the…

Breast Cancer Awareness in the Spa

Written by Hannah Hatcher, L.E., global educator for jane iredale
The skin care industry revolves around health and self-care, therefore, it is only fitting that skin care professionals support breast cancer awareness in their spas at all times during the…
By virtue of their extensive training, skin care professionals are confirmed ambassadors of beauty, skin health, and general wellness. The natural health community's impressive impact on the skin care industry…

10 Things About... Essential Oils

Written by Krista Mckowen, L.E.
Essential oils play an important role in skin care. Because the skin reacts to emotions, the effect of inhalation in the form of aromatherapy can be a powerful addition to…
While the thought of putting slimy, green seaweed on a client’s face may not sound so appealing, marine seaweed, also referred to as alga, has become the ingredient of choice…
While supplements and healthy eating are not often thought of as aesthetic staples, they are vital to skin health and overall wellness. Dietary supplements provide nutrients to the body that…

Personal Identity Influences on Autoimmune Skin Diseases

Written by Anne C. Willis, L.E., C.M.E., founder and CEO of De La Terre Skincare®
Autoimmune skin disorders are a 21st century phenomenon that is deeply rooted in the way people live their lives. Currently, about 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases, a number…

To Think or Not to Think: The Power of Positive Thinking

Written by Michelle D’Allaird-Brenner, L.E., owner of Aesthetic Science Institute
We have long heard of the impact and power of positive thinking. The premise that when you think positive thoughts, you behave in positive ways and positive energy come back…

Ayurveda and the Three Doshas

Written by Niika Quistgard, C.A.S., L.M.B.T., , clinical ayurvedic specialist and founder of Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women
The word ‘Ayurveda’ has been cropping up a lot lately, riding into mainstream awareness on the coattails of Ayurveda’s enormously-popular sister science, yoga. Clients are also increasingly interested in Ayurvedic…

Breath Work Infusing Mindfulness into Your Service

Written by Julie Bach, L.E., executive director of Wellness for Cancer
One of the great things about breath work is that there are many opportunities to practice breathing throughout the day. Breath work can become part of any professional’s own self-care…

Restoring Well-Being Through Reiki

Written by Linda Bertaut, L.E., owner of Bertaut Beauty
Well-being is a combination of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self-awareness. It reaches beneath the surface to impact the essence or being. It allows people to become in tune with…

How Sleeping Can help clear the skin

Written by Claudia Aguirre, Ph.D., neuroscientist and skin care expert
Imagine going to a big music festival with hordes of people, food vendors, lights, cameras, and stages. Now imagine the cleaning efforts at the end of the festival. It would…

Aesthetic Nutrition: Essentials for Healthy Skin

Written by Tasha D. Manigo-Bizzell, L.E., L.D.N., C.N.S., owner of Muse Wellness Company
One key function of the skin is using nutrients from food to provide each cell in the body with what it requires to do its job. While the skin care…
Wellness is defined as the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health. Skin care professionals are all too familiar with caring for the well-being of the…

10 Things to Know About Water

Written by Melanie Sachs
Water is very much on the minds of many people at the moment. The West Coast is in its fourth year of drought while much of the rest of the…

The Rise of Extremophiles

Written by Mia Hartmann
Extremophiles may be a relatively new term in the skin care industry, but they have been around much longer than many people are aware.

Aromatherapy: How real is it?

Written by Karym Urdaneta
Many skin care professionals have read about aromatherapy. Some of them have experienced it. Chances are that many people know what aromatherapy is because of its undoubted popularity.
Internal detoxification or cleansing has become a popular health concern for clients.

Pumpkin Pie Facial©

Written by Noreen Young, L.E., owner of Noreen Young Cosmetics
Clients tend to love organic products and are always looking for anything with a healthy twist. Refresh their skin with this pumpkin pie-inspired mask for gentle exfoliating and seasonal bliss!

Award Winning Ingredients: Bringing Technology to the Next Level in Skin Care

Written by Mia Hartmann, R&D Chemist at YG Laboratories
One of the most exciting events in the life of a product developer is an event called In-Cosmetics, a leading, global business event for personal care ingredients that highlight the…

Supplements for Skin Health – What’s the Real Deal?

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E., founder and author of Holistically Haute™
Clients seem to be asking more questions about different measures they can take to improve their skin, in addition to regular facials and a proper home care regimen. As the…
Everyone experiences those days of complete and utter exhaustion, whether anything was accomplished or not. As a skin care professional, it is important to be energized and fulfilled because your…
Chemicals linked to breast cancer have no place in anyone’s beauty routine, yet they are found on store shelves across the United States. Due to an outdated and weak law…
In addition to regular mammograms and clinical breast examinations, clients should watch for irregular changes in their breasts by performing regular breast self-examinations. As a skin care professional, it is…
Breast cancer incidence rates are highest in non-Hispanic white women, followed by African American women, and are lowest among Asian/Pacific Islander women. In contrast, breast cancer death rates are highest…

Cancer on the Breast

Written by Noreen Young, L.E., owner of Noreen Young Cosmetics
Last fall, I joined a club that has a lot of wonderful members and absolutely no benefits. My initiation started with a sun spot. It came out of nowhere on…
Essential oils, short for quintessential oils, are highly-concentrated, aromatic liquids that are distilled with either water or steam from the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, or bark of a plant. The…

Post Mastectomy: Rehabilitating Range of Motion

Written by Anne C. Willis, L.E., C.M.E., founder and CEO of De La Terre Skincare®
Medical treatments for breast cancer have dramatically improved over the last decade. While these treatments have significantly increased survival rates, they are not without lasting, adverse effects. Cancer patients undergo…

The Gift of Cancer

Written by Jan Ping, Emmy-award winning makeup artist and cancer survivor
Looking back, I can confidently say that my experience with cancer was one of the biggest blessings of my life. Yes, I said it. It is one of the greatest…
The standard treatments for breast cancer often cause a number of unwanted side effects including nausea, pain, and fatigue. In response, patients have been opting to complement their standard treatments…
Cheryl Chapman is a pioneer in massage for cancer and mastectomy. A registered nurse since 1965, certified in massage in 1988, she combined her extensive nursing experience of 23 years…
This October, both skin care professionals and clients will be overwhelmed with pink ribbons in support of breast cancer awareness. As more and more products and companies pop up with…
As different aging processes take over, the need for ingredients and procedures that target loss of volume increases with age. Gradual alteration of the extracellular matrix leads to loss of…
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