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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 trend of integrating wellness and nutrition into the spa continues to grow, and as more nutrition and holistic practitioners, bloggers, and entrepreneurs enter into the mainstream, clients come to the spa equipped with different questions…
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 energy can be transferred to the client. If exhausting days start creeping up more often than not, it may be time to make some simple life changes.
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 important to remind clients to stay aware of breast health and irregularities in their breasts. If a client performs a breast self-examination regularly, they will familiarize themselves with how their breasts normally feel so that…
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 for African American women, followed by non-Hispanic white women. Breast cancer death rates are lowest for Asian/Pacific Islander women.

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 my right breast, was round, and the size of a cupcake sprinkle. It grew fast and had a slight, red radius. I was lecturing on the road at the time and was very frightened because…

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 many changes to their body and skin while receiving medical-oncology treatments. Side effects from chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery put great demand on the body. This demand reduces nutrient resources, lymphatic flow, range of motion, and…

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 gifts I have ever received and I would not trade what it has taught me for anything. I have worked as a professional makeup artist in the entertainment industry for almost 30 years. During that…
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 with other therapies that may help to relieve undesirable side effects.
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 as an oncology nurse, hospice, HIV/AIDS, cardiac, and postpartum nurse with her wide-ranging knowledge of massage and produced a comprehensive hands-on training program. Cheryl is a breast health advocate, teacher, and national lecturer on breast…
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 pink ribbons, skin care professionals should be aware of the distraction that they can cause. While the pink ribbon was originally designed to draw attention to the women and men who courageously fight breast cancer,…
There is an old myth that massage therapy and other skin care treatments can encourage cancer metastasis. While this statement is untrue, what exactly is metastasis? Metastasis is the manner by which cancer cells spread to other parts of the body. Twenty to 30 percent of people who are initially diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer will develop metastatic breast cancer, also called stage IV breast…

Beauty Cocktails

Written by Melissa Picoli, L.E., product formulator and consultant at SkinandSky.com
A glass or two of something delicious and a little naughty can help create a more delightful ambiance for a spa’s party! With a little extra care and creativity, you can go beyond bubbly and wine and wow your guests.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:47

Tips for Detecting Melanoma Early

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The number of people affected by melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer in the United States, is consistently rising. It is commonly diagnosed in people under age 30. Dr. Hui Tsou, dermatopathologist and assistant medical director of Acupath Laboratories, offers five tips that skin care professionals can share with clients to help detect melanoma while it is still treatable.

A Fitness Approach to Skin Care

Written by Heather Fowler, L.E.
A good personal trainer will tell you that the key to a healthy and fit body is a combination of a healthy diet and an effective exercise routine. While a personal trainer can put their clients through a series of exercises, perhaps focusing on building muscle or losing fat, a key factor in how quickly and dramatically changes will be seen will be contingent upon…
The following information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The opinions expressed by the author are based on personal experience in healing from depression and offering energy healing treatments to clients. The purpose of this article is to help you feel comfortable addressing and talking about depression – a social epidemic and the strongest risk…

Diet and Lifestyle Changes Known to Improve Skin

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E., B. Msc., A.A.D.P., C.H.C.
Wellness is a growing trend in the spa industry. While it began with holistic therapies such as body wraps and hydrotherapy, it has now expanded beyond facial and body treatments and into a full health and lifestyle regimen that incorporates nutrition, fitness, meditation, environmental changes, stress management techniques, and more. Most of these methods can benefit anyone, but there are some that are particularly beneficial…

Mind Matters

Written by Claudia Aguirre, Ph.D.
We are in the midst of one of the biggest movements the wellness industry has ever seen. In the beginning of 2014, TIME magazine published an article titled “The Mindful Revolution,” and 2014 has been dubbed the “year of mindful living.” The word mindfulness has been so pervasive in the media and social networks that you would think the biggest buzzword of the year was…

Bath Therapies

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Hydrotherapy, derived from the Greek words hydro and therapeia, meaning water and healing, is the application of water, either internally or externally, for the treatment of physical or psychological dysfunction. Bathing in water has been considered healing since the beginning of recorded time and across many cultures, from Hippocrates in the fourth and fifth centuries B.C., who used hot and cold water to treat a…

How Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Affect the Skin?

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E., owner of Holistically Haute
Inflammatory conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis seem to be more prevalent now than ever. While certain conditions such as acne used to manifest mostly during specific times of life, it, along with some of these other conditions are now seen in all ages starting with children and extending into the post-menopausal years. Despite the many prescription medications, advanced treatments, and ever-developing product…
When dealing with cancer, risk factors can estimate how high of a risk a person has, but cannot actually predict if someone will develop a certain cancer. Many women and men who have multiple risk factors for breast cancer never develop the disease, and many who develop the disease have no risk factors at all. The following are common risk factors you and your clients…
Common thoughts about breast cancer are sometimes old wives tales or myths. Here we dive into the most commonly heard myths about breast cancer. Inform your clients about the truth in these statistics.Only women can get breast cancer. There are 2,000 new cases of breast cancer in men each year, according to the American Cancer Society. About 450 of those men will die from it.…

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