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 that is steadily rising. The role of the immune system in keeping people safe and how it goes from defending to attacking the body is largely due to a lack of sleep, erratic diets, emotional…

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 to you. The interesting thing is that the majority of people spend more time and energy debating this premise, arguing its validity and doubting its truth, than simply practicing it. Why is it human nature…

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 therapies and products.Like yoga, Ayurveda arose from a rich tradition of ancient Indian health science, abundant with practices to enhance the health, beauty, and longevity of royalty and sages thousands of years ago.

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 practice and client-facing session. Professionals can incorporate different breathing techniques into their own life and with their clients, before, during, and after sessions. Teach clients that breath work is the first step to developing a…

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 their innate feelings and intuition, which are meant to guide them so that they can feel what is best for them.

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 be quite a feat to clear all the waste from the day’s events. According to new neuroscientific findings, this is how sleeping works. Each night, the brain clears up the daily metabolic waste, which, depending…

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 professional’s job is to provide topical solutions for maintaining healthy skin, it is imperative to understand the connection between how the body is fed and how the skin looks and functions. The following is a…
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 skin, but how can they cater to the physical and mental well-being of their clients and themselves? This special editorial section presents a number of wellness topics that can be applied in the spa and…

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 nation is experiencing record rainfall and flood. Nature is offering a reminder of her power and is forcing many to wake up and not take her precious resources for granted.

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 newest innovations in ingredient technology.

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.
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 governing cosmetics, carcinogens have not yet been banned, or even restricted, for use in cosmetics in the United States.
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…
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 quintessential oil derived its name from the fifth Aristotelian element, æther; Aristotle believed that it was made up of heavenly bodies. As this element became extremely popular with medieval alchemists, they renamed it quintessence. They…

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