The Power of Plasma Lifting

Written by Elaine Sterling, CEO, owner, and founder of The Elaine Sterling Institute
Plasma lifting pens harness the power of plasma, a fourth state matter (solid, liquid, gas, and plasma) to help reduce or eliminate certain skin conditions and concerns, such as wrinkles, fine lines, skin tags, and so forth. Through the process of ionization, plasma lifting treatments are able to create an electric charge or arc. This arc is focused on a target on the surface of…

The Importance of Properly Treating All Types of Skin

Written by Beatrice Van, master educator and certified advanced aesthetician
In this industry, it is imperative that professionals learn how to treat all skin types, especially skin of color, with confidence. Historically, it is unfortunate that there has been such a gap in education for so long on how to treat skin of color and this is why an open conversation is necessary. While every type of ethnic skin has its own unique characteristics, they…

Inflammageing

Written by Pia Kynoch, owner, holistic skin therapist, and naturopath at Verve Skin Beauty Wellness
The mysteries of aging that control an individual’s lifespan, and the way they look and feel, are still yet to be completely unraveled, despite the many scientific advances in all the relevant fields of medicine, genetics, health, and wellness. Aging is truly a complex collaboration involving epidemiology, psychology, and cell biology, and there is no single theory that satisfactorily explains all aspects of aging. A…

It’s All in the Presentation: Determining Personal Style

Written by Karen Asquith, director of training at G.M.Collin Skincare
Does personal presentation affect success? Skills should outweigh personal presentation when it comes to overall success right? Although it seems as though competency should have more value than personal presentation, unfortunately it does not. Personal presentation has an impact on everyone we meet. Their perception of our competence, personality, intelligence, and trustworthiness are all decided from that first glance. It is important to understand and…

Wellness Check: The Correlation Between Mental Health and Skin

Written by Irena James, vice president of YG Laboratories
Physical and emotional health are closely linked. Skin is the body’s largest organ, involved in a myriad of biological processes, so it is not surprising that living with a skin condition can take its toll on a person’s state of mind. Stress and anxiety can make existing conditions even worse and bring about new ones, creating a vicious cycle. Numerous experts agree that stress, anxiety,…

Dragon’s Blood: A Cosmetic Ingredient Setting the Industry on Fire

Written by Janel Luu, CEO and formulator of Le Mieux Cosmetics
What do a fire-breathing dragon and an antiaging moisturizer have in common? Nothing, actually. Dragon’s blood is a hot, new ingredient flying into skin care products, but it has absolutely nothing to do with dragons swooping across the sky. In fact, dragon’s blood does not come from an animal at all. This fantastical name describes the deep, reddish sap resembling blood that drips down the…

Estie Self Care: 6 Tips to Practice What You Preach

Written by Lauren Snow, L.E., founder and owner of Lauren Snow Beauty
Aestheticians and service providers will agree that what makes the aesthetics profession extraordinary is the high level of physical and mental readiness that is required. In addition to meeting clients’ needs, on-going advanced education and the increased use of social media to grow a business can lead to stress, exhaustion, and anxiety. Many individuals live in a work-life culture of busy is better, but what…

Infused Exfoliation: Jumpstarting Skin Renewal

Written by Corey Hartung, vice president of DermaSweep
The body is in a constant state of regeneration. To that end, the skin is constantly shedding skin cells, but over time it becomes less effective and slower to renew. Older cells on the surface take longer to slough off, resulting in a dry or rough appearance of the skin. The buildup of old skin and debris can block the pores, spurring acne and giving…

6 Ways Aestheticians Hamper Their Own Financial Success

Written by Darcy Debernarde, L.E., COE, CCRT, CPDA
When it comes to growing a thriving skin care business, often, aestheticians can be their own worst enemy. Here are six common ways skin care professionals tend to hamper their own success. NOT ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS Let’s face it, clients are more likely to do business if the professional accepts the form of payment that offers them the most convenience and flexibility. According to Visa,…

Face Food: Jelly Mask Skin Care

Written by Savanna Boda, L.E., C.L.T, L.S.O., The Dallas Aesthetician
Step aside sheet masks, jelly masks are all the rave. Some may have seen these alluring and captivating masks flooding their Instagram feeds and may be wondering: what exactly are these jiggly wiggly masks everyone is raving about? Luckily, the following is a breakdown of this famous trend. Imagine being covered in jelly from the forehead all the way down to the chin. These intriguing…

Skin and Bones: Healing with Bone Marrow Stem Cells

Written by Matthew Miller, L.E., L.M.T., owner of Matthew Miller Skin
It seems there is more and more talk about bone marrow stem cells every day – and for great reason. Bone marrow stem cells are extremely pro-healing and anti-inflammatory. They are also the only stem cell used to cure cancer and disease. While the benefits of these stem cells are remarkable, how do they play a role in skin care? When an individual is young,…

Sleepy Skin Care: Melatonin Benefits and Best Practices

Written by Cindy Clark, L.E., aesthetics instructor at Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and founder of Afterglow Skin and Waxing
Melatonin is a naturally-produced hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland to aid the body in its nightly sleep cycle. Although it is inherent to the body, melatonin begins to deplete with age. Often, an individual may experience insomnia due to stressors such as work-life balance, travel, and grief. Over-the-counter sleep aids like melatonin can help those who are sleep-deprived to get better-quality sleep.…

Diatomaceous Earth

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E., owner of Cole Skincare for Men
Diatomaceous earth can be found in household products, toothpaste, insecticides, and beauty products. According to Web MD, “Diatomaceous earth is used to brush teeth or remove unwanted dead skin cells.” Similar to pumice powder, diatomaceous, granular powder can act as an exfoliator when used on the face and can be used as a mask because of its high porosity, drying like clay to tighten and…

Easy Steps to Keeping Waxing Accessories Clean

Written by Sheila Adriano, L.E., spa manager at Bella Trio Salon & Spa in Durham, NC
Waxing accessories are an investment. Skin care professionals want the best of the best in the industry and that means it will cost a little extra money. So, of course, a professional will want their waxing accessory purchases to last as long as they can. THE WAX WARMER Let’s start with the wax warmer – the most important waxing accessory. Most professionals are always trying…

Cellulite Cupping: An Ancient Method Gaining Popularity Today

Written by Rahsha Batiste, L.M.E., owner of Unique Skin and Beauty Bar and certified master epidermal cell therapist
Cellulite affects 75% of women and, to a lesser degree, men. A person can possess a slender, model-type body, and yet still have cellulite. It can be a distraction, to the point where it affects self-esteem and confidence and dictates what a client chooses to wear, shying away from shorts, dresses, and swimwear. Fortunately, there are effective ways to diminish the appearance of cellulite. While…

How to Treat Scar Tissue

Written by Cheryl Miller, massage therapist, master aesthetician, oncology aesthetician, and continuing education provider
Just about every client who walks into a spa has a scar. Scar tissue remodeling is a very desired service in the industry and manual manipulation is well within the aesthetician’s scope of practice, but most people are intimidated or not sure how to do it. WHAT ARE SCARS? Scars are areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) that develop in the dermis, which is comprised of…

Pumped Up Skin Care: Using Pumpkin Year-Round

Written by Louisa Alten, educator for Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals and cosmeceutical and technologies specialist
Most do not think of pumpkin as sexy. Inviting and comforting, maybe, but sexy? In one survey, pumpkin evoked such sentiment in men – they actually chose it as the most appealing scent even over vanilla or chocolate. By definition, pumpkin is a fruit because it is part of an edible flowering plant with seeds. It is also considered a vegetable. Regardless, some things are…

Combating Exhaustion: 6 Strategies for Releasing Tension After Work

Written by Dasha Saian, L.E., CEO of Saian Skincare
After a long day at the spa taking care of clients, a professional probably wants to relax, let go of the pressures of the day, and leave the stress behind. They deserve to have some time for themselves and their family after putting in most of their energy for the day into their work. Having an evening routine and an early bedtime are good ways…

Black Magic: The Wonders of Black Tea

Written by Anabel de la Vega, certified license specialist and author of TAO – The Art of Relaxation
Black tea is a very common tea that comes from the plant camellia sinensis. The tea’s oxidation level is what gives it its color and flavor. During the process stage, it is fermented and oxidized. The compounds found in black tea are theaflavins and thearubigins, which have great health benefits. Black tea has few calories and minimal proteins, carbohydrates, and sodium. Black tea helps with…

Stayin’ Alive: Protecting the Skin’s Microbiome

Written by Pedro Ortega Dardet, president of Wilma Schumann Skin Care
There is a veritable Armageddon-like battle going on right now – a real life and death struggle between good and evil. This battle is not happening thousands of miles away, but is actually happening all around and, especially, inside of each person. This battle, of course, is the life and death microbiological battle between different bacteria strains, viruses, and fungi going on right now, inside…

Men's Makeup: Top Tips for a Corrective and Undetectable Application

Written by Pamela Taylor, New York-based author and makeup artist
In the United States, the use of makeup for the average man will continue to grow and men will seek to use products that are both corrective and undetectable. The average American male, no matter what his background, will eventually feel comfortable purchasing and using personal care products as part of an everyday routine. Applying makeup to a man’s face is different than women’s makeup.…

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