By systematically dropping certain essential oils along the spine of dry skin and delicately stroking the oils across the back of the spine to create a goose bump response, the essential oils drain into the pores of the skin where the nerves of the parasympathetic nervous system will awaken the limbic system. Amra Lear
More than just a slightly bitter cousin of the orange, grapefruit is packed with vitamins that promote heart health, cancer prevention, and anti-aging. Because there are so many dermatological and wellness benefits, many skin care product lines incorporate grapefruit extract in their formulations.
Do: Encourage clients to seek evaluation for new moles or freckles that form after substantial time in the sun.
by Shannon Esau, Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals My skin care regimen is somewhat simple, which is important for rosacea sensitive skin like mine. I go between the Rhonda Allison Beta Green Tea Cleanser and Creamy Milk Cleanser to keep my skin in balance. Our Mandelic Arginine Serum along with SynErgy A are my game changers. They increase cellular turnover and slow down the aging process. I…
Dermatologists diagnose sensitive skin by the presence of “pustules, skin bumps, or skin erosion.”1 Sensitive skin can also be defined as “very dry skin which doesn’t protect the nerve endings in the skin” and “a tendency towards blushing and skin flushing.” People have a genetic predisposition to sensitive skin, which is often accompanied by asthma and allergies. People with fair skin who are of northern…
Any treatment can become a wellness treatment simply by what the customer experiences. A large part of wellness is a state of mind, comprised of experience and a state of being. Every spa experience – be it nail spa, wellness spa, salon, or treatment – should leave the client feeling better. Skin care professionals can incorporate a broader view of wellness by creating a vision…
When it comes to choosing what to use to support skin health and vitality, getting desired results will not occur due to popular new trends or celebrity-endorsed products. In reality, the path to beautiful skin lies in paying attention to what is in skin care products and understanding the effect of their ingredients.
 Scarring can be an inconvenience for clients, but it can also be an obstacle for skin care professionals when deciding the best methods to treat it. Clients come in with a variety of needs and wants regarding the length, intensity, and recovery speed of treatments. Professionals know there is no one-size-fits-all solution to scarring and it is important to have a mixed bag of tricks…

Eczema: A Holistic Perspective

Written by by Ben Johnson, M.D., founder and formulator of Osmosis Skincare
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an often-chronic skin condition that, according to the medical community, has no known cause. The condition involves a combination of one or more of the following symptoms: redness, peeling or flaking skin, blisters, and itching. The most common “treatment” for this condition is oral or topical steroids. It is important, however, to understand what is really happening and…

Abhyanga

Written by by Melanie Sachs, co-owner of Diamond Way Ayurveda
Abhyanga pronounced “abbey-youngah” comes from Sanskrit, the ancient vibrational language used in all the root texts of Ayurveda, India’s timeless healing system. Abhy means “to rub” and anga means “limb.” Abhyanga means, simply, to rub the limbs. This “rubbing” is traditionally done with herbal or aromatic oils.
Eyebrows make statements. Understanding how eyebrows work will help makeup artists give clients the look they want.

4 Signs Your Spa Needs a Marketing Makeover

Written by Michael Cohen, vice president of marketing at eRelevance
Busy spa owners and aestheticians running their own businesses have a lot on their plates and marketing is not usually high on the priority list. Given their focus on serving clients and managing staff, these business professionals oftentimes do not even realize they are either not achieving the minimum marketing necessary to thrive or focusing on the wrong kinds of marketing to be effective. Marketing…

Better than Eye Cream

Written by by Dr. Janet Prystowsky, leading board-certified dermatologist and president of Livad Skin Care
Crow’s feet, brown spots, and wrinkles are all classic signs of sun damage, yet most people think they are part of the unavoidable cost of getting older. It is not hard to see why. In the United States, there is a definitive tanning culture.
Humans have gravitated toward the use of salt therapy for millennia, with formal halotherapy resorts being documented in Poland as early as the 12th century. Considered a form of alternative medicine by western standards, it has a long and storied history of healing.

The Paraffin Tub Alternative

Written by Kristine Sartore, vice president of sales, marketing, and business development at Spa Revolutions
Paraffin treatments are a luxurious and profitable add-on treatment to manicures and pedicures. A natural emollient, paraffin offers guests instant gratification with improved skin elasticity and softness.
The benefits of ingesting apple cider vinegar have been sweeping the internet, becoming one of the latest social media health trends. From putting it in tea to taking “shots” of the vinegar, consumers seem obsessed with this liquid.
Tattoos are becoming more of a cultural mainstay among people of varying ages. No matter the choice of tattoo, every type of skin – whether it is skin type I or skin type IV on the Fitzpatrick scale – will experience the same reaction.

A Deeper Look at Rosacea

Written by Danné Montague-King, founder of DMK Skincare
Rosacea has probably been one of the most misdiagnosed and misunderstood skin disorders in the history of the human race. The symptoms of rosacea are so variable that many people have been treated for it when they were actually suffering from other skin disorders; many people who had rosacea were treated for common acne.
Known mainly as a serious problem among teenagers, acne is considered the most common skin affliction affecting pre-teens and young adults. However, acne often affects adults through their 30s, 40s, and even 50s, and the incidence of inflammatory acne is growing across all of these groups, although experts are not quite sure why.
Collagen is all the craze in the aesthetic industry. It seems as though every treatment performed at medical spas, in one way or another, assists with collagen production. Loss of collagen in the skin leads to wrinkles and crepey skin.
Chlorophyll is a green photosynthetic plant pigment which helps transfer light into energy. It is found in most green vegetables – such as spinach, kale, collard, broccoli, wheatgrass, spirulina, and algae – and green herbs – such as cilantro, parsley, and mint.

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