Previous Employment: When to Look Back and When to Move On

Written by Maxie Frericks, L.E.I., medical aesthetician at Velvet Day Spa
An employer often wants to hire someone that is an asset to their organization, someone that they can trust and will stay with them for the long-run. However, things are…

Botanical Solutions for Antipollution Skin Care

Written by Jimm Harrison, essential oil and botanical skin care consultant
The environment has a tremendous effect on the body. There is an army of floating compounds, along with electromagnetic frequencies, and ultraviolet radiation, that cause damage and premature aging to…
Eyelash extensions have proven to be a service that is here to say. The results are instant and can shave 10 years off a client’s face. It is a popular…
Makeup foundation formulas indicate the coverage level when applied to the skin (from heavy to sheer). This can be described as: camouflage, cake, cream, greasepaint, mousse, airbrush, mineral, powder, liquid,…
Toxicity is the primary reason skin looks unhealthy and is the largest cause of aging. While it is true that extensive sun exposure damages and ages the skin, it is…

10 THINGS ABOUT … Food and Skin

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E., owner of Cole Skincare for Men
When it comes to healthy skin, the impact of various foods on the skin is not always considered. The skin is the largest organ of the human body – it…

Midnight Makeup: 2 Glam Looks to Help Clients Ring in the New Year

Written by Linda Tawil, co-owner and creative director at Morphe, Inc.
New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to take eye makeup to a whole new level. Whether clients are going out for a night on the town or hosting a…
Over 170 million Americans consume vitamin supplements regularly, with 17 percent focused on beauty and the skin. But, how effective are supplements, who can recommend them to the public, and…
Ironically, one of the hottest trends right now is cryotherapy – the use of sub-zero temperatures to provide both physical and mental benefits to the body. The concept is quite…
The four P’s of marketing, also known as a marketing mix, include product, price, place, and promotion. The idea is simple: find a way to select the right product, price…
Immediately following delivery of a newborn, nourishment first comes in as colostrum. This colostrum contains antioxidants and is antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiinflammatory to protect the newborn against disease…
While scars were once paraded as a badge of courage, men and women alike are becoming more diligent in minimizing the textural malformity left behind after surgical intervention. Every time…
Aperfect complexion does not stop at the jawline. Clients need flawless-looking, soft, touchable skin from head to toe. This is especially true now, at the start of the dry, cold…
DO: Plan in advance. Take time to consider things like staffing and scheduling, hours, retail, holiday menus, and promotions.
Acupressure is a Chinese healing method that involves using the body’s 14 meridian points to relieve pain. Meridian points carry energy throughout the body. They start at the fingertips and…
What spa owner does not want to boost their bottom line? Sales of retail products should be contributing 30 to 40 percent to a spa’s gross sales. Those who are…
Counting the number of moles on a person’s right arm may be a quick way for a person to figure out their melanoma risk. If they have more than 11…
Holistic is a word that is becoming more common in the beauty industry for hair, skin, and nails. However, the concept of a “holistic” practice is not revolutionary. In fact,…
Amedical laser is not just a tool – it is an investment used every day. This article will outline a few items to be done daily to prevent costly maintenance,…
The upper arm can be one of the most challenging areas to improve. Even plastic surgery does not offer an effective solution without leaving long, noticeable scars. Some women with…
DO: Create a festive and upbeat environment. Keep decorations neutral, polished, and professional. Simple, natural elements go a long way.
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – but, of course, this is not true. Drip bars offering a service called IV therapy may have become popular in…
Simply stated, the lymphatic system is the light, liquid part of the blood connecting to a series of glands or nodes throughout the body. But, unlike all other body systems,…
There are several new (and expensive) machines to perform cold and warm body treatments to combat the signs of cellulite. If clients are looking for a more affordable and natural…
Over 3 million cases of folliculitis are reported each year in the United States. Folliculitis presents as infected hair follicles. Bacterial folliculitis occurs due to a presence of bacteria (usually…

Saddle up, Skin Care: Introducing Horse Fat into a Routine

Written by Anabel De La Vega, certified license specialist and author of TAO – The Art of Relaxation
Horses adjust their body temperatures by secreting sweat, similar to the way a human does. The structure of a horse’s skin and fatty acid are amazing compared to those of…
Fifty-four percent of consumers use the internet to search for local businesses, like aesthetic practices and spas, at least once every month, according to BrightLocal. To convince them to schedule…
DO: Spend some time decluttering. It is easy to accumulate unnecessary stuff without realizing it. Reorder and assess what needs to go.
The spa industry offers multi-faceted services that range from traditional wax treatments to complete holistic skin care; however, gone are the days when clients just want a facial or massage.…
All of the great, traditional healing systems of the world teach a philosophy that inner reflects outer and vice versa. The human body is a fully integrated, inter-connected, system of…

Sunscreen Essentials: Quick Facts You Need to Know

Written by Shannon Esau, CEO of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals
There is no question about it – ultraviolet protection is absolutely essential. Ultraviolet rays are responsible for 90 percent of skin aging and are the leading cause of cancer in…
Recently, gua sha treatments were all the buzz in skin care. Sadly, the word, and its treatment, came and left as quickly as people could pronounce it. But, this folklore…
Ever wonder about bugs intentionally put in food? When food is colored red, it could be synthetic, dye-like, cold, tar sludge or the colorant could be from the cochineal bugs.…

Ditch the Dimples: Can Cellulite Be Cured?

Written by by Louis Silberman, owner and CEO of National Laser Institute
One of the most exciting advances in medical aesthetics in recent years is nonsurgical body contouring – which means significant improvement in the appearance of one of the most stubborn…
Whether a busy spa leader, front desk agent, or multi-talented aesthetician, a spa professional’s role involves multitasking! It requires focusing on managing schedules, inventory, events, and finances, as well as…
The body uses two primary systems to The body uses two primary systems to communicate with itself: the nervous system and the hormonal system. The body’s master hormone is cortisol,…
Hands are recognized as a major vehicle for transmission of infection in both the healthcare and the spa or clinic settings. It is necessary for good hygiene practices to be…
Do: Revamp. Summer is an exciting time and it can be hard to let go. Make fall exciting for clients and staff by simple things like décor, promotions, and new…
In areas of high heat, the skin’s sweat glands can produce up to three gallons of sweat per day, making good skin care habits especially essential, since sweat can cause…
Use diet to supplement sun protection. Eat foods that are known to enhance the skin’s natural ability to protect itself from the sun, such as tomatoes, vitamins C and E,…
Skin imaging is a good practice for any business that focuses on skin care, but how do professionals ensure that the solution in which they are investing is the right…

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