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.…

Get in the Mindset: Achieving Success through a Positive Outlook

Written by Tazeem Jamal, PMDT, LE, spa business coach and international speaker
A mindset that is fixed, rather than set on growth, can sabotage success. The mind is a really powerful thing. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” People with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities, intelligence, and talents determine who they are and they are not able to change their situation. On the other hand,…

Body Language: 4 Tips for Mastering the First Impression

Written by Briana McKee, L.E., founder of Texas (A)estheticians Circle
One of the best parts of being an aesthetician is the opportunity to meet new people every day. A great first impression can turn a new face into a repeat client. Imagine knowing the formula for that conversion. What does a great first impression truly entail? What are the steps for sending the right message from the beginning? A first impression is formed in less…
Whether you’re still in school or just graduated, starting and building a career as an aesthetician can feel daunting. As a licensed aesthetician, there are so many paths you can take. Where do you start? How do you build a resume? A lot of what we are going to discuss revolves around practice, experience, and skills. Spas are always looking for aestheticians who can harmonize,…
In the past, spa treatments have been aimed primarily at physical aesthetics, focusing solely on the body, with the mind as an afterthought. However, now, more than ever, placing mental wellness at the forefront of spa services is a hot trend in the industry. Today, many spas are incorporating treatments specifically designed for the mind and spirit into their menus. Meditation and mindfulness are particular…

That’s a Wrap: Heating Up the Treatment Room with Infrared Body Wraps

Written by Jennifer Gunzer, CEO and founder of Salt+Sweat
Infrared heat saunas offer a myriad of benefits and therapeutic effects. They are generally utilized for wellness and healing, calorie burning, and detoxification. They have also been used to stimulate cells and tissues, reduce inflammation, and promote heart health. Additionally, studies demonstrate that infrared sauna therapy aids neuromuscular recovery following athletic performance and endurance training. In a typical treatment, lying down in a supine position…
It is 2019 and spa owners need to think about ways to shift their focus to new and innovative techniques that will enhance their recruitment outlook and hiring processes. Finding a way to tap into the Generation Z and millennial workforce and reach qualified professionals who are highly experienced with massage, skin care, and aesthetic expertise can be difficult due to the number of hours…

Meteorites and Skin Care: Out-of-this-World or Keep Out of the Spa?

Written by Tanis Rhines, L.E., M.A., co-owner of Ask the Estheticians
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a meteorite and it’s heading straight for a jar of skin cream. When meteorites enter the earth’s atmosphere, they burn bright, forming a fireball called a shooting star. Ninety-nine percent disintegrate upon entry, creating star dust that drifts about in the atmosphere. A rare 1 percent comes crashing down to earth.1 Ninety percent of these space rocks are…

Real Talk: Dealing with Difficult Conversations

Written by Antonia Schreiber, licensed massage therapist, cosmetologist, and electrologist
Communication is an important part of being an aesthetician – not only with clients, but with colleagues and coworkers, as well. As life and work would have it, conflicts arise and can prove to make communication not only challenging, but also unpleasant at times. Whether a manager or not, at some point in a career, if not with some regularity, an individual will have to…

Sugar? No Thanks! The Truth About Glycation

Written by Annette Tobia, PhD, founder and CEO of Dynamis Skin Science
“Sugar and spice and everything nice” is what little girls were said to be made of, which is a lot better than the “snips and snails” that was the stuff of little boys. As a young girl, having sugar as a basic building block may seem fantastic, but when it comes to skin health and aging it is anything but. The simple truth is that…

There’s No Care Like Self-Care

Written by Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repêchage
Skin care professionals are always telling their clients that they need to take care of themselves, yet they may not be following their own advice. Overdoing it at work, especially as a service provider, can have multiple detrimental effects on a professional’s life overall. According to a July 2018 Gallup study on the effects of occupational burnout, people who say they very often or always…
SYNTHETICSYNTHETICSynthetic makeup brushes have bristles made up of man-made materials, like nylon or taklon, and are typically machine-made. These types of brushes have a sleek finish that pairs well with cream products and they often become rigid and stiff with use. NATURALNATURALMakeup brushes with natural bristles are made from natural sources, like goat, squirrel, sable, and fox hair or fur. They are usually hand-made, have…

A Toxin-Free Spa: Preventing Harm from Common Environmental Irritants

Written by Erin Madigan-Fleck NMD, CDT, LMC, LEI, owner of DermaEducationTV Post Graduate Esthetic Training
Individuals are exposed to damaging environmental influences daily from the sun and chemicals in their cars, homes, and work environments. The spa and aesthetic setting are not excluded from external stimuli that may impact the professional’s health and the client’s health. Respiratory and skin sensitivities are among the most common influences that may be diminished through carefully planned preventative safety measures. Here are common environmental…
While few would drink a glass of expired milk or eat that container of unidentifiable leftovers lurking at the back of the refrigerator, many individuals – professionals and clients alike – use skin care and beauty products far past their prime. Whether this is caused by penny pinching or ignorance, using products beyond their shelf life can lead to less efficacy and potential for bacteria…

New Year, New Trends: Popular Facial Treatments for the Spa in 2019

Written by Ruby William, freelance writer in Deerfield Beach, Florida
Chemical peels were the leading type of facial treatment throughout the country in 2017. According to statistics, 2.82 million Americans used facials four times or more within six months in 2018. Thanks to non-surgical and non-invasive cosmetic procedures, lasers, peels, and hydradermabrasion are becoming more popular than ever. As people are becoming more welcoming to the cosmetic industry, both men and women are considering undergoing…

Botox Versus Fillers: What's the Difference?

Written by Donna April Serure, M.D.
With the wide range of nonsurgical cosmetic treatments available today, it can be difficult to decide which option might be the best. Is Botox the best choice to smooth pesky wrinkles or are injectable fillers a better option? When searching for the perfect injectable treatment to combat the visible signs of aging on the face, it is critical to understand the differences between Botox and…
No doubt, the spa business is making tremendous progress these days with the growing tendency of today’s generation to look beautiful and appealing. Many spa professionals are finding it difficult to manage the growing list of clients. Using spa management software can streamline a professional’s business in 2019, so they will be able to contact more customers and generate sufficient business operations. Let’s see how…

CBD: Here to Stay or Gone Tomorrow?

Written by Matthew Kane, president and co-founder of Complete Body Daily
CBD-infused skin care products emerged as one of the most interesting and talked about new product categories in 2018 and the market is set to triple this year. “Have you tried CBD?” is a common question asked from the ski slopes of Wyoming all the way to the country clubs of the south. So, how did hemp (low-THC cannabis) extracts make such a splash? One…

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