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 a toxic body that fails to repair this damage. The challenge in appreciating the importance of this is that 99.9 percent of individuals are toxic. It is hard to know just what an impact good…

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 protects from harmful chemicals and elements and regulates body temperature. Yet, choosing foods that lack nutrients and vitamins can cause damage to the skin. A minor dietary cheat to satisfy a craving from time to…

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 small gathering with friends, professionals can help them put their most glamorous face forward. From a dramatic smoky eye to a bold wing eyeliner, these New Year’s makeup tips will leave clients slaying well into…

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 the skin. Environmental pollutants are a health and skin hazard and a primary cause of free radical or reactive oxygen species damage (ROS). ROS causes accelerated aging, cellular disruption, and physiological imbalance. Staring at 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 to what extent? Bioavailabilty is the complex transportation system of delivering nutrients throughout the body and is dependent on availability, retention, absorption, and utilization of those nutrients. Faulty absorption can impact the way nutrients are…
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 simple. Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) begins with the instantaneous response of the skin to subzero temperatures, -160 F to -220 F. Immediate vasoconstriction redirects blood flow from the extremities to the core. In an effort…
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 it so consumers will want to buy it, place it in the marketplace so it is easy to find, and promote it to get the word out that it is exactly what consumers need right…
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 and promote health by creating a strong immune system. After a few days, breastmilk comes in to nourish the baby. Breastmilk contains a saturated fat called lauric acid that is also antiviral and antibacterial. Both…
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 the skin is cut, it leaves a scar. And, while a surgeon strives to leave as seamless a mark as possible, several factors wholly influence the degree of disfigurement. Patient participation in aftercare is paramount…
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 winter months. One of the most natural treatments available, in many different forms, is body exfoliation. Different forms of exfoliation are best for different areas of the body and for skin types. From sugar to…
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 connect the brain and the organs. Acupressure points deal with the person as a whole – body emotions, mind, and spirit –relaxing muscular tension and balancing vital life. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), there are…
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 not achieving this substantial impact to their bottom line need to review their retail strategy. First, think about how retail products are being marketed now. Are they actively being marketed or is a passive sales…
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 moles in this area, this could mean that they have 100 moles on their entire body. This number of moles can indicate a risk of five to six times higher in people with lighter skin.…
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, it has been around for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Chinese practices. Now, more than ever, holistic approaches are at the forefront of the beauty industry. Despite the multitude of interpretations of the…
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, as well as methods for finding the right service person for a laser. THE USER MANUAL Not every laser or IPL is the same, so read the user’s manual. Some manufacturers suggest that maintenance should…
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 wide upper arms believe they have too much fat in those areas and try to hide them under long sleeves. Women with smaller upper arms often complain of loose, dry, and wrinkled skin, and ask…
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 Vegas, but they have made their way to medical practices and spas across the globe. Initially conceived to treat hangovers for the party goers of “sin city,” it was only a matter of time before…
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, it lacks its own pump to cleanse and filter. All significant illnesses start with a clogged lymphatic system. When the lymphatic system is clogged, headaches, skin rashes, sluggish digestion, and low energy are exhibited. Often,…
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 alternative, body wraps can now offer clients many different effects – from a warm, relaxing bundle in a thermal blanket to a stimulating, refreshing and cooling wrap in mint-soaked gauze. The treatments can be customized…

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