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, which is often called the stress hormone. It manages the changes that occur in the body as it responds to stress. Testosterone, which is often only associated with males, is actually a vital hormone for…
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 in place so they can interrupt any transmission of micro-organisms. Good hygiene can also remove micro-organisms acquired after touching a client. These procedures are very simple and spa professionals can use soap and water and…
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 products. Don't: Forget to restock and refresh. As seasons change, it can be easy to overlook seasonal-specific products, promotions, décor, and posters. Do a quick check to make sure everything is up-to-date.
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 oil and dirt to collect on the skin.
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, shrimp, salmon, and pomegranate. Avoid photosensitizing foods, like St. John’s wort, lime, parsley, carrots, parsnip, celery, and lemons, while out in the sun.
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 one for them? Looking for the right skin imaging equipment involves making decisions that impact treatment effectiveness, client comfort, and the practice’s overall bottom line. And, while skin imaging solutions offer ways to work better…
As a small business owner, it can be both stressful and intimidating to conduct an interview. What questions should be asked? How much information should be given out about the business? Is a working interview allowed without paying the interviewee? These questions and more can make the process seem daunting. During every job interview, there is certain information professionals should look to obtain through friendly…
Hypopigmentation may sound similar to hyperpigmentation, but they are complete opposites. Hypopigmentation is the lack of pigmentation in the skin, whereas hyperpigmentation is an excessive amount of pigmentation in the skin. Hypopigmentation is caused when melanocytes within the body begin to slow down or stop producing melanin. The result is white or light patches in the skin. Hypopigmentation can be caused by genetic disorders or…
When working on a cruise ship, teammates often become like a family away from home. They are there to witness accomplishments, share laughs, and supply aid in difficult situations. Some work days begin at sunrise and end past sunset. Other days, work is only for a few hours in the afternoon. And, many days, there are no guests and time can be spent relaxing and…
There are tons of benefits of eating papayas. Aside from all of the ailments they prevent, papayas are exceptional skin healers, as well. The enzymes and acids in papayas are able to clear post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, reduce wrinkles, and aid in peeling away dead or damaged skin, for taut, luminous skin. Brenda Linday said, “Enzymes can be used for professional exfoliation. Common enzymes include pumpkin, pineapple,…
In the business of beauty, the day to day gets complicated, exhausting, and can sometimes make professionals forget why they started down this unpredictable journey to begin with. It is crucial to establish the “why” in the beginning and to relook at this “why” regularly while running the business. Like any relationship, it can be exciting in the beginning and professionals are willing to do…
Located between the pulsating city of Zurich and the invigorating, natural beauty of Switzerland’s countryside, The Dolder Grand is an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation. The hotel is home to a renowned, 43,000-square-foot spa, offering travelers 18 treatment rooms, two spa suites, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, Japanese-inspired Sunaboros, and a snow paradise room. More specifically, the spa has grown by extending its offerings to feature…
Take time to detox and unwind. Deep breathing, mindfulness, gratitude, exercise, and meditation are just some of the many ways to rebalance. Be defenseless against stress. Professionals and clients alike experience it, so come up with a list of stress-relief strategies in advance.
Atopic Dermatitis (AD) is the most common form of eczema found in adults. According to the National Eczema Association, more than 18 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with AD. During an annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), data was revealed about the effects of AD on mental health and quality of life. A representative of the Asthma and…
Arich source of folic acid, vitamin C, and fiber, strawberries can be eaten or mixed into a topical product to combat a myriad of skin conditions. This small fruit contains acids that aid in dissolving sebum to prevent acne. Ellagic acid found in strawberries prevents skin damage from ultraviolet rays, while folic acid encourages rapid cell regeneration, revealing fresh, radiant skin. Strawberries can be puréed…
Buzzwords like “self-care” and “wellness” have been floating around the industry more and more lately. Rather than searching for a magic pill or quick-fix product, clients are recognizing that true beauty, inside and out, is an evolving practice. Professionals in the beauty industry can no longer limit themselves to singular areas of expertise, like nutrition, skin care, or makeup. They must present and nurture clients…

The Power of Probiotics

Written by Elina Fedotova, CEO and formulator of Elina Organics
For centuries, people have applied face masks from yogurt, kefir, and kombucha tea to help heal and beautify their skin. In the past, people had no idea that the reason these fermented foods and beverages work is because they contain friendly microorganisms. Today, science confirms that these beneficial microbes, which are now called probiotics, offer a host of benefits to the skin and entire body.…

Stepping Up Stamina with Supplements

Written by Debra Koerner, host of “Senior Moments” and co-founder of imassage, Inc. and Well World Group
Energy – when it is in abundance, life is great. It is easy to jump out of bed eager to start the day. Exercising and other tasks are done with gusto. But, waking tired and depleted can make accomplishing even basic tasks more challenging. Fatigue can be caused by many things, so it is important to understand what lies at the root of chronic episodes.…
Do: Take the opportunity to refresh, renew, and rejuvenate. Dust off a mission statement, clear out clutter, refresh colors, sharpen displays, or even plant some flowers. Don't: Overlook the small things. Little details can make all the difference in a client’s overall experience. Spring is the perfect time for improvements.

Smart Money: The Advantages of Hiring a Mentor

Written by Douglas Preston, L.E. and owner of Preston Skin Center, Preston Beauty Professional, and Preston Private Label Products
Skin care professionals share a common goal: to achieve business success. That goal, while admirable and necessary, can be far more elusive than many professionals realize. Many may have the required licenses and skills, even the experience useful in opening a spa, but business success Skin care professionals share a common goal: to achieve business success. That goal, while admirable and necessary, can be far…
Collagen determines the smoothness of one’s skin. Men naturally have thicker skin than women. They get fewer lines and wrinkles due to having a greater amount of collagen.

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