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.
Many factors can be at the root of skin inflammation, such as stress, poor eating habits, genetics, and use of old makeup. There are numerous products on the market formulated to attack this issue. However, those looking for a more natural approach may find that a garlic-rich diet can aid in the remedying of inflammation..Many factors can be at the root of skin inflammation, such…
A common occurrence is the presence of altered skin health among those struggling with obesity. The physiology of skin changes in direct relation to a person’s weight as it moves from healthy to overweight and beyond. There are distinct commonalities that skin care professionals worldwide see when addressing the needs of overweight and obese clients. There is always a disruption in sebum production, which directly…

Going Under the Needle: Little Known Noninvasive Body Contouring Procedures

Written by Nichole Starr, R.N., owner of Skin Deep Med Spa in Boston
Think injections are just for just foreheads and fillers are just for lips? Think again! The non-surgical cosmetic procedure industry continues to evolve each year with the ongoing development of promising breakthrough treatments. However, new uses for current products already on the market are often discovered. According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), minimally invasive procedures, such as cosmetic injectables, are up 132…
Milia occur when keratin becomes trapped beneath the epidermis Milia, the most commonly used term, is the plural form of milium, as many milia are usually found together. Milia are also often inaccurately referred to as “baby acne.”
As part of its Massage Makes Me Happy initiative, the Global Wellness Institute has deemed March 20, 2018 Global Massage Makes Me Happy Day. Compared to the high demand found in the ever-expanding massage industry, the number of qualified therapists in the marketplace is at a deficit. The institute’s website states, “The Massage Makes Me Happy initiative … aims to celebrate the healing powers of…
The dust in people’s homes is 70 percent made up of dead skin. There can be over 1 million dust mites on pillows and mattresses that consume people’s dead skin cells as they sleep.

Bio-availability: Understanding Critical Aspects of Skin Care Product Formulation

Written by Robert Manzo, president and founder of Skinprint
Understanding how skin care cosmeceuticals are formulated is important to understanding which products to recommend. The critical knowledge is the anatomy of the skin and the chemistry of the product being used. If skin care professionals understand these aspects of skin treatment, they will be more successful in treating clients. This process requires skin care professionals to determine the dose, depth, and delivery of the…

Educating Clients on Important Factors of Sun Care

Written by Shelly Wells, aesthetician at Spa Django, located at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
As summer approaches, it is important to protect the skin with a daily sun protection routine. Many people do not fully understand how to use sunscreens to ensure effectiveness. By not using sunscreen as instructed, they could end up with an unexpected sunburn or skin damage. Skin care professionals should keep clients aware of the importance of sun care while discussing the most effective products,…
As trends predicted, clients are seeking facilities offering a combination of medical, wellness, and aesthetic services to fully address overall well-being. Meeting those demands is the biostation, which currently operates two locations in Delray Beach and Miami, Florida and plans to grow at a quick pace. Offering a comprehensive, individualized, holistic approach to total wellness and age management, the biostation is redefining healthcare. The focus…

Mind over Skin Care: The Link Between Psychology and Skin Health

Written by Dave Waggoner, director of education at Skin Script Skin Care
It is well-known that stress can wreak havoc on the skin. In fact, the connection is so often made that there is a name for the field: psychodermatology. Dermatologists have found that many skin care clients have psychological troubles that correlate with skin problems, and this sometimes makes it difficult for standard treatments to work. In fact, while some people may have skin improvements with…
Imagine this: a client has just settled in for a massage. The spa professional goes to retrieve some tools, only to come back with a meat cleaver in each hand. No, this is not a scene from “Sweeny Todd.” This ancient tradition reaches back over 2,000 years. In imperial China, Buddhist monks gave knife massages, or dao liao, to the very ill when other medical…
Proper nutrition is essential to obtaining smooth, radiant skin. The nutrients found in raw vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and fish can prevent and reverse common skin issues such as acne, age spots, and fine lines. Tasha D. Manigo-Bizzell says, “… the skin is an effective diagnostic tool to assess the body’s overall health. Internal factors that impact the body’s organs and systems also affect the…

Fact or Fiction: cleansing and moisturizing are the most important steps in a skin care regimen.

Written by Samantha Dench, L.E., owner of Skin Deep and author of “Skin Deep: Demystifying Skin Care Solutions to Achieve Healthy, Glowing Skin”
Many clients do not wash their faces properly. Some clients’ face-washing routine may be as simple as splashing water on their faces. These clients are not only doing their skin a disservice, but they are also making their skin worse. Consumers often learn their skin care techniques from social media, magazines, television, or at-home beauty parties. How can skin care professionals help clients if they…
Hair removal is big business! Men and women are going to spas in record number for hair removal, creating a huge opportunity for increasing sales of both services and retail products. There are three popular methods for hair removal within the day spa or salon setting, depending on state laws. Professionals can offer waxing, sugaring, and/or laser hair removal. Each treatment comes with its own…

Probiotics

Written by Gina Charles, D.O., founder of Dr. G Makeup Artist
Probiotics Probiotics are living, good bacteria found in the gut that protects the body from harmful bacteria. The benefits of probiotics include improving digestive function, reducing gastrointestinal discomfort associated with inflammatory bowel disease, and boosting the immune system. Probiotics can be taken as a supplement or consumed through foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, and cottage cheese. Probiotics, while beneficial, can neither…
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…

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