In the world of massage therapy, the dreaded burnout comes in many forms. Lumbar, wrist and hand injury from repetitive use can all lead to even the most seasoned of professionals getting out of the massage business altogether. But, do not throw in the towel just yet! Learning how to use feet to deliver massage could be the answer for career longevity. While there is…
Have you ever taken a moment to digest all that you learned in aesthetic school – the myriad of chapters, the review questions, the workbook, and all the extra credit assignments that go along with it? And, yet, it is important to ask yourself this question, “have I learned everything?” The correct answer is a resounding “no,” of course. Let’s take a look at the…
You have surpassed your goal of completing aesthetics school and now hold the coveted “Golden Ticket,” also known as your state license. As you ponder your options, you decide that the classic day spa is where you want to land as a newly minted aesthetics professional. Our focus will be on facilities that offer only skin care and body therapy treatments. Let’s take a look…
An aesthetic professional who does not have in-depth medical training in physiology means an increased risk for side effects and poor results and could result in permanent problems from injectables, deeper layer chemical peels, and machines that are more than a class one medical device. This article will explore the regulations of popular aesthetic practices within varying states. Cosmetic professionals, like aestheticians and cosmetologists, are…
Countless men and women become successful in the beauty and skin care industry. In fact, there is a huge membership in the $100,000 club. But, there is a catch. If you want to be in the $100,000 club, you need to engage in your career and not just endure a job in the beauty industry. Successful beauty business women and men engage and step outside…
The successful spa or skin care salon cannot afford to allow reachable income to slip by throughout the day. Every effort must be made to maximize productivity, without harming service quality or the client’s experience. Fear of the latter makes many business owners and their employees reluctant to act in any way that might evoke a negative response from customers, even when the chances of…
There are many properties of skin, including hydration, sebum content, elasticity, melanin content, and more, which need to be well understood to treat clients properly. Barrier function of the skin is one of the most important properties to understand. Skin hydration and redness (or inflammation) is often dependent on healthy skin barrier function. Here are 10 things to know about skin barrier function. What is…
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…
When I started my blog in 2009, my intention was to educate others on how best to care for their skin by separating facts from fiction. What was revealed to me over time was how many aestheticians from around the globe have used my information as continuing education in their own aesthetics practices. Along with other posts I have written exclusively for aestheticians, here are…
The chemistry for understanding delivery pathways for the application of topical skin care products is found in the pharmaceutical industry. Cosmetic chemistry follows this model when compounding for transdermal application of a product. Drugs (pharmaceutics) and cosmetics have similar routes for transdermal delivery. It is essential for professionals to have an understanding of the physiology of the skin and how a formulation enters the epidermis.
The value of the global anti-aging market is expected to reach $331 billion by 2021 and, according to Reuters, the industry saw a two percent year-over-year growth in the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2017. Needless to say, the aesthetic marketplace is booming. It is also known that the industry has never been more competitive. Fueled by the whiplash effect…

Understanding Spa Product Labels

Written by Heather Kreider, L.E., R.N.
Spa product labels need to be more than just pretty; they also need to comply with regulations, specifically those set forth by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) enforces these laws, and since it considers all bath, body, and skin care products “cosmetics” (products created to cleanse or beautify),…

Helping You Transform Your Skin Care Business

Written by Shelley Hancock, L.E.
To create and sustain a successful skin care business, professionals need to stay up-to-date with the ever-growing and changing aesthetic equipment technology. Today's clients are savvy and results-oriented. There is so much information readily available to them on the internet. They are investigating technologies and want to know that the professional is current as well. They are no longer satisfied with an old fashioned steam…
The majority of students currently in aesthetic schools are focused on working in a medical setting, although the perceptions are sometimes unclear. There are many benefits to having skin care professionals work alongside physicians, but the line between aesthetic services and medical services must be fully understood.  

Taking the Next Step: Planning a Solo Career in the Skin Care Profession

Written by Douglas Preston, L.E., president of The Inspired Esthetician
Many skin care professionals dream of starting and running their own private skin care spa. There are a number of assumptions that influence this big decision, including the presumed satisfaction of owning an independent business, having creative freedom, and fulfilling ambitions. However, it is important to push the pause button on this fantasy and take a deeper look at what it truly means to run…
Licensed aestheticians in Washington State have until January 15, 2015 to apply for the master aesthetician endorsement. This clause allows practicing aestheticians to increase their scope of practice. If no action has been made by January 15, 2015, aestheticians will be required to go back to school for additional training. You qualify if you:
Continuing education is a vital part of career growth in the aesthetic industry as well as the growth of every spa business. Educational classes are now being offered online, making it easier than ever to continue learning on your own schedule. You can even use your smartphone to access many online offerings! Countless companies are offering continuing education online as an innovative, educational program with…
Continuing education is often thought of as the minimum hours required by a state in order to maintain an aesthetics’ license. While this is a great way to keep up on the latest trends and technologies, some states do not require continuing education hours and the term can mean so much more. Whether or not your state requires continuing education hours, continual self-development is imperative…

The Importance of Continuing Education in Aesthetics

Written by Linda Gulla, founder of the International Institute for the Advancement of Aesthetic Medicine
When young aestheticians start out in their new journey, the opportunities are endless as to the direction of their career. At first, newly licensed aestheticians are eager to begin their careers and experience the fulfillment of her learning. As their careers progress over time, these aestheticians will discover what they love most about their field and may choose to pursue extensive schooling in one aspect…

Trends in Advanced Education

Written by Janet McCormick, M.S.
Aesthetics has come a long way in the United States since licensed professionals had to spell aesthetics for those who asked “what do you do?” Clients know what aesthetic services are now, and many have placed them firmly into their lifestyle must-haves. Due to this popularity, aesthetic schools are filled with students excited to join our profession, and committed aestheticians graduate with the fundamentals for…
Each of us has the potential to become more as a skin health professional than our license could ever reflect. As clinicians, we have the unique opportunity to change the way a person thinks about themselves — to help improve their self-image and self-esteem. Whether specializing in relaxing facials, makeup application, hair removal services or chemical peels, we all have the ability to make someone…
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