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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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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…

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…
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…

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…
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…
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…
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…

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…

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…
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…

The Quarterly Distributor Benchmarking Survey

Written by Professional Beauty Association
Second quarter results from the Professional Beauty Association's (PBA) Quarterly Distributor Benchmarking Survey are out and highly positive for reporting companies and the industry as a whole. A majority of…
The great inventor Thomas Edison once said, "Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." This equation is also applicable to success in the skin care industry. Perspiration –…
This article will address the development of a man’s coordination of awareness regarding good skin care and the origins of their belief systems. These systems of accumulated experiences, whether internal…
Spas are relaxing, pampering and non-invasive places of retreat from daily life, right? Although partly true, thinking this may limit the possibilities available. Of course we do not need to…
More than any other profession the field of aesthetics captures what it is to be beautiful.  Being an aesthetician is like living a fantasy in the adult work world. Above…
This article addresses questions aestheticians frequently ask as they are trying to make wise choices to further their education, develop existing skills and knowledge, expand their earning capabilities, and fulfill…
I am often asked the question, “What equipment should I invest in?”, by colleagues who are new to the industry or those trying to decide what piece of equipment they…
Remember your first grade teacher and how kind and wonderful she or he was? Did they teach you how to read, write, or tie your shoe? What makes a particular…
With all of the growth in the spa industry some of us curious minds are wondering just where all of this is going. Just five years ago, I recall delivering…
As a spa professional, you want to provide the best possible treatment for your clients. Providing the best treatment is reliant on 50 percent technique and 50 percent product. In…
Consumers should not be afraid to make an appointment at a “mediclinical” spa because of complex words like aesthetics, paramedical, and cosmeceutical. These words have one mission in common: consumer…
The industry has been abuzz for the last few years about Light Emitting Diodes (LED, also known as Photodynamic Therapy or Light Therapy) for acne clients, but what does it…
Aesthetics has come a long way in the U.S. since licensed professionals had to spell ‘aesthetics’ for those who asked ‘what do you do?’ Clients know what aesthetic services are…

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  • Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics & CosmetologyChristine Valmy International School of...Description: Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics & Cosmetology offers a quality education in the beauty industry, based on the teachings of the Founder of Esthetics in the United States—Ms. Christine Valmy. Ms. Valmy opened her very first school ...