A Toxin-Free Spa: Preventing Harm from Common Environmental Irritants

Written by Erin Madigan-Fleck NMD, CDT, LMC, LEI, owner of DermaEducationTV Post Graduate Esthetic Training
Individuals are exposed to damaging environmental influences daily from the sun and chemicals in their cars, homes, and work environments. The spa and aesthetic setting are not excluded from external stimuli that may impact the professional’s health and the client’s health. Respiratory and skin sensitivities are among the most common influences that may be diminished through carefully planned preventative safety measures. Here are common environmental…
While few would drink a glass of expired milk or eat that container of unidentifiable leftovers lurking at the back of the refrigerator, many individuals – professionals and clients alike – use skin care and beauty products far past their prime. Whether this is caused by penny pinching or ignorance, using products beyond their shelf life can lead to less efficacy and potential for bacteria…

New Year, New Trends: Popular Facial Treatments for the Spa in 2019

Written by Ruby William, freelance writer in Deerfield Beach, Florida
Chemical peels were the leading type of facial treatment throughout the country in 2017. According to statistics, 2.82 million Americans used facials four times or more within six months in 2018. Thanks to non-surgical and non-invasive cosmetic procedures, lasers, peels, and hydradermabrasion are becoming more popular than ever. As people are becoming more welcoming to the cosmetic industry, both men and women are considering undergoing…

Botox Versus Fillers: What's the Difference?

Written by Donna April Serure, M.D.
With the wide range of nonsurgical cosmetic treatments available today, it can be difficult to decide which option might be the best. Is Botox the best choice to smooth pesky wrinkles or are injectable fillers a better option? When searching for the perfect injectable treatment to combat the visible signs of aging on the face, it is critical to understand the differences between Botox and…
No doubt, the spa business is making tremendous progress these days with the growing tendency of today’s generation to look beautiful and appealing. Many spa professionals are finding it difficult to manage the growing list of clients. Using spa management software can streamline a professional’s business in 2019, so they will be able to contact more customers and generate sufficient business operations. Let’s see how…

CBD: Here to Stay or Gone Tomorrow?

Written by Matthew Kane, president and co-founder of Complete Body Daily
CBD-infused skin care products emerged as one of the most interesting and talked about new product categories in 2018 and the market is set to triple this year. “Have you tried CBD?” is a common question asked from the ski slopes of Wyoming all the way to the country clubs of the south. So, how did hemp (low-THC cannabis) extracts make such a splash? One…

Epigenetics: Taking Control of the Genetic Code

Written by Wallace Nelson, N.D., president of M’lis
The average individual’s understanding of the role of genetics in their life is often mistaken. From Darwin on down, people have been told that they were born with a genetic code stamped onto them that dictates the very fiber of their being. But, this is wrong. Well, maybe not entirely wrong, but it is far from entirely right. The reality is, inherited genetics ― the…

Product Lifecycle

Written by Devon Kirk, director of sales, marketing, and PR at GetPayroll
The product life cycle encompasses the period of time from when you have an idea for a product or service is conceived, to when it is developed and brought to market, to when it is removed from the market to be replaced with another product or service. There are four stages of a product lifecycle: introduction, growth, maturity, and decline. Introduction: This stage is when…

Beauty Inside Out: The Role of Healthy Eating and Supplements

Written by Pedro Ortega Dardet, president of Wilma Schumann Skin Care
Nutraceuticals for the best skin, hair, and nails are here to stay. The lines between protecting the skin, using effective skin care products, and incorporating nutritional supplementation into a daily regimen are all joining together. The objective is one holistic approach designed to ensure that individuals can achieve their healthiest skin, hair, and nails. Vitamins, supplements, pre- and probiotics, nutraceuticals, antioxidants, and peptides are among…

Stop A Fire Before It Starts Fire-Prevention Safety in the Spa

Written by Lora Condon, L.E., beauty consumer advocate known as “The Beauty Buster”
While every salon and spa owner’s worst nightmare is having a fire destroy years of hard work, dedication, and love, every year, thousands of salons and spas experience a fire and most of them are 100 percent preventable. With the flick of a switch, a business can be up in flames. This makes prevention key and a must for every business. This article will highlight…

Birch Juice

Written by Elina Fedotova, founder and CEO of Elina Organics
The beauty industry is constantly searching for new, active, botanical ingredients in order to create more effective, natural skin care products. Birch juice, which is also called birch sap or birch water, is becoming increasingly popular among skin care formulators because it is a great source of detoxifying, healing, hydrating, and nourishing phytonutrients. It also has a small molecular size, which makes it readily absorbed…

Wax Training: Red Flags and Key Traits to Look for in Proper Wax Education

Written by Deanna Derthick, International Educator for Depileve’s Waxing Company and Global Beauty Network
Proper waxing training is essential in delivering an efficient wax treatment while avoiding unnecessary pain, irritation, or injury to the client. Yet, far too often, aesthetic students do not receive adequate training and graduate from school with no idea what they are doing. It is very common for spas to hire outside training for staff because the staff never received proper training to work on…

The PH Balancing Act: Keeping Skin Youthful and Healthy

Written by Alissa de Jongh, ND, owner of Glacé Skin Therapy
Think back to basic chemistry and how exciting it was when the teacher passed around the litmus paper. Would it turn blue or red and what would it mean when the color did appear? That information was important back in school for getting good grades, but understanding it is even more important today, as it could mean the difference between healthy glowing skin or dull…

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginia)

Written by Rachel Dupree
Witch hazel is a traditional, herbal remedy passed down from Native Americans. Used for hundreds of years, it originates from the extracts of the witch hazel plant. Both the bark and the leaves are highly astringent, though the bark is most often used. Most traditional, natural remedies are distilled from fresh leaves and young twigs and combined with around 14% alcohol as a carrier base.…
MOISTURIZINGProducts that are moisturizing in nature are geared towards improving dry skin by decreasing water loss. Dry skin lacks oil and does not produce enough lipid cells on its own. Moisturizing products help trap the skin’s natural oils and lipids, preventing water loss and locking in moisture. Dry skin is a specific skin type that benefits from the use of moisturizing products. HYDRATINGHydrating products aim…

It’s Time to Unplug: The Impact of Minimizing Device Use on Overall Health and Wellness

Written by Leah Simon-Clarke, L.E., founder and consultant at Voussoir, Inc.
Human biochemistry is complicated. Individuals operate best with a healthy supply of nutrients, rest, and recovery time. When considering how to encourage clients to put a healthy self care routine in place, nothing will have a greater impact than modeling good habits. Show clients what is possible by implementing practices first-hand. This can lead to a healthier business practice and environment. One area of healthy…
Biotin, also known as vitamin H or B-7, has numerous benefits for the body. From the nails to the nervous system, just small, daily amounts of this complex B vitamin will leave any one looking and feeling better. A main function of biotin is to break down protein and fat in the body. Because the nails, hair, and skin are all made up of keratin,…

Hair Comes the Fun: Quick Tips for Minimizing Side Effects of Hair Removal

Written by Corey A. Williams, founder of Industry Cosmetics My Skin & Co.
Over 80 percent of clients suffer from one form or another of skin irritation associated with the hair removal process. The most common side effects of hair removal are ingrown hairs, razor bumps, redness, and inflammation. In fact, many men and women may be particularly prone to ingrown hairs. Whether an aesthetician specializes in waxing, sugaring, or laser hair removal, they will still have clients…
Whether it is an overbearing coworker or a frustrating client, dealing with difficult people from time to time is a fact of life. Here are a couple of tips for getting along better with others. Slow Down There is great value in being contemplative and reflective. Take time to pause and think about people, situations, and events that cause stress or frustration. Often this simple…

A Place of Peace

Written by Andrea Gregaydis, L.E., lead instructor at the Aesthetic Science Institute
A smile, an attentive posture, and a nod of acknowledgement all sound like simple actions. But they can all have a profound effect on overall environment and client and staff morale.
Upkeep of aesthetic equipment, in many cases, is just as expensive as purchasing the technology. Whether the practice is small or part of a larger network, proper upkeep can dramatically improve the bottom line. If professionals perform proper maintenance on aesthetic technology, the equipment will need to be sent in for repairs far less often and the bill will be reduced.

Ten Things About … Spa Safety

Written by Lydia Sarfati
Maintaining optimum safety standards when running a spa is the most important duty a spa owner and manager must fulfill. Adhering to state and federal regulations is required by law and anything less can result in criminal violation. It is also good business. Clients deserve the very best and that means a clean and safe environment. The benefits of following regulations are not only for…
DO: Make goals and plans to achieve them. The end of the year is the perfect time to assess and adjust efforts to retain current clients, gain new clients, increase retail, and increase service sales.

Previous Employment: When to Look Back and When to Move On

Written by Maxie Frericks, L.E.I., medical aesthetician at Velvet Day Spa
An employer often wants to hire someone that is an asset to their organization, someone that they can trust and will stay with them for the long-run. However, things are not like they used to be. Back in the day, an employee would be hired and could often be counted on to stay in their current job until retirement. Today, there are endless opportunities and…
Eyelash extensions have proven to be a service that is here to say. The results are instant and can shave 10 years off a client’s face. It is a popular service, but very hard to find a great stylist. This is because the industry is in its infancy. Depending on the state, eyelash extensions can be loosely or not at all regulated. This gives rise…
Makeup foundation formulas indicate the coverage level when applied to the skin (from heavy to sheer). This can be described as: camouflage, cake, cream, greasepaint, mousse, airbrush, mineral, powder, liquid, BB/CC cream, or tinted moisturizer. Different foundation formulas provide different finishes, including matte, satin, and dewy. Each makeup brand formulates their skin tone range – not all are the same or have as many color…
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…
Over 3 million cases of folliculitis are reported each year in the United States. Folliculitis presents as infected hair follicles. Bacterial folliculitis occurs due to a presence of bacteria (usually staph) and inflamed cells within the ostia (opening) and the wall of a hair follicle that produces a follicular pustule. Hot tubs, or heated pools that are not pH-balanced, are the culprits for pseudomonas or…

Saddle up, Skin Care: Introducing Horse Fat into a Routine

Written by Anabel De La Vega, certified license specialist and author of TAO – The Art of Relaxation
Horses adjust their body temperatures by secreting sweat, similar to the way a human does. The structure of a horse’s skin and fatty acid are amazing compared to those of mankind. Horse fat is a good moisturizer for all skin types because it is not sticky. Horse fat is an unsaturated fatty acid containing plenty of linoleic acid (omega-6) – which can be very effective…
Fifty-four percent of consumers use the internet to search for local businesses, like aesthetic practices and spas, at least once every month, according to BrightLocal. To convince them to schedule appointments at their business, professionals need a positive, widespread online reputation.Online reputation is made up of all the things people see about a business on the web. This includes items professionals control, such as their…
DO: Spend some time decluttering. It is easy to accumulate unnecessary stuff without realizing it. Reorder and assess what needs to go.

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