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Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit faster than hearing Christmas music while I am at the store or seeing twinkle lights on neighborhood rooftops. I have enjoyed the holidays since I was a kid. I always look forward to the family, the food, and the time off at the end of the year. And this year, I have yet another joy to look forward…
As it is DERMASCOPE’s 40th anniversary, we decided to expand on all of this year’s special sections. In our September issue, we are using our pages to focus on breast cancer and how it has become intertwined within the spa industry. We took every angle we could when it comes to breast cancer and aesthetics. We interviewed oncology aestheticians, researched cutting edge complementary spa treatments,…
Each year, DERMASCOPE shines the spotlight on retail as a main theme for one issue. And each year, we publish articles that offer new and alternative ways to capture profitability.
It is commonly understood that competition is a good force that presses us to do our best. When we are pressed to achieve, we grow. When we grow, our potential to achieve grows with us. While there are certain areas or situations in our lives where unhealthy competition can develop (relationships, for example), it is a powerful and positive motivational tool and the very basis…
In an industry where fads pop up every season, we can certainly expend enormous resources trying to determine which are worth embracing and will lead us to the newest trend. Clients might be coming to your spa expecting to experience the newest product they discovered on Pinterest or have the skin treatment they heard Kim Kardashian gets every week.
Marketing. It is such a broad and important subject that an entire year of DERMASCOPE Magazine could be devoted to the subject in order to effectively bring readers up to date on such a critical aspect of business. And, sooner than we could absorb that information, new strategies, terms, resources, and ideas would be coming into play. To be sure, marketing is always a moving…
It seems as though the term ‘wellness’ is popping up more and more in today’s society. While in the spa industry wellness might have always been an important element to every aesthetician’s surroundings, the rest of the world is finally catching on and bringing more attention to this term.
I am particularly excited to share this issue of DERMASCOPE Magazine! Our staff has been gathering editorial content for months and I am positive that the information we have collected will provide very useful. In this issue, you will find the feature articles to focus on both summer skin and social media.
Achieving success financially as a result of being charitable or behaving well can be easier said than done. Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” While people understand the difference between growths for the sake of profit versus for the good of others, it is questionable if a business really can make money by doing more good in the world.
The year 2015 has officially arrived! As with each New Year, it brings new challenges and new opportunities. This, of course, provides an excellent time to contemplate the potential to reorganize, improve, or otherwise advance our careers, personal goals, or growth in general. This is evidenced by the surge of gym memberships sold in January, the majority of which will not continue commitment past March.
Surely I am not alone when I say that this time of the year is always my favorite. From white chocolate peppermint mochas to the crisp, cold Northern air... Wood crackling in the fireplace and neighborhood houses decorated with twinkling lights…
Each holiday is designed to provide a respite from our toiling and bring friends and family together to celebrate. Because the origins of Thanksgiving are to celebrate a bountiful harvest, this particular holiday always reminds me of the opportunity to be aware and thankful for so many things in my life. While family and friends are on my short list of gratitude, I find it…
A day of mine never passes without scrolling across someone's post or pin or tweet regarding an inspirational quote or picture that my friends have shared through social media. It seems that images have become a dominant method to express quotes and society resonates with the messages read. The shocking number of times I have been told to “dance like nobody's watching” makes me stop…
I was really surprised to discover how difficult it was to come up with statistics on the number of bloggers on the Internet. There are many conflicting estimates, primarily because most blogging websites are quickly abandoned or rarely updated… So after uncovering these figures, and having just started a blog of my own, I am feeling motivated to keep mine updated – I definitely cannot…
Whether it is from the movie, a spin off segment on the morning radio show, or the ever so often voice inside my head, the phrase ‘let it go’ seems to pop up everywhere around me. Originally meant to mean ‘resisting to do something,’ letting go these days carries a bit of a different meaning. Google it now and you will find words more along…
I have spent the last few weeks spinning in circles from my busy schedule. While I have the magazine to publish, I also run a martial arts school on nights and weekends. In addition, it seems like holidays, birthdays, vacations, weddings and graduation parties have filled up every spare minute. Sometimes it is hard to catch my breath. On the positive side, these events provided…
Have you had a chance to attend a tradeshow this year? What about a local seminar, workshop or online webinar? In a profession like ours, it is crucial to stay up-to-date with the latest education, developments and trends. Seminars, workshops, and webinars provide the chance to learn and grow, but, for me, tradeshows are the pinnacle. They are a top priority every year. They provide…
It has been a positive, forward-moving, and productive year for me. And now tradeshow season has begun. The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa kicked off in Miami last month, and this month professionals from all over the southwest are headed to Dallas. When you think of attending a tradeshow, what comes to mind? My first thoughts are the networking opportunities – catching up with…
When you finish my Editor’s Note and start to flip through the magazine, you will begin to notice that this issue has more valuable resources in addition to the educational feature stories on hormones and ethnic skin. Beyond the primary topics of this particular issue, there is plenty of content that touches base on a series of different material. From our monthly case study (April…
Twenty years ago this month, my father became Associate Publisher of DERMASCOPE Magazine. Not so coincidentally, this month I accept the same position. As you might know from my previous editor’s notes through the years, I have grown up in the world of aesthetics where my passion has continued to evolve. I have become a beneficiary of many important relationships. Between industry legends and world…
It is difficult to believe it has been 20 years since I wrote my first Publisher’s note in DERMASCOPE Magazine. My predecessor, Ron Renee developed DERMASCOPE from a newsletter he created for the Aesthetics International Association (AIA) in 1972. Ron owned several cosmetology schools and a successful beauty supply business. Throughout the 1960s he was a regular attendee at hair tradeshows in Europe where he…
Some people consider the saying “Jack of all trades, master of none” somewhat derogatory. My perspective is different being raised in a family business. When my parents met, my father was a devoted entrepreneur and my mother an aesthetician. After they married, my father decided to train as a massage therapist and open a spa with my mom. He also obtained his aesthetics license and…
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was quoted during his inaugural address: “Things in life will not always run smoothly. Sometimes we will be rising toward the heights – then all will seem to reverse itself and start downward. The great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever upward, that a line drawn through the middle of the peaks and…
I am proud to unveil the special issue of DERMASCOPE Magazine – The 2014 Products and Education Guide. Our team has compiled an in-depth, updated directory for you, our valued skin care professionals. We bring you all of our industry resources and help you reference the best products, services and post-graduate education in the aesthetics industry.
Happy holidays! I hope this letter finds you in a joyful holiday spirit. This time of the year is certainly my favorite. Taking the time off from my everyday schedule gives me a chance to recharge for the upcoming New Year, as well as spend quality with my husband and kids. For the past few years, we have been traveling to visit my family and,…
While researching on Forbes.com the other day, I came across a list of 10 words that should be “erased from your vocabulary – immediately.” Being an editor, I instantly became intrigued with what this list could consist of. Personally, I believe that if certain words should not be in my vocabulary, they definitely should not be included in writing… and after reading the list, I…
While scrolling in my social media app the other day, a cute quote passed on the screen. It had a simple drawing of Winnie the Pooh and his friend Piglet. The text read above it: “What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. While I am not quite sure what made me stop to read a Winnie the Pooh quote,…
Creating new habits can be hard. Breaking old habits can be even harder. Both are required for growth and healthy living. When taking the time to learn something new in your life, most often it can feel gratifying to reach a significant goal. Besides the benefit of learning something new, you have also improved yourself for the better. Most of these positive improvements can be…
Creating new habits can be hard. Breaking old habits can be even harder. Both are required for growth and healthy living. When taking the time to learn something new in your life, most often it can feel gratifying to reach a significant goal. Besides the benefit of learning something new, you have also improved yourself for the better. Most of these positive improvements can be…
Juggling the necessities of a personal life and a career is an unending test. We deal with so many things on a day-to-day basis: advancing in our career; developing our relationship with our significant other; catching up with friends; raising our children; helping our elderly; constantly growing, whether physically, spiritually or mentally; dabbling in a hobby; tackling the household chores; and keeping up with the…
Considering today's busy world, sometimes we do not notice when we put others before ourselves. Day-to-day demands of work, education, marriage, children, in-laws, friends, and even pets can make us feel like a professional juggler of priorities. At times it feels as though there is just too much going on in our life! To top it all off, it might feel as though there is…
Within seconds of first meeting someone, we unconsciously judge the person. After forming the first impression, we normally do not go beyond it to look for any accuracy in our perception – unless it seems like a serious situation. While this is an innate characteristic in us all, how we prepare for our first impression with others can pave a road to a positive lasting…
Vince Lombardi is considered to be the most successful professional football coach of all time. A popular story of Coach Lombardi comes to mind from his infamous "This is a Football" speech. During the first team meeting of the pre-season, the legendary coach would gather all of the players on his NFL team together in the locker room. He would hold up a football and…
I am probably in the minority with the following statement, but I love spring cleaning! I love the organization… the cleaning… the figurative breath of fresh air and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with a clutter-free space. I find that it promotes optimistic thoughts, helps me gain clarity, and creates a sense of success. There is just something about having a clean space that makes…
I recently read a quote of someone referring to New Year’s resolutions going “in one year, out the other.” I could not help but give a little laugh. But is this not true of most of us? It seems that in such a trying economy, resolutions to spend less money and save more would be almost a required priority. But unfortunately, our good intentions get…
Greetings, and welcome to an exciting new year. All of us at DERMASCOPE wish you happiness and prosperity in all your endeavors. I draw the inspiration for my opening message from the many replies we received from readers to our monthly Closing Thoughts department. Each month, we pose a question on our website and encourage our readers to provide feedback on their experiences. We then…
Welcome to the month of December! For adults and children worldwide this is probably the most anticipated month of the year. In fact, preparations for this month seem to begin earlier and earlier every year. Just recently, I made a quick stop at my local grocery store to pick up a few items and as soon as I entered the store my ears were bombarded…
A kaleidoscope of sun-kissed golden hues of gold and orange paint the sky and nature; pumpkins, scarecrows and dried cornstalks decorate front yards and porches; cheers of team spirit and camaraderie herald through crisp fall air at football games; cool, windy breezes and the billowing of smoke from chimneys; warm cups of cocoa or tea being grasped while snuggling under a soft blanket; the sweet…
As a young girl, time seemed to go by at such a slow pace. While in elementary school, I wished to be in intermediate; while in junior high, I could not wait to be in high school; and ironically by the time I was in high school, I was counting down the days until I graduated. Then, in what seemed like a blink of an…
The month of September is upon us and for many it signifies a month of transition. Although the weather still signifies the hot temperatures of the summer months, it also means the return of school and the end of summer vacation. Change is in the air during the month of September, and Jessica Millsaps captures the month beautifully through the words in her poem, September…
In our July issue, we focused on the largest organ of the body, our skin, and how body treatments play an integral part in its overall health. Within our August issue we take this concept a step farther by focusing on exfoliation.  Our skin holds us together and protects us from harm, but did you also know that it is constantly changing, always evolving and…
Our skin, like our heart, lungs and kidneys, is an organ. Actually, as most of you are aware, it is the largest organ in the human body. Sadly, however, most people take their skin for granted, not even realizing everything it does for them; that is until a problem arises! But our skin has a crucial job to do. Not only does it literally hold…
Summer time is here! For me, this time of year signifies long, sunny days spent at the lake or on the beach. In my childhood, these summer mornings included the sounds of me and my sisters running around, laughing and bubbling over with joy at the prospect of what the day had in store for us.
The golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is a well known saying. Whether you are a religious person or not, this rule, also known as the Ethic of Reciprocity, sets a standard that most people strive to follow. Simply put, we should strive to treat other people as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
When I step into a business, whether it be a spa, grocery store, or even a gas station there are a couple of things I pay attention to. Is the business clean and inviting? Does it carry the items I'm looking for? Are their prices reasonable? Then, last but definitely not least … customer service. Was I greeted when I entered? Are their employees helpful…
Spring is in the air and the cool, cold weather of the winter months is coming to an end. A sense of awakening thrives as flowers begin to bloom and grass begins to experience a rebirth with its vibrant green colors. The month of March is fresh, fabulous and beautiful!
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