What to Know When Buying or Leasing A New Office Space

Written by Mara Shorr, BS, CAC II – XIV and Jay A. Shorr, BA, MBM-C, CAC I - XIV
Opening a new office is an incredibly exciting time! You’re going out on your own, hanging up your sign, hiring a team, and seeing clients on your terms. There is a lot to think about and so many items to purchase to make your space complete. However, when it comes to buying or leasing a new office space, there is plenty of room to negotiate…
Aging is inevitable. It will happen to everyone and no matter how hard they try to fight it. But, there is good news; there are ways to slow down the process. In order to slow down that process, skin care professionals must understand what the aging process is and how it affects the skin. Let’s start with the skin’s structure. Collagen and elastin are what…
Whether you are a newly licensed aesthetician or have been in practice for some time, you may be one of the many skin care professionals whose dream is to run an independent business. Think of the benefits that would follow: no boss, a flexible schedule, full creative freedom, and earning more money than as an employee. Who would not want this? Before jumping into an…

Round 1: Visualizing Victory

Written by Delilah Matos
Visualizing success can easily be viewed with skepticism. However, keep in mind that for generations, it has been a common practice among athletes, entertainers, and entrepreneurs. Many have been using visualization as a way to reach their goals. As a successful skin care entrepreneur, these same principles are no different. To tackle round one towards the first steps of success, professionals must visualize victory. In…
The stratum corneum is the skin’s barrier and is the top layer of the epidermis. In the epidermis, keratinocyte stem cells reside in the basal layer, which is the lowest layer of the stratified epithelia. These cells divide further and differentiate as they move upwards in the epidermis towards the stratum corneum. Found within the stratum corneum are corneocytes which are dead keratin-filled squamous cells…

Relax Clients, Not Standards

Written by Susan Preston
A spa should be a relaxing place for all clients. Women and men enjoy being pampered and taking a break from stress. As life becomes more hectic, the role of the skin care professional is to provide a haven where people can slow down for a short period and be the center of attention. To give clients the best experience, professionals should not become relaxed…
With winter upon us, the cooler weather brings about cozy sweaters, long pants, and, often, little desire for clients to keep up with their waxing services. With the change in season, getting dressed each morning now requires layer upon layer of clothing and no perceived need for hair removal services. Here are some tips and tricks to educate clients and keep them coming back, even…
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is a well- known quote that applies to almost any situation in life, but it is especially true in business. If you’re going to succeed in business, you’ll need money – a lot at first (startup capital) and, then, you’ll need a steady stream of money flowing in on a regular basis (cash flow). To make…

Cucumbers on puffy eyes soothe and reduce swelling.

Written by Janel Luu, founder, formulator, and CEO of Le Mieux Cosmetics and PurErb Herbology-based Skincare & Aromatherapy
Thumbing through a beauty magazine or a luxury resort brochure one will probably see the serene image of a recumbent woman wearing a pristine robe and artfully wrapped towel turban, her face slathered in a luscious cream mask with perfectly shaped cucumber slices carefully positioned over her eyes. But is there more to this iconic image of spa luxury and blissed-out relaxation? CURE OR CLICHÉ?…
For months, DERMASCOPE’s editorial team has been creating, developing, and strategizing for our first major announcement of 2019, and excited is an understatement. This year, in addition to the wonderful content provided in the print magazine, we are pleased to present 18 online exclusive columns each month. We’ve asked leading industry professionals to deliver monthly education on a variety of topics to be featured on…

Fact or Fiction: Steam opens up pores.

Written by Sara Fulton, co-founder and president of Vivant Skin Care
In a professional facial, steaming the skin is regarded as an essential element, but not for the reason many clients believe. While steaming provides multiple benefits to enhance the facial process, opening the pores is not one of them. The fact is, pores do not open and close. They are not a muscle. They are, in effect, the lungs of the body’s largest organ, the…
If I had to pick one word to describe this time of year it would be “change.” From trees empty of leaves, to falling snow, to “ringing out the old” with the New Year, change is eminent in this period between one year and the next. While change can often be a good thing, for some it can also be hard to accept. This is…
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One of the greatest responsibilities spa professionals take upon themselves is to create a safe and welcoming environment for clients. Although a primary client expectation is that an intended result is delivered within a clearly-defined scope of practice, it is just as essential to have positive energy generating and a comfortable setting for clients when they visit. There are different approaches to creating an ambiance that encourages a stress-free experience,…
Every time I attend an industry tradeshow, I inevitably learn about something new – from ingredients and products to updated treatment techniques and marketing strategies. With so many tradeshows in our industry, it can sometimes feel overwhelming with how quickly new products are being debuted or ingredients are being researched and discovered. That is why DERMASCOPE launched its Aestheticians’ Choice Awards in 2015 – to…
Sun damage is developed in two ways: by sunburns or through accumulated sun damage over time. Most people suffer from both. Most have experienced sunburns, mostly as children, and can remember the burning sensation, hot and swollen skin, consequent blisters and peeling, itchiness, and misery. Daily sun damage over years of exposure – even without burns or irritation – can go unnoticed for years, until…
For spas who would like to offer options for treating minor skin irregularities, such as clogged pores, skin tags, sebaceous hyperplasia, and so forth, specialty equipment can be a good…
When it comes to masks, there are so many products available on the market today that it can be overwhelming to know where to begin when choosing the right product.…
Choosing acne products must begin with education about acne. In order to have an effective treatment, today’s aesthetician must choose acne products that treat the causes of acne, rather than…
For professionals looking for hair removal methods outside of waxing or lasering, a natural hair removal product can be a great alternative. When it comes to choosing the right product,…
To address consumer demands, today’s skin care professional must be able to develop highly-customized treatment plans that provide thorough exfoliation, but do not necessarily promote visible skin peeling. Fruit enzymes…