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…
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, occurs when the conjunctiva becomes inflamed. It turns very pink or red due to its many blood vessels dilating in response to an irritant.…
In the spa industry, professionals are usually very busy taking care of clients, preparing their spas for seasonal events and sales, and working extra hours to accommodate everyone during the…
When today’s baby boomers first entered the workforce, and went on to take it over, employees came to their place of employment and, if all went as planned, stayed there…

What’s Your Recipe: How do you inspire healthy competition?

Written by Erin Lucie, DNP, FNP-C, doctor of nursing practice, cosmetologist, and clinical director at CryoMed Clinic
The key to creating a healthy, competitive environment for a spa is teamwork. Addressing staff as a team is the first step. This sets the tone that it is not…
Time at work consumes the majority of waking hours for many people. The workplace can feel like a second home to some. For others, it can be a hostile environment.…

What’s your recipe for understanding ingredient lists?

Written by by Catherine Atzen, M.B.A., CIDESCO, founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic® Skin Care
Ingredient lists displayed on retail products abide by the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI), which is an internationally-recognized system of identifying all ingredients in a product. Ingredients in concentration…

How do you help clients improve their self-esteem?

Written by Tasha D. Manigo-Bizzell, owner of Muse Wellness Company
Unhealthy self-esteem is closely linked to an unhealthy addiction to perfectionism. This addiction breeds more insecurity, which further decimates self-esteem. Many have watched others endure great stress to be perfect,…

What's your recipe for proper moisture balance in skin?

Written by by Janel Luu, founder and CEO of Le Mieux Cosmetics
As the months speed by and seasons change, skin undergoes changes too, such as dehydration, flaking, roughness, redness, and cracks – all of which are signs of imbalance in the…
Sleep is a time to recover, repair, and restore damage to the body that is created from the stresses of the day. In response to stress, people produce more cortisol.…
People are curious by nature and, for the most part, the more they know, the more likely they are to either try something new, make recommendations to friends and family,…
by Mara Shorr, B.S., CAC II-XII and Jay A. Shorr, B.A., MBM-C, CAC I-XII In the age of social media, it is easy for everyone to think they are an…

What’s your recipe for surviving as an aesthetician in a technology-driven future?

Written by Douglas Preston, L.E., owner of Preston Skin Center, Preston Beauty Professional, and Preston Private Label Products
Scientific advances in health and skin care have created excitement among today’s aesthetic professionals. It has also caused concern that the role of the aesthetician could be marginalized or even…

What’s your recipe for treating skin under a beard?

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E., founder of Cole Skincare for Men
The era of beards has been resurrected. Beards are trending and men are grooming their facial hair with pride. Savvy beard growers are investing a lot in their grooming and…

What’s your recipe for providing luxurious treatments to clients?

Written by Heather Kreider, co-owner of Makes Scents Natural Spa Line
The spa industry is a trade of hospitality and service. At its center are friendliness, warmth, compassion, and giving. Creating this atmosphere is not optional; it is a must. Clients…
Almost a decade ago, there was a client that would come to the spa with a whiskey in one hand and an unlit cigar in the other. Although he would…

What’s your recipe for broken capillaries?

Written by Erin Lucie, D.N.P., clinical director with CryoMed Clinic
Broken capillaries are inefficient, useless vessels. These tiny, web-like vessels can appear anywhere on the body, but are predominately present on the face and legs, which can make clients extremely…
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