Surrendering to Self Care

Written by Catherine Atzen, L.E., MBA, founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic Skin Care
An aesthetician’s work can be tiring and emotionally draining. Working in a spa is not as relaxing as visiting a spa as a client. Demands are numerous, clients’ expectations are high, and schedules change a lot. Days are long. Sometimes, aestheticians do not allow themselves to receive as much care as they give their clients. Nurturing and caring for self is essential for an aesthetician’s…
Thanks to modern marvels in health and beauty, great skin is not only easily attainable, but may even be as close as a salad plate. The benefits of this nutritious superfood extend far beyond its internal merits. Not to be cast aside as yet another passing trend, kale is making its mark in skin care, possibly solidifying its place in a skin care array. Long-term…
Waxing and threading are common hair removal methods that many clients look forward to in order to maintain their eyebrows. For best results, professionals should remind clients to follow these steps before treatment: Cleanse and exfoliate skin before a treatment in order to avoid breakouts and redness If waxing, do not use any products containing alpha hydroxy acids or retinol Do not attempt a wax…
Ongoing medical breakthroughs have broadened the treatment options in the field of antiaging. These innovations give patients the desired benefits with faster onset and longer-lasting results. Experienced professionals can choose simple treatments, like facials, exfoliation, dermabrasion, and dermaplaning, and light-based therapies, such as laser, IPL, and LED treatment. For more dramatic results, professionals can use botulinum toxin and filler injections before considering surgeries. These treatments…

The Foundations of Nutritional Health and their Relationship to Skin

Written by Cassandra Lanning, LME, NTP, The Renegade Esthetician
Internal skin care, like topical skin care, should be addressed methodically, not haphazardly. Everything that happens, happens for a reason, and skin care professionals need to find the reason that these things are happening. They have to think logically and linearly, rather than randomly, to get to the root cause of dysfunction. Internal health, like topical health, has dysfunctions that have a root cause in…

Bad Reputation: Two Misunderstood Skin Care Ingredients

Written by Susannah Courteau, L.E., spa director at Sunbear Salon & Medspa and skin health consultant at BREVENA
After a long day at the spa, you come home wanting a glass of wine. Do you choose an organic, high-quality, French wine or the cheap five-dollar bottle that is full of additives, sulfites, and dyes? Both are wine but vastly different from each other. Likewise, a single skin care ingredient could be valuable or damaging depending how it is used. Let’s break down just…
This time of year, with the longer, darker days and cooler temperatures of fall and winter, true emotional and physiological changes occur within the body and mind. It takes more energy to get up and go when the body wants to stay in and rest. Seasonally apparent, these moods feel like a case of the blues, indecision, apathy, fatigue, and irritability. Aptly referred to as…

Just Breathe: Using Breath to Reduce Stress

Written by Robert Sachs, L.M.T., co-founder of Diamond Way Ayurveda
As a spa professional, whether in massage or aesthetics, when you are at your best, clients feel the intelligence of your touch and the goodness of heart with which they are received on the treatment table or chair. This is what makes what is offered memorable to clients. And, yet, hectic schedules, home, and other demands leave you distracted at best and overwrought at worst,…

A Closer Look at Lanolin

Written by Ahmed Abdullah, MD, FACS, FICS, founder of Lexli Skin Care
Lanolin is a skin care ingredient that has ridden a wave of high and low popularity throughout its long history. First discovered by ancient Greeks to treat the skin, it has been used ever since in products like moisturizers, hand creams, and more. A waxy substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep and found in wool, lanolin is both an occlusive that…

Gut Instincts: Addressing Internal Health to Improve Skin Health

Written by Trey Tanella, CFMP, BPC, COO of BOHO Alternative Med Spa
How does gut health relate to skin care? What does the gut have to do with beauty? Most people already know one of the main jobs of the skin is to keep all the toxins in the world out of the body – the gut is the same way. It is an extension of skin that gets folded into a tube, regulating the things going…

Spa Optics: Designing a Space for Clients and Staff

Written by Josefin Roth, brand manager of LivNordic
There are certain things to consider when planning and designing any space, no less in a spa environment. Safety and security are highly important, due to the factor of clients getting undressed, as well as hygiene and cleanliness, which need to be considered in every aspect of the staff and guest’s journey. A great guest flow and proper space for back of house, as well…

Age Management: 3 Essential Factors for Healthy Aging

Written by by Danné Montague-King, founder of DMK- Danné Montague-King
No matter how many skin treatments one has, injections or surgery, if the internal system of the body is compromised with nutritional deficits (lack of exercise and excess alcoholic beverages, drug abuse, and so forth) the cells of the body will not respond with a normal rhythm of proliferation. Likewise, inflammation appears, followed by chronic pain, all of which shows up on the skin of…
Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, has recently stepped into the spotlight within the wellness community as this Japanese practice now finds itself at the forefront of wellness and spa retreats. Forest bathing melds nature with mindfulness to not only improve health, but also boost immunity and mood. With help from a trained guide, wellness seekers can indulge in the beauty of nature while releasing their mind.…
Cold processed skin care products are quickly rising to the forefront of the latest beauty trends in the skin care industry. The unique factors that make cold processing so drastically different from regular skin care products hinges on its ability to keep active ingredients like botanicals, vitamins, antioxidants, essential oils, and extracts from breaking down. Regular skin care products that contain ingredients like these are…

Victims of Sex Trafficking – What to Look for in the Spa and How to Help

Written by Stephanie Andresen-Stevens, L.E., owner of Brilliant Bodywork
In 2008, I was a brand new aesthetician. I worked alone most of the time in a 350-square-foot office suite in the little town of Onalaska, Wisconsin. I was completely oblivious to sex trafficking, let alone how to spot a potential victim of trafficking until I had an eerie incident that led me to do my research. One day, a man called my spa to…
With the many alternative skin care products on the market, waterless skin care products are finally making their debut within western societies. Popular in Korean skin care routines, waterless skin care gives consumers the option to use products that leave out the 70% of water found in most lotions and creams. These waterless skin care products allow for the remaining 30% to become the main…
In today’s beauty market, the options for maintaining, treating, and glamorizing eyebrows are endless. With so many options for clients to choose from, it is the job of the professional to steer them in the right direction. Microblading, microshading, waxing, threading, and tinting are among the most common and popular methods for eyebrow enhancement. Helping clients understand the benefits of each can aid them in…
Retinoids, topical vitamin A, are widely considered the undisputed champions of skin care. This superhero ingredient has been clinically proven to banish wrinkles, diminish hyperpigmentation and improve skin texture, and is one of the most effective ingredients for treating acne. Other noteworthy benefits include epidermal thickening and increase of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). The importance of retinol was discovered in the early 1900s, and subsequent research showed…
Clients and consumers love makeup, but do aestheticians? In 2018, makeup sales reached $8.1 billion and skin care sales were $5.6 billion, according to the NPD Group, an American market research company. “The number of consumers using makeup reached 67% in 2018 – an increase of six percentage points over two years ago.” The consistent growth in the makeup category presents an area of opportunity…
Have you heard of corneotherapy? If not, be prepared to hear and see it popping up in the skin care industry more and more, especially on the holistic side of the industry, as skin care professionals are looking to tackle the underlying cause (immune response) by treating the outer layer of skin. Corneotherapy is a newer field of skin treatment within the fields of dermatology…

CBD and Drug Testing – What Passes and What Does Not?

Written by Emily Davis, L.E., president of education at Color Up Therapeutics
With the growth in CBD-infused skin care products and treatments, it is likely clients are asking questions related to drug testing. Skin care professionals can ease their concerns by explaining that the external use of pure isolated CBD skin care does not affect random drug tests. Drug panels test for THC and not CBD. THC is the psychoactive cousin to non-intoxicating CBD and is the…
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