In the past, spa treatments have been aimed primarily at physical aesthetics, focusing solely on the body, with the mind as an afterthought. However, now, more than ever, placing mental wellness at the forefront of spa services is a hot trend in the industry. Today, many spas are incorporating treatments specifically designed for the mind and spirit into their menus. Meditation and mindfulness are particular…

That’s a Wrap: Heating Up the Treatment Room with Infrared Body Wraps

Written by Jennifer Gunzer, CEO and founder of Salt+Sweat
Infrared heat saunas offer a myriad of benefits and therapeutic effects. They are generally utilized for wellness and healing, calorie burning, and detoxification. They have also been used to stimulate cells and tissues, reduce inflammation, and promote heart health. Additionally, studies demonstrate that infrared sauna therapy aids neuromuscular recovery following athletic performance and endurance training. In a typical treatment, lying down in a supine position…
It is 2019 and spa owners need to think about ways to shift their focus to new and innovative techniques that will enhance their recruitment outlook and hiring processes. Finding a way to tap into the Generation Z and millennial workforce and reach qualified professionals who are highly experienced with massage, skin care, and aesthetic expertise can be difficult due to the number of hours…

Meteorites and Skin Care: Out-of-this-World or Keep Out of the Spa?

Written by Tanis Rhines, L.E., M.A., co-owner of Ask the Estheticians
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a meteorite and it’s heading straight for a jar of skin cream. When meteorites enter the earth’s atmosphere, they burn bright, forming a fireball called a shooting star. Ninety-nine percent disintegrate upon entry, creating star dust that drifts about in the atmosphere. A rare 1 percent comes crashing down to earth.1 Ninety percent of these space rocks are…

Real Talk: Dealing with Difficult Conversations

Written by Antonia Schreiber, licensed massage therapist, cosmetologist, and electrologist
Communication is an important part of being an aesthetician – not only with clients, but with colleagues and coworkers, as well. As life and work would have it, conflicts arise and can prove to make communication not only challenging, but also unpleasant at times. Whether a manager or not, at some point in a career, if not with some regularity, an individual will have to…

Sugar? No Thanks! The Truth About Glycation

Written by Annette Tobia, PhD, founder and CEO of Dynamis Skin Science
“Sugar and spice and everything nice” is what little girls were said to be made of, which is a lot better than the “snips and snails” that was the stuff of little boys. As a young girl, having sugar as a basic building block may seem fantastic, but when it comes to skin health and aging it is anything but. The simple truth is that…

There’s No Care Like Self-Care

Written by Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repêchage
Skin care professionals are always telling their clients that they need to take care of themselves, yet they may not be following their own advice. Overdoing it at work, especially as a service provider, can have multiple detrimental effects on a professional’s life overall. According to a July 2018 Gallup study on the effects of occupational burnout, people who say they very often or always…
SYNTHETICSYNTHETICSynthetic makeup brushes have bristles made up of man-made materials, like nylon or taklon, and are typically machine-made. These types of brushes have a sleek finish that pairs well with cream products and they often become rigid and stiff with use. NATURALNATURALMakeup brushes with natural bristles are made from natural sources, like goat, squirrel, sable, and fox hair or fur. They are usually hand-made, have…

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…

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