As aestheticians, the biggest responsibility is ensuring the safety of each client. As most skin care professionals learn in school and every continuing education class taken, sanitation is a must. It helps in ensuring that germs, bacteria, and disease will not be spread. With full books and little down time in between clients, it can be easier to make mistakes in sanitation practices. Staying organized…
Who is not looking for tips for treating mature skin? At the top of the list are our clients, and the skin care professional had better have some answers or they will be looking elsewhere. The bottom line is that no one wants to age, especially not prematurely. So, what to do and where to start? First, understand and accept that everyone ages. Aging is…

Gluten-Free Skin Care

Written by Liz Garrison
Gearing up to carry a gluten-free skin care line? Gluten-free is a food trend that has spilled into the realm of skin care. All things gluten-free seem to be selling fast, including rice and beans, which have always been gluten-free. Somehow, saying it on the package makes even the most mundane products fly off the shelves. But, how many clients really need gluten-free in their…

Skin Baselining

Written by Robert Manzo
When treating skin for any type of condition, whether it be acne, redness, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, or other typical conditions, it is critical to understand the role of the skin’s microbiome and barrier function. Let’s examine acne, for instance. Clients often present themselves to a skin care professional after they have failed with retail products or home remedies. Typically, they will have used benzoyl peroxide, salicylic…
Most clients want to look forever young, having healthy and glowing skin even as they age. Professionals can use a variety of masks to minimize their clients’ fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or even acne. Facial masks can quickly help combat signs of aging and are formulated to treat various skin imperfections. They have been around for decades and are considered a staple in a facial…
National Lip Appreciation Day (March 16) – a day for appreciating lips of all kinds. This holiday was specifically created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holiday. The observation of this holiday comes along with some interesting facts about lips, including one that spreads awareness of the sensitivity and uniqueness of lips. It is said that the tissue around the lips is opaque yet…
Why do skin care professionals go the extra mile for skin but not for the scalp? The scalp, after all, is an extension of the skin. Skin care professionals are the first ones to educate clients on the importance of exfoliating and removing dead cells and that cleansing the face is not the same as exfoliating – just like shampooing is not the same as…
This coming April two important holidays will take place. On April 7, World Health Day’s celebration begins. Founded in 1948 by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), this day is for raising awareness over the importance of global healthcare. With events throughout the world, this day is recognized as a way to discuss and bring awareness to topics like public health issues, diseases, mental health, and…
Aesthetic taping is a very interesting and affordable antiage therapeutical method. It is not a “magic patch”– it is physics and mathematics, where all the magic is in the skin care professional’s hands. Taping is an area of desmurgy referring to the elastic bandaging. Aesthetic taping mainly uses the kinesiological tapes that are the elastic cotton bands with a wave-like, hypoallergenic adhesive coating on one…
Why do skin care professionals go the extra mile for skin but not for the scalp? The scalp, after all, is an extension of the skin. Skin care professionals are the first ones to educate clients on the importance of exfoliating and removing dead cells and that cleansing the face is not the same as exfoliating – just like shampooing is not the same as…
Professionals used to be the only ones to utilize tools and certain products within their treatments that clients were unable to purchase and use on themselves. Now, the veil of professional use-only has been lifted by the ever-growing field of skin care and technology. Tools like galvanic current, microcurrent, high frequency, steaming, and the magnifying light, which were once only connected to one professional unit,…

The Pros of Probiotics

Written by Dawn Clifford
There is a lot of hype surrounding probiotics and the benefits they offer when used in skin care products. But what exactly are these bacteria-filled actives and are they beneficial topically? Simply put, probiotics are microorganisms that naturally live on the surface of the skin, creating a protective veil referred to as the skin’s microbiome. When the microbiome is in balance, it helps offset factors…
We live in a world where being environmentally minded is not only a necessity for the health of the planet, but it also happens to be a very hip and marketable practice. Everyone is trying to be more environmentally sound, from big box stores to mom and pop shops in small town United States. Reduce, reuse, and recycle are part of everyday vernacular. Being green…
February is more than just Valentine’s Day, as there are two other special days to celebrate this upcoming month. The first is National Hemp Day (February 4), originally founded by cbdMD to celebrate the plant’s infamous past. Many choose to celebrate by supporting and buying from local or national hemp producers. National Hemp Day can also provide an easy way to celebrate in the spa.…

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…
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