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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginia)

Written by Rachel Dupree
Witch hazel is a traditional, herbal remedy passed down from Native Americans. Used for hundreds of years, it originates from the extracts of the witch hazel plant. Both the bark…
MOISTURIZINGProducts that are moisturizing in nature are geared towards improving dry skin by decreasing water loss. Dry skin lacks oil and does not produce enough lipid cells on its own.…

It’s Time to Unplug: The Impact of Minimizing Device Use on Overall Health and Wellness

Written by Leah Simon-Clarke, L.E., founder and consultant at Voussoir, Inc.
Human biochemistry is complicated. Individuals operate best with a healthy supply of nutrients, rest, and recovery time. When considering how to encourage clients to put a healthy self care routine…
Biotin, also known as vitamin H or B-7, has numerous benefits for the body. From the nails to the nervous system, just small, daily amounts of this complex B vitamin…

Hair Comes the Fun: Quick Tips for Minimizing Side Effects of Hair Removal

Written by Corey A. Williams, founder of Industry Cosmetics My Skin & Co.
Over 80 percent of clients suffer from one form or another of skin irritation associated with the hair removal process. The most common side effects of hair removal are ingrown…
Whether it is an overbearing coworker or a frustrating client, dealing with difficult people from time to time is a fact of life. Here are a couple of tips for…

A Place of Peace

Written by Andrea Gregaydis, L.E., lead instructor at the Aesthetic Science Institute
A smile, an attentive posture, and a nod of acknowledgement all sound like simple actions. But they can all have a profound effect on overall environment and client and staff…
Upkeep of aesthetic equipment, in many cases, is just as expensive as purchasing the technology. Whether the practice is small or part of a larger network, proper upkeep can dramatically…

Ten Things About … Spa Safety

Written by Lydia Sarfati
Maintaining optimum safety standards when running a spa is the most important duty a spa owner and manager must fulfill. Adhering to state and federal regulations is required by law…
DO: Make goals and plans to achieve them. The end of the year is the perfect time to assess and adjust efforts to retain current clients, gain new clients, increase…

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  • Christine Valmy International School For Esthetics, Skin Care & MakeupChristine Valmy International School...Description: Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care & Makeup offers a quality education in the beauty industry, based on the teachings of the Founder of Esthetics in the United States—Ms. Christine Valmy. Ms. Valmy opened her very first sc ...