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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The ever-evolving world of skin care has embraced the beauty and energy of gems. An ancient practice has moved into the modern world and the results are stunning. We are surrounded in an environment with an electromagnetic field, just as gemstones carry an electromagnetic field. Gemstones have been linked to health, well-being, and the skin with this energy. Gemstone therapy revolves around the idea that…
The use of crystals is nothing new. In fact, they have been used since ancient times. Cleopatra, the leading lady of the beauty industry, and ancient Aztecs had their rituals and those rituals are still going strong. Crystals are extremely hot in the spa industry right now, so even if skeptical, understanding the attraction to crystals of some clients is important. Can the gemstone of…
As most aestheticians know, their career can be emotionally taxing because they are often the “best friend” (dumping ground) for their clients. This is, of course, in addition to the stress of their own life and career. To be the best they can be in these areas requires strategies to emotionally decompress, maintain health, and replenish the soul. STAY GROUNDED Walk around barefoot, letting your…
Plasma lifting pens harness the power of plasma, a fourth state matter (solid, liquid, gas, and plasma) to help reduce or eliminate certain skin conditions and concerns, such as wrinkles, fine lines, skin tags, and so forth. Through the process of ionization, plasma lifting treatments are able to create an electric charge or arc. This arc is focused on a target on the surface of…
Though often referred to as a trend, the quest for wellness is anything but a fleeting and fashionable shift. One can trace wellness driven practices back as far as 3,000 B.C. with Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Our industry has been moving in this direction for decades and, in recent years, the subjects of wellness and self-care have become ubiquitous. It seems the more consumers…
In this industry, it is imperative that professionals learn how to treat all skin types, especially skin of color, with confidence. Historically, it is unfortunate that there has been such a gap in education for so long on how to treat skin of color and this is why an open conversation is necessary. While every type of ethnic skin has its own unique characteristics, they…
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