What Every Woman Needs to Know About Hormones, Diet, and Their Skin!

Written by Jennifer Masson, L.E., R.D., L.D.N., owner of Jennifer Masson RD LLC-Nutritionista Wellness
When it comes to the body, estrogen, insulin, cortisol, thyroid, and other hormones help keep it running smoothly. As women age and their bodies change, estrogen starts declining in a manner that is very erratic. As a result, some women experience hot flashes, hair loss, sleeplessness, irritability, gastrointestinal discomfort, loss of libido, and skin changes. Their skin may become dry, flaky, thinner, and more delicate.
Anti-pollution skin care has become the latest trend in the aesthetics industry. This trend, which originated in Asia, is starting to see a larger presence throughout the United States due to the growing concerns about the effect of pollution on the skin. Clients can be exposed to pollution from road and air traffic and fossil fuel combustion.

10 Surprises You Might Encounter While Running Your Own Skin Care Business

Written by Aaron Sonnenschein, partnership school manager for Dermalogica
1. Skin care professionals might provide a great treatment, but there is a lot involved in running a business; success is not immediate. Professionals should consider whether they have the financial, marketing, negotiating, organizational, prescriptive, and creative skills necessary to build and run a successful small business.
Vanities Spa, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, offers world-class treatments in a private and client-focused location. When a client walks through Vanities' diamond door, they enter a space that is theirs and theirs alone. Nancy Seale, L.E., owner of the spa, locks the door – leaving the outside world behind – and welcomes her guest into their very own private spa experience, which includes…
Waxing can be described as somewhat ancient as it originated in Egypt, where the Egyptians would utilize seashell tweezers, pumice stones, beeswax, and sugaring for hair removal. Waxing and sugaring are still popular hair removal methods used in today's society. In fact, most of the professional waxing chains carry waxes with beeswax as the main ingredient.
Rosewater is created through steam distillation of rose petals and is often used in toners or facial spritzes. Rosewater has a high concentration of vitamins A and C and antioxidants that help to hydrate the skin. It is often recommended for clients with sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea due to its anti-inflammatory properties that help to mollify skin irritations and flare-ups.
1. Water is a molecule consisting of two hydrogens and one oxygen.2. H2O is the chemical formula for water, ice, and steam.3. Water can be a solid, liquid, or gas.
Do: Use natural ingredients. When clients are battling hyperpigmentation, including age spots and melasma, it is important for them to use products with ingredients that are not going to permanently damage thier skin. Safe and effective ingredients for skin brightening include licorice, kojic acid, arbutin, and mulberry extract.  
The FDA recently banned the consumer sale of soaps that contain certain antibacterial ingredients. These ingredients – the most common of which are triclosan, which is used in liquid soap, and triclocarban, which is used in bar soap – were banned because the administration did not feel that their benefits outweighed their risks.  

Are Hypoallergenic Products Better for Sensitive Skin?

Written by Bojana Matovski, founder and president of Rejuvee™
While clients with sensitive skin are often told by their doctors to use hypoallergenic products, there is no industry standard for products that are labeled as hypoallergenic. For example, companies can remove the fragrance from their product and call it hypoallergenic.
My daily skin care ritual begins in the morning by rinsing with a mild and natural-based cleanser, toning and moisturizing, and using a sunscreen in the summer. In the evening, I use a cotton square with a creamy cleanser and toner, followed by an eye and night serum. I use a few natural-based lines.

Breathing Deeply for Glowing Skin

Written by Anabel de La Vega, skin care program director at Boca Beauty Academy
Deep breathing is one of the healthiest exercises for the body and skin. It relaxes the muscles and delivers oxygen to every cell in the body. It also increases the functionality of every system in the body. Furthermore, a person's blood pressure lowers as their muscles let go of tension.

Sensitive Skin: Symptom or Skin Type?

Written by Vida Karamooz, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Blue Beautifly, and Becky Kuehn, L.M.E., founder of Oncology Spa Solutions®
Sensitive skin is often misunderstood as a skin type when it actually results from interference or distress to the body's natural biological function. The skin is the reflection of a person's overall health condition. When the body is healthy, all organs, including the skin, function normally and in harmony with one another.
Business plans outline goals and specify how a business will go about achieving those goals. Although business plans can seem overwhelming and stressful, it does not need to be 24 pages long to be effective. When drafting a business plan, start small and let the plan evolve organically. Business plans can be used in the spa for goals such as adding a new service or…
In the never-ending quest for the fountain of youth, there seems to be no boundaries when it comes to sussing out the strangest, most bizarre, and slimiest of elements. One of the most interesting and trendy ingredients to surface in the name of beauty is snail mucus, or snail filtrate.
Six thousand years ago, aloe vera was so important that depictions of it were inscribed on the walls of tombs. Named the plant of immortality by the Egyptians, aloe vera, a member of the lily family, is a cactus plant with antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It contains over 150 ingredients that work to provide a variety of healing and health-giving benefits.
Skin care professionals have the privileged role of being able to affect great change in an acneic client's skin and life. Acne affects 80 percent of Americans at some point in their life and ranges from mild and manageable to severe and disfiguring.

Infographic: Massage

Written by Felicia Brown
86% of Massage Therapists in the United States are women and most people become massage therapists as a second career.
Do: Use products consistently. In order for results to be seen, clients need to use their homecare regimen on a consistent basis. Furthermore, they should only use the products as they have been instructed to by their skin care professional. If the client uses products on a regular basis, they should expect to see results in about four to six weeks.

Private Label Skin Care: Put Your Name Where the Money Is

Written by Cheryl Whitman, founder and CEO of beautiful forever Aesthetic Business Consulting
The future of private label skin care lines in the spa is bright as spa owners recognize this burgeoning and lucrative market. Just one successful product can offer a greater return on investment and start to make the professional a skin care authority

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