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By Carl Thornfeldt, M.D. | June 25, 2011
Dermatologists evaluate only about 40 percent of people suffering from a skin disease or condition. Because of this fact, aestheticians are often the first line of defense for skin care needs. Clients/patients usually do not realize that what is believed to be an irritation, sensitivity, or problem skin ...


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By | June 25, 2011
Men must feel a sense of connection with the spa environment being presented to them, so spas must cater their interior décor, marketing, branding, TV programming, choice of aromatherapy fragrances, and spa magazines to their preferences. Additionally, the names of services and types of packages created ...


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By | June 25, 2011
As women it may be hard for us to relate to daily shaving of a facial beard but we all know the potential hazards of shaving our legs; be it cuts, nicks, ingrown hairs, or even an angry razor burn, we know the pitfalls associated with the shaving ritual. For men, besides having to deal with daily shaving, ...


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By | June 25, 2011
The advent of medical spas has brought forth new issues related to risk management and insurance in general. The usual suspects include property and liability coverage, with the added wrinkle of professional liability or “malpractice” coverage. Further, no two medical spas seem to be quite the same—as ...


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By | August 12, 2011
Okay, we all know the basic rules of sanitation. We know the difference between diplococci and spirochetes. We know that we are supposed to use spatulas. We know that we are supposed to use quaternary ammonia to sanitize reusable implements. Aestheticians perform personal care services on live human ...


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By | June 25, 2011
THE EVALUATION With the client at the epicenter, an aesthetician's job is to become a super sleuth. The body communicates all of its needs; we simply have to be astute enough to listen. The skin evaluation is a narrowing process. As you classify a client's skin type, condition, and consider age, internal ...


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By | June 25, 2011
My journey as a solo aesthetician began four and a half years ago. That time in my career was both scary and exciting. I thought long and hard before I made the leap of faith. However, I felt I wan ready. I look back on it now and realize how naïve I was. I have learned a lot along the way. I made a ...


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By | June 25, 2011
In many ways, the skin functions like a shingled roof. Newborn skin works perfectly just like a new roof, but if you add about 20 years of environmental, lifestyle, and stress factors, you’ll find that the stratum corneum will be in need of a little repair. Over time, a roof’s shingles become dry and ...


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By Tina Zillmann | June 25, 2011
Modern aesthetics has evolved into a wide range of product availabilities: chemical peels, collagen masks, light technology, ultrasound facials, and microdermabrasion, all of which can deplete your pocketbook fast. But how can you profit from these expensive machines while saving your clients’ pocketbook? ...


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By | June 25, 2011
The skin care industry has spent the last 20 years on a mission: to slow/stop the aging process and/or reverse damage that has already occurred. If we polled physicians and aestheticians today on whether or not our mission has been "accomplished," the answer would likely be a near unanimous "no". Regardless, ...


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By | June 25, 2011
The skin care industry has spent the last 20 years on a mission: to slow/stop the aging process and/or reverse damage that has already occurred. If we polled physicians and aestheticians today on whether or not our mission has been "accomplished," the answer would likely be a near unanimous "no". Regardless, ...


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By | June 25, 2011
While in school most aesthetic and massage students learn to lose their inhibition of seeing other people’s bodies. They soon realize that clients come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. There is no doubt that there has to be some nudity with certain services such as a body wrap, massage, and bikini waxing. ...


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By | May 25, 2011
The 21st century has presented us with skin conditions that reflect challenging times. Practicing aestheticians are caring for skin conditions that are far more complex than oily, dry, and combination. Physical, chemical, and biological application has reduced skin flora and vitality. The reduction ...


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By | May 25, 2011
Our bodies are incredibly complex, with each system intricately woven together in a brilliant web that keeps us functioning. It is often so easy to forget how interconnected the elements of our bodies really are. Even though the skin is the largest organ of the body and provides the first two lines of ...


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By | June 25, 2011
My interest and passion for aromatherapy goes as far as I can remember. I fondly recall one summer my family and I spent in Italy when I was a child. The beautiful countryside, delicious cuisine, and fabulous weather were only secondary compared to the fresh scent of lavender that lingered in the air ...


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