What is the best method of hair removal for clients? Expectations, body area, Fitzpatrick scale, hair type, time commitment, and financial budget all come into play. When it comes to removing hair, there are many choices for people to choose from. But one thing is for sure: most people are committing to some form of hair removal. It is a big business and adding hair…
Folliculitis is a term skin care professionals are familiar with. It is a skin condition that occurs in areas where hair grows such as bikini, legs, underarm, chest, back, and the face. Folliculitis is caused by improper hair removal, clogged follicles, and friction against the skin. Hairs are trapped underneath the skin causing inflammation known as folliculitis. The inflamed hair follicles can be characterized as…
Who knew wax is actually an acronym for “without any experience.” Perhaps that is why big brand and beauty supply stores that service the public thought it was a good idea to offer wax to the general consumer (insert Youtube at-home waxing disaster video). The irony, is in the professional arena, intimate wax takes an incredible amount of experience and safety and would not be…
Going to aesthetics school is like studying for a driver’s license. They cover the basics what applies most of the time – and then they give the license. However, becoming a great driver requires being in the driver’s seat frequently. Working in the spa industry works mostly the same way. When a professional gets their license, they know the basics, but the school does not…
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…
On the morning of the most momentous day of her professional life, Lina Kennedy was lying on a sofa bed in her tiny apartment, recovering from horrific injuries in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Unable to go back to the three part-time jobs she had been holding down, or even to sit up for more than a few minutes without pain, she was…
With summer on the horizon, clients are going to start thinking about tanning. It’s time to start promoting the sunless tanners retailed in the spa and educating clients on how to apply them. Every type of product from, lotions, sprays, mousse, gels, and so on all have their own best practices for application, and when followed, will achieve the best possible results. EXFOLIATE The first…
To be a skin care expert in today’s changing landscape, the professional must understand various skin types. Not educating yourself on this growing, untapped market will be a missed opportunity to build your business and reputation. Knowing the different types of skin and their specific characteristics will allow you to put together a plan that will improve and maintain the quality of the skin. OILINESS…

A New Approach for Melasma

Written by Dr. Wade Cheng
Melasma (also known as chloasma) is a common skin problem. The condition causes dark, discolored patches on skin. It typically occurs on the face, particularly the forehead, cheeks, and above the upper lip. The dark patches often appear on both sides of the face in a nearly identical pattern. The darker-colored patches of skin can be any shade, from tan to deep brown. Rarely, these…
Let’s begin with a brief true or false session, if for nothing more than to debunk a few old myths and unnecessary concerns to help professionals and clients alike better understand how to manage unwanted facial hair. First: full facial hair cannot be safely extracted. This is false. With correct knowledge, skillful techniques, and purposeful experience, the skin care professional can safely extract hair from…
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…

Vitiligo Featured

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Did you ever wonder why Michael Jackson started to wear a white glove? While it may have been the beginning of a fashion trend, it was most likely an ingenious way to conceal a skin disorder – vitiligo. Arnold Klein, MD, Michael Jackson’s dermatologist, observed in 1983 that Jackson had vitiligo. Initially, to treat his condition, Jackson used a light tone of makeup and skin-bleaching…
It is not just great DNA that is responsible for great skin. It takes work, care, and commitment to maintain a healthy and vibrant skin tone and texture. Stress, hormonal influences, poor diet, a lack of water and sleep, unprotected sun exposure, and pollution all play a negative role in how the skin functions and how it looks and feels. The daily routine adopted and…
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…

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…
Hyperpigmentation and acne are partners in crime. Inflammation from acne lesions triggers the skin’s protective melanin response, which results in aggravating dark spots that remain long after the pimples vanish. While post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can have other sources, like lasers, microdermabrasion, scratches, or bug bites it is most often associated with the inflammation caused by acne. Because acne inflammation fuels hyperpigmentation, the emphasis needs to be…
MY EARLY YEARS As the son of the international opera star Rosina DeStefano, it was no wonder that I have had a lifelong passion for music. Also, at a very young age, I was exposed to a considerable amount of travel. The combined exposure to the two has contributed greatly to my interest in people and I their quality of life. Being interested in learning…
Milk + Honey Spa’s new Arboretum Market spa is the brand’s largest location yet. The spa boasts a stunning lounge, 14 treatment rooms, eight salon chairs, and four manicure and pedicure stations, all featuring the brand’s signature modern and luxurious design. Clients can enjoy the full range of award-winning, therapeutic treatments with expert, friendly skin care professionals, including massages, body treatments, facials, waxing, hair services,…
Laser-based treatments can be some of the most transformative treatments for a client, but also some of the riskiest, as improper application can result in blistering, delayed healing, infection, and even scarring. If your scope of practice includes light-energy devices, you need to know how light energy is absorbed by the skin. Skin of color requires additional consideration when performing laser treatments. UNDERSTANDING WAVELENGTH Lasers…
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