DENISE’S STORY Often described as “wee but mighty,” Denise Ryan may be diminutive in size, but she has always been a big dreamer. More importantly, Denise has always known how to make dreams come true. Ambitious, passionate, and enthusiastic about the outdoors, nature, and life beyond the world she knew, Denise’s first big dream came to her at the age of 10. Raised on a…
There are plenty of reasons clients can give for using a tanning bed, but none of those reasons can match up against the reasons for not using one. You may have a few clients that use them occasionally or some that absolutely refuse to stop, but no matter who your client is, it’s important to have crucial conversations with them about saving their skin, protecting…
Chemical peels are an effective treatment in the aesthetician’s toolbox due to their versatility. With the proper acid solution you can treat many skin conditions including acne, rosacea, and fine lines, as well as improve texture and pore size. You must keep in mind, however, that additional consideration and preparation is required when treating skin of color with a series of chemical peels. We will…
Dermatographia is an unusual chronic condition, also referred to as skin writing, and dermographism or dermatographic urticaria. It is considered one of the many forms of dermatitis. This condition is believed to affect between 2% to 5% of the general population, primarily young adults. For some individuals, the condition clears up after a year or two, while for others, it lasts a lifetime. This article…
Performing treatments is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding aspects of being a spa professional. With proper sanitation, skill, and know-how, we can aid clients in achieving their skin health goals. Creating an infection control routine that is easy to follow and adhere to for services is vital to that success. Having a clean, organized workspace along with knowledge of efficient infection control procedures makes…
The ancient Egyptians knew the healing power of light. Using sunlight and different colored gems strategically placed in their temples, patients were “color coded” with each color on the spectrum having a specific medical purpose. Color, a manifestation of light, was recognized as having therapeutic and divine meaning. A RISE IN POPULARITY However, it was the work of the Danish physician, Dr Neils Finsen, who…
The use of microcurrent in medicine and cosmetic improvement has been studied for more than 50 years. Stimulation with microcurrents is also called biostimulation or bioelectric therapy because it encourages cell physiology and growth. Essentially, microcurrent is a low level of electrical current that mirrors the natural current flow of the body. It serves as a noninvasive augmentation of the body’s natural electrophysiology through frequency,…
Thinking back to your days in aesthetics school, were you taught galvanic current and how to incorporate it into treatments? Remember the metal roller your partner would roll across your face after handing you a metal rod covered in wet cotton to hold? After school, some may have run right out and purchased their own machine. But a majority probably did not, unless they went…
Everyone knows by now that baking for long hours in the sun – think poolside, margarita in hand, body slathered in baby oil – is one of the deadliest sins of skin care (right up there with smoking, popping pimples, and not washing off makeup at night). But, clients often forget about the accidental sun exposure they receive almost daily while walking to their cars,…
Whether managing a clinical dermatology practice or a spa, proper skin analysis is vital when seeing clients, especially if they are new. Old-fashioned or insufficient analysis can involve skipping steps, guessing, “eyeballing” clients, or simply using the latest trends, even when not applicable. However, this type of incomplete analysis carries with it multiple negatives: Inadequate or wrong services and treatments may be provided to the…
Christine Heathman’s journey began in an unassuming way. She was the oldest of eight children and the daughter of a GM executive father who encouraged her to pursue her own vision and dreams. Early on, her goal was to become a veterinarian, stemming from her love for animals. Always an independent thinker and a jokester, Christine forged her own identity and followed her own path…
Aestheticians in 2020 are able to utilize nanotechnology and special acidic ingredients to create mitosis and desquamation of intercellular lipids in order to create new skin. This take on science is fascinating and propels many aesthetic professionals to want to gain more knowledge of ingredients, benefits, and efficacy. Treating clients with the knowledge of skin care from a scientific, cellular perspective is not only incredible…
Innovative technological advances have afforded the skin care professionals multiple exfoliation options to help achieve their clients’ skin care goals. New protocols have been developed to pre-exfoliate the skin prior to chemical exfoliation by incorporating enzymes or scrubs to the professional treatment, while others mix peel solutions or introduce new layering techniques. Chemical peels utilize various ingredients to exfoliate damaged skin in the outer layers.…
Before discussing all things post-exfoliation, it is necessary to talk a little about pre-care. There are several factors that help aestheticians decide and determine which peel or exfoliating treatment may be best suited for their clients. Some of the biggest factors that play a part of the skin’s condition include medical conditions, medications, lifestyle, homecare, Fitzpatrick types, and so on. In order to obtain this…
Depending on the time of year, certain skin care treatments can be optimum or not so much. Each season has its own events and its own climates, making it best to plan a loyal client’s skin care calendar for the whole year at once. From a revenue perspective, this is both exciting and daunting at the same time. But presenting an annual treatment plan by…
Chemical peels are acid-based solutions that are intended to create a partial-thickness injury in order to remove the outermost layers of the skin. This results in a wound healing process to increase regeneration in the epidermal tissue. The intention of chemical peels is to improve the appearance of the skin by stimulating new, healthier, and younger looking tissue. It is essential for professionals who offer…
Before you put away your list of New Year’s Resolutions, we’ve got a few “sun care centric” goals for you and your clients to add to the stack. According to the 2019, RealSelf Sun Safety Report, only 10% of adults use sunscreen daily, and almost half, 47%, never wear sunscreen. Let’s make 2020 the year you and your clients do. Here are 10 sun care…
Human beings have been classifying each other for thousands of years. We classify according to religion, wealth, education, politics, race, and more. This compulsion can be quite extreme, as was the case with Felix Von Luschan, an anthropologist who created 36 ceramic tiles of varying colors in order to categorize human skin tones in the late 1800s. This was used in anthropological studies until the…
2020 will be an exciting year discovering new information and advances in several skin conditions and disorders each month. Before we proceed with individual skin conditions, we shall begin by reviewing the skin’s outermost defenses and how they can affect conditions, disorders, and potential diseases. Many aestheticians believe that the skin’s microbiome is the same as the acid mantle. In actuality, there are three separate…
Light therapy is a popular trend. Celebrities are touting it, clients are demanding it, and if you’re in the skin care business, then you know you need it. While selecting a new LED device can seem daunting, a little advance research will ensure satisfaction for you, glowing testimonials from clients, and a fast return on your LED purchase. Here are the seven most important questions…
Surrounded by decadent designs of contemporary art, blended nicely with the elegance of crystal chandeliers which illuminate the majestic foyer, I sit in the hotel business center of the Crowne Plaza in Festival City, Dubai, overlooking the Canal of Dubai Creek. I have just completed the three-day conference of The Fourth Annual Middle East International Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine Conference and Exhibition and have been…
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