Picture scooping up a dollop of scratchy, abrasive scrub and rubbing it all over your skin. You may begin to feel some tingling and even some burning. Some clients think that by rubbing more aggressively, they can erase those pesky wrinkles, any unwanted hyperpigmentation, or even pesky acne and stubborn blackheads. Unfortunately, they are mistaken; however, there is a way to get the results that…
As we blaze a new path into our business success, appealing and enticing a broad range of clients is essential. Never have we had the opportunity to offer products and services to such a broad age range of clients: The Silent Generation: born between 1928 to 1945 Baby Boomers: born between 1946 to 1964 Generation X: born between 1965 to 1980 Millennials: born between 1981…
Downward facing dog, flying crow, and bird of paradise – if you practice yoga, you’re familiar with these poses. But, what about smiling fish, bumblee, and giraffe? Have you heard of these yoga poses? They’re all part of various facial yoga exercises that experts say will relax and release the facial muscles in the jaw, eyebrow, and forehead – the areas where we hold the…
The use of peptides has grown a considerable amount over the last five years, but little is mentioned about the efficacy of bioactive peptides. This article will focus on how bioactive peptides work at the cellular level to affect each layer of the skin, including the dermis. To begin, it is important to differentiate between trademarked and bioactive peptides. According to the American Medical Dictionary,…
For the longest time, the go-to procedure for people who wanted to improve the appearance of their sagging cheeks, neck, and jowls was the facelift – an invasive cosmetic surgery procedure. Today, however, the same results can be achieved without having to go under the knife, thanks to a procedure called PDO thread lifting. Essentially a non-surgical facelift, the PDO thread lift is a minimally…
The use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in medical aesthetics has increased significantly since Kim Kardashian had the procedure known as the vampire facial and posted her bloody face (literally) all over Instagram. The buzz was out there, and medical aesthetic practices were quick to add this treatment to their lineup of sought-after services. It is important to note that PRP technology is not only…

Sun Savvy: The Truth about Tanning

Written by Aliesh Pierce
Melanin is our friend. It is actually a class of polymers and an antioxidant whose primary purpose is to protect the cells and ward off free radical damage. So, when you stop and think about it, a suntan is simply an immune system response. It’s the body’s way of attempting to protect skin cells from radiation. In fact, the sunburn that results from prolonged ultraviolet…
What do teenagers, pregnant women, and mature clients all have in common? If you guessed music preferences, hair styles, or food choices, you are most likely wrong. Now, if you guessed periods of life in which hormones are drastically changing their bodies and skin, you guessed right! If you guessed that all three might feel a little intimidated or self-conscious about coming into a spa,…

Holistic Protocols for Face and Hands

Written by Elina Fedotova
Today, not only pregnant women or women with health issues are looking for a clean skin care approach. More and more people are reading labels and seeking cleaner ingredients. This is why many aestheticians, even those who work in medical spas, are adding holistic skin care treatments and products to their menus. In this article, I will share a few corrective, holistic protocols you can…

Fact or Fiction: Botox prevents wrinkles.

Written by Erin Lucie, DNP, FNP-C, owner of Luminate Clinic
When people think of wrinkles, often, the next thing they think of is Botox. This is because of incredible branding by the makers of Botox. But, for clients who are just starting to notice fine lines, is Botox really the best treatment for the prevention of wrinkles? And, how would Botox prevent wrinkles if it could? Skin professionals need to not fall into the marketing…
In general, clients and some professionals do not understand the difference between sensitive skin and skin sensitization. These are important concepts to understand for skin professionals. This article will address this topic with an emphasis on defining the conditions and discussing applications of those definitions for treatable conditions. It is a bit technical, but it is important to understand the differences in skin reactions from…
Today, more and more people are presenting with skin sensitivity and reactions, and it is only natural to ask, “Why?” Why are so many people reacting or becoming sensitive to products they have used for years? Julian Cribb, author of “Surviving The 21st Century,” says “Earth and all life on it are being saturated with man-made chemicals in an event unlike anything in the planet’s…
The goal of this article is to offer practical information, tips, and advice on how to handle sensitized skin. It will review the difference between and characteristics of the sensitized skin condition and the sensitive skin type. It will also establish a set of diagnostic questions for determining if the client’s skin is sensitized or sensitive, as well as provide a list of possible irritants.…

The Importance of Properly Treating All Types of Skin

Written by Beatrice Van, master educator and certified advanced aesthetician
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…

Inflammageing

Written by Pia Kynoch, owner, holistic skin therapist, and naturopath at Verve Skin Beauty Wellness
The mysteries of aging that control an individual’s lifespan, and the way they look and feel, are still yet to be completely unraveled, despite the many scientific advances in all the relevant fields of medicine, genetics, health, and wellness. Aging is truly a complex collaboration involving epidemiology, psychology, and cell biology, and there is no single theory that satisfactorily explains all aspects of aging. A…

Dragon’s Blood: A Cosmetic Ingredient Setting the Industry on Fire

Written by Janel Luu, CEO and formulator of Le Mieux Cosmetics
What do a fire-breathing dragon and an antiaging moisturizer have in common? Nothing, actually. Dragon’s blood is a hot, new ingredient flying into skin care products, but it has absolutely nothing to do with dragons swooping across the sky. In fact, dragon’s blood does not come from an animal at all. This fantastical name describes the deep, reddish sap resembling blood that drips down the…
Aestheticians thrive on results for their clients and meeting their needs by providing not only exceptional service, but treatments that produce positive outcomes for the long-term. Acne is a multi-faceted, complex condition that affects clients of all age groups and backgrounds. Understanding how to treat acne effectively within the treatment room, creating client care plans for all acne conditions and root causes, and formulating homecare…

Treating Acne: A Holistic Approach

Written by Brian Goodwin
Diet, homecare, stress levels, makeup usage, and other factors beyond our control can make it seem impossible to achieve the desired results when treating a client’s acne. Of every skin condition we address in the spa, acne might be the most difficult to treat, due to the progress of results being so reliant on a client’s lifestyle habits outside the treatment room. However, we can…

Dispelling the Top 3 Acne Myths

Written by Ahmed Abdullah
Most of us have encountered clients whose acne is stubborn to treat or whose skin successfully clears under our guidance, only for it to return without an obvious cause. Such is the frustrating and often confusing nature of the condition. What makes acne treatments especially complicated is the fact that, outside of its four main causes (follicular keratinization, overactive sebaceous glands, prevalence of P.acnes bacteria,…
The methodology of how to approach the care of clients with sensitive skin has often been an evolving and dynamic challenge, particularly, taking into consideration many unknown variables regarding the underlying health of an individual or identifying the actual degree of skin sensitivity. Our focus should include the care and nurturing of sensitive skin, understanding the potential influences on hypersensitivity, and an increasing correlation with…
It seems that the hidden gems of the exfoliation arena of the skin care industry are the relatively new brain children, polyhydroxy acids, due to their therapeutic advantage of efficaciously providing antiaging treatments for more reactive skin types. Polyhydroxy acids are exfoliating and skin transformation catalysts that stem from the alpha hydroxy acid family of chemical combinations. They are beneficial for a different clientele than…

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