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Skin Blends’ Royalty Waxing Services

Skin Blends’ Royalty Waxing Services

Skin Blends

Royalty waxing services surpass the typical “wax on wax off” procedures which will make you stand out amongst your competition. Clients talk; as licensed skin care experts we should be treating the skin both before and after waxing, preventing cross contamination, providing a thorough consultation, and recommending proper home care. Clients will appreciate and reward your efforts with enhanced loyalty and referrals.

>> STEP 1 – Consultation
Perform Client Consultation to protect client from potential harm, as well to explain what they can expect from the service and how to care for skin after service. This is a great time to cross promote other services including potential new waxing areas.
This is the perfect time to sanitize client’s hands as well as they will be probably touch their exposed skin once hair has been removed. Put gloves on. (TIP Put small amount of oil on gloves to prevent gloves from sticking to wax). To begin prep all products and tools to prevent cross contamination.

>> STEP 2 – Cleanse
Use gauze with Pre & Post Wax Cleanser to prepare, cleanse, and protect skin. This will reduce bacteria count to help prevent follicle infection and breakout. The menthol and grapefruit extracts help the hair stand up for more efficient waxing. While applying, check direction of hair growth and condition of hair.

>> STEP 3 – Protect
Apply gauze with Pre & Post Wax Oil to create a protective barrier on the skin. This step makes the waxing service less painful and reduces the risk of lifting skin during the procedure. Be sure to wipe off the excess oil otherwise wax will roll off the skin.

>> STEP 4 – Deposit and Spread Wax
Using a disposable applicator (no double dipping), remove a generous amount of wax from the heater. Turn applicator several rotations to disconnect wax from the tin to lessen dripping. Wipe/deposit the wax from each side of the applicator on the skin then spread while applying pressure in the direction of hair growth.
“Hard Wax” – thicker application leaving ridge around perimeter for easier removal (“Figure 8” application).
“Strip Wax” – use narrow edge of side of applicator at a reverse 45 degree angle (“Snow Plow” application) and pull toward you for super thin application (like saran wrap).

>> STEP 5 – Removal
Remove by pulling wax or strip off skin as close to the skin as possible in the opposite direction of hair growth to prevent lifting, bruising, and pain.

>> STEP 6 – Soothe
Using gauze with Wax Recovery Gel, to soothe skin, calm redness, and remove wax residue. This will simultaneously cool the temperature of the skin and reduce the chance of breakouts caused by follicle trauma. If necessary use Pre & Post Wax Oil afterwards.

>> STEP 7 – Reduce
Use gauze with Less Hair Lotion to reduce inflammation, calm irritated skin, and slow hair re-growth.

>> STEP 8 – Rebook and Home Care
Rebook client and suggest home care products. Less Hair Lotion, Get Acquainted Package (GAP) for Body, Benzoyl Peroxide Scrub, Alpha Beta X (6% Lactic, 3% Glycolic and 1% Salicylic), and SPF 30 (Lotion, Gel, or Cream) are all appropriate after waxing service to soothe, protect, and exfoliate skin. Contact customer 24 to 48 hours after service to make sure they are not experiencing any problems. Thank them for their patronage and ask for referrals.

For more information please contact Skin Blends at 877-754-6253, www.skinblends.com, CRR# 181

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Jan Marini - August 2010: A Legend in Aesthetics

Jan Marinin


Those who know Jan Marini refer to her as a visionary. While Jan might agree in principle, she sees this characterization as both a strength and a weakness. She envies those who are able to savor the moment. Where others view life in snapshots that capture real time, Jan sees broad borderless landscapes and endless possibilities. She does not see a product, she sees a business and in that same instance her mind is flooded with the business plan and all the accompanying details. Even when she is not envisioning empires, she is never satisfied with the status quo.
Given her background, perhaps this is an understandable if not necessary survival tool. Jan’s mother, Florence, was a single mom of three boys in an era when divorce carried a major stigma. Florence remarried and unexpectedly gave birth to Jan late in life. The family struggled to live a very meager existence. Her father died when she was eight years old and the family was thrust into poverty. Florence worked only menial jobs and food was often scarce. It was no wonder that Jan viewed her world not as it was, but as it might be, and that she softened the bleak reality by envisioning a larger and more optimistic scenario brimming with potential. Because of her early circumstances, Jan is adamant that in order to succeed you must be tenacious, doggedly determined, and completely focused on the ultimate goal.
Jan describes herself as a product researcher. “Back in the early days I was considered a product ingredient expert. I lectured to medical professionals, skin care professionals, and consumers about how ingredients really performed and what they could realistically expect to provide.” She also did talk radio and T.V., because as she puts it, “consumers love to hear about ingredients and whether their products really work. It is a popular topic that lends itself to talk shows.”
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Did You Do Your Posture Exercise Today? – STEP 1 - July 2010

Did You Do Your Posture Exercise Today? – STEP 1

by Renee North, Certified Posture Exercise Professional (CPEP) and personal trainer (NASM)

Take a look at how hours of computer hunching, slouching while cell phone texting and video-game slumping is affecting your posture. It is not just kids with backpacks or cane-carrying seniors – studies show poor posture is a major cause of back and neck pain for all ages and over time often contributes to digestive and cardiopulmonary problems. The good news: There are two easy steps people can do to strengthen posture and we are going to focus on them within the next two issues.

STEP 1 - Take a Posture Picture
The first step to improving posture is finding out what your posture looks like. Dr. Steven Weiniger, author of Stand Taller~Live Longer, An Anti-Aging Strategy: 10 Minutes a Day to Keep Your Body Active and Pain-Free, suggests this easy way to check your posture with any digital camera. Have a friend take three pictures of you: From the front, back, and side. Stand straight and tall when they take the picture, with what feels like good posture (No looking in a mirror to cheat). Print out the pictures, one to a sheet. Next, put a dot between your feet on the front and back view, and on your ankle on the side view, and then fold each paper in half vertically, neatly at the dot. 
  • Front and Back View: The two halves of your body should be the same. If your head and/or torso is off to one side, or your arms are hanging differently (one hand is lower or further from the body than the other), your posture is not symmetrical. 
  • Side View: The line from your ankle should pass thru your shoulder and ear. If your head is way forward of that line, you may have a posture distortion called Forward Head Posture (FHP).
File your posture picture where you can find it. Next year take another posture picture to note any changes.
Your posture is how the world sees you, and a bit of effort at strengthening your posture is an anti-aging habit to make you look and feel better, avoid injury, and exercise effectively to stay active and age well.
Please look in our August 2010 issue for the second step you can take to strengthen posture.
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Key Finding in Breast Cancer Research - July 2010

Key Finding in Breast Cancer Research

Researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine have discovered that a certain type of sugar found naturally in the body is elevated in breast cancer cells and is critical for cancer growth and movement. When researchers reduced and normalized the levels of this sugar, they were able to slow the growth of the cancer cells and block invasion. The findings, published in the March 1 issue of Oncogene, represent a potential new therapeutic target for treating aggressive forms of breast cancer.
Scientists have known for years that cancer cells are addicted to sugar. Compared to neighboring normal cells, cancer cells take up nearly 10 times more sugar. The cancer cells use the increased sugar levels to fuel rapid cell growth and spread. The Drexel researchers studied a particular sugar-based protein modification known as O-GlcNAc. Alterations in this modification have been linked previously to diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, but not to cancer.
“This sugar, O-GlcNAc, is used inside cells to tag proteins and alter their function,” said lead author Mauricio J. Reginato, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Drexel University College of Medicine. “We think this is a very exciting discovery because this may be one way that cancer cells use the increased sugar to regulate key pathways that control growth and invasion.”
Reginato and his colleagues studied established cells from patients with estrogen-independent breast cancer, the most aggressive form of the disease, which does not respond well to current treatments. The researchers found that compared to normal mammary cells, all the breast cancer cells contained elevated levels of O-GlcNAc, as well as increased levels of the enzyme responsible for adding this sugar to protein.
When they reduced the levels of the O-GlcNAc enzyme, or blocked its activity with a drug, they reduced the growth of breast cancer and also blocked the invasion. In addition, by reducing the enzyme levels, they also reduced levels of a protein known as FoxM1, which is known to play a critical role in controlling cancer growth and spread.
The Drexel researchers and collaborators are now working to develop more potent chemicals to target the O-GlcNAc enzyme, a potential new therapeutic target for treating breast cancer and possibly other cancers.

Published in Scope This

Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipes - July 2010

Pumpkin facials

Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipes

If you are looking for a way to use leftover pumpkin and you do not want to make a pie, there is an option you may not have considered, making a pumpkin facial mask. Varieties of the recipe are available for regular, oily, or dry skin – all depending on the secondary ingredients that you add to the mask. Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A and C, as well as zinc, making pumpkin a good choice for promoting healing and moisture.

General Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe
Ingredients Needed:
• 2 cups fresh cooked pumpkin (pureed)
• 4 tbsp. unflavored yogurt
• 4 tbsp. honey
• 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Mix 2 cups pureed cooked, fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin, 4 tbsp. unflavored yogurt, 4 tbsp. honey, and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice to make the mask. Spread on the face and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with water. This recipe is for a general facial mask, suitable for most types of skin. The finished mask has both a good taste and smells like pumpkin pie. The recipe has a high yield and leftover mask should be stored in the refrigerator.

Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe
Ingredients Needed:
• 12 almonds (ground)
• 1 cup fresh pumpkin (pureed)
• ¼ cup honey
• 1/8 tsp. olive oil
Grind 12 almonds up into a fairly fine powder. Mix the ground almonds into 1 cup pureed pumpkin, either cooked fresh pumpkin or canned, 1/4 cup honey, and 1/8 tsp. olive oil. To use the mask, spread a thin layer on the face and allow it to sit for about five minutes. Rinse off with water. To store leftover mask… seal tightly in container and store in the refrigerator.
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Facts about pumpkins…

Facts about pumpkins…



  • Pumpkins contain potassium and vitamin A.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  • A pumpkin is really a squash. It is a member of the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers.
  • Pumpkin seeds are considered a super food for the male system.
  • Pumpkin seeds are also considered a great solution to increase and re-build energy. Try eating ¼ to ½ cup daily by sprinkling on salads or soups, using in a trail mix, or as a snack by itself.
  • Pumpkin seeds when ingested help maintain prostate health and are a great zinc supplement.
  • Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  • Pumpkins are a fruit and their flowers are edible.
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Pumpkin - July 2010


We may often take the humble pumpkin for granted, but did you know that autumn’s generous gift is a real miracle for our skin? It is an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential elements the skin needs. Pumpkin is not just for carving and eating - it makes for a wonderful facial or body mask! All parts of the pumpkin, including seeds, can be used in creating amazing skin care products. Pumpkin masks and peels are always a popular choice for many aestheticians, because of their amazing exfoliating properties and creamy pleasant texture. It is no wonder that November’s holiday treatments always include this deliciously fragrant gourd. Enzymes and alpha-hydroxy acids in pumpkin exfoliate dead skin cells while promoting skin repair and cell-turnover. A pumpkin mask or peel cleanses, conditions, and moisturizes while helping to firm the skin.
From a nutritional standpoint, just an ounce of pumpkin seeds contain 4.2 mg iron, which helps fight lead-poisoning, and as little as a half cup of canned pumpkin is rich in potassium, vitamins C, B1, B2, B5, E, and has 953mg of vitamin A! That vitamin A comes in the form of immune-boosting beta carotene. The name beta-carotene is derived from the Latin name for carrot, and it gives yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, such as pumpkin, their rich hues. Like all other carotenoids, beta-carotene in pumpkin is an antioxidant which protects the body from damaging molecules called free radicals.
Dermatologists use beta-carotene for its ability to increase cell turn-over and regeneration in the outer layers of the skin, making it effective for diseases and skin conditions related to epithelium damage. Research suggests that taking high doses of beta-carotene internally may decrease sun-sensitivity. People with erythropoietic protoporphyria, a rare genetic condition that causes painful sun sensitivity as well as liver problems, are often treated with beta-carotene to reduce sun sensitivity. A combination of antioxidants may help protect the skin against the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Long-term supplementation with beta-carotene may reduce UV induced skin redness, and appears to slightly reduce the risk of sunburn in individuals who are sensitive to sun exposure.
As you see, pumpkin is an excellent choice for all skin types. It nourishes the skin, provides a non-abrasive exfoliation, and makes skin baby-smooth. So why not add a pumpkin mask to your treatment menu today? Your clients will love you for it!

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Summer Makeup Tips

Summer Makeup Tips

While the number one trend for summer makeup is always “less is more,” every beauty junkie wants to know the colors and trends that are new for 2010. Makeup artist Christopher Drummond has his predictions in for summer makeup:

  • Shimmer: The key is to pick an eye shadow that is good quality with finely milled mica. This means it will illuminate the skin and look sophisticated and beautiful without looking like glitter.
  • Coral Lips: The right coral looks good on every woman, and is complimentary on all skin tones.
  • Eyelashes: Long, lush lashes is one of the biggest trends for summer.
    Option 1: Extensions, which last for about a month, but take maintenance.
    Option 2: Temporary individual lashes, which are very natural looking, can last a day or two, and look great.
    Option 3: Layer a non-clumping mascara. Use three layers and focus on the outer corner of the eyes
  • Summer Makeup tipsBronzer/nude skin: Beautiful looking skin is always in. The key to faking flawless skin in summer is to dust a light-colored bronzer all over the face, then apply a highlighter on the cheeks
  • Blush: Choose a blush with some orange and/or yellow.
  • Liner on top of eyes only: A pretty, youthful, fresh look that works on anyone. Heavy mascara and liner on the top and little to no product on the bottom. This helps to open up the eyes and make you look more awake.
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Salon/Spa Performance

Salon/Spa Performance

Fueled by continued improvements in service and retail sales along with higher customer traffic levels, the Professional Beauty Association's (PBA) Salon/Spa Performance Index (SSPI) hit a record high in the first quarter of 2010. The SSPI stood at 103.1 in the first quarter, up 0.5 percent from its fourth quarter level.
"Across the board – improvements were reported in the first quarter, including an increase in service and retail sales, key barometers for the industry," said Steve Sleeper, PBA's Executive Director. "The salon/spa industry continues to remain resilient and members and non-members alike remain highly optimistic for future growth."
The SSPI is based on the responses to PBA's Salon/Spa Industry Tracking Survey which is fielded quarterly among 800 salon/spa owners nationwide on a variety of indicators. It is constructed so that the health of the salon/spa industry is measured in relation to a steady state level of 100. Index values above 100 indicate that key industry indicators are in a period of expansion, while index values below 100 represent a period of contraction. The Index consists of two components - the Current Situation Index and the Expectations Index.
The Current Situation Index, which measures current trends in five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, customer traffic, employees/hours, and capital expenditures), stood at 100.5 in the first quarter - up 0.6 percent from its fourth quarter level. In addition, the Current Situation Index rose above 100 for the first time in the five-quarter history of the Salon/Spa Performance Index, which represents expansion in the current situation indicators.
The Expectations Index, which measures salon/spa owner's six month outlook, considers five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, employees and hours, capital expenditures, and business conditions). Results of this index are encouraging and point toward broad based industry growth. Four out of five salon/spa owners expect to have higher service sales and retail sales in the months ahead. Optimism in the direction of the overall economy has prompted owner's plans to raise their number of staff and increase capital expenditures invested in either expansion or remodeling in the next six months.
In addition, the long-term outlook for job prospects in the salon and spa industry is very positive, according to newly released projections (December 2009) by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to BLS projections, the number of personal appearance jobs at employment-based establishments will jump 31 percent between 2008 and 2018. Among personal appearance occupations, BLS expects the number of skin care specialists to grow by more than 50 percent between 2008 and 2018, while the number of hairdresser, hairstylist, and cosmetologist positions at employment-based establishments is expected to grow by 31 percent.Salon/Spa Performance

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Melanoma - July 2010


is the most serious form of skin cancer. Your genes can play a major role in melanoma, but the disease may often be triggered by intense, occasional sun exposure – the kind you get, say, on a beach vacation, when you come home sunburned. If melanomas grow for too long, they can spread and become deadly. However, if a melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable.

WARNING SIGNS: Moles, brown spots, and growths on the skin are usually harmless – but some can be dangerous. That is why it is so important to get to know your skin very well and recognize any
changes in the moles on your body. Anyone who has more than 100 moles, or any large, unusual moles, is at greater risk for melanoma.

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