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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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Evonik launches anti-cellulite active from Indian sandalwood


Evonik launches anti-cellulite active from Indian sandalwood

by Katie Bird
Evonik's extract from sandalwood seeds can help minimize the appearance of cellulite, according to the Germany-based chemicals giant. Tego Xymeninic is based on xymenininc acid, which is extracted from the seeds of the Indian sandalwood tree (Santalum album). According to Evonik, topical application of the ingredient can help boost cellular detoxification and alleviate symptoms of skin inflammation. Studies performed by the company suggest that the active can lead to a perceivable improvement in skin texture, which leads it to claim the active can help minimize the appearance of cellulite. Copyright© DecisionNewsMedia.com
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Blistering Sunburns - July 2010

Blistering SunburnOne blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles your risk of developing melanoma later in life.
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Anti-Aging Hormones: Little or No Benefit – High Risks - July 2010

Anti-Aging Hormones: Little or No Benefit – High Risks

Anti-Aging Hormones : Little or No Benefit - High RisksIn the wake of the American Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health’s recently released report “The use of hormones for ‘anti-aging’: a review of efficacy and safety” a leading medical authority has criticized the use of anti-aging hormones.
Dr. Thomas T. Perls, Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine has long spoken out against the promotion and distribution of growth hormone for non-medical uses such as anti-aging and sports. In an editorial appearing in the future medicine journal Aging Health, Dr. Perls applauds the courage and example displayed by the American Medical Association (AMA) in its recently published assessment of the risks and benefits of growth hormone, testosterone, estrogen, and DHEA for anti-aging.
There have always been nostrums and potions peddled for eternal youth. Most recently these have been what some entrepreneurs call ‘bioidentical’ or ‘all-natural’ hormones. What they mean by these terms varies from substances made from vegetables – such as soy or yams (which some claim have estrogen-like effects) to more commonly, drugs that are exactly the same as hormones prescribed by endocrinologists for specific diseases. Perls remarked: “The terms bioidentical or all-natural, particularly in the case of the drugs prescribed by endocrinologists, misleadingly convey a sense of safety to the gullible customer. Arsenic is all-natural too, and it even has some medical uses, but it is anything but safe.”
“The AMA’s review of the risks and benefits of these hormones in the setting of anti-aging and athletic enhancement is very important given its inclusion of the consensus and position statements of the key professional medical societies as well as the Federal agencies that guard public health,” states Perls. The editorial summarizes the AMA’s assessment for each of the purported anti-aging hormones and essentially the bottom line of his argument is that in terms of anti-aging, the risks of these hormones out-weigh the little or no benefit.
Perls denounces the marketing of these hormones, particularly growth hormone and anabolic steroids (anabolic steroids are variations of testosterone), for anti-aging. He also provides guidelines for spotting ‘red flags of quackery’ and basic advice that physicians can lend to their patients in their pursuit of healthy aging.
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Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen Potential - July 2010

Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen Potential

by Katie Bird
Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen PotentialThe modified oil of the milkweed seed may help protect the skin against UV rays, according to scientists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Investigations into the commercial applications of Asclepias syriaca, native to much of North America, have always focused on the potential of the plant’s silky floss as stuffing, but now Rogers E. Harry-O-Kuru believes it might find its place in the cosmetics industry.
Using a process that has been patented by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, Harry-O-Kuru modified the seed oil to a form that protects against UV radiation. Laboratory tests suggest that the modified oil can protect against a wide spectrum of UV rays and the researcher claims that the protection profile can also be modified.
Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen PotentialFurthermore, because the oil and the additive used to modify it are both natural the product is biodegradable; so when the material eventually washes off the body it will be broken down by micro-organisms, he explained. Harry-O-Kuru also notes that the oil is unlikely to be toxic when applied to the skin as such a small amount is needed to have a protective effect. In addition to its UV protecting potential, the oil may also find uses as a moisturizing base for skin and hair care products.
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Skin Fact - July 2010

Skin FactsThe medical term for a mole is Nevus. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the majority of moles show up during the first two decades of a person’s life while about one in every 100 babies is born with moles.
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Unlock the Mystery of Chemical Messengers

What I truly love about the skin care profession is not necessarily the “how” of treatments, products, and results; but the “why”. This is probably why I am so passionate about teaching. It is not enough in our business to simply be able to make recommendations and deliver visible results to our client’s skin, if we do not know precisely why we are capable of achieving such results.
As consumers place increasingly more confidence in our hands regarding meeting their skin needs and concerns, our professional responsibility to meet those needs has grown, requiring aestheticians to have a deep understanding of how those concerns even came to be. That being said, one of the most influential contributing factors to the condition of the skin, at many different ages, is fluctuations in hormones.

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Mark Lees Skin Care Treatment for Clogged and Dehydrated Skin

Mark Lees Skin Care Treatment for Clogged and Dehydrated Skin

Advanced Rejuvanting Concepts

This classic Mark Lees Skin Care treatment deep cleanses while thoroughly hydrating the skin. Oil-free hydration relaxes skin for easy extraction of this frequently seen condition. An enzyme gommage removes dead surface cell buildup allowing for a better and deeper hydration treatment.

>> STEP 1 – Cleanse
With the skin pre-dampened, begin by applying Lait Clarifiante Cleansing Milk to the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, neck and décolleté area. Continue with upward effleurage strokes, beginning at the décolleté and ending at the forehead – spreading the cleanser evenly over all areas of facial skin. Remove cleanser using cool, damp sponges. Begin removal at the décolleté area using upward strokes, working toward the forehead. Rinse sponges as needed to ensure effective product removal.

>> STEP 2 – Exfoliate
Apply a thin layer of Papaya Prep Peel to the facial skin only. With gloved hands, apply the enzyme exfoliant over the jawline, cheeks, nose, and forehead areas. Once applied, allow the product to sit for six to eight minutes. Remove Exfoliant by moving fingers back and forth gently over the product. This gommage will come off in a consistency similar to pencil eraser debris (a change of under-head towel may be required).

>> STEP 3 – Hydrate
Follow the enzyme removal with a Hydrafluide application over all exfoliated areas. This will keep the skin hydrated after exfoliation and will make the skin more relaxed for extraction.

>> STEP 4 – Steam
With the Hydrafluide on the face, begin steaming the face at a distance of about 18 inches. For oilier skin with more clogged follicles, Desin-Gel Desincrustant Pre-Mask may be applied in oilier areas to loosen clogs for extraction. Steam should be applied over Hydrafluide and/or Desin-Gel for about eight minutes. Remove any excess product after steaming and prior to extraction.

>> STEP 5 – Extraction
Proceed with swab extraction in a normal manner. Focus on problem areas, typically the chin, nose, and forehead, being sure to remove conspicuous blackheads. Do not exceed seven minutes. Upon completion of extraction, apply Antigrasses Treatment Serum using a dropper. Be sure to apply a drop to each area that has received extraction, or where there are obvious large pores. This product will soothe skin after extraction, as well as help to prevent follicular inflammation that could lead to post-facial breakouts. Apply high frequency treatment over extracted areas. It is suggested to follow the dropper with the mushroom electrode, as the serum is being applied.

>> STEP 6 – Massage
Apply a generous amount of Hydrafluide for a non-clogging, hydrating massage. Use traditional European movements for 10 minutes. There is no need to remove the Hydrafluide once the massage is completed, as the skin will absorb the remainder of this hydrator.

>> STEP 7 – Mask Application
Using a fan brush, apply Masque Clarifiante to the t-zone and Soothing Gel Mask to the cheek areas. The Masque Clarifiante will help absorb excess oil and will be mildly exfoliating, while the Soothing Gel Mask will provide much-needed hydration to the cheek areas. Allow the product to sit for about 10 minutes. Remove the mask product with cool, damp sponges or soft cloths. Begin removal at the décolleté area using upward strokes, working toward the forehead. Rinse sponges as needed to ensure effective product removal. Note: Toner will not be applied prior to the next step as this treatment is designed for exfoliation and hydration.

>> STEP 8 – Sunscreen Moisturizer Application
Finish the treatment with an application of Strataguard SPF-15. Apply to the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, neck, and décolleté areas – spread evenly covering the neck and entire face.

For more information please contact Mark Lees Skin care at 866-616-7328, www.marklees.com, or CRR# 161.
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