We’re now in an era where, more than ever before, we’re hearing phrases like “provider and staff burnout,” “I’m just too busy for that,” and “self-care.” From yoga studios to juice bars, everywhere we turn, businesses are riding the #selfcare train to cash in on the need for busy people to slow down. While there may be some merit to it, let’s take a look…

What is Self-care? Featured

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Self-care. What a word. It says so much just by itself, but I have found that no two people will define it the same way. I will be doing a series on self-care and so I will start with the basic understading of what it is and why we need to know about it. As I began the research journey, I was at our first…

Get Your Beauty Sleep Featured

Written by Annette Hanson
Yes, you really do need your beauty sleep. This isn’t just a silly catch-phrase. Lack of sleep takes a toll on the skin’s health and physical appearance. Skin gets stressed out, too. If you spent the whole night tossing and turning, or you crawled into bed three hours before your alarm was set to go off, you can expect to wake up to breakouts, puffiness,…

Surrendering to Self Care

Written by Catherine Atzen, L.E., MBA, founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic Skin Care
An aesthetician’s work can be tiring and emotionally draining. Working in a spa is not as relaxing as visiting a spa as a client. Demands are numerous, clients’ expectations are high, and schedules change a lot. Days are long. Sometimes, aestheticians do not allow themselves to receive as much care as they give their clients. Nurturing and caring for self is essential for an aesthetician’s…

The Foundations of Nutritional Health and their Relationship to Skin

Written by Cassandra Lanning, LME, NTP, The Renegade Esthetician
Internal skin care, like topical skin care, should be addressed methodically, not haphazardly. Everything that happens, happens for a reason, and skin care professionals need to find the reason that these things are happening. They have to think logically and linearly, rather than randomly, to get to the root cause of dysfunction. Internal health, like topical health, has dysfunctions that have a root cause in…
This time of year, with the longer, darker days and cooler temperatures of fall and winter, true emotional and physiological changes occur within the body and mind. It takes more energy to get up and go when the body wants to stay in and rest. Seasonally apparent, these moods feel like a case of the blues, indecision, apathy, fatigue, and irritability. Aptly referred to as…
Sound healing has been used for thousands of years in varying modalities and techniques to promote healing. Our physical bodies hold a vibration, a frequency, which is unique to each person. Every organ in the body, as well as each chakra in the human energy system, holds its own unique frequency. When our body and energy system encounter desirable vibrational frequencies, it can cause several…
Whether the scenery is a bustling street in the downtown of New York City, the white rapids in Georgia’s Chattooga River, the serene, rolling hills in Montana, or the active volcanoes within the Pacific Ocean, Earth is created by wavelengths of energy. Everything is organically designed by these wavelengths, which produce vibrations. Some of the vibrations may be still and some may move so rapidly…
The most valuable tool skin care professionals have to perform their job is their hands and that is what makes a difference when helping clients to relax, relieve, and restore their energy. However, hands, wrists, and fingers (especially thumbs) often end up taking the most burden, which is why it’s important to use proper massage techniques to help prevent injuries. On the other hand, good…
ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response is a feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound. This feeling can also be accompanied by touch. These sensations can be triggered by whispers, massage, and other types of gentle stimuli. ASMR is…
The vitamins and nutrients obtained from foods represent the quintessential components for sustaining health and, ultimately, helping to contribute to healthy skin. There are many instances where elements of faulty digestion and environmental factors impact both the quality and quantity of nutrients obtained from foods. Vitamin supplements are a means of aiding in the support of imbalanced nutrients; however, they should never be substituted for…
We are approaching that time of year when we all start scrambling to prepare for the busiest season of the year. You’re probably already implementing the marketing tools you invested in to promote your business. However, do you offer products and services that are an extension of your beauty philosophy? Do they speak to who you are at your core? As skin therapists, we are…

Just Breathe: Using Breath to Reduce Stress

Written by Robert Sachs, L.M.T., co-founder of Diamond Way Ayurveda
As a spa professional, whether in massage or aesthetics, when you are at your best, clients feel the intelligence of your touch and the goodness of heart with which they are received on the treatment table or chair. This is what makes what is offered memorable to clients. And, yet, hectic schedules, home, and other demands leave you distracted at best and overwrought at worst,…
Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, has recently stepped into the spotlight within the wellness community as this Japanese practice now finds itself at the forefront of wellness and spa retreats. Forest bathing melds nature with mindfulness to not only improve health, but also boost immunity and mood. With help from a trained guide, wellness seekers can indulge in the beauty of nature while releasing their mind.…

Victims of Sex Trafficking – What to Look for in the Spa and How to Help

Written by Stephanie Andresen-Stevens, L.E., owner of Brilliant Bodywork
In 2008, I was a brand new aesthetician. I worked alone most of the time in a 350-square-foot office suite in the little town of Onalaska, Wisconsin. I was completely oblivious to sex trafficking, let alone how to spot a potential victim of trafficking until I had an eerie incident that led me to do my research. One day, a man called my spa to…

Gender-Neutral Services: Establishing an Inclusive Spa Environment

Written by Edgar Dominguez, global educator at jane iredale
Most makeup artists and skin care professionals view makeup and skin care to be gender-neutral. They apply the same products on male clients as they do on female clients. Skin care professionals do not dictate a skin care solution based on gender. Rather, they base it on what the skin needs. Yet, for the everyday consumer, it is typically assumed that products cater to the…

CBD and Drug Testing – What Passes and What Does Not?

Written by Emily Davis, L.E., president of education at Color Up Therapeutics
With the growth in CBD-infused skin care products and treatments, it is likely clients are asking questions related to drug testing. Skin care professionals can ease their concerns by explaining that the external use of pure isolated CBD skin care does not affect random drug tests. Drug panels test for THC and not CBD. THC is the psychoactive cousin to non-intoxicating CBD and is the…
The ever-evolving world of skin care has embraced the beauty and energy of gems. An ancient practice has moved into the modern world and the results are stunning. We are surrounded in an environment with an electromagnetic field, just as gemstones carry an electromagnetic field. Gemstones have been linked to health, well-being, and the skin with this energy. Gemstone therapy revolves around the idea that…
Have you heard of face yoga, a new way to keep skin looking younger, firmer, and healthier? Read on to discover tips and benefits of this trending, new practice. THE FOREHEAD DAB For preventing and reducing forehead lines, the forehead dab is key. Start with the eyes open or closed, whichever feels more comfortable. Place the palm of the hand on the right side of…

Gem-spired: The Beauty of Rose Quartz

Written by Nicole Majdali, makeup artist and educator at Janssen Cosmetics and Dr Schrammek US
The use of crystals is nothing new. In fact, they have been used since ancient times. Cleopatra, the leading lady of the beauty industry, and ancient Aztecs had their rituals and those rituals are still going strong. Crystals are extremely hot in the spa industry right now, so even if skeptical, understanding the attraction to crystals of some clients is important. Can the gemstone of…
As most aestheticians know, their career can be emotionally taxing because they are often the “best friend” (dumping ground) for their clients. This is, of course, in addition to the stress of their own life and career. To be the best they can be in these areas requires strategies to emotionally decompress, maintain health, and replenish the soul. STAY GROUNDED Walk around barefoot, letting your…
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