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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 skin care professionals, we often forget to remind ourselves that we matter, too. Day in and day out, we are pouring our time, talent, and expertise into others, often at the detriment to our own well-being and sanity. You may find yourself too tired to do the things that once meant so much to you. Coming home after a long day at the spa…
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…

The Global Wellness Institute and Global Wellness Summit: What They Mean to Our Industry

Written by Amy Gardner, L.E., director of education at LightStim
Though often referred to as a trend, the quest for wellness is anything but a fleeting and fashionable shift. One can trace wellness driven practices back as far as 3,000 B.C. with Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Our industry has been moving in this direction for decades and, in recent years, the subjects of wellness and self-care have become ubiquitous. It seems the more consumers…
Located along the white sand shores of Miami Beach, Florida, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort presents an authentic and specialized approach to health, wellness, and complete well-being. Exuding the luxury of wellness, the resort focuses on aligning physical, mental, and spiritual health by offering a comprehensive retreat, the largest spa in the region (70,000 square feet), a one-of-a-kind thermal experience, and a medical wellness division. The…

Vitality Victory: Vitamins Made Easy

Written by Anabel De La Vega
Vitamin A fights disease-causing free radicals and aids in antiaging. Vitamin C is vital for overall health and the activation of the skin’s collagen. It is a great antioxidant that helps the body to absorb iron and is important for wound healing. Vitamin E helps to combat free radicals that can damage cells; it also helps to reduce the appearance of scars. Vitamin E oil…
CBD-infused skin care products are rapidly entering the beauty and skin care market because of their popularity and claimed health benefits. In order to evaluate their impact on clients, professionals need to educate themselves on what products work best and where the CBD for their products is sourced from before they consider adding it to spa treatments and aftercare recommendations. GREENWASHING IS THE NEW BLACK…
Many have heard the term “mindfulness,” but what does it mean? To me, mindfulness means being in the moment and enjoying where you are, right here, right now. What’s interesting is that most of us think we are already doing that, but if you really took a good look at your life, you might find that you are not living in the fullness that you…
Ayurveda is time-tested, effective techniques perfectly customized using exotic ingredients and simple tools that can take results to a new level by helping each client know themselves better and find their own beauty inside and out. WHAT IS AYURVEDA? The goal of Ayurveda has always been to establish lasting beauty by strengthening the body’s own resilience, calming and clearing the mind, and restoring or building…

Wellness Check: The Correlation Between Mental Health and Skin

Written by Irena James, vice president of YG Laboratories
Physical and emotional health are closely linked. Skin is the body’s largest organ, involved in a myriad of biological processes, so it is not surprising that living with a skin condition can take its toll on a person’s state of mind. Stress and anxiety can make existing conditions even worse and bring about new ones, creating a vicious cycle. Numerous experts agree that stress, anxiety,…
Aromatherapy seems to be the current buzzword among clients and industry professionals. But what is its purpose within a business and how can it be incorporated as a feel-good service that can support and heal the skin and body? This article will attempt to address some of the benefits of aromatherapy, why a professional would want to incorporate it into the spa and when, and…
Energy healing, an alternative therapy, is ideal for aestheticians in the skin care and beauty industry because of their hands-on work. Energy affects clients and vice versa. When the professional understands what energy is and learns how to maintain energy boundaries, it supports the body, mind, feelings, and spirit. Humans are energy beings in a physical body, with five physical senses connecting them to mother…

Linking Factors: Obesity and Skin

Written by Dr. Rehka Kumar
Obesity is increasing in prevalence globally; both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the United States. National Institutes of Health (NIH) have labeled obesity an epidemic.1,2 More than one-third (36.5%) of adults in the United States are obese and, if obesity trends continue, 22% of people around the world will be overweight or obese by 2045.3…
Life is a competition, but it is not a race against anyone else. The real journey is against yourself and your unrealized potential. It is not about the competition out there or competing against the person next to you, but rather, it is about chasing your future self. Be your own kind of fighter in what you are trying to accomplish. Our fear most often…

Modern Wellness: Clean Beauty Explained

Written by Leilah Mundt, founder and CEO of Crème Collective
The skin care industry is buzzing about the concept of clean beauty. Analysts estimate that the market value of the clean beauty industry will double in the next five years, making this trend one that professionals and retailers cannot ignore. Largely driven by growing consumer demand over the past five to seven years, more products and brands claim to be cleaner than ever before. But…

Sleepy Skin Care: Melatonin Benefits and Best Practices

Written by Cindy Clark, L.E., aesthetics instructor at Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and founder of Afterglow Skin and Waxing
Melatonin is a naturally-produced hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland to aid the body in its nightly sleep cycle. Although it is inherent to the body, melatonin begins to deplete with age. Often, an individual may experience insomnia due to stressors such as work-life balance, travel, and grief. Over-the-counter sleep aids like melatonin can help those who are sleep-deprived to get better-quality sleep.…
Understanding your body and skin and being able to read the signs they send is incredibly important – even more so as a skin care professional, since you can find out a lot about clients just by taking a good look at their skin. This article will discuss how many vitamin deficiencies first manifest. It is important to notice these signs early so they can…
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