Archive for July, 2013

Adding a Sensory Touch to Spa Therapy

Imagine you’re on a secluded beach. The waves of the ocean are crashing behind you in a rhythmic beat. The air smells of sea salt and a faint scent of jasmine in the distance. As you sip your cucumber infused ice water, you feel the warmth of the sun surround your body, while fully relaxed on your cushioned chair. Adding to this blissful setting is the rejuvenating effects you’re getting from your soothing facial. Wait, is this the description of someone having a facial on the beach? Not quite. The point is that the client is brought to this special place through their five senses. Adding even a few small touches that stimulate the senses can make a world of difference to a client! Here are a few ideas to help you enhance your basic spa treatments and create a unique, sensory experience for your clients.

  • Touch Apply simple acupressure and touch therapy techniques. Offer a foot bath or scalp massage during a facial. Provide a warm neck roll, high-thread count sheets, plush towels or robes. Another nice option using touch, is to create a space in the waiting area where clients can test out various products.
  • Taste Offer various teas and even chocolate. Display sliced fruits and cucumbers on a tray for clients to add some flavor to their ice water.
  • Sight Use dimming lights in the treatment rooms. Take advantage of the array of calming earth tone paint colors available. Be sure to have an organized space, and this includes the reception desk and waiting area. First impressions are important! Display flowers, candles, and relaxing images such as oceans or other nature scenes.
  • Sound A great new option being used at some spas is giving clients the option to connect an iPod to the room’s sound system. This completely blocks outside sounds and lets the client focus on the experience itself. Relaxing music is a popular choice of many spas, but the sounds of nature is great option. What better way to create that beach image than hearing actual waves crashing.
  • Smell We all know that aromatherapy is important for a good spa experience. A spinoff to this idea is that spas will create their own “signature scent.” They will also offer products that use the same scents so that clients can take their experience home with them.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much effort to make clients feel like they are receiving a five star treatment. Try a few of these ideas and your happy clients will surely come back for more!

Sweeten Up Your Skin Care Routine with Honey

Honey has been referred to as liquid gold because of all of it’s health benefits. Honey is just as amazing for the skin when applied topically, as it has been for centuries. Honey is an organic product that does not contain chemicals and or preservatives. In fact, honey has a very long shelf life on its own and will probably outlast all of your current skin care products.

The natural sweetener nourishes the skin with nutrients that include vitamins B and C, amino acids and minerals. It has antibacterial properties that helps to speed healing and prevent infection, making it a great choice for acne prone skin. Honey is a humectant, which means that it attracts and locks in moisture and helps skin to glow. It does this without drying or oily effects, which makes it beneficial for both dry and oily skin types. Last, but certainly not least, honey has natural antioxidant and anti aging qualities. Younger looking skin sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it?

It’s no wonder there are so many skin care products on the market today that contain honey. You can even make your own honey based face mask at home. Check out some of our products that contain honey as a top ingredient and see the delicious results for yourself!

Top Qualities of an Esthetician

Congratulations, you’re a certified esthetician! It’s now time to go out and use those skills you’ve learned. Simple as that, right? Well, don’t forget the importance of repeat clients and refferals. What are the top qualities that clients are looking for in an esthetician to keep them coming back? Read on to find out.

First and foremost, you must be knowledgable. Considering you went through a lot of training to get here, you are most likely excited about the world of skincare and ready to perform. However, there is always more to learn about the skin care industry. Consider participating in educational workshops and advanced courses to ensure you are keeping up with the latest trends, techniques and products. Attend trade shows and read up on current spa or skin care magazines and web sites. Also, be sure you know your products really well. Research any new ingredients so that you don’t inadvertently use an irritating product on a sensitive skin type. In this industry, there’s always more to know and learn, so keep up educating yourself.

Good communication skills are a must. It’s important to start a dialogue with your client before jumping into the treatment. Be sure to ask your client about their skin type, skin care regime and the products that they currently use. Make note of any concerns or issues that the client may have and perform a thorough skin analysis. The communication should then continue as you describe each step of the treatment.

Care and consideration for your clients. A good esthetician doesn’t just go through the motions. They are passionate about their job. They give their undivided attention, listen to their clients needs and show overall compassion. Customize your treatments based on the client’s skin care needs and consider adding in a special touch to your service. At the end of the treatment, offer samples of the products you used or recommended during the treatment.

These ideas are quite simple, aren’t they? However, these qualities also separate the good estheticians from the great estheticians. Now go out there and be great! A successful career awaits!

If you are interested in our upcoming workshops or advanced classes, visit our continuing education page for more information.

Be Nice to Your Skin – 15 Bad Skin Habits

Are you being nice to your skin? It’s important to put an end to the bad habits that can wreak havoc on your skin. Below are 15 common habits to avoid so that your skin stays young and healthy looking.

  • Smoking. You’ve heard it before. Smoking causes premature aging, wrinkling, yellowish tint to skin, increase in skin cancer. There’s no better time to quit than now.
  • Excessive Drinking. A glass here and there isn’t harmful, but excessive drinking can cause increased sagging of the skin over time. Moderation is key!
  • Skipping Sunscreen. We’ll say it again and again. Skipping a broad-spectrum sunscreen can eventually lead to skin cancer and premature aging. You should wear sunscreen on a daily basis. While we’re on the subject, stay away from those tanning beds too, as they are just as risky as exposing skin to the sun itself.
  • Lack of Sleep. Not getting enough zzz’s can create a sallow complexion. Stress caused from lack of sleep can cause acne and other skin issues.
  • Sleeping in Makeup. It’s simply a bad idea to leave a layer of makeup and dirt on your face overnight. Why take the risk of increasing breakouts on your skin?
  • Picking, Popping and Scratching. These bad habits push bacteria into pores, causing infection and scars. Treat pimples with a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide in the evening instead and you’ll find that it will clear a lot quicker.
  • Over-Exfoliating. Yes, you can get too much of a good thing. Too much exfoliant can dry and irritate the skin. Exfoliate just once a week if you have dry skin and twice a week for oily skin.
  • Using the Wrong Products for Your Skin Type. Know your skin type and use the correct products to avoid breakouts, irritation, and dryness
  • Neglecting the Neck and Chest. These areas are exposed just as much as your face. Products like sunscreen, moisturizers and even exfoliants, should be used on the neck and chest to prevent aging, wrinkling and skin cancer.
  • Not Enough Attention to the Eyes. Signs of aging will show up in the eye area first due to the very thin skin. Use anti-aging eye creams or peptides to keep this skin moisturized and looking youthful.
  • Not Cleaning Makeup Brushes or Sharing with Others. Simply put, if you don’t clean your makeup brushes, you will spread bacteria which leads to breakouts. Clean your makeup brushes weekly and be sure to let them fully air dry before storing to prevent more bacteria from forming.
  • Phones. Wipe down phones regularly to avoid spreading bacteria to face and consider using the speakerphone when you chat.
  • Not Consuming Enough Water. Sure, getting your eight glasses of water a day is good, but are you eating your water too? Fruits and vegetables help the body retain water better which means that cells can better absorb water and nutrients.
  • Ignoring Moles and Other Skin Changes. Skin cancer that can be serious if left untreated, so be sure to visit your dermatologist for annual scans. If you find a new mole or change in a mole’s appearance, then call to be seen even sooner.
  • Lack of Exercise. Regular exercise will increase blood flow and give you healthy skin. So get moving!