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Crystals & Chakras

When embarking on your crystal journey to bring harmony to yourself or others here are some guidelines to keep in mind. Crystals are everywhere these days and it’s wonderful to see these natural beauties doing such great things for the energy of those who choose to use them. Crystals and stones do their best work when aligned with the chakras or energy centers of the body. Let’s take a look at the chakras, where they are located and what crystals are going to best support each energy center. Root Chakra – Located at the base of the spine and pelvic

6 Ways to Prepare for Holiday Retail Sales in Your Spa

As estheticians, it’s important to think ahead and to be prepared; especially when it comes to the holiday season. Whether you’ve just started brainstorming or truly don’t know where to begin, we’ve got you! Today we are sharing some of our best tips to prepare for holiday retail sales in your spa! Be selective and stock up on the right products In order to decide what to include in your inventory, you’ll want to stop and think first. What is your budget? What is popular? What were sales like last year? When should I buy these items? We recommend starting

The Estheticians Guide: Adding waxing to your practice ❤️

Estheticians, beauty students and salon owners alike, have all noticed the increasing waxing trends of 2022! More people than ever are getting waxed, and the increasing demand is steering Estheticians to ask themselves… Should I start waxing now too, or add it to my practice? Watching social media get taken by storm with waxing videos, demos, glitter, it’s hard to know where to even start. It’s no question, these services gain a lot of attention and we all know why! The unconventional world of Body waxing has everyone talking about taking a trip to Brazil! 😂 So, you want to

Rhinoplanophobia* | Definition: The fear of dermaplaning the nose.

Rhinoplanophobia*  Definition: The fear of dermaplaning the nose Use in a sentence: I would dermaplane your nose but I have rhinoplanophobia. *Ok, I just made that up. It’s a fear of dermaplaning the nose and many of you have it! Let’s tackle that fear and make it a strength. When I was taught to dermaplane I asked about dermaplaning the nose and the instructor said, “No, we do not dermaplane the nose.” End of story. That got me curious. The nose needs to be dermaplaned so there must be a way! (extends fist into air!) There is! Dermaplaning the nose

Waxing Became a Thing? | Historically Hair Free

Humanity has a deeply “rooted” history with unwanted body hair that stretches far back into the folds of time and is not anything new. For years, women and men throughout history have opted to rid themselves of unwanted hair whether it be for aesthetics, cultural and religious traditions, social norms, and personal preference, according to the Encyclopedia of Hair.   Beginning around 4000 to 3000 B.C., the earliest records of body hair removal can be traced to the Mediterranean and Oriental cultures. Women were mixing arsenic sulphide, quicklime, starch and water into a paste-like depilatory to rid themselves of unwanted hair.

Science Behind Microcurrent Facial Toning Part 1 of 2

Facial toning is a topic of conversation amongst most age groups in which the treatments have evolved over the past several decades. We have gone from facial toning yoga exercises to pricey “As Seen on TV” gimmicks. Add to that, the ever increasing need for the facial toning options to be minimally or non-invasive. Facial toning devices include: Microcurrent devices Radio frequency devices Ultrasonic devices The million-dollar question that often gets asked is “How do microcurrent facial toning devices fare and do they really work”? The short answer is yes. Let’s break this answer into 2 parts: First, let’s understand

What is an Octopeel & Why do you need it?

if you know, you know & if you don’t, we’re here to tell you. What on Earth is an Octopeel? The Octopeel Enzyme Peeling Mask is a multi-use chemical exfoliant created with estheticians and clients in mind. A powerful yet gentle tri-action enzyme peel made up of the following: Oat Flour: Mildy Exfoliating Bentonite: Detoxifying Titanium Dioxide: Used to protect the skinfrom UVA and UVB radiation Pineapple Fruit Extract: Anti-inflammatory enzyme Glycine: Soothing essential amino acids also found in plants Lipase: Breaks down sebum into oleic acid, increasing cell production Lactose: Dissolves dead skin cells, while hydrating and nourishing Zea

Why Gua Sha Might Be Your New Favorite Tool

What is Gua Sha? If you are not already familiar with facial Gua Sha, it’s time to get to know this ancient Chinese facial sculpting technique. Dating back centuries, Gua Sha has been used by acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medicine doctors to help alleviate everything from heat stroke and headaches to the common cold as well as body aches and pains. The word “Sha” refers to the redness on the skin that appears after the treatment and ultimately triggers the skin to renew itself. The aesthetic benefits of Gua Sha were discovered almost by accident. When acupuncturists performed the Eastern

The Eyes are the Window to the Soul: Illuminate Them

‘Tis the season to develop bags under the eyes. Let’s face it, with winter coming up, the eyes are coming down. This is completely normal, as eyes are affected by lack of sunlight and vitamin C during these colder times. The state of the eyes plays a major role in our youth and failure to maintain them can cause one to look older and more tired. The eyes are the window to the soul, so I wanted to introduce one of my favorite products, Illuminating Eye. This is E.F. Tropic’s 5 in 1 eye treatment that effectively lightens, tightens, lifts,

4 Ways To Make Waxing More Comfortable for Your Clients

Waxing can feel a bit uncomfortable, and for some, it may even hurt a bit. However, knowing these four ways to make waxing more comfortable for your clients ensures they have a great experience. Customers book visits to your business with the expectation of a great experience! Surpass their expectation with a few tips from seasoned professionals. Leave a Great First Impression When a customer comes into your salon or spa, greet them with professionalism. Everyone should feel welcome, especially first-timers, so introduce yourself. Then, as you walk them back to receive your service, get to know them or ask

Got Psoriasis? bFREE with PsoFree

Chances are you or someone you know is living with Psoriasis. This autoimmune disease effects 80% of Americans and is a lifelong battle. Unlike other autoimmune issues that attack the body internally, Psoriasis is extra challenging as it shows up in the form of rashes on the skin. Many with this disease not only suffer from physical discomfort but also the emotional distress of having these blemishes on the skin. Since we at E.F. Tropics specialize in skincare, we wanted to develop a product for Psoriasis. Our mission is to make everyone feel beautiful and comfortable in their skin and

Dermaplaning & Edges

Edges are everything in dermaplaning. Ok, not everything –but they are really important to your mid-higher Fitzpatrick clients.

Candle Care 101

Who here has purchased a candle that smells so delicious that you’re too scared to burn it? We know we definitely have! Lucky for you, we have experience caring for candles and these simple tips + tricks will help make your candle last longer so you can get the most out of it!

What to Know Before You Get a Microcurrent Facial

Microcurrent facials are quickly picking up momentum in the beauty and aesthetics industry (and for good reason!). This non-invasive facial lifting and toning treatment has shown breathtaking anti-aging results time and time again but has also been known to improve acneic skin conditions, scarring reduction, and evening skin tone.

Antioxidants: Eat the Rainbow for Fabulous Skin

There are many connections to be made between skin health and diet, and my very favorite subject to teach about is how plant foods support and protect the skin. Today I would like to share some ideas for how you can incorporate more plant foods into your diet to help improve your health and also make your skin look gorgeous.

The Importance of Exfoliation

Exfoliation is an often underestimated part of skincare and beauty routines. It is the process of removing dead skin cells that can clog your pores, decrease cell regeneration, and increase oil, acne, and breakouts. A professional facial and other beauty treatments will exfoliate your skin, but exfoliation must be part of your weekly at-home beauty routine.

The Benefits of Enzymes

What are enzymes? Why are they so important? Enzymes frequently get overlooked since it can be difficult to understand how they work or what their job is. However, this chemical plays such a vital role in improving our physical health and can contribute to overall healthier, youthful skin. There are many uses for enzymes, for everything from vitamins to skincare peels. Let’s explore how they can be used to improve the skin.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is an acid solution that is applied to the skin. It dissolves the outermost layer of skin cells, which then peels off over the following days to reveal the fresher, younger layer below. Peels are very effective in treating a large range of skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, acne, mild scarring, improving skin brightness, and evening skin tone.

Glycolic Acid Chemical Peels

Even with all the advances, technology, and procedures available in skin care, chemical peels continue to be a mainstay in the esthetics industry. With so many types of peels on the market, there’s a peel for everyone.

Why Would I Need a Microcurrent Treatment?

If you are recommending microcurrent facials as part of your treatment plan for a client (or if you are a client who has heard about this treatment) the question we will inevitably face is, “why would I need a microcurrent facial?” The answer will most likely vary based on the client’s overall skin concerns, but never forget these three key benefits of microcurrent treatments.

Ask Dr. Tessa: Steam Machines

Dr. Tessa Crume is an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology Department at the Colorado School of Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Tessa has answered some burning questions in the industry right now.

Loving the Skin You’re In After (and Before) Forty!

There are a lot of perks that come with getting older (despite what the media will have you believe!). Any savvy 40-something will tell you, sure you might have a couple more greys than you did a few years ago, but in turn, you have much, much more— like knowledge of your own self-worth, a fantastic sense of humor, and confidence you probably didn’t have back in your twenties. In fact, one might even say that the forties are in fact, the new twenties.

Facials for Your Fanny

Is your fanny ready for swimsuit season? Have you looked? Many of us don’t pay much attention to the skin on our behinds until it’s time to hit the pool or beach, but a little care now can help you look your best in that swimsuit when it’s time to bare it all.

The Difference Between Microcurrent & Radiofrequency

You asked and we heard you! There has been much discussion on what exactly the differences are between the effects of microcurrent treatment and radio frequency treatment. In this blog we’ll share a brief summary of each treatment, and give a quick comparison of the two!

C.I.D.E.S.C.O. USA

C.I.D.E.S.C.O. USA & The EC have partnered to bring our members advanced education and certifications to enhance your careers and esthetic knowledge.

How the coronavirus is affecting your skin

In addition to the well-known symptoms of Covid-19—fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and a sudden loss of taste or smell— doctors are now describing a variety of skin conditions that may accompany the illness. These skin manifestations include “covid toes”—toes that look blue, or frost-bitten—and various types of rashes—from tiny “hives-like” red spots to larger flat or raised lesions.

Return to Business

In response to the current health crisis, there are recommended changes to existing day to day protocols which must be updated for safety.

Modern Wellness in a Time of Coronavirus

COVID-19 and the recommendations for preventing its transmission have underscored the importance of good self-care. They’ve also demonstrated why caring for oneself isn’t selfish; it’s actually one of the kindest things we can to protect the health of everyone around us. (And conversely, caring for our collective health is also the best thing for each of us as individuals!)

Business Building During COVID-19

We are only a few months into 2020 and life as we know it has completely changed. In a growing number of states schools are closed, only essential stores are open, and many of us have been required to stay home. Needless to say, professional facials and spa treatments are basically on hold until we can flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pass the CBD, please.

In the last few years, CBD has been making headlines and hitting shelves everywhere. If you haven’t tried it yet, you may be asking “what’s all the buzz about?” Well, topical CBD is proving to be a powerful ingredient for improving many different and unique skin conditions.

Is it time to cleanse your Instagram?

Have you heard of Instagram cleansing? It’s basically spring cleaning for a company’s Insta account. This is an essential practice for businesses to ensure that they make the most of their time on the platform.

January Content Calendar

It’s January! The beginning of a new year and in this case a new decade. The first month of a new year always feels like an opportunity for a fresh start.

Face & Body Southeast 2020

Face & Body Southeast: Don’t miss it! What are you doing Feb. 8-10, 2020?

Face & Body Southeast 2020 will be the spa industry event to attend this winter, with its debut co-location with Bronner Bros., more education than ever before, three days of inspiring free keynotes and a showfloor full of innovative exhibitors that can’t wait to speak with you.

Earn $150 In 15 Minutes

What would you do if you could earn $75 in just 15 minutes in your skincare business? What if you were able to earn a whopping $150 in 15 minutes in your skincare business? We’re sure that you’d jump on the opportunity!

Frequency & Reach

Marketing blogs and articles often highlight the challenges of creating content, the importance of planning ahead and the most useful tools and applications needed for success (all important topics of course). However, there are two concepts that deserve a little more of our attention, frequency and reach.

Target Audience

I think we can all agree that the subject of marketing can seem overwhelming. Generating new business, gaining followers, or promoting an unknown treatment can all feel like impossible tasks. Especially when others appear to have effortless success. But seriously, how did Karen get over 700 likes already? 😉

Face & Body Midwest 2019

Skin Inc.’s Face & Body Spa Expo and Conference is dedicated to providing spa professionals with job-critical education through our Advanced Education Conference, supplier classes and Skin Inc. LIVE! Stage presentations. Offering hands-on treatment demos, networking experiences and access to the latest products in the industry, Face & Body provides opportunities for spa professionals grow and see profits.

The Hero with 1000 Facemasks: Part 6

My favorite addiction!

Nothing in skincare is more addictive than face masks for an Esthetician…. deciding which one to use can be a daunting task! And this is not true only for us skincare professionals, but for consumers as well. My short answer is, why choose? If they are of high quality…use them all!

The Hero with 1000 Facemasks: Part 5

My favorite addiction!

Nothing in skincare is more addictive than face masks for an Esthetician…. deciding which one to use can be a daunting task! And this is not true only for us skincare professionals, but for consumers as well. My short answer is, why choose? If they are of high quality…use them all!

The Hero with 1000 Facemasks: Part 4

My favorite addiction!

Nothing in skincare is more addictive than face masks for an Esthetician…. deciding which one to use can be a daunting task! And this is not true only for us skincare professionals, but for consumers as well. My short answer is, why choose? If they are of high quality…use them all!

The Hero with 1000 Facemasks: Part 3

My favorite addiction!

Nothing in skincare is more addictive than face masks for an Esthetician…. deciding which one to use can be a daunting task! And this is not true only for us skincare professionals, but for consumers as well. My short answer is, why choose? If they are of high quality…use them all!

The Hero with 1000 Facemasks: Part 2

My favorite addiction!

Nothing in skincare is more addictive than face masks for an Esthetician…. deciding which one to use can be a daunting task! And this is not true only for us skincare professionals, but for consumers as well. My short answer is, why choose? If they are of high quality…use them all!

The Hero with 1000 Facemasks: Part 1

My favorite addiction!

Nothing in skincare is more addictive than face masks for an Esthetician…. deciding which one to use can be a daunting task! And this is not true only for us skincare professionals, but for consumers as well. My short answer is, why choose? If they are of high quality…use them all!

Yoga

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
–The Bhagavad Gita

“Some days you eat salads and do yoga.
Some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants.
It’s called balance.”

–Some witty Instagrammer