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Non-Surgical Facelifts are the Hot New Thing in Skin Care

Posted on: February 29th, 2012 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments

Non-Surgical FaceliftThere is a new wave in skin care that is increasing in popularity. While facelifts used to mean expensive, invasive surgery, non-surgical facelifts are becoming all the rage. This is a form of acupuncture where needles are used to cause micro-trauma to the face, which promotes collagen and elastin production in the dermis. Over the course of a number of sessions, usually 6 or 7, this has the effect of a facelift without invasive surgery, and for a lot less money than would be spent on a surgical facelift.

What does this new line of defense against the signs of aging mean to estheticians and students attending esthetician school? It means there is a new game in town, and if you do not know how to play, you may miss out. The rise in popularity and highly effective nature of the non-surgical facelift make it a skill that is very likely worth learning and one that could greatly increase the profitability of any esthetician’s business. Students should discuss with their school the issue of whether this is something that has a role in the future of esthetician services, but also look around at the demand and determine for themselves if it something that could increase business.

In fact, there is a growing trend that sees acupuncturists hiring estheticians to perform non-surgical facelift services in their offices. This is a great deal for both the acupuncturist and the esthetician, as the acupuncturists pays quite well, and they are able to increase their business significantly. They are able to focus on the holistic health benefits of their services, yet still offer their clients the anti-aging benefits of acupuncture as well, through the esthetician.

The partnership is one that is both lucrative and currently somewhat rare, making it prime for an ambitious student or experienced esthetician looking for something different. Adding the skill to an already extensive repertoire of esthetician skills could very likely prove to be a huge financial boon, and whether working with an acupuncturist or in a standard spa, the service is becoming more in demand by the minute. It is quite possible the non-invasive and less expensive nature along with the obvious effectiveness of this procedure could cause it to replace standard surgical facelifts as we know them in the not too distant future, and those who know how to do it only stand to reap the rewards.

Five Tips to Great Looking, Healthy Skin

Posted on: July 27th, 2010 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments

beauty-school-directory-healthy-skinWe all know that summer is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, pools are open and you get to bust out those summer clothes. However, amidst all of the fun and enjoyment there are risks to your skin! Here are five tips to help you keep your skin looking healthy and phenomenal all summer:

1) SPF is your BFF. Anytime you’re outside for extended periods of time make sure you put sunscreen on every exposed area. Yes that includes your ears, hands and toes. Depending on how dark your skin is use a sunscreen with an appropriate SPF number. SPF 15 is pretty weak and most likely will not help at all in the summer. Make sure to reapply and check to see if it’s waterproof!

2)  Accessorize for the sun. It’s pretty clear that the more clothes you are wearing the less your skin is exposed to the sun. Remember that cotton prevents sunburn unless it is a white fabric. Accessories can help too! Hats are back in style and are great for sun protection, as are sunglasses and sun umbrellas. The bigger the better.

3)  Stay moisturized. There’s nothing like lying in the sun to remove the moisture from your skin, therefore it’s very important to stay moisturized! Using salt scrubs and moisturizing body washes will be a great help for dry or peeling skin. Applying lotions, especially ones containing Aloe Vera, on a daily basis will keep your skin moist and feeling silky smooth.

4)  Water, water everywhere. Your skin reflects what you drink and eat. Drinking lots of water and eating healthy will definitely show in your skin. Stay hydrated and eat foods rich in vitamin D to hydrate your skin through the heat spells.

5)  Hide ‘n Seek. The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day. It is important to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun at this time by either staying inside or finding areas with shade. Even on cloudy overcast day, the sun could be damaging your skin if you are exposed. Try your best to hide out and avoid the direct sunlight, especially when the sun is at its strongest.

Banish Acne with High-Tech Beauty Gadgets

Posted on: April 6th, 2010 by Beauty Schools Directory 3 Comments

Tria Clarifying Blue Light Starter Kit

There’s a new wave of beauty tools promising to clear blemished skin and they’re decidedly high-tech. While the use of lasers and LED lights to cure acne isn’t new, using such technology at home definitely is!

Over the last few years several manufacturers have released anti-aging LED systems for use at home. Now these companies are moving into the next frontier in problematic skin care: Acne.

Two new gadgets promising to rid skin of blemishes have hit the beauty scene in the last few weeks from spa giant, Bliss, and Tria Beauty, one of the originators of home LED systems.

Tria Clarifying Blue Light ($395) promises to clear acne in 8 weeks by destroying pimple-causing bacteria with its blue light technology.


Bliss Pore'fector Gadget Kit

Basically, the idea is to kill bacteria before it has a chance to reek havoc in your pores.

Also new to the beauty scene is Bliss Pore’fector Gadget ($185). Seemingly made for the habitual pimple-picker, the Pore’fector Gadget claims to be a more sanitary way to purge pores. Bliss claims this tool will generate “sonic vibrations” that extract impurities from clogged pores.

While these beauty tools sound great, there are a couple of things the many consumers will consider before rushing out to purchase. First, these items cost a lot more than the usual tube of pimple cream most reach for to zap a zit. Secondly, and probably most importantly, are the matters of efficacy and safety. These tools have been approved for safe use by the FDA, which makes this beauty blogger wonder how effective they really are. If I have to see a dermatologist for serious LED skin-care, are these at-home tools really going to make a difference in someone’s skin?

Time will tell if these high-tech acne-fighters will take off. In the meantime let us know if you would buy one of these products!

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen!

Posted on: March 30th, 2010 by Beauty Schools Directory 1 Comment

shutterstock_49236946Spring has finally sprung! It time to get outdoors and enjoy nature. But as you leave your home, there’s one beauty must you mustn’t forget – sunscreen!

When searching for sunscreen, it’s important purchase one with both UVA and UVB ray protection. Many reports claim that UVA radiation is more harmful the UVB. According to the Environmental Working Group, in 2008 only 29% of sunscreens on the market contained FDA approved UVA filters. The good news is, by the summer of 2009 that number had increased by 70%.

Here are some sunscreens for you to try this spring and summer that provide both UVA and UVB protection:

La Roche-Posay is known for their innovative sun protection products, and their Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 is no exception. This is a great option for protecting and moisturizing facial skin at the same time, with one simple product.

Neutrogena is a major heavyweight in the skincare market and they continue to outdo themselves when their new products hit store shelves. Neutrogena® Spectrum+ Advanced Sunblock Lotion SPF 55, 70, & 100 is their latest product, and features their Helioplex360™ Technology, which protects skin from UVA rays, UVB rays and oxidative damage.

For those who prefer natural skin care products, you needn’t go without protection from the sun! Check out Jason Natural Sunbrella Chemical Free Sunscreen collection. The line included sunscreen products for the face, lips and body, that are PABA-free, Alcohol-free, and water resistant.

What sunscreens do you use to protect your skin? Have you tried any of these products out? Let us know!

Using Botox to treat acne?

Posted on: September 24th, 2009 by Beauty Schools Directory 13 Comments

Botox a Treatment for Acne?Chicago plastic surgeon Anil Shah M.D. recently published the only study ever done showing that Botox lowers the skin’s oil production and thus, can be used to treat acne. “Botox definitely clears up acne,” says Dr. Shah, who has treated about 100 patients in this way.

Of course, the media and spas around the country jumped on this information. “Another acne-treatment product to throw at consumers!” Only one small large problem. It seems like Botox as an acne treatment isn’t really that great of an idea.  When tiny amounts of Botox are injected directly throughout the dermis of face, yes, oil production is limited. But, sorry Dr. Shah, seems like Botox injections are a stupid way to treat breakouts.

First, to significantly reduce oil production, very large areas of the face would need to be treated, resulting in the expressionless look for which Botox is often mocked.

Second, the procedure is difficult. Even Dr. Shah admits that “Experience here is really essential.” The muscle paralyzer has to be injected directly into a layer of skin just 1/25th of an inch thick. If it’s injected too deeply it can alter the patient’s facial expressions.

Third, Botox as an acne treatment can be prohibitively expensive. Once you find a doctor willing to treat your break-outs in this way, a treatment can cost upwards of $500 and last for only 4 months.

Of course, this is only my opinion of Botox as an acne treatment. I tend to be skeptical of most trendy things, though. And over a few years, my skepticism usually proves to be right. Atkins Diet, anyone?

What do you think about the prospect of Botox being used to treat acne? Estheticians, skin care specialists and makeup artists – do you think Botox is a viable solution to cure or treat acne?

There is No Such Thing as a “Medical Esthetician License”

Posted on: September 10th, 2009 by Heather 19 Comments

Susanne Warfield - National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & AssociationsSusanne S. Warfield is the leading expert on the business, legal and liability issues that affect physician and esthetician relationships working in a medical or spa setting. Warfield is a 27-year Licensed Esthetician and is NCEA Certified. Her career started as an Esthetics Instructor at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, where she taught the 2nd year of a two-year degree Esthetics Program. When she moved to the United States, her advanced training was put into use and she spent almost 14 years working with a dermatologist in New York City. See Susanne S. Warfield’s profile on the Beauty School Lounge.

As you do your research looking at the field of medical esthetics, you are probably seeing ads for medical esthetic, paramedical and become a medical esthetician. Esthetician training and esthetician licensing varies from state to state, and at the time of this article there was no such license for any of the aforementioned terms. The average number of hours of esthetician licensing training on a national basis is 600. The separation of the esthetician license from the standard cosmetology or hairdressing license has allowed some schools to become licensed to teach only skin care, thereby raising their hours and standards. There currently are only two states – Utah and Virginia – that offer a two-tier Esthetician Masters program for 1200 hours. There are several more states that are in the process of updating their statutes – which is sorely needed – but more on that in another article.

From the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations, Use of Esthetician Titles. It is the position of the NCEA that estheticians represent themselves according to their licensed title, as designated by their state licensing board or regulatory agency, and that estheticians must not promote themselves or allow any employer to market them otherwise.

Esthetician Medical Training Certifications

There are several companies, schools, and associations that offer “certifications” to estheticians upon completion of a course. These courses may have required participation time ranging from minutes to hours to days.

Some courses are teaching advanced procedures using machines and products that are well beyond what the esthetician license and scope of practice allows. Therefore, obtaining liability coverage would then become a major priority for the esthetician practicing. However, in a dermatology setting, it would be up to the physician and their risk manager if the esthetician should be permitted to perform these advanced procedures, under the direct supervision of the physician of course.

This Isn’t General Hospital – It’s the Real Thing

One of the most important factors in deciding whether to work in a medical setting is: Do you like medicine? Specifically, are you comfortable dealing with illness and medical problems on a daily basis? Not that the fields you’re likely to choose will bring you into contact with a great deal of sick people, but your clients will all be patients and all of them will have a medical or aesthetic concern.

While dermatology and plastic surgery, the esthetics areas you will most likely fill in the medical setting, generally involve less serious medical problems, they’re still not for the squeamish. Plastic surgery, after all, is still surgery. And some plastic surgeons perform reconstructive surgery to repair the trauma of accidents or the disfigurement of diseases such as cancer, burn survivors or genetic defects. And dermatologists treat skin cancer various, sometimes disfiguring rashes and infections as well as various diseases that affect the skin.

Esthetician Jobs in the Medical FieldIf you cannot stand the sight of blood or if you find illness or disfigurement  overwhelming, then you probably should consider esthetician career paths other than a clinical setting. On the other hand, most of us can get used to the sights and the situations that are likely to come up in dermatology or plastic surgery, and if you enjoy helping others and if you appreciate the privilege of working intimately with people who depend on you, the rewards of working as an esthetician in a medical setting can be tremendous.

One area that I haven’t touched on at all is the medical spa environment. If I had 10 people in the room and asked them what their perception of a medical esthetician is, I would probably get 10 different answers. For purposes of this article, the NCEA position on a medical spa is:

A medical spa is a facility that during all hours of business shall operate under the on-site supervision of a licensed health care professional operating within their scope of practice, with a staff that operates within their scope of practice as defined by their individual licensing board, if licensure is required. The facility may offer traditional, complementary, and alternative health practices and treatments in a spa-like setting.

Working in this type of facility may take you in several different directions depending on the philosophy of the owner, supervising physician and the corporate vision of what a medical spa is.

In conclusion, try to talk to other estheticians who may already be in the medical field, ask your school guidance counselor for advice, or several website such as PCI Journal offer newsletters and other books that may help you decide which of the career tracts is right for you.

Find esthetician schools near you to get started on an esthetics career path, or check out Susanne S. Warfield’s last blog article, “Esthetician Career Options in the Medical Esthetics Setting.”

The Bikini Waxing Debate: Sugaring vs. Waxing

Posted on: July 23rd, 2009 by Heather 11 Comments

All of the horror stories in the media lately about the dangers of Brazilian waxing and bikini waxing got me wondering, what alternatives are there for men and women who want to go hairless? For those who are tired of shaving but can’t commit to laser hair removal? There is another alternative that’s been around much longer than waxing (supposedly ancient Egypt) but isn’t as popular in salons and spas – sugaring.

And so it begins. The battle of the century. Which hair removal technique is better: sugaring or waxing?


Sugaring – Sugaring is similar to waxing as it rips hair straight from the root, but there are differences in the application. The sugaring paste or gel is applied lukewarm, under no circumstances should you accidently get burned during this procedure. Using a traditional sugaring technique, the sugaring paste or gel is removed the same direction as hair grows; this is easier on the skin and less painful. Sugaring also only attaches to dead skin cells – it won’t accidently remove your skin.

esthetics-hair-removal-sugaring-waxingWaxing – Wax is applied warm, there have been several cases of clients getting burned during this procedure. Wax strips are pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth, which can be hard on the skin and painful. Wax attaches to both dead and live skin cells making the possibility of skin coming off more likely.


Sugaring – Sugaring has natural ingredients that are less harsh on the skin and are less likely to cause allergic reactions. The main ingredients in the sugaring formula are sugar, lemon juice and water; essential oils may be included as well.

Waxing – Waxes have many more ingredients and most are not natural. Waxes are usually made of resins and can include artificial fragrances, dyes, chemicals, and preservatives.


Sugaring – Bacteria does not breed or survive in sugar; it actually helps prevent infections and promotes healing. Sugaring is also water-soluble, extremely easy to clean up and leaves the skin feeling smooth.

Waxing – Bacteria breeds in wax, can bruise skin, and can cause rashes and bumps. Wax is difficult to clean up; usually heavy oils or chemicals are needed and it often leaves the client’s skin sticky.


At most salons and spas, sugaring costs a few dollars more than waxing. The main reason for the price increase is that sugaring takes longer than waxing.


From most of the comparisons I’ve read, sugaring seems like the obvious choice. I think most of us would be willing to pay a few dollars more for less pain and risk of infection, as well as a better, more natural result.

So why isn’t it available everywhere like waxing seems to be? I’m curious, is this technique is being taught in the majority of cosmetology schools? Does your salon or spa offer it? What are your experiences with sugaring and waxing?


Learn Your ABCs: 5 Warning Signs of Melanoma

Posted on: March 25th, 2009 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments

Phaedra Connolly - Esthetician

Phaedra Connolly, RFS is a licensed Medical Esthetician with Associates in Dermatology in Orlando, Florida. She specializes in the prevention and treatment of skin cancer, acne and anti-aging. She graduated valedictorian in her class at the Florida College of Natural Health.

Melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers. In fact, this year 46,000 new cases will be diagnosed and 7,700 Americans will die from melanoma.

But being aware of the warning signs of melanoma could help you to recognize this potentially deadly cancer. Your trusted and trained esthetician will be on the lookout for these warning signs, but you see yourself every day. If you have a lesion that falls into any of the following categories, make an appointment with your dermatologist for an exam as soon as possible.

A = Asymmetry – Test your mole for asymmetry by drawing an imaginary line down the middle. Do the two halves match? Ordinary moles are usually round and symmetrical, while most early melanomas are asymmetrical.

B = Border – Ordinary moles are round or oval and have well defined, smooth, even borders. Melanomas often have ragged, uneven, or notched borders. Also, spreading of pigment (color) from the border of the mole into surrounding skin is a warning sign of melanoma.

C = Color – Ordinary moles are usually one color throughout and are usually brown, tan or flesh-colored. Melanomas may have several colors (black, brown, red, white, blue) or an irregular pattern of colors.

D = Diameter – Moles can be many different sizes, but ordinary moles are generally less than 1/4 inch (6 millimeters) in diameter, which is the diameter of a pencil eraser. Melanomas may be as small as 1/8 inch, but are often larger.

E = Enlargement/Evolving – Ordinary moles usually do not change over time. A mole that suddenly grows in size or rapidly becomes elevated is suspicious for melanoma.

Now that you know what to look for, here are some suggestions to protect yourself from skin cancer.
• Avoid the sun and/or seek shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
• Cover up by wearing light colored, tightly woven clothes that cover well.
• Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
• Use a quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 – and reapply at least every two hours.  Clouds do not screen out the damaging rays of the sun.
• Do a monthly self-exam to check for unusual marks or changes in your skin.
• Get a regular exam from a board certified dermatologist – once a year if you’ve never had a skin cancer and more often if you have.

The sunny days of summertime are approaching quickly. What do you do to protect yourself? Do you have any favorite sun protection products?

Easy summer beauty tips

Posted on: July 14th, 2008 by Beauty Schools Directory 1 Comment

As a beauty industry professional, you can get to know your clients pretty well. And when they come back to your chair month after month, they trust your professional opinion.

The best beauty experts keep their clients looking and feeling great long after they’ve left their chairs. Now that summer’s in full effect, with the sun beating down and the humidity at it’s highest, your clients may want some tips on staying pretty in the sweltering heat.

So what kind of advice can you give your clients on summer beauty outside the salon? The kind of advice that’s easy to follow!

Easy summer beauty tips

•By now, your clients should know that it’s important to wear SFP every time they go outside – not just in the blazing sun. A good way to accomplish this is by using a light moisturizer with SPF 30 in it, and a non-greasy SPF lotion in place of their regular morning lotion.
•It’s not just skin that needs protection! A leave-in hair conditioner with a UV filter (like Kiehl’s) will protect hair from sun damage while keeping it smooth and shiny in the wind.
•They can further protect hair from wind and chlorine damage with a shine glaze that coats the hair shaft and binds silkiness to their strands. A glaze like Fredrick Fekkai Salon Glaze Clear Shine Rinse won’t weigh hair down.
•Summer’s the time to toss thick foundation and replace them with light, even-coverage powders and portable make-up sticks. In the hot summer months, most people can get away with SPF moisturizer, a smooth concealer and a dusting of tinted powder.
•For times that they want a bit more color, your clients might want to look into multi-purpose makeup that can be applied with their fingers. A peach color stick can do triple-duty as an eye shadow, blush, and lip color. Top it off with some waterproof mascara and they’re good to go!