Eight easy ways to take the perfect selfie

What is a selfie? A selfie is a self-portrait photograph and people have been taking pictures of themselves for over 100 years, but the term “selfie” has only become mainstream in recent history. The word has become so popular it was named "word of the year" by the...

Five powerful insights to better merchandise any spa

We often hear terms like merchandise, yet few spa professionals have taken time to study consumer psychology – the science (or theory) of why consumers do what they do. Remember your clients are the same customers who shop at Macy’s or Nordstrom and these prestige...

Five things you must change in your spa today

Make your spa better. Better than you ever imagined. The pinnacle of relaxation and pampering. Be the best spa in your city or even state. But why stop there? Wouldn’t you want your spa to make it all the way to Travel + Leisure’s list of the best spas in America?...

Make a post-game plan for your skin

Today is the day of the big game. The Seattle Seahawks vs the New England Patriots. People want to know are the footballs properly inflated? Are the players well prepared? Did they eat their Wheaties? But everyone really wants to know who has the best skin? The people...

What is Mineral Oil?

Mineral oil is a petroleum derived ingredient frequently used in skincare products to protect and moisturize dry skin. It is an occlusive hydrator (a substance that physically blocks water loss in the Stratum corneum). Although the thought of petroleum based...

What are Synthetic Fragrances?

Synthetic Fragrances or parfums as they’re sometimes called are fragrances created in a lab usually from petroleum and natural gas byproducts. As noted in our post on phthalates, the individual components of fragrance are considered a trade secret so manufacturers are...

What is Sodium Laureth Sulfate?

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (or SLES) is a Surfactant from the same family of chemicals as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. In cosmetics it’s used as detergent and foaming agent (to produce bubbles). You’ll find SLES in shampoos, shower-gels, facial cleansers and even dish soap....

What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a detergent and foaming agent. It’s also in the same family as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactants). Both are common in soaps, shampoos, toothpaste and skincare products.SLS is a known skin irritant. In higher concentrations it’s an...

What are Phthalates?

Phthalates (pronounced f-THAL-lates) are chemicals mainly used as plasticizers – additives used to increase flexibility, longevity, durability and transparency in otherwise rigid plastics.Phthalates are found in many products ranging from pharmaceuticals, fragrances,...

What are Peptides?

Peptides are small chains of amino acids and are the building blocks of large proteins like collagen and elastin. Peptides occur naturally in the body and in nature, however, most peptides found in skincare preparations are synthetic (lab created) as they give...

What are Parabens?

Parabens are preservatives. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, parabens are among the most commonly used preservatives in the cosmetic industry. The most common parabens used are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Parabens are low-cost,...

Search for skincare brands worthy of your business

Originally printed in DERMASCOPE Every business comes with its challenges. Owning a spa or salon is no different. Your selection of staff, policies and services offered all impact your clientele and reputation. However, there are important decisions that affect all of...

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