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Ingredient Highlight: Lavender

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Lavender Oil  has been used by ancient cultures all over the world for many many years. Egyptians were known to use it for perfume and mummification. Some cultures bathed in it and others used it for medicinal purposes.


Lavender Oil:

Most Important Benefits of lavender:

  • Relieves stress
  • Uplifts mood
  • Excellent for headaches, migraines and hypertension
  • Relieves congestion
  • Relaxes, restores and rejuvenates
  • Stimulates cell regeneration
  • Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal
  • Relaxes muscles


How does it work?

Lavender is part of the mint family Lamiaceae. Its herbal, soft, sweetly floral and spicy undertones make it one of the most versatile essential oils. It helps with many things such as anxiety, depression, nervousness and exhaustion. Lavender works on several nervous systems such as the autonomic, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems as well as the adrenal glands. It is also used in many formulas for eczema and psoriasis.  After microdermabrasions or chemical peels, lavender uses its anti-inflammatory benefits to help calm the skin and reduce swelling. Lavender can be used for all skin types.

Aesthetic Back Bar items that contain Lavender:

Lavender Face & Body Lotion – This lotion is wonderfully luscious and the ultimately soothing. Lavender distillate and lavender essential oil are combined to create the ultimate lotion for sensitive skin.

Lavender Gel & Mask – Our Lavender Gel is light, soothes, hydrates the skin and smells just like fresh Lavender. Our Lavender Gel uses lavender distillate, aloe juice and Lavender Essential Oil to soothe and hydrate the skin from head to toe.

Lavender TonerThis soothing and restoring treatment toner saturates the skin with conditioning and healing ingredients. The MSM and DMAE, along with Aloe and Lavender extracts, leave the skin appearing toned and smooth preparing it for treatment products. The aroma of Lavender Extract is the perfect addition to your relaxing facial.

Lavender Essential OilLavender Essential Oil  is one of the most versatile oils there is. Lavender Essential Oil has for centuries been used for its beneficial effect on skin. Diffused Lavender Essential oil is wonderful for room filling aroma.

Lavender Body ButterThis formula is scented lightly with Lavender Essential Oil. Our all-natural Body Butters are rich and absorb instantly leaving the skin supple. This luxurious body butter deeply nourishes and leaves the skin smooth and intensely hydrated. Coconut butter is perfect for all skin types especially for those who are dry and sensitive.

How to Create Fall Treatment Series with Pumpkin Enzyme

pumpkin enzyme peel for aestheticians

pumpkin enzyme peel for aestheticians

As we all know, fall is a great season to do peels. At Aesthetic Back Bar we have natural enzyme complexion peels that can be done in series for optimal results. You can set your peels for 2 to 3 weeks apart.

Pumpkin is a staple product of the fall and it has amazing benefits for the skin. Because of its popularity and benefits, pumpkin peel is an easy treatment to market to your clients in the fall and it gives you an effective, fun and thematic treatment.

Pumpkin is great to treat dull complexion, aging skin, oily/combination/acne skin and pigmentation. It penetrates deeper into the skin because it’s small molecular structure.

According to studies and articles from IDI (International Dermal Institute), pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that brightens and smooth the skin.

Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C which boosts collagen production, preventing aging and soothing the skin. The zinc, present in the seeds, is great for acne skin, because helps to control the oil production, as well hormone levels, healing the skin. The seeds also are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin and also regulates sebum.

At Aesthetic Back Bar, we have 2 Pumpkin Enzyme masks for you to choose, the Professional Pumpkin I with a 5% glycolic and Professional Pumpkin II with a 12% glycolic. They are a natural, organic way to a safe and effective peel. You can use the Professional Pumpkin Enzyme II mask at your treatment room and sell the Professional Pumpkin I as an in home treatment to your client.

Just to clarify, the Professional Pumpkin Enzyme II is safe but it can tingles a little and some of our clients prefer to use it at their treatment room, but if you have a more medical facility, you can easily sell it as a home care treatment as well.

Have you ever thought retailing your own products? When using our easy and low minimum private label you can make at least 50% profit selling a home care product to your client. For more information email us at


 (You can do it in series, 2 to 3 weeks apart)

Pumpkin Enzyme Treatment Normal, Combination, Sun Damaged and Oily Skin types

The Pumpkin Enzyme Exfoliating Treatment is a very powerful polishing treatment.  Pumpkin contains many exfoliating properties as well as nutrients for the skin.  This skin care treatment is perfect for skin that is not sensitive.  Oilier skin can usually use the Mask II which contains 12% glycolic.  If your client has not used glycolic before try using the Mask I that contains 5% glycolic first.

  1. Cleanse with Facial Cleansing Gel
  2. Tone skin with Skin Balancing Toner
  3. Cleanse and exfoliate with Jojoba Micro Bead Polish (normal to dry skin) or AHA Micro Bead Polish (normal to oily skin)
  4. Apply a thin layer of Pro Pumpkin Enzyme Mask I or II. Mask I has 5% glycolic and Mask II contains 12% glycolic. As you apply the mask tell your client they will fell a itchy or tingly feeling. It usually lasts about a minute or two and then subsides.  The thicker or oiler the skin is the less they will feel the tingle.  If the client says the mask feels like it is burning remove the mask with water.  I would NOT apply steam or hot towel compress with this mask because it may intensify the treatment too much.
  5. Leave on for 3-10 minutes depending on skin type and condition.
  6. Rinse until the skin does not feel any itchiness or burning.
  7. Can apply one of the gel masks to soothe the skin. (Aloe Gel, Cucumber Gel, Lavender Gel or Soothing & AntiAging Gel)
  8. Apply Antioxidant Anti-Aging Eye Cream
  9. If client has very dry skin you can then apply the Antioxidant Serum and then the Rejuvenative Cream. If the client has oily to combination skin you can apply the Clarifying Serum then finish off with Light Moisture Cream.

*Recommended protocols are designed to give you an idea of where to use products in your treatment room


Aging Skin, the outcome of sun damage.

Summer is almost over, your clients are starting to get back to their routines, kids are back at school and now it is a good time to help and educate your clients about photoaging.anti aging powder mask

We know that UVA and UVB rays contribute to skin cancer but these rays also cause skin burn and skin ageing. There is an easy way to explain to your clients the difference about UVB and UVA radiation: UVB rays impact the skin’s surface, causing burns while UVA rays penetrate 30-40 times deeper then UVB rays, heavily contributing to premature aging the skin.

UVA rays have several harmful effects on the skin causing lack of elasticity, dullness, dehydration, dark spots and uneven skin tone. These effects are cumulative and all skin types are vulnerable.

Vitamins C is vastly used against sun damage. According to studies, vitamin C performs as a natural bleaching, brightening the skin and also prevents redness and dark spots related with sun damaged. In order for the Vitamin C penetrate the skin; it needs to be carried in oil soluble, known as Vitamin C Ester or in water soluble as L-Ascorbic Acid. Vitamin C Ester (oil soluble) enables the Vitamin C penetrate the skin rapidly, and in greater amounts then the L-Ascorbic Acid (water soluble).

Our Anti-Aging Moisture Mask has Vitamin C ester, which is more powerful because is oil soluble, allowing  the Vitamin C efficacy to be broader and deeper, while reaching the surface of the skin quicker and in greater amounts then Vitamin C in water soluble (L-Ascorbic Acid).

The Anti-Aging Moisture Mask also contains beet powder; turmeric root and vitamin B5 that also target in transform the skin.

Beet Powder – turns skin flawless while feeding skin iron and other vitamins through the pores diminishing aged dark spots and blemishes.

Turmeric root – which has been use for centuries in Ayurveda Medicine promoting balanced and clear the skin, with glow and radiance.

Vitamin B5 – that improves the moisture retention capacity of the skin, allowing the skin to stay hydrated.

Our Anti-Aging Moisture Mask will improve skin elasticity and increase moisture while packing the skin with nutrients. This mask is well rounded and it is suitable for all skin types leaving skin vibrant.

Another thing that I love about this nutrient-rich mask is the fact that it is designed to work with the liquid chosen to activate the masque. You can use 2 parts of powder to 1 part of any liquid suitable for hydrating the masque.  You can use any distillate or hydrosol water, green tea, peppermint tea, rice milk, goat milk, yogurt, kefir, organic fruit juice, organic green juice, superfood juice, grape juice, all of course within safe guidelines.

If you like a more liquid mask, apply more liquid and a thicker masque can be created with less liquid.

You can use this mask and create an Anti-Aging Facial treatment, and you can also sell to your clients to do maintenance at home. This is a very versatile product and you can create many different types of facials that will help to promote your business and help your clients to obtain a healthy looking skin in a natural and organic way.

Other Products that are great for aging and sun damage.

Antioxidant Enzyme CleanserFormulated with rose, DMAE, MSM, rooibos & pomegranate extracts, hyaluronic acid providing skin with nourishing moisture, leaving it velvety smooth.

AHA Toner – Formulated with AHAs help to re-texturize, slough and soften the skin, giving it a refreshed and refined appearance.

Vitamin C SerumA must-have in any mature skin care regime.  Can be used in the am on clean skin.  This formula features soothing organic aloe, omega 3 & 6-enriched rosehip oils with antioxidant loaded organic cranberry, raspberry and blueberry extracts and clarifying white willow bark.

Antioxidant SerumThe ABCs of skincare start with Antioxidant Serum: vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin C.  Leaves skin hydrated, nourished and radiant.

Pumpkin II Enzyme Mask – This is a great complexion enzyme peel for sloughing away damaged skin.

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Cheat Sheet for a Successful Spa Open House

I have had my share of really bad and really good open house events.  You know the ones that no one show up to and then ones that fill up your spa girls open houseand there is only standing room space.  Throughout the years we have learned some dos and don’ts. We have a quick spa open house cheat sheet.

What do you call your event?

You can get creative with this.  You can call it many things. I find that it just has to sound either really fun or there has to be a good pull for them to come.  Many will call it the following and add a little spin to it.

  • Open House
  • Client Appreciation Event
  • Beauty Event

These are just a couple of basic ideas.  You can get creative.


You know your clients best.  What days do you think they can come?  I have seen the best turnout on Wednesday and Thursday.  But that could be different with your clients.  Many places do 5-7pm.  Some spas will do a whole day and actually do a more scheduled event if they are promoting treatments that day.  It can be a come and go event.  If you have giveaways, demos or things like that being offered you may need to do a small window.

Food and Drinks

I would have some fun munchies and drinks. Some places will have wine, water, crackers, cheese, fruit and other things like that.  You don’t have to go crazy with this.  I have done that and you don’t have to provide a meal.

What do you offer?

What you need to think about is “what will make them want to come?”.  It has to be worth their time and yours too.  Here is a list of some ideas.  You do not have to do all in one event.  Just pick a couple.

  • Giveaways/drawings
  • Goodie Bags
  • Discounts on products
  • Special Offers and packages
  • Mini Treatments
  • Chair Massage
  • Demos
  • Educational
  • Skin Analysis
  • Food Drive
  • Gift Certificates
  • Incentives for clients to bring friends

Promoting It

This is a huge and one of the main things to focus on.  If you don’t give yourself enough time to promote it is really hard to have a good event.  Set a date in advance.  I say 8 weeks at least before.

  • Email Blast to all clients
  • Flyers
  • Facebook invitation
  • Invite clients personally

Day of the event

  • Have a sign in sheet and have a place where you can collect emails.
  • Have enough staff or help for that day. Cover all the bases.
  • Enough food and drinks
  • Music
  • Flyer with specials, packages or anything you are offering.

At the end of the event you can follow up with an email.  Remember to take plenty of pictures so you can share on your site and social media.  Always remember to have fun.



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This is the perfect season for Peels

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picpeel1picmineralmakeuppeelday2peelday3Do you know what really goes hand and had with fall? Peels!!!!
leaves are changing colors; trees are shedding…time to renewal! Time for a peel!
Fall is a great time to start some peel series on yourself and on your clients. This is the season for
renewal. A peel will diminish fine lines, even out skin tone; removing sun damage, and giving a nice
glow to the skin.
There are 3 different types of peels: superficial, medium and deep.
Here at Aesthetic Back Bar website you will find superficial peels, perfect for peel series and no downtime. To obtain best results, superficial peels need to be done in series. They are great for the
client that doesn’t want to be flaking, red or swollen.
Medium peels are deeper then superficial peels and they provoke a second degree burn on the skin. The
main peeling agent for medium peels is TCA. These peels may require downtime and will flake, skin will
be red and swollen may occurs.
Deep peel penetrates several layers of the skin. It is the most painful peel and only can be done on the
face. In many cases, deep peel can be done only once. Phenol is used as the peeling agent and cannot be
use in dark skins because phenol tends to bleaches the skin. These peels do require downtime, sedatives
and are the most painful peels.
I decided to do a TCA peel, after 2 years of not taking good “deep care” of my skin. Yes, for the past 2
years I have been devoting my life to raise my little girl that now just became a toddler. Some days were
so busy that I barely had time to wash my face….I did skip my lotions, serums, vitamins….the only thing I
made sure I had on was my SPF.
Now is exactly one week after my TCA peel. My face was red, I had some mild swelling and I had lots of
I took pictures so you could see the progress. After the peel, I used only Aesthetic Back Bar Products:
Facial Cleansing Gel, Niacinamide Serum, Rejuvenative Serum and Light Moisture Cream. I also applied
the fair loose mineral powder, which in my opinion is the most amazing mineral makeup on the market
because has few ingredients ,has no filler, talc, being perfect and safe after peels and lasers.
I intercalate the light Moisture cream with the Niacinamide Serum and the Rejuvenative Serum. I have
an oily/problematic skin so I need to be careful with everything that hydrates my skin. Light Moisture
cream is my daily cream because keeps my skin hydrate and doesn’t clog my pores. The Niacinamide is
excellent after a peel because the Vitamin B3 helps with the collagen stimulation while hydrates and
inhibits hyperpigmentation process and the Rejuvenative Serum has DMAE and MSM, that helps the
skin heal and get firm, producing collagen and elastin. My protocol after my peel was:
1 – I washed my face with the Facial Cleansing Gel, which is excellent for all skin types, also great for
professional use. It is paraben free. This product is thin and one thing that I love about this facial
cleanser is that a little goes a long way.
2 – Sat, Mo, Wed and Fri – after the facial cleansing gel, I applied the Niacinamide Serum, SPF and
Applied Fair loose Mineral Makeup.
3- Sun, Tues, Sat – after the facial cleansing gel, I applied the rejuvenative serum, SPF and Fair Loose
Mineral Makeup
4- Nights: I washed my face with Facial cleansing gel and applied light moisture cream.
On a side note, all the products that I did review are my honest opinion and I truly believe in them 
those  pictures show my progress. As I wrote above, I had my TCA peel done 1 week ago.
As you can see my skin is glowing and I still have a bit of flake. The optimal results of a medium peel will
show from 7 to 15 days after the peel.
Now that I started my skin “deep care” I will follow with pumpkin peels. I will be using Professional
Pumpkin enzyme mask II (12% Glycolic) twice a week for the next couple weeks and will be posting more
of my results. See you then!

Best Vitamins for Radiant Skin

best vitamins for radiant skin
Best Vitamins for Radiant Skin!

Vitamin A
Vitamin A is an age-fighter.  It helps fade brown spots and soften texture.  Topical Vitamin A has also been suggested to help increase collagen stimulation that help to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Most of the time Vitamin A formulas are applied at night.

Vitamin B3
Vitamin B3 also known as Niacinamide is great for dry and sensitive skin. It will help reduce redness and increase hydration. Vitamin B3 will help increase production of ceramides in the skin. It can also inhibit the transfer of pigment to skin cells helping reduce dark spots. Can be applied morning and night.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps fight free radicals in the skin that trigger wrinkles, saggy skin and brown spots. Vitamin C helps firm skin and fade brown spots. Typically applied in the morning.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is great to ease dryness and increase moisture retention. Vitamin E is an antioxidant as well.  It helps neutralize damaging free radicals. Can be applied morning and night.

Aesthetic Back Bar Products with these Vitamins

Vitamin A

Vitamin B3

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Introducing our Lavender Facial Treatment Kit

lavender facial treatment kitOur Lavender Facial Treatment a versatile treatment that can be done on most skin types.  The Lavender products are scented with Lavender Essential Oils. Lavender is a very refreshing and relaxing essential oil that is healing and soothing to the skin. Great for sensitive skin types.

(Gentle Exfoliation, Soothing, Relaxing) All Skin Types, Especially Sensitive Skin types

  1. Cleanse twice with Facial Cleansing Gel
  2. Tone skin with Lavender Toner
  3. To exfoliate the skin apply thin layer of Papaya & Pineapple Enzyme Mask. Use with Steamer or hot towel compress.
  4. Massage Lavender Face & Body Lotion on hands while mask is on.
  5. Leave on for 3-10 minutes depending on skin type and rinse
  6. Apply Lavender Gel & Mask ( can apply hot towel compress)
  7. Leave on for 5-10 minutes
  8. Massage Lavender Face & Body Lotion to neck, shoulders and upper back.
  9. Apply Antioxidant Anti-Aging Eye Cream
  10. For Combinationn or Oily skin types you can apply a dime size of Lavender Gel & Mask and use as a moisturizer. If skin is more normal to dry apply Niacinamide Serum (*Optional – can penetrate with Skin Scrubber or Ultrasonic Machine)
  11. Apply Light Moisture Cream for combination skin or Renewal Moisture Cream for dry skin.

Lavender Facial Treatment Kit Contains:
Facial Gel Cleanser 2oz.
Lavender Toner 2oz.
Papaya & Pineapple 2oz.
Aloe Gel & Mask 2oz.
Lavender Face & Body Lotion 2oz.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) Serum 2oz.
Antioxidant Eye Crm 1/2oz.
Light Moisture Cream 2oz.
Renewal Moisture Cream 1/2 oz.

Introducing new products!

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We are so excited to introduce some new facial treatment products.  These are great additions to your treatment cabinet.  The new toners have an amazing relaxing natural essential oil smell and are soothing. The Gel Masks are formulated in an Aloe base and are great for all skin types. Thesse are great treatments to use for your second mask in a facial.  Please let us know what you think! Remember to use coupon code: NEWFALL15 to save 15% storewide. Sale ends Saturday, October 31, 2015 at midnight.

Soothing and Restoring Toners

Cucumber Toner
91% Organic Ingredients /Vegan / Paraben-Free
For a perfectly refreshing experience, this all natural moisturizing facial toner is infused with pure Cucumber Hydrosol.  Your clients will fall in love with this toner.   This toner smells just like a freshly cut cucumber.  The aroma of Cucumber is the perfect addition to your relaxing facial.

Lavender Tonerlavender in our lavender toner and lavender gel and mask
92% Organic Ingredients /Vegan / Paraben-FreeThis soothing and restoring treatment toner saturates the skin with conditioning and healing ingredients. The MSM and DMAE, along with Aloe and Lavender extracts, leave the skin appearing toned and smooth preparing it for treatment products. The aroma of Lavender Extract is the perfect addition to your relaxing facial.

Soothing & Healing Gel Masks

Aloe Gel & Mask
91% Organic / Vegan / Paraben-FreeAloe Vera Gel is a soothing and hydrating gel that can be used for people with very sensitive or reactive skin. This Aloe Vera Gel is made with organic Aloe Juice. This product can be applied as a moisturizer or as post care after a facial or skin care treatment. It’s quickly absorbed into the skin, without leaving any of that sticky feeling common in other products on the market. It can be used from head to toe, and is great to use after laser hair removal or when skin needs something soothing

Cucumber Gel & Mask
91% Organic / Vegan / Paraben-Freealoe vera in our professional gel and mask treatments
Our Cucumber Gel is clear, light and smells just like fresh cut cucumbers. Cranberry seed oil contributes to moisture retention and is rich with Omega 6 (linoleic) to Omega 3 (alpha-linoleic) fatty acids.  These ingredients make this the perfect gel for post skin care treatments like microdermabrasion or laser hair removal. Cucumber Gel is super soothing, cooling and refreshing.

Lavender Gel & Mask
92% Organic / Vegan / Paraben-Free
Our Lavender Gel can be used as a post skin care mask for treatments like microdermabrasion or laser hair removal.  Our Lavender Gel is light and smells just like fresh Lavender. Our Lavender Gel uses lavender distillate, aloe juice and Lavender Essential Oil to soothe and hydrate the skin from head to toe.

Soothing & Anti-Aging Gel & Mask
89% Organic / Vegan / Paraben-Free
Our Soothing & Anti-Aging Gel can be used as a soothing or hydrating mask or as a post skin care mask for treatments. This mask can be applied to Face, Neck and under eyes.  Our Soothing & Anti-Aging Gel Mask contains the key anti-aging ingredient DMAE. DMAE is known to help firm, smoothe and brighten the skin.


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