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Products for the Perfect Dermaplaning

professional Dermaplaning for facial

Dermaplaning is such a popular skin treatment.  People love how soft the skin is and makeup goes on so well.  For those that may not be familiar with Dermaplaning.  It is a treatment where you use a surgical blade and use a technique to scrape the vellus hair and dead skin off.  It is not painful or irritating.  When talking to a client I try not to use the word “surgical blade” it kind of scares people a tad.  I usually tell them it feels like a butter knife gently scraping the dead skin.

Using the right products in your professional Dermaplaning treatment can help you have a radiant polished result. Here are some suggestions of products that we love to use to prep and finish off Dermaplaning.

  1. Facial Gel Cleanser – Great cleanser to get the skin nice and skin without irritating. Good for all skin types even sensitive.
  2. AHA Toner – Almost all skin types do well with this toner as a prep. If you have someone that is extremely sensitive to AHAs you can use the Lavender toner.
  3. Dermaplane
  4. Papaya Pineapple Enzyme – You can turn on the steam when you are half way thru the dermplaning to get it warm enough. If you do not have steam you can use a hot towel compress.  Clients love this.  There is a rare one that may not like it but it is very rare. Apply a thin layer of the Papaya Pineapple Enzyme and cover eyes.  This professional facial enzyme will digest all dead skin that didn’t quite come off.  This will leave the skin super polished!
  5. Here apply any serums that are appropriate for the skin you are working on. You can use the Clarifying Serum for Normal to Oily to help nourish and hydrate the skin.  Antioxidant Serum for Normal to Dry.  Antioxidant Serum is packed with vitamins and will plump up skin.
  6. MoisturizeAHA Cream for Normal to Oily and use Vitamin Rich Cream for Normal to Dry.

TIP – How to hold the Dermaplaning tool?

There is a special technique for Dermaplaning.  It is something you want to get trained on properly if you do not already do it.  I have seen many videos on social media with aestheticians holding the blade incorrectly without any control.  (holding it like a hair brush and just going over the skin gives me the chills).  To avoid cutting someone you want to have a good technique.  I have posted an image of our preference in holding it.  I am sure there are many other ways or techniques.  This is what has worked for us.  Keeping the “pinky” finger on the opposite side of the handle gives you more control.  Holding it this way also helps you keep the blade at a 45 degree consistently and a lot easier. Let us know what works for you in your Dermaplaning treatment. We would love to hear from you.

professional dermaplaning hold for aestheticians

how to hold a dermaplaning tool for aestheticians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Types of Mechanical Exfoliation

professional Dermaplaning for facial

professional Dermaplaning for facial

Types of mechanical exfoliation

There are many types of exfoliation we can do in the aesthetic treatment room.  We are going to focus on the mechanical type of exfoliation in facials.  Here are several popular methods used.

Dermaplaning – Dermaplaning has been around for a long time but has become very popular in the last couple of years.  It is one of the most popular types of skin treatments offered in a skin care clinic.  It removes the vellus hair and dead skin from the surface.  Dermaplaning leaves the skin smooth and radiant.  Skin feels amazing and when makeup is applied the clients skin looks smooth. The tool is used to scrape the dead skin and hair away.

ABB treatments to use with Dermaplaning:

  • Prep with a double cleanse using Facial Cleansing Gel
  • Tone with AHA toner to great skin ready for Dermaplaning treatment.
  • Papaya Pineapple Enzyme Mask after deramplaning helps remove any dead skin that is left.  Will leave skin glowing and polished.

Microdermabrasion – Microdermabrasion is another staple that is a must have.    Microdermabrasion can be used to remove dead skin and helps to soften tough, rough skin.  It also helps to remove debris and  dirt from pores.  Microdermabrasion is a great tool to help remove black heads from the nose area. This is a great treatment for the pores around the T-zone.  Always remember to adjust the vacuum portion depending on the skin type.  Too much vacuum can create broken capillaries.

ABB treatments to use with Microdermabrasion:

  • Prep with a double cleanse using Facial Cleansing Gel, Clarifying Cleanser if skin is oily, combination or acne prone.
  • Tone with AHA toner to great skin ready for Dermaplaning treatment.
  • Pumpkin I or II Enzyme Mask after microdermabrasion helps remove any dead skin that is left.  Will leave skin glowing and polished.

Skin scrubber

This treatment room staple is a great one to have on hand.  It provides a gentle exfoliation that works well on most skin types.  The ultrasonic vibrations will help to remove the superficial dead skin from the surface.  This is a great treatment to offer in a facial. The skin scrubber also helps penetrate products when you flip the hand piece.

ABB treatments to use with Skin Scrubber:

  • Prep with a double cleanse using Facial Cleansing Gel, Clarifying Cleanser if skin is oily, combination or acne prone.
  • Tone with AHA toner to great skin ready for Skin Scrubber treatment.
  • Papaya Pineapple Enzyme Mask after microdermabrasion helps remove any dead skin that is left.  Will leave skin glowing and polished.

Let us know what your favorite treatments are for exfoliation.

Blue Green Algae – Superfood for the skin

Blue Green AlgaeSuper Food for the Skinblue green algae for the skin

Where does Blue Green Algae come from?

Blue green algae comes from the Pacific Northwest. It is a wild harvested organic certified single celled organism which occurs in the remote area in the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest enjoys some of the cleanest air on the planet and happens to have the perfect natural lake for growing and harvesting USDA Certified Organic Blue Green Algae. Nestled in the shadow of pristine Crater Lake and fed by more than seventeen natural springs of astonishing beauty, Klamath Lake is the largest (by surface area) freshwater lake in Oregon.  It is one of the cleanest and purest bodies of water found in North America.  Crystal clear mineral springs fed underground from Crater Lake supply Klamath Lake with a wealth of minerals resulting from a thick layer of volcanic ash. Only the perfect natural ecosystem of Klamath Lake offers a unique algal species the habitat that it needs to flourish.  The extremely volcanic mineral rich geographic region, the intensive solar energy of the high elevation and the constantly moving, oxygen rich crystal clear waters, make blue green algae (Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae) or (“invisible flower of water”) one of the most nutrient-rich abundant whole green foods on the planet.

What is so special about Blue Green Algae?

It is the purest, most nutrient intact algae available in the world. Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) Blue Green Algae is widely agreed to be the most ancient food on earth. It is one of the few edible microalgae, and it differs from other microalgae grown in ponds, such as Spirulina and Chlorella, because it grows wild in an optimal environment. This allows it to develop a remarkable nutritional profile.  At the bottom of the food chain, blue green algae is the most nutrient-rich food (ounce for ounce) known to be created by nature. This simple organism is complete nutrition in its most basic form and is a superb natural source of nutrients for the body, including topically!

Before we dive into the benefits, it’s important to point out that the Blue Green Algae that we use in our products arrives at our lab as food grade, however, because we are a cosmetic manufacturer once we receive this into our lab it is immediately considered to be a cosmetic and not for human consumption.

What are the Benefits of Blue Green Algae?

  • 20 antioxidants
  • 68 minerals
  • 70 trace elements
  • Enzymes

In particular, its high nutrient density and the synergistic effect of the trace nutrients it contains makes blue green the ultimate superfood. It also contains all essential and non-essential amino acids in a proportion which is identical to the human body. But wait, that’s not all!  It contains a complete and balanced spectrum of vitamins, including the vitamin B spectrum and high quality vitamin K.

 It is highly bio-available and contains a spectrum of minerals

  • Chlorophyll
  • B Vitamins
  • Beta-Carotene
  • Pro Vitamin A
  • Lipids
  • Enzymes
  • Essential amino acids
  • Nucleic acids
  • DHA
  • EPA fatty acids.

Skin Benefits of Blue Green Algae

  • Lifting and toning properties
  • Strengthens fibers in the skin
  • Improves skin’s structure
  • Proteins help with new tissue and skin cells
  • Minimize appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Products with Blue Green Algae

Our new “Must-Haves” Aesthetician Kit

Out with the old and in with the new.  It is time to clean out those cabinets and throw any thing that is old or just sitting there.  We have a new “Must-Haves” Aesthetician Facial Kit with the must have products every esthetician needs in their cabinet for facials.  Here are the 3 treatments you can do with these products.

This is the “Must Haves” for your treatment room.  It is a kit of the items most used in a treatment room.  All products are full size.. Treatments are very versatile and you are able to customize them for each person.

“Must Haves” – Aesthetician Facial Kit includes:
Facial Gel Cleanser 8oz.
Clarifying Cleanser 8oz.
AHA Toner 8oz.
Cucumber Toner 8oz.
Papaya & Pineapple 4oz.
Clarifying Mask 4 oz.
Hydrating Mask 4oz.
Cucumber Gel & Mask 4oz.
Clarifying Serum 2oz.
Antioxidant Serum 2oz.
Under Eye Nourishing Cream 2oz.
Light Moisture Cream 4oz.
Vitamin Rich Cream 4oz.

Only $243.57 Value $270.63 (Save $27.06)

The following are 3 facial treatment protocols you can do with this full size kit.

 

Signature Facial for All Skin Types

  1. Double Cleanse with a Facial Cleansing Gel
  2. Tone skin with Skin Balancing Toner
  3. Here you can do Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, Skin Scrubber or any other machine or type of technique for exfoliation. Or you can just skip this step.
  4. Apply thin layer of Papaya & Pineapple Enzyme Mask. Use with Steamer or hot towel compress. Leave on for 5-10 minutes depending on skin type and rinse.
  5. A hydrating hand massage is nice while they steam.
  6. Apply a Hydrating Mask and take the time to massage the neck and shoulders for extra pampering. (Can apply hot towel compress with the hydrating mask) Leave on for 5-10 minutes
  7. Apply a treatment Under Eye Nourishing Cream and here you can do a relaxing eye massage.
  8. Apply the appropriate Treatment Serum and depending on the skin types you can do a light relaxing facial massage. (*Optional – can penetrate with Skin Scrubber or Ultrasonic Machine) (Clarifying Serum Most skin types (normal, dry and oily), Antioxidant Serum for Dry and mature skin types)
  9. Moisturize with appropriate moisturizer. Light Moisture Cream for Normal to Combination, Vitamin Rich Cream for Normal to Dry.
  10. Apply Sun Protection.


Clarifying & Purifying Treatment
– for Oily, Combination and Acne Prone Skin types

  1. Double Cleanse with a Clarifying Cleanser
  2. Tone skin with a AHA Toner
  3. Apply Clarifying Mask (can apply with steam or hot towel compress). Leave on for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Here you can do Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, Skin Scrubber or any other machine or type of technique for exfoliation. Or you can just skip this step.
  5. Can do extractions here if needed.
  6. Apply thin layer of Papaya & Pineapple Enzyme Mask. Use with Steamer or hot towel compress. Leave on for 5-10 minutes depending on skin type and rinse.
  7. Apply the Under Eye Nourishing Cream and here you can do a relaxing eye massage.
  8. Apply a Clarifying Treatment Serum (*Optional – can penetrate with Skin Scrubber or Ultrasonic Machine)
  9. Apply Light Moisturizer for normal or combination skin. For Acne prone skin types leave a Clarifying Serum or the Lavender Gel Mask as a moisturizer. Just depends on the skin.
  10. Apply Sun Protection. (Make sure your client goes home with a good sun block)


Sensitive Facial Treatment
– All Skin Types & Especially Sensitive Skin types

  1. Double Cleanse with a Facial Cleansing Gel
  2. Tone skin with a Cucumber Toner
  3. To exfoliate the skin apply thin layer of Papaya & Pineapple Enzyme Mask. (Use with Steamer or hot towel compress. Can apply a couple of drops of Lavender Essential Oil in towels) Most sensitive skin types can tolerate a gentle enzyme but if it feels too tingly just rinse it off. If client has issues with redness omit the heat portion.
  4. Leave on for 3-10 minutes depending on skin type and rinse
  5. To sooth apply a Cucumber Gel & Mask (can apply hot towel compress if client doesn’t have issues with redness). Leave on for 5-10 minutes
  6. Apply a Under Eye Nourishing Cream and here you can do a relaxing eye massage.
  7. For Combination or Oily skin types you can apply a dime size of a Lavender Gel and use as a moisturizer. If skin is more normal to dry apply Antioxidant Treatment Serum. (*Optional – can penetrate with Skin Scrubber or Ultrasonic Machine)
  8. Moisturize with an appropriate cream for their skin type. Light Moisture Cream for Normal to Combination, Vitamin Rich Cream for Normal to Dry.
  9. Apply Sun Protection. (Make sure your client goes home with a good sun block)

**Some states have restrictions on use of Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, Acids and other products or gadgets. These are just examples, make the decision of what is right your client. Adjust the facial protocol to your client’s skin type and sensitivity. Recommended protocols are designed to give you an idea of where to use products in your treatment room.

Home Run Skin Care Regimens

retail skin care recomendations for estheticians

What should your clients go home with after their skin care treatment? Here is a quick guide of some of our suggestions for clients different skin types.

Dry Skin Types

Purpose:  Nourish, hydrate and reverse signs of aging

Key Ingredients: MSM, DMAE, Rooibos Tea Extract, Vitamin C, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Neem Oil, Avocado Oil, Evening Primrose

AMretinol night cream to remove wrinkles

  • Antioxidant Cleanser
  • Lavender Toner
  • Total C Complex
  • Antioxidant Eye Cream
  • Antioxidant Serum
  • Vitamin Rich Cream

PM

  • Antioxidant Cleanser
  • Lavender Toner
  • Complete Care Serum
  • Antioxidant Eye Cream
  • Retinol PM
  • Vitamin Rich Cream

Treatment:  1-2 times a week

  • Jojoba Micro Beads polish: Gently massage into skin
  • Papaya Pineapple Enzyme Mask: 5-15 minutes
  • Hydrating Mask: 5-15 minutes

Normal Skin Types

Purpose:  Nourish, hydrate and keep skin looking radiant and polished

Key Ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Peptides, Sodium Hyaluronate, Strawberry Fruit Extract, Sweet Cherry Fruit Extract, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Lavender Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Raspberry Fruit Extract, Vitamin E

AMvitamin c antioxidant for estheticians

  • Facial Gel Cleanser
  • Skin Balancing Toner
  • Total C Complex
  • Antioxidant Eye Cream
  • Light Moisture Cream

PM

  • Facial Gel Cleanser
  • Skin Balancing Toner
  • Complete Care Serum
  • Antioxidant Eye Cream
  • Rejuvenative Serum
  • Light Moisture Cream

Treatment:  1-2 times a week

  • AHA Micro Beads polish
  • Anti-Aging Mask
  • Papaya Pineapple Enzyme Mask 5-15 minutes

Combination Skin Types

Purpose:  Nourish, hydrate, purify, balance and keep skin looking radiant and polished

Key Ingredients: Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Peptides, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fruit Extracts, Vitamin C, Green Tea Extract, DMAE

AMfacial supplies for aestheticians

  • Facial Gel Cleanser
  • AHA Toner
  • Total C Complex
  • Nourishing Under Eye Cream
  • Clarifying Serum

PM

  • Facial Gel Cleanser
  • AHA Toner
  • Complete Care Serum
  • Nourishing Under Eye Cream
  • Clarifying Serum
  • AHA Cream

Treatment:  1-2 times a week

  • AHA Micro Beads polish
  • Clarifying Mask
  • Papaya Pineapple Enzyme Mask 5-15 minutes

Oily Skin Types

Purpose:  Exfoliate, purify, balance and prevent breakouts

Key Ingredients: Organic Rooibos Extract, Green Tea Extract, White Tea Extract, Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin B3, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Peptides, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fruit Extracts

AM

  • Clarifying Cleanserprofessional serums for estheticians
  • AHA Toner
  • Complete Care Serum
  • Nourishing Under Eye Cream
  • Clarifying Serum

PM

  • Clarifying Cleanser
  • AHA Toner
  • Complete Care Serum
  • Nourishing Under Eye Cream
  • Clarifying Serum

Treatment:  1-2 times a week

  • Clarifying Mask 5-15 minutes
  • Pumpkin 5% Glycolic Enzyme Mask 5-15 minutes

5 uncommon tips to be more productive

Don’t have enough time to write emails, posts, email specials, work on customer service, orderspa management supplies etc….  Here are some tips to help you get on track for 2019.

  1. To do list
    • Make a list of the most important 25 tasks to get done
    • Circle the 5 most important ones and focus on those
    • Do not focus on #6-25
  2. Take a break
    • Take 15 min breaks and refresh your brain.
    • It has been proven that viewing your social media can lower your stress during your day
    • Microsoft conducted a study and saw that employees were more productive if they were able to view their social media while at work.
  3. Work in sprints
    • Pomodoro technique – Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s created a technique that uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.
    • Work hard with timed breaks
    • Can change interval time if desired.
  4. Accomplish your least favorite task first
    • Do your most difficult task first every single day because it’s easier to avoid procrastination if you complete your most difficult task first.
  5. Don’t Multitask
    • Scheduling too many tasks can leave you overwhelmed. Trying to multitask to get through the crammed to-do list can lead to mistakes and wasted time.
    • Multitasking can decrease your productivity. Focus on one task at a time. Once you complete it move on to the next one.

Have a productivity tip that works for you.  Please share with us.

 

 

 

How to create my own skincare line?

How to start your own skincare lineprivate label for aestheticians

Has it crossed your mind you could have your own skincare line? Do you think it would just cost way too much?  Why should you even consider creating your skin care line.  We will get all these questions answered.

Benefits in creating your own skincare line for your business.

  1. Branding your company name.
  2. Keep sales in house. Clients can only get your products through you and cannot just buy them online or at another store.
  3. Providing a clean, results oriented skincare regimen for home use will make the treatments last longer and your clients will be happier.
  4. You have control of the suggested retail price and when it goes on sale. Many of our products can be more than doubled in price making your profit margin larger.
  5. Selling online: Because this is your line you don’t have to worry about violating any internet contracts with skincare providers. You can sell to your clients even when your office is not open.

Starting your own skincare line can be overwhelming to think about doing.  We try to keep it as simple as possible.

5 easy steps to create your own skin care line

  1. Contact us at info@aestheticbackbar.com or 972.372.0203 to request pricing and private label information.
  2. Try samples: Here you can order sample sizes of our products to try.  No need to purchase a full size product if not desired.  If you wish to order a full size there are no minimums and can do so.
  3. Pick your products: narrow down what products you would like to start with for your private label skincare line.
  4. Select Packaging: We have several stock options of packing for your products. They can also be mixed if desired.
  5. Labels and design: We have label templates and can easily import your label and customize your label. Product names, font and color can be changed on the labels.  We email you proofs of your label for changes and approval.

What does this process cost?

  • Minimums are only 3 per sku. This means that if you only want to purchase 3 Facial Gel Cleansers and that is all you want, that is fine.
  • One time setup fee is $150 for setting up the labels. Even if you add products to your line down the road you are not charged any additional fees for this. (For the month of December we are offering $75 private label setup)
  • All products are priced to where you make a great profit. When you receive your private label information kit you will see the pricing.  Depending on your area and business you can price your products.  Typically products are prices more than double.  Some higher than others. That is determined by you.

How long does this process take?  Turn around time is about 2 weeks. Once the label look is approved we can get orders out right away.

I want to have a designer create my labels is this possible?  Yes, we have many accounts that have a specific design they would like to see. We can send you the size of the labels to you or your designer and use the images they create.

I want to take advantage of the 50% off label setup but don’t want to start till January?  You can take advantage of the promotion and go ahead and get the ball rolling and order your products next month.

I don’t know which products to pick can you help me with selecting the right skincare products for private label? Yes, we can help you narrow down what products would work for your office and clients.

Have any other questions? Contact us and let us know info@aestheticbackbar.com or 972.372.0203.

Aesthetic Back Bar Holiday Updates & More

Holiday Orders

The Holiday rush is on.  Our warehouse is extremely busy! We want you to know that your business is very important to us and we will do all we can to get your orders out in a timely fashion. Please keep in mind private label orders or larger bulk orders have a time frame of 5-10 business days turn around time. Please get your orders in ahead of time if you need them by a certain date. We will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1st.

Enhancing Your Spa Menu

spa management
Enhancing your spa menu can save you money and make you more money. Having a great service menu is crucial. In my 20+ years of working in the spa service industry I have tried all types of menus.  From super long books that are so detailed (and expensive) to short and sweet one page menus.  I have had menus that have 30 services listed to menus with just a handful of services. One thing I have learned is more isn’t always better.  Short and sweet is what has won over the years, and the reason why is if you give too many options people get overwhelmed with the choices.

A Little Gratitude Goes A Long Way

It’s getting close to that time of year when we are reminded to be thankful for what we have in our lives. Studies show that being grateful year round can result in major positive impacts on our lives.

Gratitude can open the door to many opportunities and great relationships. Even from something as simple as a thank you note, to holding the door open for someone. Small selfless acts like this can create opportunities with people you would like to work with or potential clients.

Gratitude has also been known to improve your physical health! A study from 2012 shows that people who practice gratitude complain less of aches, pains and are typically regular with their physical checkups and doctor appointments. They are more likely to take care of themselves which brings many positive benefits to their lives.

Improvement in your psychological health has also been shown as a result from gratitude. It can reduce toxic emotions like resentment and increase happiness. It has been shown to increase empathy and reduce aggression. A study from the University of Kentucky shows that if you practice gratitude you are less likely to retaliate when given negative feedback. A good and positive exercise is to jot down the things you are grateful for every night before bed.

Gratitude plays a major role in overcoming stress and trauma which can increase mental strength which is something we all could benefit from in this world of ours.

Take a few moments everyday to keep in touch with what you are grateful for. Instead of complaining about what you don’t have, put that same energy into what you are thankful for and this will improve your life tremendously.

How to practice thankfulness in your spa:

  1. In your weekly staff meeting encouraging everyone to be thankful can help the mood in the spa. Clients feel the energy and this will lighten the air and help everyone work and feel better.
  2. Thank you notes to clients, co-workers or anyone in your life.
  3. Lead by example and create the culture of gratitude.

Let us know what ways you like to create gratitude in your spa. How do you feel this has improved the energy in your workplace?

Amy Morin (November 23, 2014) Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round. https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/11/23/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-gratitude-that-will-motivate-you-to-give-thanks-year-round