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With 2012 behind us, NCEA hopes its members, partners and other industry professionals had a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NETT News a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Spa-ing 411 for brown skin facials
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 11, 2012:
Linda Harding-Bond received several requests for interviews from various magazines specializing in beauty for brown women. The recurring theme in all of her conversations with these women of color was the desire to find skin care specialists who understood their skin. They were willing to pay whatever it cost for the freedom to relax and know that they would leave their facial treatment physically unscathed. As she delved deeper into this issue, she continued to be amazed by the knee-jerk reactions of some members of the spa industry.

Estheticians as second career growing
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Dec. 4, 2012:
For years, Maria Jaramillo worked as an international tax consultant, but at the end of the day she knew in her heart of hearts, her clients weren't always completely happy with the results. "As a tax consultant, I was cleaning up clients' pasts," she said. And so at a networking gathering early this year when talk turned to the joys of skin care specialists, Jaramillo perked up. She knew how good it felt to be on the receiving end of an esthetician. Maybe she was missing something.

3 tips for estheticians to achieve financial freedom
Skin Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Dec. 11, 2012:
How do you manage your professional skin care income? Do decisions about when to pay yourself, reinvest in your business and contribute to your savings account make you sweat and grab for a carton of Ben & Jerry's? The reality is you should be doing all three, even if you are just starting out. Following are three tips on how to remove the financial fear from your skin care business.

Woman's face swells after spa treatment
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From Oct. 2, 2012:
The owner of a spa in Doral, Fla., has been arrested and faces multiple charges after a customer's face swelled following a facial rejuvenation treatment at the spa, police said. The incident happened at Viviana's Body Secrets Spa in June. Following the treatment, Isabel Gonzalez developed swelling and infections on her face. According to investigators, she is not a licensed medical practitioner and is not legally authorized to provide injections or practice medicines.

Shining a light on skin brightening
GCI Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 6, 2012:
Recently, there have been some very exciting advances in skin care science, particularly targeting hyperpigmentation, and it is important for beauty brands to understand how hyperpigmentation occurs, what ingredients to avoid and what technology is available to successfully treat it.

Woman's hair turns to black fingernails, baffling her doctors
ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Aug. 14, 2012:
Shanyna Isom has consulted every possible specialist, including a doctor in the Netherlands, but she still as no idea what is wrong with her. The 28-year-old beautician and former University of Memphis law student has developed a condition so severe, fingernails grow from the hair follicles all over her body. "Black scabs were coming out of her skin," said her mother, Kathy Gary. "The nails would grow so long and come out and regrow themselves. They are hard to touch and stick you."

Spas and the issue of race relations
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From Nov. 20, 2012:
Consider that our primary function as therapists is to make folks feel comfortable, determine what is best for their physical and mental wellbeing and then provide them with products for home use to continue the feel-good environment experienced at the spa. The majority of esthetic schools do not even teach how to care for ethnic skin. Thus begins the disenfranchisement of brown people — Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and bi-racial — in an industry that by its very nature is supposed to be empathetic and nurturing.

Skin care coaches call on exfoliation for wellness
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 27, 2012:
For the last 2 1/2 years, Marlena Hall, a public relations and marketing professional, has visited Nancy Reagan — not the former first lady, but an aesthetician with about 200 clients — almost weekly. Reagan isn't a therapist in the clinical sense. But for many of her patients seeking skin care help, that's exactly what she is. "I prefer skin care coach," said Reagan, who has been in the business for 20 years, speaking from her spa in Del Ray Beach, Fla. "The majority of my work deals with women and self-esteem. That involves their face and their feelings."

The 5 best precious minerals in skincare
Truth in Aging (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 18, 2012:
The Truth in Aging team has increasingly come across skincare products that contain mineral actives — and we're not talking about mineral makeup staple mica or the usual suspects in the sunscreen department (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide). The minerals that are getting our attention for their purported anti-aging properties are those you might find in your jewelry box (gemstones and precious metals).

Top 10 trends for 2013
Skin Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Dec. 4, 2012:
Although each year in the new economy is full of its share of twists and turns, 2012 may go down in history as a turning-point year in the skin care industry. As the skin care industry looks toward the promising future in 2013, so does Skin Inc. magazine. To help you gear up for what the future holds for the professional skin care industry, the following are the top 10 skin care industry trends for 2013 and beyond.


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