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NCEA-sponsored Prep Class — April 25

The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa
April 26-27
Arlington Convention Center
Dallas, TX

Saturday, April 25

• Members: $125 • Nonmembers: $149

  • Complimentary NCEA Certified Records Verification ($175 value)
  • 2-day all inclusive admission to The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa
  • Certificate of Attendance from the International Congress of Esthetics and Spa
Membership status must be current on day of event.

Additional NCEA-sponsored Prep Classes:
May 30 - Orlando, Florida
June 20 - Las Vegas
Sept. 19 - Long Beach, California
Oct. 24 - Philadelphia

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Off with the old
Removing the top, damaged layers of the epidermis to reveal smoother skin and stimulate the production of collagen is a time-tested rejuvenation procedure recommended by skin care professionals worldwide. But, which skin resurfacing procedure is right for which patient? While chemical peels date back to the days of Cleopatra, who is rumored to have bathed in sour milk to keep her complexion youthful, they have since been joined by dermabrasion, microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing. There are a number of strategies available to help practitioners select the right procedure for each patient's skin type, concern, tolerance for downtime and budget.
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What does 'hypoallergenic' mean? Apparently whatever manufacturers want it to mean
The Huffington Post
Have we all been fooled? A new video from the American Chemical Society reveals that many household products labeled as "hypoallergenic" — from cosmetics to baby products — are not backed by scientific evidence indicating that they are, indeed, less likely to provoke allergic reactions in customers (which basically is what that word means).
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5 foods for more beautiful skin
Let's face it: we all want beautiful, radiant skin. Everywhere you turn, there's another lotion, potion or cream promising a youthful glow. The good news is that research suggests that what you put in your body, not just on it, can help give you gorgeous skin. Here are five "must-have" beauty foods to give your skin a boost.
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"Even with the lifetime of experience, I've acquired in the industry, there is no getting around the fact that you must study for this test. The NCEA Training manual and webinars are certainly a helpful study source."

— Christina Vaglio, San Diego


How to set business goals
FOX Small Business Center
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set and reach goals in life and in business.
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Is problem solving a problem for your employees?
By Jessica Taylor
According to a 2010 Critical Skills Survey, employers say they need employees who are equipped with skills beyond the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic to grow their business. In other words, you need two main skills: critical thinking and problem solving. But some employees aren't confident in their preparation and answers to problems. So how can they get the confidence back? We know encountering problems is inevitable in the workplace, but how do we solve them effectively?
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How to approach digital marketing in 2015
Business 2 Community
With the shift in the search marketing landscape over recent years away from heavy focuses on keyword optimization, it is high time for all digital marketing functions to become key elements of an SEO strategy, and for other marketing functions to also support growth in website traffic. Is there less distinction nowadays between digital marketing functions?
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It's time to shake up email marketing
Direct Marketing News
Email is an effective, mature channel. Research from the Direct Marketing Association found that email returns $39 for every dollar spent. Even so, the has come time for email to put on some stilettos and head out to the omnichannel party if it's popularity is to continue. "Marketers have really rich, email-centric data," Kristin Naragon, director of email solutions for Adobe, said during a recent conversation about the state of email marketing.
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Interventions for vitiligo
The Cochrane Library
Vitiligo is a chronic skin disorder characterized by patchy loss of skin color. There are two main types: generalized vitiligo and segmental. Around 1 percent of the world's population has vitiligo, a disease causing white patches on the skin. Several treatments are available. Some can restore pigment but none can cure the disease.

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8 diet and exercise mistakes that age you
Eating too much sugar certainly isn't wise for your waistline, but overindulging in dessert can also add years to your face. The natural ingredients in whole foods help increase cell turnover and boost the production of collagen fibers to help keep skin smooth and firm.

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Scientists introduce an anti-aging chocolate bar
Forget wrinkle creams, your secret to younger looking skin may be in a candy bar. Yep, you read that right. Scientists at a U.K.-based company with ties to Cambridge University have created Esthechoc, a 70 percent dark chocolate enriched with cocoa polyphenols and a potent algae extract.

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What it means to be a reflective teacher
Teach Thought
Reflection is a fundamental tenet of learning; it is also, therefore, a fundamental part of teaching. Why it happens is a matter of humility. But how and when it happens — and with whom — is less clear. This is partly because there are multiple sides to reflection–length, width and depth. A to Z-axis. It is whole.
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Old school: Teaching young bosses to manage seasoned workers
By Kay Corriere
You want employees who are honest, responsible, dependable, loyal, focused, organized and mature. What company could ask for more? These traits are already found in older workers, even though the demographic is often overlooked as a valuable resource. Unfortunately, emerging lodging and hospitality supervisors who want to make their mark impressing upper management are often challenged in managing these seasoned employees.
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CE Activity approved by the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations

COA# JAVR-MCT. Exp. 11/1/2017.
This educational activity has been approved for 5.0 CEs.

At the conclusion of this presentation the skin care specialist will be able to:
  1. Describe the difference between crystal and crystal-free microdermabrasion.
  2. Recognize precautions and contraindications of treatment.
  3. Evaluate client through consultation and skin analysis.
  4. Demonstrate competency of course materials.
Click here to download article and test.

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Microcurrent Procedures
Did you know? NCEA's position that ...
  1. Microcurrent devices intended to be used to help reduce the visible signs of aging, beautify and improve the appearance of the skin, utilizing low levels of electrical current in conjunction with skin care products, should be performed by estheticians.
  2. Microcurrent procedures performed by estheticians, are not intended to cause a visible contraction of the muscle via the electrical current.
  3. In addition to manufacturer supplied, device specific education, estheticians who wish to perform microcurrent procedures, should take the necessary education to include theoretical and practical application, as part of their core curriculum or as continuing education modules.

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