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Foreskin facials are a thing
You didn't get the memo that baby foreskins are the answer to a youthful visage? Let us enlighten you. Alongside breast milk and sheep's placenta, foreskins are the latest unconventional ingredient cropping up in facial treatments across the pond (obviously). Apparently, an infant's foreskin spurs cell regeneration when applied to the skin topically, helping renew its texture with a superior smoothing effect. Baby soft skin, literally.
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Spa's food in sync with its mission
San Francisco Chronicle
The spa menu at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone, California, offers the usual massages and facials. But the Zen-inspired retreat of meditation gardens, creekside tea services and pagodas amid whispering trees offers the unexpected, too: the opportunity to ferment up to your neck in wooden tubs filled with finely ground cedar, rice bran and plant enzymes.
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The best anti-aging treatment is your diet
Boston Globe
You are what you eat, and what you eat may also affect how old you look. Research suggests that a poor diet may not only be bad for your hips and heart but also your face.
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NCEA-sponsored Prep Class — May 30

The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa
May 30
Orlando, Florida

Saturday, May 30

• 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:
June 20 - Las Vegas
Sept. 19 - Long Beach, California
Oct. 24 - Philadelphia

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"I am very proud to be a NCEA Certified Professional. I feel it is important to our industry and myself personally that we have nationwide standards and practices to enhance the perception and status of our field."

— Sandra Bubb, Weston, Florida


What if you can't afford predictive analytics in your budget?
By Peter Moloney
Twenty years ago, if retailers wanted a marketing piece to look good, they had to go to a professional graphics service to get it typeset and then a printer to get it printed. Now, everybody can do it on a PC. But then again, you can now use purpose-built templates to make your own just-about-anything. For the most part, if you're a retail marketer seeking to take advantage of the data science around predictive analytics, it's just like 20 years ago in typesetting and printing.
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Don't let desperation drive your decisions
By Anne Rose
You're short-handed and desperately need to hire another employee, so you hire the first breathing person that mails in a job application. Or maybe your bank account is desperately low and you need a client fast, so you accept the first prospective customer who calls on the phone. We've all been in those situations and know the fear and panic that can set in. But when desperation drives an impetuous decision, it seldom solves your initial problem and usually adds more problems. The wrong person is worse than no person.
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Successful email marketing: Building a dream database
Salon Today
You could have the most well-planned email campaign, but if you don't have a growing list of subscribers — those clever, stylish emails you built could have a low return on investment. When executed properly, email marketing can be one of the most cost-efficient and profitable ways to grow your business.
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11 ways to boost Facebook engagement for small businesses
Social Media Examiner
Is your small business on Facebook? Are you looking for better ways to engage your fans? Small businesses are winning on Facebook more than ever before. In this article you'll find 11 ways small businesses can improve engagement and drive sales with Facebook posts.
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Does teledermatology reduces secondary care referrals; is it acceptable to patients, doctors?
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice via PubMed
The aim of this study is to assess if teledermatology reduces secondary care dermatology referrals and evaluate its acceptability to patients and clinicians.

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Energy injections: Is this new spa trend legit?
The Daily Beast
Spa days typically consist of massages and face masks — but now, some "wellness spas" are offering more on the menu. How about an energizing injection of vitamin B, rather than a rub down?

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Tailored treatment
Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa
Most spa guests will scan over the list of services, which include a narrow range of cookie cutter treatments, check out the price and tell the esthetician which facial they want, and the esthetician simply complies. But does this make any sense?

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Helping students who are performing poorly
Faculty Focus
Unfortunately, all too often performance on the first exam predicts performance throughout the course, especially for those students who do poorly on the first test. Faculty and institutions provide an array of supports for these students, including review sessions, time with tutors, more practice problems and extra office hours, but it always seems it's the students who are doing well who take advantage of these extra learning opportunities. How to help the students who need the help is a challenging proposition.
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    Microneedling in the esthetic practice (Skin Inc.)
New treatments revolutionize skin care industry (Yahoo News)
Scaling the PEAKS of competence (Entrepreneur)
Separation of skin care from the cosmetology scope of practice (By Dr. David Hillson)

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CE Activity approved by the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations

COA #REJQPR. Exp. 3/13/2017
This educational activity has been approved for 3.0 CEs.

At the conclusion of this presentation the skin care specialist will be able to:
  1. Describe Q-Polar RF treatment for modalities used to treat skin rejuvenation.
  2. Evaluate the proper application for treatment of fine lines and wrinkle reduction.
  3. Explain optional PDT treatments for acne scars, skin tightening, stretch marks and cellulite reduction.
  4. Understand responsibilities of practice with Q-Polar RF.
Click here to download article and test.

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Use of FDA Approved Energy-Based Devices, Therapies
Did you know? NCEA's position that ...
  1. Estheticians shall be permitted to use FDA approved energy-based devices & therapies for esthetic procedures.
  2. Such use shall be within their scope of practice as defined by the regulations of individual states, where such regulations exist.
  3. Estheticians shall meet the training requirements for the use of such devices as defined by their individual licensing board or other regulatory agency.
Disclaimer: The NCEA recommends that estheticians abide by Federal, State and Local Regulations.

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