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Register for the NCEA Business Meeting and NETT Conference
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NCEA Business Meeting Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Convention Center — Friday, Oct. 26

Followed by the

NETT Conference – Saturday, Oct. 27
International Congress of Esthetics & Spa — Sunday & Monday
Philadelphia Convention Center — Room 116

Registration for NCEA Business Meeting* must be done through NCEA
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Registration for NETT Conference* must be done through ICES
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Registration for Philadelphia Hotels (Hampton, Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott or Hilton Garden Inn)
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*Complimentary records verification of your NCEA Certified Candidate Application will be done on both Friday & Saturday when you are registered for either of these events.

NCEA wants to know...

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     What's the Latest?

    Popularity of medical spas raises regulatory and health concerns
    The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Over the last decade or so, thousands of "medical spas" have popped up around the country, enticing consumers with a name that suggests a surgeon's skill mixed with the pleasure of a massage. Few states license or inspect them, and they rarely seek accreditation. Any place can call itself a medical spa. Anybody can operate one. More

    Emerging markets still hold promise for beauty
    Skin Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The global beauty and personal care industry generated some $21 billion of incremental retail value in 2011, of which the emerging markets fueled a whopping 81 percent, according to the latest data from Euromonitor International. But, as the world's economy teeters on the edge of a new downturn, triggered by debt crisis in the EuroZone, can the industry continue to count on consumers in emerging markets to offset lackluster demand in Europe and North America? More

    Aging naturally is truly glamorous
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Rather than stop time, wouldn't it be great if we could truly love the skin we're in? There is a way to age gracefully and naturally, and most of us actually do it every day. Some famous people also have the nerve to actually do it on TV! Just take a look at the incredibly beautiful women that Suki Kramer admires like Robin Wright, Holly Hunter, Frances MacDormand, Kyra Sedgewick and Meryl Streep — women who seem to understand and show off that beauty doesn't have an age. More

    New York therapist touts healing benefits of salt rooms
    The Ithaca Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Juliet Turback has always appreciated alternative therapies. Turback, a massage therapist born in Kazakhstan, used to visit public saunas in her hometown of Almaty. When it came to medicine as a child, it was hydrotherapy, maybe an aspirin. Now, Turback is bringing one of the latest alternative health trends to Ithaca, N.Y. Halotherapy, or salt therapy, has seen "salt rooms" popping up at spas around the United States, the modern day creations of therapeutic salt caves in Europe. More

    Skin damage treatment: How to heal summer ravaged skin
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's fall, and we're ready to atone for our summer skin sins. The Huffington Post took the time to chat with Kirk Brierley, national training manager at RoC Canada, and have nabbed a few must-do tips that'll soothe your tired pores. If we promise to follow his advice (to a tee), will you give us back our youthful glow? More

     Business Briefs

    'Count Me In' helps women entrepreneurs increase their revenue
    Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There are more than 8.1 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., accounting for 29 percent of all enterprises, but only 1.8 percent of them ever hit the $1 million revenue mark. "They may not even have a notion they could be a bigger business," says Count Me In founder Nell Merlino. More

    How to build a beautiful start-up headquarters on a dime
    Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When Bob Goodson first walked into the San Francisco space that would become the offices of Quid, the text- and data-analytics start-up he co-founded in 2010, he was met with a blank canvas. The walls and floors were concrete. There were no conference rooms and no offices. In fact, the space had never been used as an office — it previously functioned as a Spartan showroom for a neighboring furniture company and had become a makeshift storage space. As a design aficionado, he saw potential. More

     Marketing 101

    Secrets to better (and cheaper) online marketing
    Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Over the years, consumers have become inured to Web ads, and bidding on Google Ads has become too competitive and expensive, Halligan said. Once you've bought them the money's gone he added, pantomiming the act of shoveling cash into a burning furnace. A smart blog post or online tool, he argues, can attract new customers for years to come. "Success is about the width of your brain, not the width of your wallet." More

    Brazil's emerging middle class helps promote natural beauty ingredient growth
    GCI Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Brazilian market for beauty and personal care products has demonstrated double-digit growth rate for 15 years on the trot, and this pace is not likely to slacken in the near future, if the inversion of the social pyramid is anything to go by. The expansion of the Brazilian middle class, otherwise known as the C class, points to higher purchasing power and thereby, a vast market for personal care chemicals. More

     Tuesday 'Toon

     Teaching Tips

    The 4-letter word that everybody's talking about
    The Chronicle of Higher Education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's as good a word as any for the determination that many educators now associate with student success. Grit, as described by some researchers, is the habit of overcoming challenges, of learning from mistakes instead of being defeated by them. One administrator described it as "that fire in the belly." More

    Classroom management tips for regaining control of the classroom
    Faculty Focus    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Losing control of the classroom can be one of the most frustrating and intimidating experiences for both new and experienced teachers. Losing control can happen in several different ways. Here are nine possible ways to regain students' attention. More

     Spa Clinicals

    The effects of therapeutic touch and relaxation therapy in reducing anxiety
    Archives of Psychiatric Nursing via PubMed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This study examines the effects of two noninvasive procedures on experienced anxiety. Thirty-one inpatients of a Veterans Administration psychiatric facility were randomly assigned to one of two treatment conditions, (therapeutic touch and relaxation therapy) or to a therapeutic touch placebo condition. An additional 13 patients were excluded because of failure to meet criteria for the study or failure to complete the procedures. Each subject completed a self-report anxiety measure and was rated for amount of motor activity before and after each of two 15-minute treatment sessions in a 24-hour period.

    Subjects' belief in the effectiveness of the intervention was measured. Expectancy did not correlate with outcome and was not analyzed further. Multivariate analysis of variance showed that whereas relaxation therapy provided significant reduction of anxiety on the self-report measure and the movement measure, the nursing intervention of therapeutic touch resulted in significant reductions of reported anxiety. The control group showed small but non-significant effects. Results suggest that both relaxation and therapeutic touch are effective palliatives to experienced anxiety. Implications for nursing theory are discussed.

     COA-Approved Continuing Education

    Hyperpigmentation and ethnic skin
    Presented by Anji Woods    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This class will analyze melanocyte function and discuss the different types of hyperpigmentation in the various ethnic skin types. It will also provide the teacher with a better understanding of skin care interventions and medical treatments currently available to treat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

    At the conclusion of the presentation the teacher will be able to:

  • Review and discussion of melanin and the function of melanocytes
  • Discuss and define the different types of hyperpigmentation
  • Examine why skin of color has a tendency toward hyperpigmentation
  • Define post inflammatory hyperpigmentation

    To begin the webinar, click here.

    Download the registration form right here.

    View other COA-approved CE webinars.

  •  Political Advocacy Position

    Use of FDA approved energy-based devices and therapies
    NCEA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is the position of the NCEA that:
  • Estheticians shall be permitted to use FDA approved energy-based devices & therapies for esthetic procedures
  • Such use shall be within their scope of practice as defined by the regulations of individual states, where such regulations exist
  • 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.

    Download complimentary powerpoint entitled, "Advocating for your Profession."

  •  Quotable Quote

    Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults.

    — Chinese Proverb


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