Nicole Altavilla

Key Notes

The use of essential oils to improve physical and emotional wellbeing dates back to ancient times, when they were traditionally used for hygienic, spiritual, and ritualistic purposes. Today, essential oils are popular in spas, as they help calm, balance, and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. “By using essential oils in professional treatments, you not only receive the benefits of these tiny, complex, and potent oils, which contain vitamins, minerals, and hormones, but also receive a physiological, psychological, sedating, and...

Beam Me Up

Discover how lasers can provide a bright future for clients looking to treat common skin concerns.

At First Blush

Persistent redness and flushing, bumps and pimples, and visible blood vessels on the face are just a few of the primary symptoms of rosacea—a chronic skin disorder that is common, but often misunderstood. In fact, an estimated 16 million Americans have rosacea, but only a fraction are being treated for the disorder, according to the National Rosacea Society. The number of patients being treated for this condition is on the rise, however, and rosacea is now one of the most...

Remote Control

In today’s fast-paced society, on-the-go consumers have become accustomed to taking care of most business matters on their computers, smartphones, and tablets. From making restaurant reservations to shopping for clothes, booking flights, and even paying bills, consumers can achieve instant gratification right at their fingertips and at any time during the day or night. Picking up a phone is becoming less common, and the phrase “call during business hours” can be downright frustrating, especially on weekends and off-hours. As a...

Long-Term Benefits

Learn how offering permanent makeup at your medical spa can leave a positive lasting impression on your clients.

Breakout Role

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting approximately 40 to 50 million Americans. While commonly associated with teenagers and puberty, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is not restricted to any age group. In fact, adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s can develop acne. Nearly 85 percent of all people have acne at some point in their lives, and according to Beth Bialko, global curriculum developer for Dermalogica and The International Dermal...

Take the Plunge

Hot Springs
Long before the days of pampering spa treatments that most of today’s spa-goers are accustomed to, “spa-ing” consisted of bathing in hot springs for relaxation and wellness. The concept of water therapy dates back to ancient times. However, it’s proving more popular than ever with an increasing number of people seeking out natural thermal springs to soak in their many benefits. In fact, SpaFinder Wellness 365 included hot springs in its Top Ten Global Spa and Wellness Trends Forecast for...

Solar Power

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society, and more than 3.5 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed in this country each year. In light of the alarming skin cancer rates, sunscreen sales are thriving (product sales approach approximately $1 billion annually, according to IBISWorld, a market research company), which is good news for the future of skin cancer prevention—and the overall health of skin. In addition...

Internal Affairs

Skin is directly affected by a person’s genes, lifestyle, and diet. External factors, such as environmental pollution and ultraviolet radiation, influence the health and appearance of skin, as do internal factors like genetics and hormones. Telomeres are protein DNA complexes located at the end of chromosome strands. Often compared to the plastic tips on the ends of shoelaces, telomeres help prevent chromosomes from unraveling or deteriorating and have a direct impact on all aspects of aging, including the skin. “Telomeres...

Tech Support

Discover how spa software companies can make it easier than ever to run your spa.
Spas are designed to pamper guests and encourage stress-free relaxation, but that doesn’t mean that managing a spa is any less stressful than overseeing any other type of business. Because of the many demands of running a spa, many owners and directors have come to rely on software to help them stay organized. “Investing in software allows spas to stay ahead,” says Molly Southern, marketing manager at SpaBooker. “Streamlining operations with one software system that includes marketing functionality can result...