Nicole Altavilla

Soy Good

The first soybeans were brought to the U.S. in 1765, and after World War I, soy became a valuable commodity in the U.S., used mainly to help regenerate soil in drought-stricken areas during the 1930s. Initially, soybeans were considered essential as food and for medicinal purposes, but in recent years, they’ve become a valuable element of a healthy lifestyle, as well. In addition to their nutritional benefits, soybeans are also good for the skin, as they provide moisturization and antioxidants...

Handy Helper

Handheld Devices
Today’s savvy spa-goers expect to see results in addition to being pampered and feeling relaxed after visiting your spa. This is true for most services, especially facials, which target noticeable skincare issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation, to name a few. In order to more effectively treat these issues and keep clients satisfied, many spas have started utilizing handheld skincare devices during facials, as they are effective, easy to use, and portable. They are also...

A Lashing Impact

Lash Conditioners
Full, healthy, and lush lashes are all the rage today among people of all ages. In fact, the eyelash growth category is now a billion-dollar industry and continues to grow with the release of more products that help enhance the appearance of the eyes, including lash conditioners. Many consumers are recognizing the benefits that lash conditioners offer, such as their ability to help defend against physical, chemical, and biological stressors that can often leave lashes dry and brittle. Such stressors...

Water Pressures

Throughout history, hydrotherapy has proven itself to be a welcoming experience with multiple therapeutic benefits. Hammams, which are heated chambers that cleanse and purify the skin, are considered one of the original spa experiences, and spa-goers have been bathing in hot springs for centuries to help relax and improve certain skin conditions and muscle pain. Because not all spas have the advantage of an on-site hammam or natural hot springs, many have attempted to create similar experiences with the installation...

Image Quest

Help clients get a clear picture of their skin with the help of imaging technology.

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.