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Submission deadline is Aug. 31 for Gerson Award for Excellence in Esthetic Education
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In honor of Joel Gerson's contribution to education of the esthetic professional, NCEA is pleased to announce the creation of the "Gerson Award for Excellence in Esthetic Education."

Applicants must be currently employed as an esthetics teacher and demonstrate excellence in providing esthetic education. All applications must be received no later than Aug. 31. Applications received after this date will be disqualified as well as incomplete applications.

Download the application.

Register for the NCEA Business Meeting and NETT Conference
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NCEA Business Meeting Long Beach, CA
Renaissance Hotel — Friday, Sept. 7

Followed by the

NETT Conference – Saturday, Sept. 8
International Congress of Esthetics & Spa — Sunday & Monday
Long Beach Convention Center

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 Long Beach Hotels (Renaissance, Courtyard or Holiday 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.

 What's the Latest?

Chocolate massages and electrodes: 7 quirky spa treatments
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The number of spas and beauty treatments on the market has exploded in recent years, making us spoiled for choice. And in this drive to find ever more interesting remedies, there are definitely a few that stand out. We compiled the craziest, coolest and most delicious treatments on the market today. More

Study: More men are investing in high-end skin care products
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Sales of men's skin care products are on the rise as they grow increasingly concerned with looking good from head to toe and show a willingness to invest in high-end skin care, according to recent research by market research firm the NPD Group. On track with the sales in the men's current retail business, men's skin care sales increased 6 percent year-to-date (January through July) 2012, compared with the same time last year, generating $45.5 million. In addition, NPD found that at least seven out of 10 men are buying facial skin care products for themselves. More

People who eat breakfast are smarter, skinnier
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How are you doing at work today? If you answered: "Super productive," then we're guessing you ate breakfast this morning. Yes, yes, Mom always said it was the most important meal of the day, but there has since been a lot of science to back up the old adage. Eating a good breakfast will make you a better, more efficient thinker during the day. And it's not just about increasing your brainpower. Eating breakfast makes you healthier. More

7 simple ways to relieve stress now
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To cope with the stress of running her own business and keep focused, Ann Peaslee began what she calls a "walk and talk" at least once a week. She walked the neighborhood streets with a friend for an hour and talked through whatever had been bothering her. "You are getting rid of your anxiety by just getting it out," she says. "It puts you back in the right perspective." Incorporating a stress relief routine in your workday requires time and effort. But here are seven quick and easy techniques that may work for you. More

 Spa Clinicals

For a safe, inexpensive therapeutic alternative, consider homeopathy
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Classical individualized homeopathic medicine provides a safe, inexpensive and nontoxic alternative for common dermatologic conditions such as acne, warts and eczema, according to Robert J. Signore, D.O.

One specific advantage of incorporating homeopathic medicine into one's existing dermatology practice is that it might help reduce the amount of topical steroids and systemic antibiotics prescribed, says Dr. Signore, a Tinley Park, Ill., dermatologist in private practice. Dr. Signore spoke at the 2012 American Academy of Dermatology Summer Academy Meeting.

"There's nothing wrong with conventional dermatological treatment. We should be proud of what we can do with conventional dermatology. But homeopathic medicine can help sometimes when we have patients who don't seem to be getting better with the best conventional medicine we can give them," he says.

Study proof:A 225-patient study in atopic eczema showed that after two years of homeopathic treatment along with conventional treatment, average eczema severity scores improved substantially, and patients could reduce their use of conventional drugs (Witt CM, Ludtke R, Willich S. Acta Derm Venereol. 2009;89(2):182-183), Dr. Signore says.

A 17-case series showed similar results (Itamura R, Hosoya R. Homeopathy. 2003;92(2):108-114); when researchers added classical homeopathic medicine to these patients' conventional medications, "All 17 improved," Dr. Signore says. About half got 50 percent better; half got about 80 percent better; and one cleared completely, he says. Additionally, at the study's end, five of 17 were off topical steroids.

Diagnosis-driven: In conventional dermatology, clinching the diagnosis drives treatment choices, Dr. Signore says. But with individualized homeopathic medicine, even when one knows the diagnosis, two patients with the same dermatologic condition often would require different treatments.

Dr. Signore cites the example of a person with a warm body type and extroverted personality who most likely would benefit from taking a highly diluted form of sulfur orally, as opposed to a patient with a cool body type and shy personality who might instead require calcium carbonate.

It's also not uncommon for homeopathic medicine to improve seemingly unrelated medical conditions, Dr. Signore says, adding that in one case he treated, homeopathic sepia failed to improve a woman's melasma, but the patient considered the treatment successful because it appeared to lift her depression.

Disclosures: Dr. Signore reports no relevant financial interests.

 Tuesday 'Toon

 Business Briefs

Recovery steps for small business owners
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Business is easy until things go wrong. Our dreams are big on paper, but in the daylight, where the work has to get done and we have to face our competition, things can easily fall apart without a recovery plan. There are all kinds of disasters that your company can face: Weather, health, economic, team issues. Regardless of the nature of the beast, the first step is still the same — plan for what you can and you will find yourself prepared for the unexpected. More

4 alternative lending options for entrepreneurs
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When the credit crunch began in late 2008, traditional banks tightened the spigots on funding for small businesses. When the big banks said no, small banks and nonbank lenders increasingly said yes. While big banks reject loan applications almost nine out of ten times, and smaller banks approved less than half of small business funding requests, alternative lenders filled the void. So who are the alternative lenders? They are comprised of non-banks, such as credit unions, CDFIs, micro lenders and accounts receivable financers. More

 Marketing 101

11 shocking new social media statistics in America
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You think social media is reaching maturity, and the whipsaw behavioral shifts that change like a Dwight Howard trade request are things of the past? Uhhh, no. Recent findings from social media behavioral researcher Tom Webster and the team at Edison Research show some shocking changes in how Americans use and consume social media. You can access the entire presentation at The Social Habit microsite, but 11 social media statistics in particular stood out. More

3 simple ways to use LinkedIn to boost sales
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Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest. These are the platforms many social media experts claim can be the linchpin in developing your online presence. While all of them can be useful marketing tools, there's another social network that can be more effective in generating leads and sales: LinkedIn. Here are three steps to help transform your LinkedIn profile into a lead generating machine. More

 Teaching Tips

Does PowerPoint help or hinder learning?
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Too often we forget how significantly teaching practices shape learning experiences and PowerPoint is a perfect example. It has redefined "what a lecture looks like, consists of, and how it's experienced." Add to that how regularly PowerPoint is used these days. Sixty-seven percent of the 384 students surveyed in this study reported that all or most of their instructors used PowerPoint, another 23 percent said that at least half their instructors used it and 95 percent said that their instructors who used PowerPoint did so in all or most class sessions. More

How to best use social media in the classroom
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In today's world, technology is ever changing — this is also true in education. The prominence of social media in everyday life has also had an impact in the classroom. There are a number of different ways that social media is being used by teachers across the country. More

 COA-Approved Continuing Education

Retail — A toll for increasing school profitability
Presented by Teddy Lester    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This class will identify skills to provide the knowledge students need to be successful in selling retail. We will review vital sales techniques, and examine the importance of retail sales in the esthetic setting. Basic principles of retailing and merchandising — a must for every student and school to be successful.

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

• Define the principles of retailing and merchandising
• Describe ways to motivate students to learn to sell
• Recognize the importance of teaching retail selling to the student
• Define prescriptive selling and how to use the technique

To begin the webinar, click here.

Download the registration form right here.

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 Political Advocacy Position

Esthetician apprenticeship definition
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NCEA considers esthetician apprenticeship to be theoretical and practical training provided by a supervising licensed esthetician, other than in or part of the curriculum of a state-approved licensed school.

Disclaimer: The NCEA recommends that estheticians abide by federal, state and local regulations.

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

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I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.

— Ken Venturi


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