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Eat it, wear it? Produce in skin-care products may not help
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After years of telling us to eat our fruits and vegetables, companies are increasingly suggesting that we also put produce on our faces. From apple eye cream to raspberry serum, skin-care products contain whole-food ingredients — along with claims that they reduce puffiness, erase redness or smooth wrinkles. More

Fighting the hands of time — Expert shares anti-aging beauty secrets
7 Days Dubai    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Approaching 40 — it's a difficult age. For one thing, you know your years of a crease-free face are fast coming to an end. After those carefree 20s, you've been pretty good to your skin in your 30s. Religiously removing make-up, using creams with space-age ingredients and always slapping on sunscreen. But now it's time to step it up a notch. More

Probiotics: Learn how some bacteria can be good for your skin    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You may have heard that probiotics, or "good" bacteria, improve your digestive health and relieve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. But did you know that probiotics may also boost the health of your skin? Keep reading to discover what probiotics are and how they can treat acne, eczema and other sensitive skin conditions. More

A marriage of convenience in skincare
The Star Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With an aging population that wants fast, but easy results, the promise of hybrid skincare sounds more appealing than ever. Skincare used to be straightforward. It was created simply to keep one's skin properly moisturized and healthy. Then, as lifestyle habits like smoking, drinking, environmental pollutants and stress factors affected the skin, it gave the beauty industry a lucrative reason to offer men and women the solution to delay aging. More

Study: Majority of women compare private label to brand name products when shopping
Skin Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although 77 percent of general shoppers compare store brands to brand names, a recent shopper behavior survey has revealed that 90 percent of women compare both regularly. The Checkout, an ongoing shopper behavior study conducted by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research, says certain categories appear to be immune to the store-brand swap. More

 Member Benefit

American Health Care Academy — 15% discount on courses
Offers adult, child and infant CPR/AED and First Aid online courses. NCEA Members receive 15 percent discount: Use this link and enter "NCEA15" at checkout under "Coupon Code" and then click "Apply."

Please note: To meet the CPR/AED/First Aid requirements on the NCEA Certified Candidate's Application and Recertification Candidate's Application, candidates are required to attend an in-person class once every five years. For more information on becoming NCEA Certified or the Recertification Application process go to Please check to see if your state regulatory board requirements accept online CPR/AED/First Aid courses prior to taking advantage of this offer.

 Business Briefs

Managing your workforce amid intense uncertainty
Gallup Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the financial markets collapsed in 2008, executives were forced to focus on survival. But the unsettling slow-growth period that followed the collapse presents its own problems. Companies can get through a catastrophe on pure adrenaline, but it takes resiliency and adaptability to navigate relentless uncertainty. Leaders should focus on these three things: clarity, agility and perspective. More

As you grow, maintain a small-company culture
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Happy employees are productive employees. So what makes people happy at work? A new survey, designed by a consulting group led by Zappos' co-founder Tony Hsieh, may have the answers. The survey of some 11,000 employees found the happiest employees work in companies with fewer than 100 employees. More

 Marketing 101

More marketers invite themselves to Thanksgiving dinner
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers will be served a heaping helping of shopping opportunities with their turkey this Thanksgiving, once a day reserved for family, food and football. More bricks-and-mortar stores than ever are expected to be open for business on Thanksgiving, and email-marketing firm Responsys said 80 percent of major retailers will send messages on the holiday this year, up from just 45 percent in 2009. More

For brands, 2012 is the year of the story — so who's telling it best?
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Direct Marketing News forecasted this to be "the year of the story," and London-based agency BergHind Joseph identified it as a trend among the Global Fortune 500, even dubbing its 2012 Global Players study, "The Power of Storytelling." Storytelling is the ultimate branding technique du jour, but it's not just a one-way dialogue. Here is a look at some companies that are keeping customers engaged. More

 Tuesday 'Toon

 Teaching Tips

Why learning should be messy
MindShift    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Can creativity be taught? Absolutely. The real question is: "How do we teach it?" In school, instead of crossing subjects and classes, we teach them in a very rigid manner. Very rarely do you witness math and science teachers or English and history teachers collaborating with each other. Sticking in your silo, shell and expertise is comfortable. Well, it's time to crack that shell. It's time to abolish silos and subjects. Joichi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, said that rather than interdisciplinary education, which merges two or more disciplines, we need anti-disciplinary education, a term coined by Sandy Pentland, head of the lab's Human Dynamics group. More

Fair isn't equal: 7 classroom tips
Edutopia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Teachers and schools strive to be fair and build programs and polices based on this value. But what is fair? Many define it as treating everyone the same, but I would argue that doing so is the most unfair way to treat students. Students are not the same. They have different motivations for their choices, different needs, different causes for misbehavior and different goals. I think this is good, because wouldn't the world be very boring if we were all the same? More

 Spa Clinicals

Relaxation therapy in adult asthma — Is there new evidence for its effectiveness?
Behavior modification via PubMed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Studies of relaxation training for adult asthma patients were reviewed for the period between 1980 and 2000. Six controlled and three uncontrolled studies were identified, employing a variety of methods, such as progressive relaxation, functional relaxation, autogenic training, or yoga. Most studies had low sample sizes and suffered from one or more methodological deficiencies, such as suboptimal data analysis, high dropout rates, problematic measurement procedures, or insufficient descriptions of methodology and results. Overall effects on parameters of lung function, symptoms, medication consumption, and health care use were generally negligible.

Problems with the underlying rationale of relaxation therapy in asthma are discussed from a psychophysiological viewpoint. Examples are given of potential beneficial and detrimental effects of these techniques on lung function with respect to emotional processes, the musculoskeletal system, and ventilation as targets of a relaxation intervention. It remains to be demonstrated that relaxation training can significantly contribute to the standard treatment of asthma in adult patients.

 COA-Approved Continuing Education

How to teach your students about aromatherapy
Presented by Crystal Baldwin    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This presentation will you give you the confidence to teach your students about aromatherapy and its applications in the treatment room. At the conclusion of this class you will be able discuss how professional essential oils are made and how to compare and contrast singled notes vs. blended oils.

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

  • Identify the origins of essential oils and recognize individuals who made significant contributions in the field of aromatherapy
  • Apply the use of essential oils in their practice
  • Discuss how essential oils are produced, and explain purity and chemical variations
  • Differentiate methods of application in the treatment room and be able to select the correct choice for the best outcome

    To begin the webinar, click here.

    Download the registration form right here.

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  •  Political Advocacy Position

    Continuing Education credits
    NCEA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is NCEA's position that all states that regulate esthetician licensees should mandate a minimum of 12 hours of Continuing Education credits — before an esthetician can renew their license.

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

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

     Quotable Quote

    Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.

    — Lydia M. Child


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