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 What's the Latest?

Skin care coaches call on exfoliation for wellness
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the last 2 1/2 years, Marlena Hall, a public relations and marketing professional, has visited Nancy Reagan — not the former first lady, but an aesthetician with about 200 clients — almost weekly. Reagan isn't a therapist in the clinical sense. But for many of her patients seeking skin care help, that's exactly what she is. "I prefer skin care coach," said Reagan, who has been in the business for 20 years, speaking from her spa in Del Ray Beach, Fla. "The majority of my work deals with women and self-esteem. That involves their face and their feelings." More

A deeper look at extrinsic aging
Skin Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fighting the visible signs of aging is a lifelong pursuit for many. Others have given up, assuming that it's a pointless effort because it's based on genetics. But only 10-15 percent of cutaneous aging is actually driven by genetics or the passage of time. This intrinsic, inevitable aging is not where your focus should rest. The true culprit is extrinsic aging, caused by external influences, as 85-90 percent of all cutaneous aging is a direct result of these avoidable factors. More

3 ways sugar is good for your skin
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The holiday season can be a blessing and a curse. Seasonal snacks like candy corn are a treat, but that bottomless bowl can do a number on your teeth and tummy. Sugar may get a bad rap in sweets, but it's an excellent ingredient in skin care. Here are three beauty benefits this sweet stuff has to offer. More

Grandmother lets snails crawl across her face to keep looking young
Daily Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A grandmother has found a way to avoid shelling out for expensive skin creams — by letting live snails slide all over her face. Edith Pangle, 62, said she has maintained her youthful looks by allowing the slimy mollusks to slither across her skin for at least 15 minutes every week. The grandmother came up with the idea after seeing advertisements for luxury facial creams featuring the garden creature's ooze. More

6 spas for pre-holiday de-stressing
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If the holidays are already stressing you out, a) we're glad we're not the only ones and b) we've got just the thing to make that anxiety melt away: A spa weekend with no relatives allowed. Check out a few of our favorite stateside spas for holiday de-stressing — and then buckle up for your in-laws' visit. More

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 Business Briefs

7 end-of-year payroll tips for small business owners
Fox Small Business Center    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The holiday season is upon us, and now is the time for small business owners to finalize their year-end tax planning. There are ways to minimize the tax hit that often comes at this time of the year, and some of them involve human resources and payroll issues. Here are some things to consider. More

Tax moves to make before 2013
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Between now and year-end the best investment you can make in your business is some extra face time with your accountant or CFO to talk taxes. Yes, growing revenue is Job No. 1, but right now taxes deserve to be 1a. Potentially big federal tax changes that would kick in Jan. 1 could boost your tax bill. Year-end tax strategies for entrepreneurs fall into three categories. More

 Marketing 101

10 things you should stop doing on Facebook
Small Business Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You're on Facebook to communicate with your customers and increase social interaction. But are you unknowingly falling victim to some of the most common Facebook blunders business owners make and actually sending customers away? Here are 10 Facebook mistakes to avoid while marketing your business. More

7 tips for marketing to older audiences
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most small businesses are missing an opportunity to become the only or preferred source of their offering to leading-edge boomers and seniors simply because they've assumed that differentiation can't be done. The reality is that virtually all offerings can be made different in a way that matters to boomers and seniors. So what should your messaging to them do to differentiate you from every other perceived competitor? Here's a list of seven differentiators to apply to your marketing. More

 Teaching Tips

Deep learning vs. surface learning: Getting students to understand the difference
Faculty Focus    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sometimes our understanding of deep learning isn't all that deep. Typically, it's defined by what it is not. It's not memorizing only to forget and it's not reciting or regurgitating what really isn't understood and can't be applied. The essence of deep learning is understanding — true knowing. That's a good start but it doesn't do much to help students see the difference between deep and surface learning or to help persuade them that one is preferable to the other. More

10 characteristics of a highly effective learning environment
TeachThought    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wherever we are — the University of Sydney or Mississippi Elementary — we'd all like to think our classrooms are "intellectually active" places. Progressive learning environments. In short, highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. So we put together 10 characteristics of a highly effective classroom that can act as a kind of criteria to measure your own against. See if you notice a pattern. More

 Tuesday 'Toon

 Spa Clinicals

Sleep insufficiency, sleep health problems and performance in high school students
Clinical Medicine Insights via PubMed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A survey on sleep schedule, sleep health, school performance and school start times was conducted in 1,941 adolescents. A high level of early and circadian-disadvantaged sleep/wake schedules during weekdays was observed. Shorter sleep duration on weekdays was reported, especially in upper classmen. Complaints of inadequate sleep and sleepiness during weekdays, alarm clock use, and napping were prevalent. Night awakening and prolonged sleep onset were common and associated with poor school performance. Students with a sleep length of less than seven hours on both weekdays and weekends exhibited poorer performance, while those who made up this sleep loss on weekends did not. The total number of poor sleep factors in an individual also correlated with poor school performance. Earlier school start times were associated with a perception of poor sleep quality, shorter sleep duration and more sleep health problems. We conclude that sleep inadequacies and sleep health problems were prevalent in this population, especially in those who started school earlier in the morning, and that these poor sleep factors were associated with school performance.

 COA-Approved Continuing Education

7 highly effective habits for the adult learner in a vocational setting
Presented by Melinda McHenry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This presentation will focus on the needs of today's adult learner and effective teaching methods. We will discuss how to recognize the needs of today's learner and evaluate classroom methodologies. Come learn how to enhance the learner experience and analyze the expected outcomes for your graduating students.

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

  • Recognize and discuss the career goal needs of the adult learner
  • Evaluate and incorporate new classroom motivational methods
  • Create a more synergistic team class environment by pinpointing and joining compatible adult behavior styles
  • Measure outcomes for the adult graduate, creating career portfolio's to help the adult learner enter the job force successfully

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  •  Political Advocacy Position

    Microcurrent procedures
    NCEA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is the position of the NCEA that:

  • Microcurrent devices intended to be used to help reduce the visible signs of aging, beautify and improve the appearance of the skin, utilizing low levels of electrical current in conjunction with skin care products, should be performed by estheticians

  • Microcurrent procedures performed by estheticians, are not intended to cause a visible contraction of the muscle via the electrical current

  • In addition to manufacturer supplied, device specific education, estheticians who wish to perform microcurrent procedures, should take the necessary education to include theoretical and practical application, as part of their core curriculum or as continuing education modules

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

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

  •  Quotable Quote

    Whether you think you can or you can't, you are right.

    — Henry Ford


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